Whenever Asakusa is mentioned, the first thing that comes to people’s minds is Sensoji temple, Nakamise Dori, Tokyo Sky Tree and other tourist attractions. However, these are not the only things that you will find in the city that was once the biggest pleasure district in Tokyo.
Asakusa is also well-known for its delicious local delicacies. This is also the reason why Asakusa is one of the top tourist destinations in Tokyo. As you visit the many attractions in the city, you will notice that there are many restaurants and other food establishments that serve exclusive and tasty dishes that you will only find in Asakusa.
1. Tsuruya (つるや)
Tsuruya is a good restaurant in Asakusa that serves unagi (fresh-water eel). They have set menus with various main dishes such as eel, sashimi, and tempura. A great alternative for people who are looking for something different to eat, aside from the common dishes that you see every day.
Address: 3-38-3 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
2. Yoshikami Asakusa (ヨシカミ浅草)
If you’re in Asakusa and craving for Western food such as beef stew, then there is no better place to go than Yoshikami. Just a few minutes walk from Sensoji Temple; this old style restaurant also serve Western and Japanese cuisines at affordable prices.
Address: 1-41-4 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Website: http://www.yoshikami.co.jp (Japanese Only)
3. Azumabashi Yabusoba (吾妻橋薮そば)
The interior of Azumabashi Yabusoba promotes a comfortable and calming atmosphere which is perfect for those who want to enjoy Japanese soba in peace. The light and springy noodles dipped in the sauce will satisfy your soba craving. They also let you choose between two kinds of dipping sauce, the soy sauce, and sweet sesame flavor.
Address: 1-11-2 Azumabashi Sumida Tokyo
4. Kamameshi Mutsumi (釜めしむつみ)
Kamameshi Mutsumi is found behind Sensoji Temple. It is an old Japanese restaurant with tatami floors, and their specialty dish is Gomoku Kamameshi. It is a dish made up of seafood, chicken, rice and other ingredients mixed to perfection. Their special seafood that includes crab, salmon, shiitake, scallops, and shrimp is one of the best seafood dishes that you will find in Asakusa. The literal translation of” Kamameshi” is kettle rice. It is a traditional rice dish that is cooked in an iron pot called “Kama” (hence the reason it’s called Kamameshi).
Address: 3-32-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku Tokyo
5. Onigiri Asakusa Yadoroku (おにぎり浅草宿六)
Onigiri is the staple food of Japan, and if you love onigiri, then you have to visit the Onigiri Asakusa Yadoroku restaurant. It is hailed as the oldest onigiri restaurant in Tokyo that started in 1954. They have a good range of toppings which include shirasu, okaka, ume, salmon and tarako. Lunch sets are available for an affordable price of ¥660.
Address: 3-9-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku Tokyo
6. 468 (Europe)
The specialty of 468 Restaurant in Asakusa is known for serving various Japanese dishes including sushi. This shop is very popular with the tourists and locals alike. Their mackerel sushi is highly recommended and most people order it as a takeout. If you want to eat delicious Japanese dishes or want to try their mackerel sushi, head straight to 468, you will not regret it.
Address: 3-23-14 Nishiasakusa, Taito 111-0035, Tokyo
7. Komagata Dozeu (駒形どぜう)
Komagata Dozeu is an old traditional Japanese restaurant that specializes in Dojo Nabe (loach hotpot). This restaurant has three floors floors including the basement, and the only difference is that the first floor have tatami mats and the second floor and basement have chairs. The loach hotpot is a traditional delicacy that is best eaten in early summer. You won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in love with this unique and delicious dish!
Address: 1-7-12 Komagata, Taito-ku Tokyo
8. Kameju (亀十)
Kameju is a very popular Japanese sweets shop and their Dorayaki and Daifuku are known to locals very well. Indulge yourself and try out everything they have to offer. You will love their sweet bean paste fillings, and it would be a waste not to buy a few as souvenirs for your family and friends.
Address: 2-18-11 Kaminarimon Taito Tokyo
9. Asakusa Naniwaya (浅草浪花家)
Naniwaya is a Japanese confectionary shop that is well known because of their taiyaki (Fish-shaped dessert filled with bean paste) and Asayake. Asayake is shaved ice dessert topped with a sweet milk syrup, strawberries syrup, and sweet bean paste. People who like sweets will go “gaga” over these two desserts and would definitely come back for more.
Address: 2-12-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku Tokyo
Website: http://a-naniwaya.com (Japanese Only)
10. Fruits Parlour Goto (フルーツパーラーゴトー)
Fruits Parlour Goto is a haven for seasonal fruits, cream and anything in between! These delicious and healthy concoctions are hard to resist and visiting this place at least once when you are in Asakusa is an experience worth having.
Address: 2-15-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku Tokyo
All information in this article is as of May 2017
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