One of the most unknown treasuries is “Depa Chika”. ” Depa Chika” means literary Basement “Chika” of Department store “Depa”. We have many sophisticated department stores at main big station like Ginza, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Shibuya. Foreign visitors might think it just shopping place for clothes and accessories so on.
In Japan basement of department store is also sophisticated food place, called delicatessen in the West.
Today, most of all Japanese people are particular about taste and quality of food. Each department store is keen to have special merchandise of food as their strategy.
Once you enter the “Depa chika”, you would be surprised to see so many kinds of food like Japanese traditional tea, sea weed, sweets and Western wine, cheese, etc. You can try a bit for tasting for free and would find something your own treasure here. It is much time-efficient to enjoy Japanese local foods in a short period of time.