The Shinjuku district is one of the liveliest areas of Tokyo. A major commercial center, Shinjuku offers towering skyscrapers, massive department stores and electronic shops, and is also home to Tokyo’s metropolitan city government. Shinjuku Station is the most traversed train station in the world, and at night the district comes alive with neon lights and a bustling nightlife.
Yakiniku is a Japanese-style of barbecue dining. It’s characterized by a tableside charcoal brazier or a gas grill where customers can cook their own cuts of meat and vegetables. Yakiniku became popular in Japan during the early Showa period, influenced by Korean barbecue dishes like bulgogi, which were brought to Japan by Korean immigrants. Over time, yakiniku evolved into its own Japanese style of barbecue, featuring unique cuts of meat and Japanese dipping sauces called “tare”. One feature of the Korean origins that does hold strong is the assortment of side dishes like kimchi offered with yakiniku—albeit sweeter and less spicy versions have been adapted for the Japanese palate.