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Asakusa’s 20 Must Eat Dishes at Restaurants with a History

Asakusa in Tokyo has many tourist spots. There are so many restaurants and it can be overwhelming. Asakusa offers different kinds of food that could please anyone.

#1. Skytree Ten Down

Skytree Tempura Tower Bowl
Reference: flickr.com

Skytree Ten Don is made with three large prawns deep friend and stacked in the shape of a tower. Kamimura speacializes in tempura, soba, and udon. The tempura is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This dish is modeled after the Tokyo Skytree, the tower was built in 2010 but wasn’t completed until 2012. The Skytree has a broadcasting station, restaurants, and an observation deck. It is the tallest tower in Japan at 634 meters.
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Kamimura

Address: 1-18-13 Narihira, Sumida Ward, Tokyo

Access: 2 minute walk from Tokyo Skytree Station

Hours:
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Sundays)

Phone: 03-3625-1205

Website: –

Tabelog: Kamimura

 

#2. Sushi Zanmai Asakusa

Sushi Zanmai Asakusa
Reference: flickr.com

Sushi Zanmai serves sashimi, nigiri, and seafood bowls. There is a good selection of fish for a reasonable price. There are sushi set plates or a la catre items. There are 50 branches between Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Sushi Zanmai Asakusa

Address: 1-3-6 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 24 hours

Phone: 03-5826-1375

Website: Sushi Zanmai

 

#3. Unagi Maekawa

Eel Maekawa
Reference: flickr.com

Once you eat the eel from Eel Maekawa, you will be addicted. This restaurant was established over 200 years ago, the flavors and recipes haven’t changed. Wild eel can have a certain smell, Maekawa uses that type of eel and that makes them unique. The eel is fluffy and a darker type of soy sauce is used, it is a very fragrant dish.
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Unagi Maekawa

Address: 2-1-29 Komagata, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Phone: 03-3841-6314

Website: Unagi Maekawa (Japanese)

 

#4. Namikiyabu Soba

Namikiyabu Soba
Reference: flickr.com

Namikiyabu Soba is a very popular soba restaurant in Asakusa. People line up to eat this delicious soba, sometimes accompanied with tempura. Soba is noddles made from buckwheat flour. There are 36 seats at this restaurant and they opened in 1913. There are normal tables and there are low tables for sitting on a tatami mat.
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Namikiyabu Soba

Address: 2-11-9 Kaminarimon, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
*Closed on Thursdays

Phone: 03-3841-1340

Website: –

Tabelog: Namikiyabu Soba

 

#5. Asakusa Imahan

Asakusa Imahan
Reference: flickr.com

Asakusa Imahan was rebuilt in 1928 after the Great Kanto Earthquake, business started again in October 2008, the new Kokusai Street location became the head restaurant. Asakusa Imahan has been serving customers for over 100 years, there are different style room for any occasion. There is private dining with a “sunken kotatsu” and a big hall or a detached room. The restaurant serves their own exclusive Imahan Wagyu Beef. They serve beef sukiyaki, beef bowls, and much more. For souvenirs or gifts, there is roast beef, hamburger steak, and so much more. Beef Tsukudani is one of their most popular gifts. Beef Tsukudani is from about 100 years back, people back then thought this was cool. It has been available since 1945. It pairs well with sake and rice.
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Asakusa Imahan

Address: 3-1-12 Nishiasakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk to Tawaramachi Station

Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Phone: 03-3841-1114

Website: Asakusa Imahan

 

#6. Tsukushi Okonomiyaki

Tsukushi Okonomiyaki
Reference: tabelog.com

Tsukushi Okonomiyaki specializes in okonomiyaki, monjayaki, and yakisoba. Tsukushi has been around for more than 40 years and on the weekends the restaurant can sometimes have parties of 20 or more. All of the food is prepared by hand and customers can enjoy cooking the food by themselves. On busy days, some items can be sold-out early in the day so it is recommended to go for lunch.
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Tsukushi Okonomiyaki

Address: 2-4-13 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 8 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Phone: 03-3844-3343

Website: Tsukushi Okonomiyaki (Japanese)

 

