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Hokoten is a shortened version of the Japanese phrase Hokousha Tengoku (歩行者天国) which means "pedestrian paradise". In Japan, the term is used to refer to streets that are closed off to vehicle traffic so that people (pedestrians) can enjoy walking on the road, watching street performers and musicians, having a bite to eat in the middle of the road, and socializing.

Tokyo Pedestrian Paradise Locations

In Tokyo, as of 2008, there are three active Hokoten and one very famous Hokoten that was shut down several years ago, but still remembered fondly by many people. Here is a list of Tokyo Hokousha Tengoku:

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