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ASAKUSA GUIDE
2014 November 27th
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Nihongo Japanese Class
Temple and Shrine
Art in Asakusa
Sushi Unagi Eel Whale
Oshima Island
Hakkaisan Sake
Ando Tadao san
Puratto Kodama
Hokkaido + East Japan
7 billion people
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Sumo in Tokyo
Roam Around Japan
Live Camera Tokyo
Ukiyoe Japan
Daibutsu and Kan-non
Vegetarian and Vegan
(HND) and (NRT)
Lost in Tokyo
New Vending Machines
Japanese Knife
Amphibious Vehicle
Cat Cafe Neko Cafe
Onsen Hot Spring
Seishun 18 Kippu
Fireworks Festival 2014
Tofu Exclusive
Japanese Chess Shogi
ANA B787 or Lufthansa?
Lucky Cat Shrine
Tohoku Big 6 Festival
Best Japanese Sweets
Climbing Mt.Fuji
Sky Tree Gourmet
Tokyo Amateur Orchestra
Ogasawara Islands
Ramen Review
Asakusa 51578+???
Bonsai Experience
Aomori One Day Trip
Tokyo Only Cafe
Baseball Yakyu
Manga Anime Otaku
Tokyo Sky Tree
Earthquake and Tsunami
Hakone Fuji Tour
Tsukiji Fish Market
Japanese Martial Arts
Skiing Japan
Japan Highlights 1
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RESTAURANT and BAR
There are about 50 places recommended on this page. Even you eat 5 meals a day, you need 10 days to stay in Asakusa! Already considering living here in Tokyo? Let's print-out the map and explore with big belly of appetite!
sushi sukiyaki tempura, tendon ramen okonomiyaki
Izakaya (i-zaka-ya)
Stay-Sake-Store is the direct translation, and there are many izakaya under the train tracks (cheap and good) along JR Yamanote line especially between Ueno and Shimbashi. Strong recommend on red lanturn at Andy's Fish (or known as Shin-Hinomoto in Japanese) at Yurakucho station which is not far from Tsukiji Fish Market. Chutoro, Shirako Ponzu, Torinokaraage, Satsumaage, Yakiudon, Asarinosakemushi, Ankimo, Hotate (excellent!) with Guiness Beer (^^)
Butadon (Buta-Don)
Originated in Obihiro Tokachi, Buta-ck opens here in Ueno. Now no need to fly Hokkaido for the good taste but within nice walking distance.
Address : Ueno 3-18-4, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Mizuguchi
Taste of Asakusa family, located in the back alley of small street, easy to order because they have plastic food model in their show case, or better to point-out (nicely) if you see other people enjoy eating their favorite. Finally in 2010, English menu became available!
Address : Asakusa 2-4-9, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Sushi Matsunami
Sukiyabashi Jiro? Mizutani? Sawada? Kozasa? Shimizu? Not satisfied? Too touristic? Would you like to eat truly EDO-MAE (Edo-Tokyo-Style) magic-ed by 50-years experience here in Asakusa? Small hidden in back alley of tranquil resident area is just for you. The table is real, too, of 200-years-old Bizen (Okayama) Hinoki Tree. The Way, Dao or Tao, of the Sushi to rainbow your life! Although, 3rd thought.......isn't it better to split your budget into Unagi eel + Udon + Soba + Okonomiyaki + Tempura + Ramen + Izakaya?
Address : Komagata 1-9-5, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu
Is this in the middle of downtown Tokyo? you might question yourself. Great ambience of traditional and modern Japan, very nice fusion and style. New Edo Style? Between Roppongi and Shibuya.
Address : Nishi-Azabu 1-13-11, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Capcom Bar (CAP BAR)
Game fun is always happy eating/drinking at this restaurant in Shinjuku. BioHazard, Sengoku Basara, Gyakuten Series, Monster Hunter, Dragon's Dogma, Devil May Cry, Street Fighter and more. All kinds of menu related to each game on Sofa table, High table and Counter. Reservation advised, especially on weekends.
