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.
8. Kamiya Bar (Bar, Western Food)
Kamiya Bar is a famous store recognized as the first Western-style bar established in Japan, in 1880. Their most recommended drink is the Denkiburan, a whisky-based cocktail with a history dating back over 100 years - but the secret of the blend is still kept secret! As for cuisine, the stews served here, which use a kombu dashi stewed for three hours, are also made from a popular secret recipe.
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 1-31-12
Price range: 999-2999 yen
Access: Subway Ginza Line, Asakusa Station, Exit 3, 0 minutes on foot
Website: Kamiya Bar
9. Daikokuya Tempura (Tempura)
Tempura is a very popular dish among visitors to Japan, and Daikokuya is an old shop whose secret tempura tare sauce recipe has been passed down for 120 years. Their tempura itself is said to be especially delicious and bursting with flavor as it is exclusively fried in sesame oil. The taste of this traditional tempura is worth trying at least once.
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 1-38-10
Price range: 1000-1999 yen
Hours: (Monday to Friday, Sunday) 11:10-20:30; (Saturday and holidays) 11:10-21:00
Access: 291m from Asakusa Station (Tobu, Toei, Metro)
Website: Daikokuya Tempura
10. Asakusa Unatetsu (Hitsumabushi)
Asakusa Unatetsu is a famous eel restaurant, but our recommendation here is the hitsumabushi that is cooked shirayaki style. Shirayaki means that the eel is cooked in fired pottery. You really can enjoy the rich taste of the eel when it is cooked this way. If you are a fan of eel dishes or seeking something slightly different when it comes to Japanese cuisine, this is a must visit shop.
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Hanakawado 1-2-11
Price range: 3000-4999 yen
Closed: not set
Access: 127m from Asakusa Station (Tobu, Toei, Metro)
Website: Asakusa Unatetsu