This District in Yokohama Is Famous for Its Square Pizzas

We know you want a pizza this!

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No matter the shape or size it comes in, a good pizza is a good pizza. In the case of
Honmoku, a district in Yokohama, however, hefty square pizzas reign supreme. Restaurant owners even believe that their square pizza deserves to be named after Honmoku for the huge part it plays in their food culture.

~*Knead*~ more convincing? These three pizzerias are proof that Honmoku merits the award for the Best Square Pizzas.

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Minato
9-5 Sannotani, Honmoku, Naka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Contact: +81-45-621-0575
Open daily from 5 p.m. to 12 m.n. except on Sundays
How to get there: It's approximately a 31-minute bus ride from Yokohama Station (East Exit) to Honmoku-hara Bus Stop via a Honmoku Shakomae-bound bus.

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While more known for their fugu (blowfish) dish, Minato also rolls out some of the best square pizzas in Honmoku. Their Special Pizza (¥1,300), which is a divine fusion of Japanese and Western cuisines, is one that you shouldn't miss. With shredded seaweed and bacon in the mix, this pizza variant is a game changer. 

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There are two entrances to Minato: one is from the Honmoku street and the other is from the shopping arcade. This particular photo was taken from the side of the shopping arcade. If the curtain is up at this entrance, it means that the restaurant is open.

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Other than their fugu and pizza offerings, this restaurant also has lots of seafood and booze options on their menu, making it a great place for when you want to indulge yourself or just grab a drink.

Yumeya
2-286 Honmoku-machi, Naka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Contact: +81-45-625-3555
Open daily from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (last order is at 11 p.m.) except on Thursdays and the 3rd Wednesday of each month
How to get there: It's approximately a 26-minute bus ride from Yokohama Station (East Exit) to Honmoku Nichome Bus Stop.

Photos by Tomohisa Miyagawa, ©KADOKAWA


If you're craving Japanese-style home cooking, look no further than Yumeya. Smack right in the middle of Honmoku Street, this 27-year-old restaurant looks hip and fresh with its modern interiors. The ambiance, along with its counter seats perfect for solo customers, makes Yumeya a go-to place for those who want a comfortable dining experience. Look for the signage and the stairs beside the chalkboard, as seen in the photos above, as these will lead you to the restaurant.

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When in Yumeya, make sure to order their Jikasei-Pizza or homemade pizza. For only ¥500, you get a filling square pizza that's popular for its puffy dough and mildly hot sauce. It's also decked with slices of green pepper and onion--perfect for those who like their pizza with a bit more zest.

Other must-try items in Yumeya include their set meals, liquors, and seafoods, such as sashimi. Some locals even bring in fish that they caught, and the restaurant does the cooking for them.

Kraft Bar KOKOPELLI
1-35-1 Mugita-machi, Naka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Contact: +81-45-264-4783
Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last order) for lunch during weekdays; from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last order) for lunch during weekends and national holidays; and from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (last order is at 11 p.m.) for dinner except on Thursdays.
How to get there: It's approximately a 10-minute walk from JR Ishikawa-Cho Station.

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Opened in 2016, Kraft Bar KOKOPELLI doesn't just pride itself for serving locally produced alcohol, but also for having original Italian dishes on the menu as well. The bar's welcoming exterior and cozy atmosphere gives off a homey vibe that makes it a great place to hang out.

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Try their crunchy, no-frills Pizza for ¥800, which is great for afternoon snacking. Pair it with a bottle of beer to complement the peppery taste of the basil and the salty taste of the anchovy in the pizza. The couple who own the bar really made sure to develop the perfect square pizza recipe that goes well with both beer and wine.  

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Another original creation of the owners is the Bisk Noodle (¥1,200), which is created using oil from roasted shrimp and stock made from shellfish for a flavorful treat. You can also find two big shrimps in this dish, so it's bound to really fill you up. Additionally, Kraft Bar KOKOPELLI  offers limited edition dishes using seasonal ingredients and delicacies every month, so make sure to check them out.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Yokohama Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (05 February 2018)

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