Until the last dates of Tokugawa shogunate, Japanese did not have the habit of having beef in their daily lives. After the opening of the country, the culture to eat beef has spread all over Japan and Sukiyaki (or other name Gyu nabe) is very much liked by people in Japan now.

Therefore, among shabu-shabu and wagyu, sukiyaki is another typical icon of civilization and enlightenment to Japanese. Below are the best 10 sukiyaki shops in Tokyo you should try for a new adventure of flavor:

1. Ishibashi (いし橋) in Ueno

The 135 years old shop is purely a traditional style Japanese restaurant, specialized in sukiyaki, and it’s easy to missed if you’re a first time visitor. All of the seats are privately divided for families and groups. The main focus here is the black haired, Kobe beef served for your sukiyaki. The sukiyaki is prepared right on your table for each person, one by one carefully by waitresses in kimono costume.

Fatty wagyu beef for sukiyaki in Ishibashi!

Fatty wagyu beef for sukiyaki in Ishibashi! From Instagram

Address:
3-6-8 Sotokanda Chiyoda Tokyo

Access:
1min walk from Suehirocho Station

Hours:
17:00-21:30 (last order 20:00)
Closed on weekends and holidays

Price range:
10,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3251-3580

2. Botan (ぼたん) in Akihabara

Botan’s charm lies in its history and classic wooden premises as much as its food. There’s only one thing on the menu, chicken sukiyaki, served in the old style. You will be well taken care of by matrons in kimonos, who bring glowing charcoal to the grill atop your low table, set a small iron dish on top, then begin cooking: chicken, onion, tofu and vegetables, all simmering in the rich, sweet house sauce.

Botan’s famous chicken sukiyaki

Botan’s famous chicken sukiyaki. From Instagram

Building is also very pretty

Building is also very pretty. From Instagram

Address:
1-15 Kanda Sudacho Chiyoda Tokyo

Access:
2 mins walk from Awajicho station, 5 mins walk from Kanda station

Hours:
Mondays-Saturdays 11:30-21:00 (last order 20:00)
Closed on Sundays, holidays; in August, there are 2 weeks closed scheduled holidays

Price range:
Lunch 6,000yen ~, Dinner 8,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3251-0577

3. Yonekyu (米久) in Asakusa

Yonekyu’s delicious thick beef

Yonekyu’s delicious thick beef. From Instagram

This is another more than 100 years old sukiyaki shop in Tokyo, unfortunately, you cannot find counter seats here because they only have table seats and private rooms in traditional tatami style. When you enter the shop, they will welcome you with a hit in the big drum, so it makes the atmosphere seems exciting. The popular gyunabe served at Yonekyu is a caldron of beef (Omi-gyu from Shiga Prefecture), tofu, shirataki (noodles made from konnyaku starch), spring onions and shungiku (a leafy vegetable, Chrysanthemum coronarium).

Address:
2-17-10 Asakusa Taito Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Asakusa Station

Hours:
12:00-21:00 (last order 20:00)
Closed on Wednesdays

Price range:
4,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3841-6416

Website:
http://asakusa-ryoin.jp/yonekyu/

4. Asakusa Imahan (浅草 今半) in Asakusa

The exterior of Asakusa Imahan

The exterior of Asakusa Imahan. From Wikipedia

Asakusa Imahan is a legend in the art of Sukiyaki with its signature Imahan Wagyu Beef. It has been operational since 1895, and also has another branch at Ningyocho Imahan, run by the owner’s son. The branch at Ningyocho Imahan serves sukiyaki and shabu-shabu more expensive than Asakusa Imahan. Imahan is very close to Sensoji Temple so you can either have a visit there after finish your meal, or take a walk around before have your meal!

Staffs in kimono will prepare your sukiyaki

Staffs in kimono will prepare your sukiyaki. From Instagram

Address:
3-1-12 Nishiasakusa Taito Tokyo

Access:
8mins walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station

Hours:
11:30-21:30 (last order 20:30)
Lunch is until 15:00

Price range:
Lunch 3,000yen ~, Dinner 10,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3841-1114

Website:
http://www.asakusaimahan.co.jp/english

5. Okahan (岡半) in Ginza

Okahan sukiyaki in prepare

Okahan sukiyaki in prepare. From Instagram

Okahan has a rich and colorful history back a half century in Ginza. Guests can enjoy Sukiyaki and Shabu shabu in their 7th floor decorated with Japanese traditional in both tatami rooms and leg-well floor seating. At their 8th floor, you can enjoy teppan-yaki and steaks in Western style counter seats.

Okahan is very popular so I’d recommend you to make a reservation beforehand!

Okahan’s teppanyaki steaks being prepared

Okahan’s teppanyaki steaks being prepared. From Instagram

Address:
Ginzakanetanaka Building 7F & 8F, 7-6-16 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Access:
6mins walk from Ginza Station

Hours:
Mondays-Saturdays 11:30-14:00 (last order 13:30) & 17:30-22:00 (last order 21:30)
Closed on Sundays and national holidays

Price range:
Lunch 1,000yen ~ . Dinner 20,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3571-1417

Website:
http://www.kanetanaka.co.jp/restrant/okahan/
(Japanese only)

6. Yoshihashi (よしはし) in Akasaka

It’s one of Tokyo’s most elegant and traditional sukiyaki houses, also one of its least publicized. Once you’ve announced there is room, you will be asked to slip off your shoes and the kimono receptionist will show you inside.

