The word "yatai" means “Food stall”, but we would rather use the term “Push cart”.
The reason why is because the stalls have little wheels on the sides so that they can be moved around to different places.
In fact, each owner has a designated space where he/she can, and only after 6 p.m., takes the rolling stall on the center stage.
Therefore, we advise you to visit there at around 5 p.m., so that you can see the astonishing spectacle : the assembling of the transformer-like moving kitchen.
Fukuoka Yatai Guide
Nowadays, there are about 150 Yatai remaining in Tenjin, Akasaka and Nakasu area. There use to be nearly three times more 50 years ago, but the regulation became stricter, notably on hygiene.
Its existence can actually be traced back to the Edo Period (1609-1868).
We would like to introduce a newly open shop called *Wazzeka*, which means “very”, as in “very good/delicious”, in Kagoshima dialect .It’s located along Naka river, in Nakagawa street, Nakasu. The great thing with this particular one is that the surroundings are really pleasant. Since the food stands row is facing the river, you’ll be able to enjoy the view while eating.
- Ramen - Noodle soup.
- Yakitori - Grilled chicken.
- Makimono - Literally “rolled things”.
- Shochu - Japanese liquor similar to vodka made out of either sweet potato or wheat.
- Umeshu - Plum sake.
- Nihonshu - Japanese sake.
- Chuhai - Cocktail of Shochu, Fizzy Water and Lemon.
- Non Alcoholic Beverages - Oolong tea, Orange juice and Coke.
Above all, the big winner of this getaway is the atmosphere. Though it could be slightly uncomfortable at first, considering the small space for sitting and eating, once you’re in the mood, it feels great. In other words, if traveling to Japan means “discovery” for you, this will surely act as a break from your usual routine. At some point you almost forget that you are sitting on a mere folding stool, the surrounding disappears and gives way to degustation.
It is about 3600 yen for 1 ramen bowl, 1 plate of Yakitori, 1 plate of Makimono and 2 beers. Obviously, compared to other Izakaya - Japanese style taverns - this peculiar service comes with a relatively pricy bill.
Where Is Yatai Street in Fukuoka Located?
From Tenjin station: 10 min walk. Go toward Tenjin Central Park, cross the two bridges spanning Naka river and turn on the right.
From Nakasu station: 5 min walk. Go toward Canal City Mall by walking along Naka River, and you will find it.