The Best Restaurants In Asakusa

Sukiyaki lunch at Imahan | © Ryo FUKAsawa/Flickr
Sukiyaki lunch at Imahan | © Ryo FUKAsawa/Flickr
Photo of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer9 February 2017

Historic Asakusa is home to countless traditional Japanese restaurants, some of which have been in business for a hundred years or more. With Senso-ji, Kaminarimon and access to the Sumida River, it also sees its fair share of tourist traffic. This means visitors are spoiled for choice. These are our top picks for the best restaurants in Asakusa.

Hyotan

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Hyotan makes delicious monja and okonomiyaki batter to be cooked by the customer right at their table. The restaurant’s signature dashi stock is what keeps bringing people back. It’s a traditional restaurant where customers are seated on cushions around large, flat grill tables. Some staff speak English.

Mugitoro Bekkan

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Tororo on udon | © kimishowota/Flickr
Tororo on udon | © kimishowota/Flickr

With views of the surrounding area and Sumida River, Bekkan is a wonderful place for a leisurely meal. They specialize in tororo, a sticky but nutritious yam mixture. Note that the basic meal sets and buffet are served on the ground floor – no views and very little elbow room. They also offer private, reservation-only kaiseki dining options.

Imahan Sukiyaki

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Sukiyaki lunch at Imahan | © Ryo FUKAsawa/Flickr
Sukiyaki lunch at Imahan | © Ryo FUKAsawa/Flickr

A sukiyaki restaurant in business for over 120 years. Sukiyaki is cooked at the table, similar to nabe, hotpot and shabu-shabu. Their secret sauce recipe and the quality of the ingredients ensure Imahan has a steady flow of regular customers.

Tsukemen Kobo

Restaurant, Ramen, $$$
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Typical tsukemen | © hirotomo t/Flickr
Typical tsukemen | © hirotomo t/Flickr

In an alley off Kototoi-dori, this noodle shop dishes out tsukemen, a type of ramen where the noodles and ingredients are dipped in the broth rather than served together as a soup. It’s simple, delicious food, far enough away from the main tourist areas that you won’t have to battle for counter space.

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