Sumida-ku is home to the Tokyo Skytree and the Ryogoku Kokugikan. Culture Trips rounds up the top restaurants in the ward.
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.
Established in 1913, Azuma is a European-Japanese restaurant not far from the Sumida River. They serve superb seafood, as well as one of the classiest omu-rice dishes in Tokyo.
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.
Katayama is a yoshoku restaurant, specializing in Western-influenced dishes such as omu-rice and Japanese-style steaks. A great place to try the Japanese version of Western favorites.
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.