Chanko nabe originally known as a Japanese one-pot dish/ hotpot commonly eaten by sumo wrestlers as part of their weight-gain diet. Nowadays, it often served in restaurants operated by retired sumo wrestlers; the first of these, Kawasaki Chanko, was started in 1937 in the Ryogoku district in Tokyo, where is the home to much prominent sumo. Then, Chanko Nabe has become a part of Japanese cuisine especially must-eat food around Tokyo, below is the must go 5 Chanko Nabe restaurants that I’m sure you’d love it!

1. Kotogaume (琴ヶ梅)

The restaurant is owned by the former sumo wrestler Kotogaume. The most popular dishes in Kotogaume is “Suisho Nabe” (crystal hotpot). Suisho Nabe is a salted Chanko Nabe with transparent soup, filled with various kind of ingredients. The restaurant is very particular about fish, therefore, apart from Chanko Nabe, you can enjoy your seafood dishes with drinks such as Japanese sake, which goes great with.

Chanko Nabe at Kotogaume

Chanko Nabe at Kotogaume. From Instagram

Address:
Sagara Building 1F, 3-4-4 Kinshi Sumida Tokyo

Access:
1min walk from JR Sobu Line Kinshicho Station

Hours:
17:00-23:00 (last order 22:00)
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
4,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3624-7887

Website:
http://www13.plala.or.jp/kotogaume/
(Japanese Only)

2. Kawasaki (川崎)

Kawasaki specializes not only Chanko Nabe but also yakitori and other chicken based dishes for side dishes. Their menu is pretty simple, Chanko Nabe, Chanko course, and few a la carte chicken menu. About drinks, you can choose either beer or warm sake, or taru sake (sake in wooden Japanese container in a square shape).

The pretty building and mouth-watering Chanko Nabe at Kawasaki

The pretty building and mouth-watering Chanko Nabe at Kawasaki. From Instagram

Taru sake

Taru sake. From Instagram

Address:
2-13-1 Ryogoku Sumida-ku Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Ryogoku Station

Hours:
17:00-21:00
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
6,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3631-2529

3. Chanko Tomoegata (ちゃんこ巴潟)

A restaurant where you can enjoy Chanko Nabe even at lunchtime, not only because it serves day time, but also the menu changes daily. The mild flavor of the soup is so satisfied that you feel like you can have Chanko Nabe every day. The restaurant has quite lots of seats, up to 300 seats for 300 people, but be careful to check the calendar before going because they close the shop every Monday from June to August.

Lunch Chanko Nabe set menu

Lunch Chanko Nabe set menu. From Instagram

Cute sumo-wrestler yunomi cup!

Cute sumo-wrestler yunomi cup! From Instagram

Address:
2-17-6 Ryogoku Sumida-ku Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Ryogoku Station

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays 11:30-14:00 & 17:00-23:00 (last order 22:00)
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 11:30-14:00 & 16:30-23:00 (last order 22:00)
Closed on every Monday from June to August and New Year Holidays

Price range:
Lunch 1,000yen ~, Dinner 4,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3632-5600

Website:
http://www.tomoegata.com/

4. Dosukoi Sakaba Tamakairiki (どすこい酒場 玉海力)

Dosukoi Sakaba Tamakairiki offers a richly flavored Chanko Nabe. For first time visitors to the restaurant, I’d recommend you to try the shio (salt) chanko, which has a refreshing taste and brings out the flavor of the ingredients.

Their specialty is Chanko Nabe, but they have other various seafood dishes, too. Like sashimi and grilled fish of the day. As Tamarariki is an Izakaya, they have plenty of variation in alcoholic beverages too, such as beer, sake, shochu, whiskey, cocktails, and wine.

Chanko Nabe at Dosukoi Sakaba Tamakairiki

Chanko Nabe at Dosukoi Sakaba Tamakairiki. From Instagram

“Hotaruika”, an example of seafood menu at Dosukoi Skaba Tamakairiki

“Hotaruika”, an example of seafood menu at Dosukoi Skaba Tamakairiki. From Instagram

Address:
5-4-9 Hiroo Shibuya-ku Tokyo

Access:
1min walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Hiroo Station

Hours:
Weekdays 17:30-23:15
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 17:30-22:45

Price range:
5,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3473-0407

Website:
http://www.tamakairiki.co.jp/
(Japanese Only)

5. Saganobori (佐賀昇)

The place is very particular with the use of vegetables and fish. You’ll surely enjoy a healthy meal! There are many Japanese drinks available to pair your meal with: Japanese sake, Japanese spirits, wines, and cocktails. Not only Chanko Nabe but also sashimi directly transported from Tsukiji Fish Market is very fresh and a must-try.

Saganobori’s Chanko Nabe with full of healthy ingredients

Saganobori’s Chanko Nabe with full of healthy ingredients. From Instagram

The restaurant has 150 seats for guests and has some private rooms as well. The shop also has reservation services, especially for parties or a large group.

Address:
7-18-15 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo

Access:
1mins walk from Tsukijishijo Station or 3mins walk from Higashi Ginza Station

Hours:
11:30-14:30 & 17:00-22:50 (last order 22:00)
Summer: closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Festival days
Winter: Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
Lunch 1,000yen ~. Dinner 5,000yen ~

Tel:
050-5869-3594

Website:
http://saganobori.co.jp/index.html
(Japanese Only)

Thumbnail image is from Flickr