Among the city’s 150 year-old yatai, Hanayama is truly unique. Unlike the bustling rows of food stalls in other parts of town, Hanayama sits alone on the approach to Hakozaki Shrine in Higashi Ward. It’s also massive. While a typical yatai can hold eight to 10 people, Hanayama seats 42. (Regulars often sit in separate enclosures called ‘hanare’.) Despite the size, customers still sit close to each other, which sparks conversation—after all, that’s what makes yatai fun, right? Hanayama opened in 1949. Hiroyuki Hanada (60), the second generation owner, has been working in the stall since he was 18. The menu is mainly skewers, and char-grilled ‘shiro’ (pork intestine) is one of the most popular. The seasonings are simple: local sea salt and homemade yuzu-infused ponzu. Finish off with a bowl of tonkotsu ramen. With no artificial additives, the soup is light and mellow. The wall panels are removed in April, making the large yatai feel even more open. Last year, Hanayama started opening at noon on Sundays. So, if you’re heading for the shrine, be sure to stop by Hanayama.
Address: 1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku (on Hakozaki Shrine approach)
Open: 17:00~1:00, Sundays 12:00~
Ramen ¥600, Shiro ¥100, Chicken skin ¥100, Thigh ¥100, Asparagus wrap ¥200, Yamaimo wrap ¥150, Homemade wieners ¥150, Pig’s feet ¥400, Wagyu sagari (diaphragm) ¥350, Chicken steak ¥900, Draft beer ¥500, Plum wine ¥400, High ball ¥400, Glass wine (red) ¥500