What to Eat in Asakusa

Where to Eat in Asakusa


2020.01.23

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

What to Eat in Asakusa

An old Buddhist temple, a lively shopping street, and touristy souvenirs… Asakusa is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in Tokyo.
Asakusa offers plenty of choice for the hungry traveller. There’s a great selection of local Izakayas -- particularly along Hoppy Street -- that will give you an authentic japanese experience.

  • 01

    Daikokuya (tempura)

    Daikokuya

    Daikokuya

    This is a famous tempura restaurant with a long history. Daikokuya opened in 1887 and has retained its authentic tempura taste to this day. They only use sesame oil to fry their tempura, which gives it a rich flavor that will make your mouth happy. Try their ten don 天丼, a bowl of rice with tempura on top. The sauce sinks into the white rice, which goes perfectly with the tempura.

    Daikokuya

    Daikokuya

    Tempura Daikokuya
    rating

    3.5

    66 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 1-38-10
    phone
    0338441111
    opening-hour
    11:00-20:30[SaturdayPublic h…
  • 02

    Mont Blanc (humburg steak)

    Mont Blanc

    Mont Blanc

    Mont Blanc

    Mont Blanc

    Hamburg steak is something you should try at least once while you are in Japan. It is a juicy patty with a meatloaf kind of texture. Mont Blanc is Asakusa’s most popular hamburg restaurant. There are two branches in Asakusa and both are pretty popular. They have hamburgs with all different kinds of sauces and toppings, such as a cheesy one with tomatoes or featuring Japanese soy sauce with grated daikon radish, and even one in a curry.

    Montblanc (AsakusaShop)
    rating

    4.0

    78 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 1-8-61F
    phone
    0358272771
    opening-hour
    11:00-21:30
  • 03

    Asakusa Gyu-katsu (deep fried beef cutlets)

    Asakusa Gyu-katsu

    Asakusa Gyu-katsu

    Asakusa Gyu-katsu

    Asakusa Gyu-katsu

    Asakusa Gyu-katsu

    Asakusa Gyu-katsu

    This popular restaurant has an hour long wait all the time! They only have gyu-katsu (deep fried beef cutlets) on their menu, which they serve rare so you can grill them yourself. You can select between soy sauce, rock salt, wasabi or mountain wasabi sauce to flavor every bite of your beef. If you want to avoid the long queues, 3pm-5pm is the least crowded time. Their set of gyu-katsu (130g) comes with boiled barley rice with grated yam and spicy fish roe for only 1500 yen.

    Asakusa Gyu-katsu

    Asakusa Gyu-katsu

    浅草牛かつ
    place
    東京都台東区雷門2-17-10 雷門上村ビルB1F
    phone
    03-3842-1800
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  • 04

    Yoshikami (Japanese-style western cuisine )

    Beef Stew 2500 yen  (Additional soup set 1000 yen)

    Beef Stew 2500 yen (Additional soup set 1000 yen)

    Yoshikami

    Yoshikami

    Yoshoku 洋食 literally means “Western food” in Japanese but you’ll often find it isn’t like Western food at all. It’s most definitely different from washoku (Japanese traditional food) however. Yoshikami will show you what yoshoku is all about. People come and wait in line, even before they open. They offer different items each day for their weekday-only lunch (at a good price), so you can try new things if you go there every day.

    Yoshikami
    rating

    4.0

    139 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 1-41-4
    phone
    0338411802
    opening-hour
    11:45-22:30(L.O.22:00)
  • 05

    Magurobito (sushi)

    Magurobito

    Magurobito

    Magurobito

    Magurobito

    There are plenty of sushi restaurants in Asakusa worth recommending. One of them is Magurobito, supposedly the first kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi restaurant in Asakusa. The quality of the sushi here however, is top-notch, and the prices very reasonable. We recommend you try a bottle of their own brand nihonshu (sake) to go with your meal. Magurobito is located at Shin-Nakamise dori, one of the main shopping streets in Asakusa, just a few minutes’ walk from Kaminarimon or Sensoji.

    Magurobito

    Magurobito

    まぐろ人 新仲見世通り店
    place
    東京都台東区浅草1-21-8 シャローグラスビル1・2階
    phone
    03-5828-5838
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  • 06

    Sometaro (pan fried food)

    Sometaro

    Sometaro

    Okonomiyaki (pan fried food)

    Okonomiyaki (pan fried food)

    Sometaro has been loved by local people since the business first opened back in 1937. Its appearance tells a story, with a nostalgic Japanese atmosphere even from the outside. Inside, you'll find many messages left by legendary Japanese writers and actors who loved their okonomiyaki. It has always been popular and today is no exception. Be prepared for the long line if you’re visiting during busy periods.

    furyu Okonomiyaki Sometaro
    rating

    4.5

    863 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Nishiasakusa 2-2-2
    phone
    0338449502
  • 07

    Asakusa Mugitoro (Japanese dish)

    Asakusa Mugitoro

    Asakusa Mugitoro

    Asakusa Mugitoro

    Asakusa Mugitoro

    Walking around the old town of Asakusa can make you very hungry, so you’ll need something that can give you enough energy to sightsee all day! At Asakusa Mugitoro, you can enjoy various Japanese traditional meals with grated yams. They offer an all you can eat system from 11am to 1:30pm and it only costs 1000 yen. They also have kaiseki 懐石 (a Japanese multi course meal) for dinner if you want to try something fancy.