Address : Kabukicho 1-3-16, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Roppongi Kaguwa
Japanese traditional entertainment (not Kabuki but Yukaku or Yuukaku style). Similar but more unique is perhaps Robot Show in Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku.
Address : Roppongi 5-4-2, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Blacows (Black Cows)
Kuroge (Black) Wagyu (Cows) is one of the best richest meat in Japan. In the back street of middle of nowhere between Daikanyama - Ebisu - Shibuya, but long queue to eat the best burger of the world. Better than MOS burger. Now also avaialble in Daimaru Tokyo Station. Too far from Asakusa? Then how about Fire House Burger which is 2km west of Ueno station (on the way to Tokyo Dome). And finally, Asakusa has delicious burger shop => Mokudo Tengoku.
Ninja
The famous restaurant is not located in Asakusa but in Akasaka. Your tongue will be happily twisted by their delicious food, and your eyes are magically twisted as well.
Address : Akasaka Tokyu Plaza, Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
YakiteBaR Shimizu-Minato
New opened Yakitori (Tebasaki wing) from Shimizu-Minato, Shizuoka. Izakaya Bar style. The owner knows how to cook real chicken. Winter time has great Oden, too.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 1-9-6, one of the opposite corner of Higashi Honganji Temple
Tonkatsu (Pork cutlet) Sand
You might have heard of another world famous cutlet restaurant like Maisen, ate already there? Would you like to try another, more local selected, version? Needless to mention about their tender pork with mouthwatering sauce, the secret is also in their buns which comes from Tokyo's best bakery (also located here in Asakusa!). From 17:30 it becomes Okonomiyaki restaurant. Shop transforms in such way is very rare, Ninja style?
Pizzeria San Gusto
The famous Asakusa Italiano! Many say that it is actually better than in Italia. True? Yes, you may find it out from the simple classic Margherita. Sushi? or Pizza? Actually why not both here in Asakusa!
Address : Nishi-Akasaka 2-26-10, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hitsumabushi
The Unagi Eel Restaurant. Best O-Cha-Zu-Ke (Cha-Zu-Ke) with eel in Tokyo. One menu has three delicious tastes at once. Much better than three-in-one coffee.
Magurobito
Sushi restaurant. TV viewers voted this the top kaiten-zushi (sushi) restaurant in Tokyo. Maguro is tuna, Bito is tuna, so the restaurant is actually Tuna-Man. Temporary closed due to building itself re-construction.
Address : Asakusa 1-5-9, Orange dori ave.
CoCo ichiban-ya Curry House
Curry restaurant. Lots of variety of curry taste. Some shop with Teppan-yaki. Take-out and Home-delivery is available.
Address : Hanakawado 1-3-2, nearby Tobu Asakusa Station
Kushisuke at Kaminarimon
Yakitori and Kushiyaki and Ochazuke. Only 30 seconds walk from the thunder gate (Kaminarimon). Lunch has good deal except weekends.
Address : Asakusa 1-2-12
Gyouza (Gyoza) no Ohsho (Ooshou)
Ramen noodle, gyoza, chaahan (fried rice), and more at very reasonable price.
Address : Asakusabashi 1-14-6, right at JR Asakusabashi Station
Sushihatsu Souhonten
Sushi restaurant. Opened in 1910, still making customer's mouth happy at local price (especially lunch deal).
Address : Asakusa 1-12-10, Sushiya dori ave.
Tora-Fugu-Tei
All about Fugu, the puff fish restaurant. They are swimming in the aquarium tank at the gate. You watch them swimming before it comes to your table.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 2-14-15, Kokusai dori ave.
Gin no Sara (silver dish)
Sushi and Udon noodle delivery all around downtown Tokyo including Asakusa.
