Dobuita Shopping Street
Dobuita Shopping Street
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HeyDavidT
91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
I'm a big fan of Shenmue and as a result I wanted to visit Dobuita Street in Yokosuka. I took lots of photos, but didn't buy anything on the street. This was one of the more intimidating places I visited in Japan and the only place where I didn't feel perfectly safe. Large signs dot the area warning American military personnel from crossing into restricted areas. I visited a Shinto shrine and park area at the top of one of the streets going off of Dobuita street and it was beautiful, but I was constantly worried about someone accusing me of being in the US Navy and causing a problem.

The street itself is very charming and flooded me with feelings and memories of walking down this street in a video game. Strange, isn't it? How art invokes feelings? Anyhow, I walked into one or two shops to see what was going on. I considered buying a Zippo lighter, but they were mostly in American styles. The jacket store is something to see. I read that there is unique embroidery in Yokosuka, and the jacket store is the place to get it.

On my way back to the train, I walked down an alley just off of the main street. On the wall were signs in English telling people not to urinate on the walls, which must be a distinctly American thing in Japan. I peeked up the stairway of an apartment building because there were mosaics on the walls, and discovered that the words "Japanese only" and something along the lines of 'no Americans' in a mosaic at the top of the stairs. That wasn't very comforting as an American visitor in Japan.

It's a charming street, but there's not much to see here. You'll like it if you played the video game or if you want to experience Japanese and American relations at their most tense. Otherwise, you don't need to pay for the non-JR train to visit the street.
Written 29 December 2014
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Josh B
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
Sailors have been gathering here for decades. My first trip was in '00. Not much has changed since then. The shops are open until the nightlife starts. Pretty much always something interesting to find/do
Written 27 September 2016
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AJ H
46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples

Really enjoyed our time in Dobuita Street. A fascinating insight into Yu Suzuki's game design methodology.

Ate well at the excellent Tsunami - the American influenced cuisine and Navy burger is a must and we felt warmly welcomed. Reasonably priced too!

Don't expect any arcades - there is ostensibly nothing to link Dobuita to gaming.

Shops are a little odd and intimidating. I think the issue might be that they have problems with shop lifting. We were scrutinised and followed in every shop (we are two well-dressed 30 year old white women) and shouted at rudely in Yokusaka Collections - seemingly for no reason at all. Just casually browsing. The shop keeper was asleep and we woke him up, but that's hardly our fault. It was unpleasant and alarming and the first time that's happened in Japan. Tense.

Go and look. It's a really interesting place. A tiny walk from the JR station.
Written 25 April 2016
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Masato Takayasu
Japan1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
In August 2023, I went to Dobuita Shopping Street.

Located between Sioiri and Yokosuka-Chuo, Dobuita Shopping Street is a street where restaurants, bars, and clothes shops flourish.

There is a hamburger shop chosen as one of the top 100 hamburger shops in Japan. On the way to the store, there were queues in front of some stores. The queues included not only Japanese but also many foreigners.

Humberger shops in Dobuita Shopping Street sell "navy burgers". This hamburger is bigger and simpler than Japanese common hamburgers. Many visitors to this street come here for this purpose.

I visited navy burger stores that day, and the staff at all of them were kind enough to explain and compare products.

Dobuita Shopping Street is not only home to hamburgers but also to some jackets. On this day, I was shopping at some clothes stores that sell "Sukajan". This Jacket which has a big and flashy embroidery on the back originated in Dobuita Shopping Street.

If you want to have an interest, please stop by if you visit Dobuita Shopping Street.
Written 29 August 2023
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syawal p
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
This is one of place in Yokosuka whuch you can find Halal food. There is small shop that sells kebab, burger by Turkey/Syrian.
Written 2 October 2018
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Dave J
Milton, PA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
This was a very fun place. Lots of neat shops by day, and fun clubs at night. A very safe neighborhood with people just having a good time. Some very good food along here too.
Written 16 April 2018
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Andrew K
Zushi, Japan202 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
We went in the middle of the day and most stores were closed. Seems to be a mixture of eateries and shops selling military and souvenir clothes. Much smaller area than imagined.
Written 21 July 2017
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Nelson4704
Yokosuka, Japan94 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Solo
Dobuita Street lies one block off the U.S. Naval Base. The street is filled with bars and restaurants frequented by the sailors and workers from the Base. It also has a number of shops catering to a younger crowd. At one end is the Yokosuka Art Theater and a major hotel. The Shiori Train Station is also on that end of the street. The area is lively at night and weekends. Security is good as both the Japanese POLICE and Shore Patrol also stroll the streets. Also a currency exchange is located at the opposite end directly across from the Base entrance.
Written 23 October 2016
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tampamar
Tampa, FL19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
This is the main street where sailors go off the Navy Base in Yokosuka. It is loaded with bars, a few eating establishments (mostly what I'd call pub grub) and a few shopping places.
Written 13 June 2016
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Caroline Y
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
Dobuita "The Honch" has some very old shops tucked in here and there that sell traditional arita china, dolls, aa well as shops that sell WW2 type jackets, patches, gear, great trendy take away ethnic food. It's a great street for taking a morning walk, then come evening enjoy the bars and the festive night crew.
Written 2 March 2016
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