    Asakusa Mugitoro Main Shop
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Kaminarimon 2-2-4
    phone
    0120361066
    opening-hour
    [Weekday]11:00-16:00(L.O.15:…
  • 08

    Alaska (western cuisine)

    Special curry at Alaska. Its taste hasn't changed since 1928

    Special curry at Alaska. Its taste hasn't changed since 1928

    Alaska is a sophisticated restaurant, which has 85 years of history. It is also situated inside the building with the beer shape, which belongs to the Asahi group, one of Japan’s major companies. Alaska is on the 21st floor, so you can imagine how wonderful it will be to have your meal while enjoying the view of Asakusa City and the Sumida River - such a relaxing ambience. Order their 2160 yen beef curry for lunch and experience the taste of richness.

    overlooking the city of Asakusa

    overlooking the city of Asakusa

    Entrance to Alaska

    Entrance to Alaska

    アラスカ 吾妻橋店
    place
    東京都墨田区吾妻橋1-23-1 アサヒビール吾妻橋ビル21階
    phone
    0356085001
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  • 09

    Flamedor (buffet restaurant)

    Flamedor

    Flamedor

    Flamedor

    Flamedor

    The famous golden flame that you can find beside the Sumida River is actually a restaurant. They offer delicious food accompanied by locally brewed beer in a casual atmosphere. At lunchtime, they offer a salad bar buffet. You can order your main dish, with salads, drinks, and dessert served buffet style. Be sure to share your experience eating at this restaurant with a photo, as the golden flame on the top of the building is unique and eye catching.

    Flamedor

    Flamedor

    フラムドール
    place
    東京都墨田区吾妻橋1-23-1 スーパードライホール 1F 2F 3F
    phone
    0356085381
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  • 10

    Yoroiya (ramen noodle)

    Yoroiya

    Yoroiya

    Shoyu (soy sauce) ramen is often recognized as a simple standard because of its light taste. Yoroiya (which is located close to Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, Sensoji) is known as the birthplace of shoyu ramen. Unquestionably, their wafu (Japanese-style) shoyu ramen is their most popular menu item. They offer a set menu where you can have your ramen with their wafu dumplings too. Their dumplings have a tasty, mochi kind of texture and are definitely worth eating.

    Yoroiya
    rating

    4.5

    417 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 1-36-7
    phone
    0338454618
    opening-hour
    11:00-20:30(L.O.)
  • 11

    Unatoto (eel)

    Unatoto

    Unatoto

    Unatoto

    Unatoto

    Unagi, freshwater eel, is something that Japanese people love to eat, especially when they want to recharge their energy. The texture is amazingly soft and simply melts in your mouth. Unagi is regarded as an expensive fish but Unatoto offers unagi on a bowl of rice for just 500 yen. It’s a popular place and you might have to wait in a line at lunchtime, but don’t give up, as people eat and leave quickly.

    Unatoto

    Unatoto

    Unatotoasakusaten
    rating

    4.0

    76 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Hanakawado 1-5-2
    phone
    0338426969
  • 12

    Azumabashi Yabusoba (buckwheat soba noodle)

    Azumabashi Yabusoba

    Azumabashi Yabusoba

    Azumabashi Yabusoba (image)

    Azumabashi Yabusoba (image)

    Azumabashi Yabusoba is a well-established restaurant where you can get delicious soba (buckwheat noodles). Yabusoba is a type of soba that was developed during the Edo period, in the old days of Tokyo. The color is a bit darker and slightly greenish compared to other types of soba and the soup has a saltier taste. One of the best places to try yabusoba if you haven’t yet.

    Namikiyabu Soba
    rating

    4.5

    147 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Kaminarimon 2-11-9
    phone
    0338411340
    opening-hour
    11:00-19:30
  • 13

    Ameshin (candy)

    Ameshin

    Ameshin

    Ameshin is specializes in handmade Amezaiku, a traditional Japanese candy sculpture, often resembling animals such as goldfish, rabbits and pandas. Amezaiku dates back to the 8th century, but has gotten a revival as of late, perhaps thanks to the artisans at this store. The company also has a small workshop space in Asakusa, where you can try making these edible pieces of art by yourself. The workshops usually last for about 90 minutes and will set you back 3000 yen. And another shop is located in Solamachi, below Tokyo Sky Tree.

  • 14

    Hoppy Street (main street for food and drinks)

    Hoppy Street

    Hoppy Street

    Not far from Sensoji you’ll find the main street for food and drinks in Asakusa. Hoppy Street is lined with izakayas, most of which offer outdoor seats during the warmer months. The crowd consists of a pleasant mix of locals and visitors, and the prices are very reasonable. Several of the Izakayas along Hoppy Street offer English menus. As the name of the area implies, most if not all of the shops here also offer Hoppy, an old fashioned Japanese drink that dates back to the 1940’s and tastes like beer but hardly contains any alcohol (usually just 0.8%). When you order hoppy, it usually comes with a half filled mug of "Shochu(Japanese distilled spirits)" , which you mix the Hoppy with according to taste (and your desire to get drunk).

    Another local specialty here is motsuni もつ煮(beef tripe stew) and you can try it at Tonpei とん平. Or if you’d prefer to try a wide range of sashimi, such as horse, whale, and tuna, head to Takahashi 高橋.

    Tonpei

    Tonpei

    Takahashi

    Takahashi

    Hoppy Street
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Asakusa 2-3-19

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