In September this year, part of the brick railway viaduct, with a history of more than 100 years, between JR Yurakucho Station and JR Shimbashi Station reopened as a new commercial facility after a renovation. This is the first part of my stroll around the brand new “HIBIYA OKUROJI” that has preserved the original nostalgic atmosphere!
There are multiple entrances to HIBIYA OKUROJI, which has a tunnel-like structure.
With a total of 32 restaurants and retail stores (3 stores are scheduled to open by the winter of 2020), the charm of HIBIYA OKUROJI is that you can shop at various stores, take a break at a cafe, and enjoy a good meal.
These are two recommended shops!
Welcome to the world of “Japan Blue” indigo dyeing! “MIZUNO Some Koujyo”
“MIZUNO” is a shop specialized in indigo dyeing (ai-zome), which has its head office in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. The long-established company manufactures dyed goods such as tairyō-bata (traditional Japanese fisherman’s flags ), hanten (a short coat), festival costumes, and noren (traditional Japanese fabric dividers). The shop sells original colorful tenugui cloth, face masks, and indigo-dyed clothing and accessories.
The big buckets in the middle of the shop are used for indigo dyeing goods that are later sold in this shop!
The staff showed me how they hand-dye the products. She used a scarf as a demonstration.
Depending on the dyeing method, indigo dyed products can be very chic or very contemporary street style. Indigo suits anyone regardless of age or gender. This makes indigo products ideal for souvenirs and gifts!
Beautiful latte art at “low line espresso & bar”
As the name suggests, “low line espresso & bar” is a cafe located in the semi-basement of the railway viaduct. Here, people enjoy their lunch, read a book over a cup of coffee, and chat with friends. At night the cafe turns into a bar serving a variety of liquors. Takeaways are available, too.
The rich gâteau chocolat with just the right sweetness and the fragrant latte were the perfect combination for a short coffee break. The stylish space is so comfortable you might forget about time altogether.
My HIBIYA OKUROJI stroll will continue next time! Stay tuned!
1-7-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://g.page/hibiya_okuroji?share
Nearest Stations: Yurakucho Station, Shimbashi Station, Ginza Station, Hibiya Station, Uchisaiwaicho Station