Yoshihashi’s delicious Tochigi beef

Yoshihashi’s delicious Tochigi beef. From Twitter

Their sukiyaki is included in their course menu, Seto course (¥10,000), Hagi course (¥12,000), Sasama course (¥14,000), and Bizen course (¥17,000). You will get to choose sukiyaki or shabu-shabu for those 4 kinds of courses, and dishes and amount of beef will differ depending on the courses.

If you want to enjoy their sukiyaki at more reasonable price, visit there for lunch since sukiyaki teishoku (set meal) is only ¥2,000~.

Yoshihashi’s pretty building

Yoshihashi’s pretty building. From Twitter

Address:
1-5-25 Moto-Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Access:
6mins walk from Akasaka Mitsuke Station

Hours:
Mondays-Saturdays 11:30-15:00 & 17:30-23:00
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
Lunch 3,000yen ~, Dinner 20,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3401-3129

Website:
http://www.sukiyaki-yoshihashi.com/
(Japanese only)

7. Koiku (古郁) in Ginza

This is an old and traditional restaurant in Japanese style. You can choose to enjoy your meals in front of the counter seats or table seats. Koiku is a typical kind of Japan cuisine restaurant, which is having meal sets as well as friendly recommendation of “osusume” from the shop owner. You can also enjoy the very delicious sukiyaki with an affordable price for lunch!

Lunch sukiyaki

Lunch sukiyaki. From Koiku website

Address:
Takuya Ginza Building 5F, 7-2-8 Ginza Chuo Tokyo 

Access:
7mins walk from Ginza Station

Hours:
11:30-13:30 (last order 13:30) & 17:00-23:00 (last order 22:00)
Lunch is only operated for reservation.

Price range:
Lunch 5,000yen ~, Dinner 10,000yen ~

Tel:
03-6274-6586

Website:
http://www.ginzakoiku.com/
(Japanese only)

8. Aigamo Ippin Toriyasu (あひ鴨一品 鳥安) in Nihonbashi

One of the special thing about Aigamo Ippin Toriyasu is its popular duck sukiyaki, and of course, other dishes from duck. Aigamo Ippin Toriyasu is a quite old shop with more than 100 years of operation and it has warm, wonderful atmosphere that you’d definitely love. I’d recommend to enjoy duck sukiyaki with fried rice or “soboro-gohan” – which is minced eggs and meat with rice!

Fresh duck sukiyaki and soboro-gohan (on the bottom left)!

Fresh duck sukiyaki and soboro-gohan (on the bottom left)! From Instagram

Address:
2-11-7 Higashinihonbashi Chuo Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from Higashi Nihombashi Station

Hours:
17:00-22:00
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:

10,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3862-4008

Website:
http://aigamotoriyasu.com/
(Japanese only)

9. Ginza Bakuro Ichidai (銀座 馬喰一代) in Ginza

Bakuro-Ichidai has been serving the authentic Hida-beef in Ginza. Hida Beef has been recognized as one of the leading wagyu brands in Japan. It is perfect to have lunch with friends and family, gorgeous Japanese atmosphere and spending your time in no rush. Also a perfect place having business dinner at dinner time.

Sukiyaki lunch menu

Sukiyaki lunch menu. From Instagram

Address:
Ginza Trecious Building 11F 2-6-5 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Access:
1min walk from Ginza-icchome station, 4mins walk from Ginza station

Hours:
11:00 – 23:00 (last order 22:00)
Lunch menu is provided until 14:30

Price range:
Lunch 1,000yen ~, Dinner 8,000yen ~

Tel:
050-5571-9190

10. Edomae Niku Kappou Miyashita (江戸前肉割烹 宮下) in Ginza

Much effort goes into the making of our sukiyaki stock to give it that winning flavor. The shop’s slogan is “All of that hard work pays off in the rich delicious taste that delights our customers”, they use organic vegetables and seasonal ingredients in order to bring their customers the best experience when having meals in Miyashita. They have both spacious counter seats and private rooms that you can use for receptions. Enjoy the night skyline from the window seats, too. Have your fill of delicious food and drinks in the relaxing atmosphere!

Miyashita’s delicious sukiyaki in the iron hotpot

Miyashita’s delicious sukiyaki in the iron hot pot. From Twitter

Address:
MARRONNIER GATE 11F, 2-2-14 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Access:
1min walk from Ginza-icchome Station

Hours:
Weekdays 11:00-15:00 & 17:00-23:00 (last order 22:00)
Weekends and holidays 11:00-16:00 & 16:00-23:00 (last order 22:00)

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

Tel:
050-5868-1646

Website:
http://xn—-no6at4lqrc60n0pegdy60fbzuis9atk4b97p.com/
(Japanese only)

For more information

Top 5 Sukiyaki Restaurant Around Akihabara to Go!

Why Tokyo’s Wagyu beef should be your next favorites?

5 Best Teppanyaki Restaurants in Tokyo

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