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NYC’s Japan Village Guide!

I always wondered why New York didn’t have anything similar to a Japantown, but now, have the next closest thing, a section in Brooklyn’s industry city, Japan Village! NYC’s Japan village just opened this year, in 2022, and is still very much empty with so much space that can be filled with new vendors.

It felt like a smaller closer version of Mitsuwa (a Japanese shopping area in New Jersey). Just get on either the D,N,R train and take it to 36th street station, and walk a little under 5 minutes to 3rd avenue and you’ll arrive! You’ll be greeted with a building painted in black and red with banners saying Japan village.

Outside of NYC's Japan Village
Building of Japan Village

They currently have 2 floors with the first floor being mostly a food court, and Sunrise Mart(a Japanese supermarket). Currently, some of the food restaurants were temporarily closed. Most restaurant hours were 11:00 am to 7:30 pm, with 7:00 pm being the last call for food orders. Specific hours are listed here for vendors. Even though there was a good amount of food, it somehow felt like there weren’t enough options.

Japan Village's floor guide
Japan Village’s floor guide
Ramen Setagaya Japan Village
Ramen Setagaya Japan Village

I ended up getting Ramen Setagaya’s Spicy miso Ramen. The flavor was very strong and flavorful but because I wanted to enjoy the outside seating area that is right behind the Food court, I ordered the ramen to go. Even though it was tasty, I feel like if I had the ramen in the store, it would have tasted much better. The to go bag came with the ingredients and soup separately. Even though the soup was still very hot when I poured it over the noodles/ingredients it dropped the temperature completely. It didn’t feel like ramen, but more like a lukewarm soup. The meat didn’t even get hot. I really recommend to try to eat in restaurants if you can!

Japan village outside seating
Japan village outside seating

Sunrise Mart’s hours are from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, and you can get almost any food here imaginable! Even though the store is fairly small, it packs a lot of different products! My favorite sections were the drinks and snacks! There were so many different products that I had never seen imported into New York! This place is a definite for any Japanese snack lover! 

Sunrise Mart (Japan Village)
Sunrise Mart (Japan Village)
Sunrise Mart (Japan Village)
Sunrise Mart (Japan Village)
Sunrise Mart (Japan Village)
Sunrise Mart (Japan Village)

The second floor is where the Japanese retail shopping is located! The elevator by the food hall is only for staff and a key card was needed to get off the second floor. We found out about it the hard way. Be sure to use the stairs on your way up! 

Japan village floor guide
Japan village floor guide

The second floor is huge and is what I meant in the beginning that the area is big but empty. It had so much dead space, but that means there are so many exciting future opportunities to make it more filled. It’s a good indoor place to rest with all the benches. 

Japan Village Second floor
Second Floor

The Book Off here was focused heavily on Anime goods rather than books and second hand items like their location in Midtown. I really enjoyed going through all their pokemon cards that they had for sale. Each card was just a dollar! I can really spend a whole day just going through each and every card. They also had many figures, from tiny gotcha size to full sized ones. They even had a screen in which you can play street fighter! 

Pokemon cards Book Off Japan Village
Pokemon cards at Book Off
Anime Figures in Book Off Japan village
Anime Figures in Book Off
Street Fighters book off NYC's japan village
Street Fighters

Take a little walk deeper into the 2nd floor and you’ll find Daiso! Daiso is Japan’s dollar store, but in NYC, it’s mostly $2 a product! The quality of these products does not scream dollar store quality and I recommend them! The store itself is also pretty good and it’s easy to spend 30 minutes in the store just looking around. 

Cute plushie at Daiso Japan village NYC
Cute plushie at Daiso

My favorite things to get from Daiso are the eating utensils and plates/bowls! The quality is truly great and the designs are adorable! 

Daiso at NYC's Japan village
Kitchen Utensils
Daiso at NYC's Japan village
Cute goods

NYC’s Japan Village

Overall, I prefer New Jersey’s Mitsuwa since they have everything and more than Japan’s Village, but NYC’s Japan Village wins for convenience and location. As a person who has no car, being 5 minutes away from the subway is much better than having to ride a bus into New Jersey. It’s only been a few months since NYC’s Japan Village opened so I’m excited to see how it will change within the next months and years. 

NYC’s Japan Village
Address: 934 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Phone: (347) 584-4579
Email: info@japanvillage.com
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