Address : All over downtown Tokyo
Kappou Matsumoto
Fugu (puff fish) restaurant. Look up, there is a puff fish above your head!
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 1-1-13, Kokusai dori ave.
Takenawa
Tempura, Japanese cuisine restaurant. Only local knows. Right in front of exit 3 of Tawaramachi station. Kakuni and Tempura are awesome taste.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 1-1-17, Kokusai dori ave.
Aoimarushin
Tempura restaurant. Opened in 1946, right after the World War 2.
Address : Asakusa 1-4-4, Kaminarimon dori ave.
Daikokuya
Tempura restaurant. There is always a lunch time queue at this Meiji-era tempra restaurant.
Address : Asakusa 1-38-10, Denbouin dori ave.
Tempura Fukuoka (from New York?)
Came back from NYC (more than 30 years experience, SONY founder also appreciated his masterpiece), very nice and authentic tempura. Dinner time listens Jazz with Sake. Very good cost performance, no other place can serve like this. Special made Tsukemono (Kounomono) and Osuimono (Owan) are also Ginza top class. All hour non smoking. Delicious pictures are available at this page.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 2-7-8 (right in front of Retrometro Hostel)
Owariya
Tempura, Soba restaurant. Monks of Sensouji Temple goes often this Tempura and Soba noodle. Wanna become enlighted?
Address : Asakusa 1-1-3, Kaminarimon dori ave.
Namiki Yabusoba
Soba restaurant. Opened in 1913, one of the three greatest Yabu Noodle. One of the best in Japan.
Address : Kaminarimon 2-11-9
Tsuruya
Soba, Tempura, Katsudon restaurant. Local family restaurant which makes own noodle (not buys from factory) comes with fresh soup. Their Katsu-don is so special and rich in taste.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 2-1-2, Kikusui dori ave.
Katsukichi
Tonkatsu, Katsudon restaurant. Specialized in Miso taste Tonkatsu. You may enjoy their 50 variety styles, say, Cheese Tonkatsu, Gyouza Tonkatsu, Nattou Tonkatsu and you name it!
Address : Asakusa 1-21-12, Asakusa Chuo dori ave.
Ichimatsu
Kaiseki, Fugu, Japanese cuisine restaurant. Kaiseki with Geisha and Japanese Garden. What else would you need?
Address : Kaminarimon 1-15-1
Kamameshi Haru
Kamameshi restaurant. Vegetable and Chicken on rice pot (Kama in Japanese), served in hot, made right after your order.
Address : Asakusa 1-14-9
Tofu Kawakaze
Tofu, Yuba restaurant. Toufu (Tofu) exclusive! Special lunch with Yuba is highly recommended.
Address : Asakusa 3-34-11
Asakusa Mugitoro
Mugitoro restaurant. Barley rice with Tororo (not Totoro, but Japanese yam, potato), very healthy dish with excellent view of Sumida River.
Address : Kaminarimon 2-2-4, Edo dori ave.
Imahan
Sukiyaki, Shabu-shabu restaurant. Most famous Sukiyaki and Shabu-shabu restaurant in Tokyo. Beef from Japanese cow is rich in taste, melted on your tongue.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 3-1-2, Kokusai dori ave.
Yonekyu
Sukiyaki restaurant. You'll be welcomed with the sound of Drum. Very authentic style with beautiful Japanese garden next to table.
Address : Asakusa 2-17-10, Hisago dori ave.
Chin-ya
Sukiyaki, Shabu-shabu restaurant. Top selected beef from contracted farmer only in Kyushu. Very rich in taste.
Address : Asakusa 1-3-4, Kaminarimon dori ave.
Irokawa
Unagi, Eel. This is the BEST Tokyo Eel restaurant. Get the counter seats and you'll be entertained by the Edo style owner.......actually, the master passed away in early 2014, but next generation is doing as good as before. Long queque is always expected. Once again, the BEST in Tokyo (if not Hatsuogawa which is also in Asakusa, actually just short walking distance from Irokawa).
