Restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kappō Yoshiba

The former Miyagino sumo stable is the location for this one-of-a-kind restaurant that has preserved the dōyō (practise ring) as its centrepiece. Playing up to its sumo roots, you can order the protein-packed stew c…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Asakusa Imahan

For a meal to remember, swing by this famous beef restaurant, in business since 1895. Choose between courses of sukiyaki (sauteed beef dipped in raw egg) and shabu-shabu (beef blanched in broth); prices rise accordi…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Misojyu

The Japanese meal staples of rice, in the form of onigiri rice balls, and miso soup, are given a stylish update at Misojyu. All ingredients are organic and recipes range from traditional to contemporary, such as mis…
Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Otafuku

In business for over a century, Otafuku specialises in oden, a classic Japanese hotpot dish of vegetables and seafood simmered in a soy sauce and dashi (fish stock) broth. You can dine cheaply on radishes and kelp, …
Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Onigiri Yadoroku

Onigiri (rice balls), wrapped in crispy sheets of nori (seaweed), are a great Japanese culinary invention. Try them freshly made at Tokyo's oldest onigiri shop, which feels more like a classy sushi counter. The set …
Cafe in Asakusa & Sumida River

Iki Espresso

A blast of Antipodean sunshine in the midst of Tokyo, Iki is a relaxed all-day Aussie cafe complete with avo on toast, ricotta hotcakes and long blacks rather than Americanos. The shopfront opens to the street and a…
Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kintame

This branch of the famous Kyoto-based pickle shop provides tastings of its traditional preserves done in a variety of ways, including with salt, vinegar miso and soy sauce. At a communal table you can also try its f…
Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kappō Miyako

Centuries ago, when Fukagawa was basically a tidal flat, hungry locals would gather clams at the shore, resulting in the neighbourhood's signature dish: fukagawa-meshi (rice steamed with clams). Sample the dish at t…
Izakaya in Asakusa & Sumida River

Shishimaru Shokudō

The house speciality at this eccentric shack-like joint in the shadow of Tokyo Sky Tree is te-uchi udon (handmade wheat noodles); other dishes to sample include tori-ten (chicken tempura) and kurokke (deep-fried pot…
Izakaya in Asakusa & Sumida River

Hoppy-dōri

Along either side of the street popularly known as Hoppy-dōri – ‘hoppy’ is a cheap malt beverage – are rows of izakaya (Japanese pub-eateries) with outdoor seating on rickety stools and plastic tarps for awnings. Do…