‘Dusseldorf is home to a vibrant, thriving Japanese Quarter. The Japanese Quarter in the Dusseldorf is home to the largest Japanese population in Germany..’
The Japanese Quarter in Dusseldorf is home to around 6,500 Japanese people, including Germans with Japanese heritage. The city has the third largest Japanese population in Europe, behind Paris and London.
Dusseldorf provides a base for hundreds of Japanese companies and, due to this, there are numerous employees and their families living in the city. Those residents have established the Japanese Quarter in Dusseldorf.
Also known as Little Tokyo or Japan Town, the Japanese Quarter in Dusseldorf is filled with oriental charm and amazing food. It’s a thriving but peaceful part of the city centre and is home to the a large percentage of Japanese businesses.
Known locally as ‘Nippon am Rhein’ or ‘Nippon on the Rhine’, the area mirrors the Chinatowns I’m more familiar with in Scotland and England. When it comes to Asian food and culture, I’m never one to pass up an opportunity to indulge…
If you want to immerse yourself in the Japanese Quarter in Dusseldorf, this is the place for you. The main area runs from Berliner Allee to the Haupbanhoft (central railway station). It’s not uncommon to enter the Japanese Quarter and hear no German being spoken, which can be a rather strange experience at first.
In addition to Asian and Japanese supermarkets that are here, it has nail salons, bakeries and travel agencies. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy traditional cuisine in the heart of the city. Sushi and tempura are main stays of the menus and there’s a wide selection of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Try out the amazing selection of bubble teas available at Sphere Tea Manga Cafe.
EKO House of German-Japanese Culture
The primary function of EKO House is the progression of East-West relations in the city. It also promotes Japanese culture, which is especially relevant in Dusseldorf. In addition to having an international nursery on site, there’s also a Buddhist research facility and a large library. This consists of three departments, devoted to music, visual arts and literature. Locals (and tourists) are encouraged to visit the house and enjoy the facilities.
Next to the EKO House is the largest Shin-Buddhist Temple in Europe. The facility is often used for concerts and events and has a pretty house, tea room and small garden. The temple is open to the public and actively encouraged to learn more about Japanese culture. The grounds are immaculate and, if my garden at home looked like this, I’d honestly never leave because OMG.
This pretty attraction isn’t actually in the Japanese Quarter, but it is well worth visiting due to its quality. The peaceful garden is part of the larger Nordpark, which is a little north of the city centre. It incorporates lots of traditional elements in its 5000 square metres.
There are numerous Japanese pine and maple trees, colourful flowers, and a pond with lanterns and seating. As a symbol of the bond between Germany and Japan, the garden demonstrates how well the cultures have merged in the city. The sense of serenity in the garden makes it the perfect place to escape the hectic pace of daily life.
Have you visited the Japanese Quarter in Dusseldorf?