Among sushi, ramen, and soba; tempura is also one of the favorites Japanese food. Normally, it is considered as side dishes in a typical Japanese meal, but these restaurants below have made it become the star of the table:

1. Tempura Hisago

They have both table seats and counter seats, which is convenience for both individual guests and group customers. Their lunch is reasonably priced and filling enough to last you until your next next meal. Because it’s a long established restaurant opened since 1918, they protect traditional Edo flavor as well as serve very decent Edo-style tempura. You may not be able to finish the whole set including drinks and desserts, because the set consisted of too many dishes. However, there are not only course menus but also a la carte both for lunch and dinner. For a bonus, this shop also has another branch in Ginza.

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Shrimps with soft shells.

Address:
UDX Building 3F, 4-14-1 Sotokanda Chiyoda Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from JR line Akihabara Station 

Hours:
11:00-15:00 & 17:00-22:30
They don’t have fixed holidays

Price range:
Lunch 1,000yen ~ . Dinner 6,000yen ~

Tel:
050-5869-4746

2. Yamato

Normally Yamato is a izakaya and a very traditional type. You can usually enjoy fish dishes and skewers grilled carefully over charcoal in a relaxed atmosphere. The shop also has large rooms to private rooms and rooms for parties. You can try other seasonal dishes and tempura made with seasonal ingredients and fresh sea foods.

Address:
1-6-1 Kanda Sakumacho Chiyoda Tokyo

Access:
1min walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
Mondays-Fridays 11:30-14:00 (Last order 13: 30) & 17:00-23:30 (Last order 23: 00).
Saturdays 11:30-14:00 (Last order 13: 30) & 16:00-23:30 (Last order 23: 00). Sundays and Sundays & Holidays 11:30-14: 00 (Last order 13: 30) & 16:00-23:00 (Last order 22: 30)

Price range:
Lunch 1,000yen ~ . Dinner 3,000yen ~

Tel:
050-5868-0388

3. Yatsudeya

Yatsudeya is an old shop, with its delightful atmosphere, just like any other old shop around Kanda area. Inside the shop looks old too, more like a little house with larger kitchen and living room space join together to welcome guests. 

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Ten Don, so big!

If you expect a “full of treat” meal that satisfies you until the next day, then this is the place! Their speciality if Ten Don, which means tempura rice bowl. Ten Don comes with a big bowl of rice, a little bowl of fish-based clear soup and noodles, of course, a plate of pickles. You definitely should try it out!

Address:
2-16 Kanda Tsukasamachi Chiyoda Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from Kanda Station

Hours:
11:00-14:00
Closed on weekends and holidays

Price range:
1,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3256-6630

4. Funabashiya

Funabashiya is a famous tempura restaurant in Tokyo that has been around for over 100 years. That’s why line of customers has been formed even before the shop opened. If you choose to sit in front of counter, you will have the chance seeing the chef preparing your meal! The chefs prepare each dish individually with great care and serving them one at a time. The tempura here is perfect, crunchy outside, soft inside, and left no trace of oil!

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Funabashiya’s eggplant tempura.

Address:
3-28-14 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from Shinjuku Station

Hours:
11:40-22:00

Price range:
1,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3354-2751

5. Tempura Shijuku Tsunahachi

Located in the modern buildings of Shinjuku, Tsunahachi’s wooden premises are a throwback to the early post-war era. The place is filled with the whiff of cooking oil, as you can even feel them in the atmosphere, but the food is perfectly good enough, especially absolutely affordable price.

Tsunahachi’s authentic tempura, a perfect set meal.

Tsunahachi’s authentic tempura, a perfect set meal. From Instagram

Address:
3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Shinjuku-sanchome Station

Hours:
1:00-22:30 (last order 22:00)

Price range:
Lunch 2,000yen ~ . Dinner 3,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3352-1012

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