#7. Daigokuya Tempura

Daigokuya Tempura
Reference: tabelog.com

Daigokuya Tempura serves large deep fried prawns covered in a slight sweet sauce. The tempura can be ordered with or without rice. They also serve pickled veggies and fish. Daigokuya Tempura has been around since 1887 and they have continued to use the same recipe.
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Daigokuya Tempura

Address: 1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 8 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours:
11:10 AM – 8:30 PM (Weekdays & Sunday),
11:30 AM – 9:00 PM (Saturday & National holidays)

Phone: 03-3844-1111

Website: Daigokuya Tempura

 

#8. Asakusa Kagetsudo

Asakusa Kagetsudo
Reference: Asakusa Kagetsudo

Kagetsudo is famous for the “Jumbo Melonpan”, they only sell 3,000 per day and the shop has been around since 1945. There can sometimes be a three hour wait to get this delicious Melonpan. It’s crunchy on and outside and soft on the inside. You can get the Melonpan by itself or with ice cream. During the summer, they have flaky shaved ice with ice cream or mochi balls. Melonpan is enriched dough covered with a thin layer of crisp cookie dough.
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Asakusa Kagetsudo

Address: 2-7-13 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 9 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
*Closed when sold-out

Phone: 03-3847-5251

Website: Asakusa Kagetsudo (Japanese)

 

#9. Unagi Irokawa

Unagi Irokawa
Reference: flickr.com

Unagi means freshwater eel in Japanese and Irokawa knows how to prepare the best eel. Unagi is usually served with rice and miso soup. Irokawa uses a special sauce so this unagi has a new distinctive flavor. Irokawa’s eel is very fluffy and rich in flavor. At the restaurant there can be a long wait because there is only 12 seats. This food is definitely worth the wait. Irokawa opened in 1861 and they haven’t changed their recipes.
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Unagi Irokawa

Address: 2-6-11 Kaminarimon, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
*Closed Sundays and Holidays

Phone: 03-3844-1187

Website: –

Tabelog: Unagi Irokawa (Japanese)

 

#10. Komakata Dozeu

Komakata Dozeu
Reference: flickr.com

Komata Dozeu was established in 1801, eating this food will take you back to the Edo period. They have not changed any precipices since opening. “Dozeu” or loach has a unique taste and tough bones. Komata Dozeu cooks the loaches with sake in a soy sauce base soup stock with Japanese leek. The fish bones become soft and you can eat the whole fish.
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Komakata Dozeu

Address: 1-7-12 Komagata, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Phone: 03-3842-4001

Website: Komakata Dozeu

 

#11. Okonomiyaki Sometarou

Okonomiyaki Sometarou
Reference: flickr.com

Okonomiyaki Sometarou specializes in okonomiyaki, monjayaki, and yakisoba. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake, toppings change based on region. Monjayaki is a mixture of meat and vegetables in a batter. It is more watery than okonomiyaki. Yakisoba is pan-fried noodles with meat and vegetables. At Okonomiyaki Sometarou you can cook the food yourself or have the waiter cook it for you.
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Okonomiyaki Sometarou

Address: 2-2-2 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Tawaramachi Station

Hours: 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Phone: 03-3844-9502

Website: –

Tabelog: Okonomiyaki Sometarou

 

#12. Kamiya Bar

Kamiya Bar
Reference: wikipedia.org

Kamiya Bar was the first bar in Japanese history and established in 1880. People come here for the atmosphere. The bar’s address means that it was the first block in the first district made. Kamiya Bar opened 125 years ago.

Kamiya Bar
Reference: flickr.com

Their signature drink is Denki Bran (Electric Brandy) – a sweet blend of wine, gin and brandy. This bar is considered a legend and it is an old-western style bar.
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Kamiya Bar

Address: 1-1-1 Asakusa, Taitou ward, Tokyo

Access: 2 minute walk from Asakusa station

Hours: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Phone: 03-3841-5400

Website: Kamiya Bar (Japanese)

 

#13. Asakusa Menchi

Asakusa Menchi
Reference: tabelog.com

Asakusa Menchi’s specialty is meat croquettes. They use good quality meat and the outside is crunchy. These are best when eaten hot. Try it without sauce first, then add their special mustard to increase the flavor. Asakusa Menchi has been using the same pork meat since 1985.
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Asakusa Menchi

Address: 2-3-3 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Phone: 03-6231-6629

Website: Asakusa Menchi (Japanese)

 

