Akihabara is not really known for its dining as much as for its technological wares and manga stuffs however there are a number of good Japanese restaurants catering to all budgets to discover while shopping. One of the most famous Japanese dishes is sukiyaki. There is also a handful of sukiyaki restaurants here in Akihabara serve the best sukiyaki that will exceed your expectation.
1. Ishibashi (いし橋)
The 135 years old shop is purely a traditional style Japanese restaurant, specialized in sukiyaki, and it’s easy to be missed if you’re a first time visitor. It has mostly large tatami rooms divided into private rooms for groups and families, but 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.
3-6-8 Sotokanda Chiyoda Tokyo
1min walk from Suehirocho Station
17:00-21:30 (last oder 20:00)
Closed on weekends and holidays
2. Botan (ぼたん)
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.
1-15 Kanda Sudacho Chiyoda Tokyo
2 mins walk from Awajicho station, 5 mins walk from Kanda station
Mondays-Saturdays 11:30-21:00 (last order 20:00)
Closed on Sundays, holidays; in August, there is 2 weeks closed scheduled
Lunch 6,000yen ~, Dinner 8,000yen ~
3. Nihonbashi Iseju (日本橋伊勢重)
Wagyu Sukiyaki Iseju has been running its business in Tokyo since the Meiji Era. Located in Nihonbashi, this sukiyaki shop has one of the longest histories passed on from generation to generation. A charming point to this shop is how the style maintains a Meiji feel to it. After enjoyed the meal, you can have a relaxing walk near by along the Kanda River.
14-9 Nihonbashikodenmacho Chuo Tokyo
3mins walk from Bakuroyokoyama Station
Lunch 11:00-16:00, Dinner 16:00-22:00 (last order 21:30)
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Lunch 2,000yen ~, Dinner 8,000yen ~
4. Mansei Shichifukujin (万世 七福神)
This massive dining complex is actually 7 unique restaurants in one, spread across ten floors. Prices rise as you go up the floors with the 10th floor being the most expensive teppanyaki style steak. The 7th floor restaurant Mansei Shichifukujin serves sukiyaki, shabu-shabu and tonkatsu, steak.
The 5th floor offers very Korean style barbecue and Korean food like kalubi, rosu, and bibinba. The 3rd and 4th floors serve western-influenced dishes such as meatloaf with gravy and skewered meats. The lower floors are home to a meat and fish market with a drinking hall in the middle.
Mansei Akihabara 7F, 2-21 Kanda Sudacho Chiyoda Tokyo
8mins walk from Akihabara Station
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 11:30-20:30
Lunch 2,000yen ~, Dinner 10,000yen ~
5. Shiki (四季)
This is a great restaurant with many types of seating and styles of dining- mainly Shabu shabu and sukiyaki!
Very traditional, right on Ginza strip, you will be welcomed by staff in traditional costume. The staff speaks English at a very simple sentence but still able to understand, but at least you’d feel better to enjoy your meal at your greatest experience in Tokyo as well as in Akihabara.
Isomi Building 4F, 3-12-10 Uchikanda Chiyoda Tokyo
1min walk from Kanda Station
Mondays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 17:00-24:00. Fridays 17:00-04:30
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