Sumida-ku is home to the Tokyo Skytree and the Ryogoku Kokugikan. Culture Trips rounds up the top restaurants in the ward.
Sky Restaurant 634
Restaurant, French, $$$
Dine on French-inspired cuisine at the top of the Tokyo Skytree at Sky Restaurant 634. Great at any time of day, the view is particularly nice at night when the city is illuminated. Reservations can be made in advance on their website.
Also known as The Sumo Restaurant, Hananomai is a sumo-themed restaurant near the Ryogoku Kokugikan, the city’s primary sumo hall. Watch traditional Japanese cultural performances or the occasional sumo match while you eat. All-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink menus available, but must be booked in advance.
Chanko Tomoegata’s specialty is chanko nabe. The so-called “Sumo Stew” is rumored to be the food of choice for sumo wrestlers. If you don’t have a sumo-sized appetite, however, Tomoegata’s reasonably priced lunch sets are just the right size.
Toriki’s second location in Kinshi serves the same delicious, high-quality yakitori(grilled chicken skewers) as the other. The restaurant has been awarded one Michelin star. Reservations recommended, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tempura Hasegawa is one of Tokyo’s best tempura restaurants and has been awarded with one Michelin star. It’s a beautiful, traditional-style restaurant where the atmosphere complements the food perfectly.
Japanese restaurant Hosokawa makes soba – slender buckwheat noodles. The noodles are served cool in summer (zaru-soba) and hot in the colder months. One Michelin star. Reservations can be made through their website.