#14. Asakusa Yoshikami

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Reference: tabelog.com

Yoshikami opened in December 1951 with 10 seats. They serve western style food and everything is made from scratch. The building might look old from the outside, but the food is delicious. They serve steak, chicken, pasta, seafood, and much more. This many seem like everyday food but there is a sense of nostalgia while eating at this restaurant.
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Asakusa Yoshikami

Address: 1-41-4 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 11:45 AM – 10:30 PM
*Closed on Thursdays

Phone: 03-3841-1802

Website: Asakusa Yoshikami (Japanese)

 

#15. Sekai Cafe Asakusa

Sekai Cafe Asakusa
Reference: tabelog.com

Sekai Cafe strives to serve food that is religion, ideology, or allergy conscious. There is vegetarian, Muslim, and organic food options. There is an English menu, free wifi, electrical outlets, and payment with card is available. Almost every ingredients used is organic. The yakisoba is made with soy meat and lightly seasoned with salt. It is pan-fried with vegetables and topped with fresh basil and a lemon wedge.
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Sekai Cafe Asakusa

Address: 1-18-8 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Phone: 03-6802-7300

Website: Sekai Cafe Asakusa

 

#16. Grill Sakura

Grill Sakura
Reference: flickr.com

Grill Sakura serves western food and the restaurant has been around for 40 years. The main dishes are beef stew, fried foods, and sandwiches. The beef stew is cooked for a long time and the beef is very very tender. It is a small restaurant with only 16 seats.
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Grill Sakura

Address: 3-32-4 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 11 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours:
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
*Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Phone: 03-3873-8520

Website: –

Tabelog: Grill Sakura

 

#17. Kameju Dorayaki

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Reference: simplethings.jp

Kameju is a specialty dorayaki shop. Dorayaki is two castella-like pancakes with sweet red beans. The first dorayaki was made in 1914 in there was only one pancake. Dora mean gong in Japanese and legend says that the first dorayaki was made when a samurai named Benkei was left his gong at a farmer’s house and from then on the farmer used the gong to make pancakes. At Kamejuu the pancakes are soft and they are packed with sweet red bean.
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Kameju Dorayaki

Address: 2-18-11 Kaminarimon, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 1 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Phone: 03-3841-2210

Website: Kameju (Japanese)

 

#18. Asakusa Mugitoro

Asakusa Mugitoro
Reference: tabelog.com

Akakusa Mugitoro is a specialty shop for mugitoro. Tororo is a sticky paste made from grating a yam. It is mixed with other foods such as dashi, wasabi, and green onions. You can add the ingredients yourself. It is usually eaten with udon or soba. Mugitoro is a wheat dish made from pouring the cold tororo on top of the cooked wheat. Akakusa Mugitoro serves mugitoro hot pot using special dashi from Nagoya. This is the perfect dish to eat in winter.
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Asakusa Mugitoro

Address: 2-2-4 Kaminarimon, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 1 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Phone: 03-3842-1066

Website: Asakusa Mugitoro (Japanese)

 

#19. Kamameshi Haru

Kamameshiharu Asakusa Head Store
Reference: tabelog.com

Kamameshi Haru Asakusa is a specialty restaurant serving clay pot rice. The restaurant opened in 1926 and there is 210 seats. Large parties can be held at this restaurant. The rice is cooked with meat or fish and vegetables. There are seasonal dishes available for a limited time.
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Kamameshi Haru Asakusa

Address: 1-14-9 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 6 minute walk from Asakusa Stion

Hours: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Phone: 03-3842-1511

Website: –

Tabelog: Kamameshi Haru Asakusa

 

#20. Tsukimiso Asakusa

Tsukimiso Asakusa
Reference: tabelog.com

Tsukimiso in Asakusa is a French seafood restaurant. Each dish is made with seasonal vegetables and seafood. Abalone is the restaurant’s specialty, it is cooked to perfection while being very thick and juicy. There are various types of alcohol to pair with your dish. There are limited time menu items that only come is courses. They also serve oysters, steak, lobster and much more.
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Tsukimiso

Address: 2-11-8 Kaminarimon, Taito Ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Hours:
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Weekdays)
11:30 AM – 9:00 PM (Weekends)

Phone: 03-3841-8949

Website: Tsukimiso (Japanese)

 

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