Address : Kaminarimon 2-6-11
Dojo iidaya
Dojo restaurant. Looks like child of Unagi (eel). Truely Edo style eating, sit on tatami floor and eat on long wooden table shared with others. Happienss truth if shared with good food!
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 3-3-2, Kappabashi-Hon dori ave.
Sometaro
Okonomiyaki, Monjayaki, Yakisoba restaurant. One of the typical Okonomiyaki restaurant in Tokyo. Homely and traditional style house. Only Okonomiyaki, but no Monjayaki.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 2-2-2, Kikusui dori ave.
Shichigosan (753)
Okonomiyaki, Monjayaki, Yakisoba restaurant. Similar to above Sometaro, but local knows where to dine. Almost everyday full with local people. Children of the restaurant became grown up already, the owner has been working very hard to serve delicious foods more than life.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 2-23-7, Kappabashi Hon Dori (Main Avenue)
Kappa Matsuri
Okonomiyaki, Monjayaki, Yakisoba restaurant. Off the main road style restaurant, only local goes for both Monjayaki and Okonomiyaki.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 1-3-14
La Guinguette La Chevre
New French in Aaskusa.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 2-2-13
Torikou
Yakitori, BBQ restaurant. In the late afternoon, the smell of BBQed chicken can reach you anywhere in the block. Lunch special with miso soup can not be avoided.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 1-2-1, Asakusa dori ave.
Hanaya
Yakisoba restaurant. Not even come out from the exit number 3 of Tawaramachi metro station, you'll smell the scent of hplden Yakisoba.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 1-1-18, Kokusai dori ave.
Yoshikami
Hayashi rice, Hamburger steak restaurant. Asakusa actually is well-known for non-Japanese restaurant. In the era of Meiji, Taisho and early Showa, Asakusa was most sophisticated as recent Ginza and Roppongi. Hayashi-Rice is worth trying after long queue.
Address : Asakusa 1-41-4
Kamiya Bar
Bar, Izakaya, Sake, Beer. Japan's first bar born in Meiji era (1880). The atomosphere inside the restaurant makes your beer more tasteful.
Address : Asakusa 1-1-1, Kaminarimon dori ave.
Waiwai
Bar, Izakaya, Sake. Very small family style Izakaya with maximum 10 people. English menu is available. Located in between Taito Ryokan and Sometaro.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 2-2-1, Kikusui dori ave.
Kotou
Chanko Nabe, Sake. Great chance to sit and dine with Sumo wrestler. Goma-Suri-Chanko and Sake is recommended.
Address : Asakusa 3-31-4
Oiwake
Bar, Chanko Nabe, Sashimi restaurant. Minyoh (Japanese folk song) music live with Tsugaru Shamisen.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 3-28-11, Kototoi dori ave.
Otafuku
Oden restaurant. Best Oden in town has history of 100 years. Hidden house behind tall apartment on Kototoi-dori avenue.
Address : Senzoku 1-6-2, Kototoi dori ave.
Hoppy Dori Street
Bar. Cannot avoid a glass or two of sake when you walk through this Food Stall Street. Nostalgia of Showa era. Fukuoka and Pusan has their original style.
West street adjacent to the Sensouji Temple
Campion Ale
Real Ale of British Pub. Onsite brewery right in Asakusa, the same street (Kikusui dori) of Bistro Katori, Taito Ryokan (2-1-4), Sometaro, Mokudoh-Tengoku, YakiteBar, Tokyo Ryokan (2-4-8) and Kikumaru.
Address : Nishi-Asakusa 2-2-2, Kikusui dori ave.
Bar six
Bar. Only the bar you can see Sensouji Temple so close in light. Why not Pagota as well as Sky Tree (New Tokyo Tower) with pure sake drink.
Address : Asakusa 2-34-3, Amuse Museum 6 floor
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