Underground Food Courts (Depachika)
The basement floors of the department stores are referred to in Japanese as “depachika” (“depa” for department store and “chika” for basement). On the bottom floor of many large department stores and train stations all over Tokyo, there are underground food courts that are gourmet food wonderlands and some will also have a small grocery store.
The foods that are offered are the highest quality Japanese and international cuisine food dishes that are seasonally available. The food choices are endless and the food courts are absolutely nothing short of amazing!
The depachika food courts usually do not have a seating area to eat at. The Shibuya Tokyu Food Show has a standing area to eat at, and the Ikebukuro Tobu has a eat in area. There are nice rooftops to eat at above the food courts at the Ginza Six, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Shinjuku Isetan and Ikebukuro Seibu.
These takeout food places are very busy and they provide the people of Tokyo a place to shop for a wide selection fresh fruits, vegetables, hot or cold prepared foods, salads, sweets or deserts, food gift boxes and alcoholic and non-alcohol drinks. That can be purchased to take out for lunch, dinner, a picnic, or for people who are on the go.
Tokyo “Depachika” Food Court Locations
The Isetan Shinjuku food court is one of the nicest and upscale in Tokyo. This food court specializes in the highest quality goods. The food market is well-organized and easy to get around. The fresh market area features tasting counters for you to try everything from meats to Japanese oden. The Kitchen Stage features guest chefs from restaurants around Tokyo and there are occasional food demonstrations. There is a nice rooftop area to eat at. Location: 3-14-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shinjuku Station, 3 min walk Google Maps
The Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square is one of the largest food courts in Tokyo. This food court is really nice and laid out well and it has all the usual Japanese food court fare. There is a Milanese deli, Peck bakery and a Kinokuniya’s grocery store as well. Location: 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shinjuku Station, 2 min walk Google Maps
The Keio Shinjuku food court focuses on promoting regional Japanese cuisines, and there are often showcases of different products or regions. The majority of Shinjuku Keio’s stalls sell fresh seafood, vegetables and groceries. There is the popular French bakery Paul and there is also a Korean food stand. Location: 1-1-4 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shinjuku Station Google Maps
The Shinjuku Odakyu is famous for having the best, nicest and most expensive fruits imaginable at the Sembikiya stall. Beyond extravagantly priced fruit, this food court also sells regularly priced fruit and vegetables, the usual Japanese food court fare, deli departments and desserts. There is also the Trois Gros French bakery on site. Location: 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shinjuku Station Google Maps
The Ginza Mitsukoshi is known as having one of the best food courts in the country. There are two floors that sell the usual Japanese food court fare, and they have some of the nicest looking presentations and decorative food packages anywhere. There is temperature and humidity-controlled chocolate room by Jean-Paul Hévin. They also have refrigerated coin lockers to store foods if needed. There is a nice rooftop area to eat at. Location: 4-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Ginza Station, 2 min walk Google Maps
The Ginza Matsuya has a great assortment of foods. You can find everything from the high end food dishes, the usual Japanese food court fare and everyday grocery foods. The French Bakery Maison Kaysor is on site. Location: 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Ginza Station, 2 min walk Google Maps
The Ginza 6 is the newest shopping mall to be built in Ginza and can be very busy. It has a large selection of Japanese and International foods in its upscale food court. This food court also has a nice eating area that is on top of the building. Location: 6 Chome-10-１ Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo Train Access: Ginza Station, 3 min walk Google Maps
The Tokyo Midtown has a nice food court with the usual Japanese food court fare. Great presentations and foods of the highest quality can be found here. This is next to a nice park that you can take your foods to and enjoy. There is also a French Bakery Maison Kayser on site. Location: 9-Chome-7-１ Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo Train Access: Roppongi Station, 4 min walk Google Maps
The Matsuzakaya Ueno food court is called “Cheeks Town” in the basement and it has the usual Japanese food court fare, and the first floor has a wide selection of Bentos (lunch box) for take out. Location: 3-29-5, Ueno Taito-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Ueno-Hirkoji Station Google Maps
The Daimaru Tokyo Station food court is possibly the busiest in the city. This is due to it being located at the Tokyo train station. Daimaru’s Bento Street offers a selection of approximately 1,000 kinds of Bento’s (lunch boxes) for take out. Location: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Tokyo Station Google Maps
The Asakusa Matsuya food court is in the basement and on the first floor. There is a large selection of the usual Japanese food court favorites. In recent years this Matsuya food court has been gaining in popularity. Location: 1-4-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Asakusa Station, 3 min walk Google Maps
The Tokyu Food Show is a great food court that has many Japanese and international food favorites. This food court is popular can be very busy. The food court area is not as big as some of the others, but it has a great selection of foods and the prices are among the best of all the Tokyo food courts. There is a standing eat in area. Location: 2-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Shibuya Station Google Maps
The Ikebukuro Tobu has the largest food court in Tokyo. This place is huge and it has about 250 vendors selling all the usual Japanese food court fare. There is a special area to eat in at. There is a restaurant here from the Chinese Iron Chef, Chin Kenichi. Location: 1-1-25 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Ikebukuro Station Google Maps
The Ikebukuro Seibu food court is large and has a good selection of the usual Japanese food court fare. What stands out about this food court is there is a nice rooftop area on top of the store to eat at, and there are some restaurants on the roof as well. Location: 1-Chome-28-1 Minami-ikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo Train Access: Ikebukuro Station Google Maps
The Takashimaya Nihombashi is like stepping back into another time in Tokyo. The store has a classic style interior design and it is staffed with attendants in uniform and gloves working the antique elevators. The service at this store is great and the large basement food court has all the Japanese and international favorites. Location: 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Train Access: Google Maps