Food trucks in Japan used to be found mostly at sporting events or other large events, and often the trucks were operated by brand name food manufacturers. Now updated versions of food trucks, dubbed "Neo Kitchen Cars", are offering take-away food at locations in cities.
Public open space cannot be used for kitchen cars in Japan, so kitchen cars often must rent space for their vehicles. One website specializes in matching kitchen cars with landlords who have a driveway or storefront parking available for rent.
Tokyo International Forum Neo Stall Village.
Another company seeks to have kitchen cars use large open spaces owned by and adjacent to office building properties. Workstore Tokyo Do a provider of food vendors for events, matches building owners with the kitchen car operators and coordinates kitchen car schedules and locations. Tables are setup in the open space and the kitchen cars rent space there. The firm manages 33 locations in the Tokyo area. Almost 450 kitchen car operators are registered with the company and 200 of those operators have been assigned locations.
Kitchen car locations can be tracked online. Idouhanbai Navi is one website that lists locations of kitchen cars throughout Japan. The site also describes the foods offered by each mobile food neo stall.
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