If you are Foodie and when you are in Japan one of the places you must go is ‘Depa-Chika’. It is the shortened name for the Basement (Chika) of the Department Store and it is basically a Food Court. Lots of small food shops gathered on one or two floor in the Basement of a Department Store that sell all sorts of food, savoury or sweet, and drink.
A very noticeable thing in the Depa-Chika is that their products are displayed so beautifully, particularly in the Sweets shop section.
Some western sweets and desserts with a Japanese twist (or Japanese sweets with a western twist?) look very interesting and vibrant.
The time I went was in the middle of Sakura / Cherry blossom viewing season. So there were many shops trying to draw people’s eyes to their ‘Bento’ lunch boxes. Japan is the capital of Bento culture after all.
And these are from the savoury section. All the busy people come here to get their dinner! There are more than plenty and a wide variety of meals available.