From the National Museum of Western Art to the Tokyo National Museum, to the cherry blossoms in Ueno park to the Pagoda of Kanei-Ji Temple, the Ueno district of the Taito ward of Tokyo attracts locals and tourists alike. A public concert hall is also a great place for music lovers. But when seeing and listening is done, it is important to taste the good food, and it’s more important to get the food fast, on the streets.

Ueno offers various street foods as there is one of the most famous shopping streets in Tokyo: Ameyoko Shopping Street. Find the best snack that feels your appetites!

1. Sliced fruits from Hyakkaen

If you wish to eat light, Hyakkaen is the place to be. They offer various fresh fruits to free you from processed supermarket edibles or hotel room dinners. Hyakkaen is near the entrance of Ameyoko Shopping Street, and there you will find many fruits from Japan and from other countries. You will find skewered fruits, which is perfect to have it while enjoying sightseeing in Ueno.

Address: 6-chome-10-12 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

2. Croquette and Menchikatsu from Niku No Ohyama

Niku No Ohyama specializes in ground meat cutlets, croquette, and more other meaty goodies. Their dishes of curry and hamburg, which are offered at their restaurant, are affordable, and they are popular for it. They offer three types of Menchikatsu at the front of the shop: Tokusei (Deluxe) Menchi, Takumi-no-wagyu Menchi, and Yamitsuki Menchi. All of them are made with wagyu beef, which makes the Menchikatsu extra juicy and meaty!

Address: 6-chome-13-2 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: (Japanese Only)

3. Sashimi Rice Bowl from Minatoya Shokuhin

Sashimi rice bowls are worth waiting to have at Minatoya Shokuhin. They stock fresh seafood from the market, which means they offer high-quality sashimi. With great tuna, yellowtail and salmon, etc., their sashimi rice bowl starts from 500 yen. Choose your favorite pieces of sashimi and enjoy fresh seafood!

Address: 4-chome-1-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: (Japanese Only)

4. Taiyaki from Kanda Tatsuma

Taiyaki is a Japanese fished shaped pancake. The most common filling is the red bean paste that is made from the Azuki beans. Kanda Tatsuma also offers custard cream filling if you are not a fan of red bean paste. The shape of their taiyaki is unique with the part around the fish. They made taiyaki into such shape so that customers could enjoy the flavor of the dough itself. Stop by Kanda Tatsuma to have one of the most famous snacks that locals love.

Address: 6-chome-12-17 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

5. Dorayaki from Usagiya

Dorayaki is a red-bean pancake which consists of two small pan-cakes like patties from castella puts a filling of sweet azuki bean paste between them. It is like jam sandwiched between a special dough like a pancake but moister and with distinctive yellow coloring. Usagiya offers one of the best Doroyakis in Japan, and many locals name this place as their favorite dorayaki shop. No wonder Usagiya continues their business from 1913, which means, more than 100 years!

Address: 1-chome-10-10 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: (Japanese Only)

6. Bubble Tea from Toki 17

Bubble teas are Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Tainan and Taichung in the 1980s. Bubble Tea has become so popular in Japan in the past few years, and many tea stands appeared all around Tokyo. At Toki 17, the wait for the Bubble Tea is always worth it. The store is tucked in an alley inside of the market, but you would not regret taking the stress to find it.

Address: 6-chome-10-7 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

7. Grilled Soup Dumplings from Saikoshun Shanghai Shoronpou

This Chinese street food stall offers various small dishes perfect for snacks. Among them, their grilled soup dumplings are the most popular dish on their menu. Their freshly baked dumplings have hot soup inside, which is perfect for a cold day. The dumpling is very chewy, and filling is meaty. A perfect bite-sized snack to have while sightseeing in Ueno.

Address: 4-chome-7-8 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: (Japanese Only)

8. Kebab from Moses San No Kebab

Kebabs are a kind of pita sandwich, with their origin in Middle Eastern Cuisine, which has become one of the standard street foods in Japan in the past ten years. This place offers options of beef, chicken, or a mix of beef and chicken with five kinds of sauces. Their kebabs are quite filling, which is great for even those who are starving. Another great thing about this place is that the owner Moses-san is very funny and talkative.

Address: 6-chome-10-7 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: (Japanese Only)

9. Korean Hot Dog from Arirang Hot Dog

Arirang Hot Dog offers a Korean style corn dog, various fillings wrapped with crunchy breadcrumbs. They offer cheddar cheese + mozzarella cheese, potatoes + mozzarella cheese, simple sausage, sausage + cheddar cheese, etc. The cheesy flavor and chewy texture addict many teenagers in Japan. Korean hotdogs are one of the hottest street foods in Japan now.

Address: 4-chome-1-8 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: (Japanese Only)

10. Roasted Chicken from Chickenman

Chickenman provides chicken-based dishes for more than 20 years. They blend the flavors of Asia (mainly Nepal) and Europe, and that makes people who once had Chickenman’s dishes addicted. They are proud of their signature dish roasted chicken, which uses many kinds of spices to create a deep flavor.

Address: 4-chome-7-8 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo


Information in this article is as of November 2019
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