The Japanese quarter along Immermannstrasse
Düsseldorf’s Little Tokyo
Düsseldorf is home to the largest Japanese community in Germany. More than 8,000 Japanese people live in the state capital and characterise the vibrant Little Tokyo.
Anyone who longs for the dynamic nature of Asian cities will find it here. Nowhere
else in Europe is Japanese life so concentrated in a neighbourhood.
Superb restaurants and izakayas (Japanese pubs) serve authentic Japanese cuisine,
which was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013.
Ramen snack bars, bakeries, bars, hotels, supermarkets and bookshops offer a
unique Japanese atmosphere between the main station and the city centre along
Immermannstrasse and Klosterstrasse. Locals, Japanese business people, young
manga fans and foodies from all over the world come together here to enjoy noodle
soup, sushi, sake and Altbier. It’s easy to see why the Japanese quarter is one of the
liveliest places in Düsseldorf.
Japanese culture is not only to be found in Little Tokyo. You can also stroll through
the Japanese Garden in the Nordpark to the EKŌ-Haus in Düsseldorf-Niederkassel,
where you can marvel at the Buddhist temple.
Japanese culture in Düsseldorf
This is Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf offers a whole range of ramen restaurants. The best known are Takumi and Naniwa in Little Tokyo. Just like in Japan, in rush hour, you may see queues in front of the restaurants. But don't worry about having to wait a long time! Noodle soups are fast food and the waiters are not only quick but also extremely friendly.
There are not only Japanese restaurants and souvenir shops in Düsseldorf’s Little Tokyo. Japanese people and connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine buy their groceries here in the supermarkets. We recommend the grocery shop Shochiku in Immermannstrasse. Fresh and sushi are available at the counter. Tofu, miso paste and Japanese soft drinks in the refrigerators. And if you can’t find what you want here, then just go a few steps further to the next Asian supermarket.
Itadakimasu! But what is more important, after eating, is to say “Gochisousamadeshita”, which means something like: “Thank you for the good food”.
Karaoke is a very popular pastime in Japan and like Shōchū, a part of the night-life. Düsseldorf's Little Tokyo also has some karaoke bars. “Lime Light” in the basement of the Japanese Hotel Nikko on Immermannstrasse stands out among the crowd. In an authentic atmosphere, you can sing English and Japanese classics in the karaoke booths without disturbing anyone. Sake and Japanese beer will get your voice going.