A Taste of Japan in the Philippines: Little Tokyo

I have always wanted to go to Japan since I was a kid. It all started with my love for anime, and then I grew to admire the country for their discipline and humility. I’ll never get tired of Japanese restaurants, and this is why I was delighted when I learned of Little Tokyo.


It was near our office so I had no problems locating it. But for the benefit of Rizalenos, ride an Ayala FX and tell the driver to drop you at Ayala/PBCom (Php 45). Walk through the underpass toward VA Rufino Street. Tread that path for twenty minutes or so until you see Chino Roces Avenue (the ninth corner). Turn left and walk a bit more until you see Little Tokyo.


I loved the vibe, that’s for sure—red lights, Japanese lanterns, narrow bricked pathways. Little Tokyo seems like a food park, only it is a compound consisting of Japanese restaurants.

There are many to choose from actually, but we finally opted to eat inside Oishinbou.


Before you go here, make sure you have money in your pockets. I ordered my favorite California maki (Php 220) and tried Oishinbou’s tonkatsu ramen (Php 330). Heaven was I full!

Their maki was tasty (could anyone go wrong with sushis and sashimis?) It’s either that or I might just be another biased maki-eater. An 8.5/10.

I regretted ordering a cream-based tonkatsu ramen. I wished I ordered for soy-based. This one’s a 7/10.

Favorite Picture

Little Tokyo
11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
2277 Chino Roces Ave, Pasong Tamo Corner Amorsolo Street, Legazpi Village, Makati

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