Translated by Briony Dunbar
10 Famous Traditional Japanese Restaurants In Asakusa
Written by Miku Yasuda
Although best known for its sightseeing spots and historical downtown atmosphere, Asakusa is also home to a wealth of delicious traditional restaurants too. Here are 10 of the most popular restaurants in Asakusa.
4. Asakusa Umezono (Japanese Confectionery)
Umezono is an old tea house that was established 160 years ago. Our recommendation is their traditional Awazenzai, a dessert of red bean jam that is placed on sticky mochi rice cakes. You are sure to enjoy the refined sweetness and traditional flavor of these sweets.
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 1-31-12
Price range: up to 999 yen
Closed: two Wednesdays a month (not set)
5. Asakusa Imahan (Sukiyaki)
This is one of the most famous restaurants specializing in sukiyaki in Japan. The quality of the meat and the secret formula of their sukiyaki sauce, (*1) clearly shows there is no bargaining when it comes to taste here. The flavors of the foods from this restaurant that has stood for 120 years are cherished by plenty of people, spanning many different generations. It wouldn't be exaggerating to say that this is one of the most representative restaurants of Asakusa.
*1 Sukiyaki sauce is a seasoning made from a blend of soy sauce, sugar and dashi (fish) stock.
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 3-1-12
Price range: (evening) 10,000-14,999 yen; (lunch) 3000-3999 yen
Access: Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station (Exit A2), 0 minutes on foot
Website: Asakusa Imahan
6. Asakusa Mugitoro (Mugitoro)
Mugitoro is boiled barley and rice eaten with grated Japanese yam (called tororo). As a food of the "common people", it is a dish that Japanese people are well-acquainted with. At Asakusa Mugitoro, a well-established mugitoro shop, you can enjoy the tender and subtle flavors of mugitoro, a genuine Japanese-style dish.
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Kaminarimon 2-2-4
Price range: (evening) 8000-9999 yen; (lunch) 1000-1999 yen
Access: 177m from Asakusa Station (Tobu, Toei, Metro)
Website: Asakusa Mugitoro
7. Komakata Dozeu (Dojo cuisine)
This is a restaurant for dojo or loach-based cuisine, which has been passed down since the Edo period. At this shop, established over 200 years ago, they offer the unchanged deliciousness of dojo cuisine, which is by no means easy to come by these days. In addition to the tenderness of their dojo loaches, Komakata Dozeu is also well-known for the deliciousness of their dashi stock and tare sauce. How about trying this Japanese delicacy sometime?
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Komagata 1-7-12
Price range: (evening) 3000-3999 yen; (lunch) 2000-2999 yen
Access: 403m from Asakusa Station (Tobu, Toei, Metro)
Website: Komakata Dozeu