August 24, 2017
The 10 Best Sukiyaki Restaurants You Must Eat in Tokyo, Japan
“Sukiyaki”, a beef hot pot dish, is one of traditional Japanese dishes. It is generally eaten in winter, like nabe, a Japanese hot pot dish cooked at the table. The main ingredients for sukiyaki are beef and vegetables. It is eaten with a Japanese sauce called warishita which is made of sugar and soy sauce. The price range of sukiyaki varies depending on the quality of beef, and sukiyaki is known as a general public dish. The followings are the 10 tasty and popular sukiyaki restaurants in Tokyo from high-end to reasonable restaurants.
1． Shoen Nikuichi
“Shoen Nikuichi” is located on the 5th floor of the Hakuhinkan building in Ginza. There is a big picture of meat outside the restaurant. “Shoen Nikuichi” is also a meat wholesaler, so you can eat “Kobe beef”, one of the best 3 Japanese beef, at 2,800yen which is quite reasonable in Ginza.
You can choose either “sukiyaki course” or “shabu-shabu course” from three types of beef. Shabu-shabu is a Japanese hot pot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables cooked in the boiling water on the table. Besides the “Kobe beef”, other types of beef are “Japanese black beef” and “Kobe lean beef”. You can choose a course depending on your budget. If you are not sure where to go, why don’t you try “Shoen Nikuichi”.
Restaurant: Shoen Nikuichi
Address: 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Closed: the end of the year and New Year
Access: 5-minute walk from Ginza station
Map: Map to Shoen Nikuichi
“Echikatsu” was found in 1871 in Yushima, Bunkyo-ku. The restaurant is known as a long-established restaurant where famous writers from the Meiji period used to dine. In this historic restaurant, you can relax in a private room overlooking the Japanese garden while enjoying a tasty sukiyaki meal.
Japanese black beef is cooked with special warishita that its recipe is passed on to family. The five meal course is 6,480yen, and the six meal course is 7,560yen. The price range is little higher, but you can taste the same sukiyaki that various prominent figures also enjoyed. Their carefully prepared ingredients and warishita will be the taste that you can never forget!
Address: 2-31-23 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku
Closed: Sunday, holiday, Saturday in August
Access: 5-minute walk from Yushima station
Map: Map to Echikatsu
3． Kakiyasu Ginza-ten
“Kakiyasu Ginza-ten” is on the 7th floor of the GINZA gCUBE building in Ginza. The restaurant is famous for sukiyaki. You can easily find the restaurant with noren, traditional Japanese fabric dividers usually hung in the doors and windows, on the wooden wall. The restaurant provides Matsuzaka beef which is known as an art work of meat and Japanese black beef. You can choose either one of beef for a sukiyaki course or a shabu-shabu course.
The popular dish is, of course, the sukiyaki course. You can enjoy the sukiyaki course for 8,500yen during lunch time, but the price becomes between 12,000 and 15,000yen during dinner time. A beautifully presented combo meal, “Kakiyasu Gozen” which includes sashimi, rice, etc, is also one of the popular dishes during lunch time. Every dish is prepared with sophisticated techniques. You will be impressed not only by the taste but also by their delicate work. If you want to spend a luxurious time, “Kakiyasu Ginza-ten” is the place to go.
Restaurant: Kakiyasu Ginza ten
Address: Ginza gCUBE 7th Fl. 7-9-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:30〜15:00 / 17:00〜22:00
Access: 5-minute walk from Ginza station
Map: Map to Kakiyasu Ginza ten
4． Yonekyu honten
The decoration of Japanese paper lantern at the “Yonekyu honten” reminds you of a lively festival. The restaurant has a particular appearance with the red noren. Once you are inside, you will be surrounded by the nostalgic ambience from the Showa period.
“Yonekyu honten” serves only gyu nabe which is another word for sukiyaki. The “Jyo no gyu nabe” with lean beef is 3,160yen, and the “Toku no gyu nabe” with marbled beef is 3,790yen. The restaurant provides Omi beef. While many restaurants try to attract customers for their big volume of beef, this restaurant serves exactly the right amount of beef. It is nice to be in a restaurant that pays detailed attention to their customers. Enjoy their gyu nabe with elegantly flavored warishita.
Restaurant: Yonekyu honten
Address: 2-17-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8-minute walk from Asakusa station
Map: Map to Yonekyu honten
“Ibuki” is located on the 2nd floor of the building surrounded by many restaurants. You can look for a brown noren. The restaurant is known as a place where you can enjoy sukiyaki at a reasonable price. A generous course meal using sirloin of Japanese black beef is only 3,400yen.
Inside “Ibuki”, bamboo blinds are used to divide each dining space. You can relax and enjoy your meal in a tranquil atmosphere. All the small side dishes, such as “sunomono”, vinegared dishes, “aburi satuma age”, a seared fried fishcake, etc, are 500yen, and you can enjoy them with sukiyaki. Let’s eat until you are stuffed!
Address: Kouno build. Annex 2F, 1-16-8 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Closed: Sunday and Holiday
Access: 3- minute walk from Shinjuku station
Map: Map to Ibuki
6． Ushikou honten
“Ushikou honten” has a distinctive black lattice gate and is famous as a restaurant specialized in beef among gourmets. Chair upholstery and carpeted floor remind you of the Taisho period. The prices are set reasonably, and lunch is available from 1,000yen.
A course meal that includes appetizer and dessert is 3,600yen. The restaurant facilitates private rooms as well. It is nice to gather around the table and enjoy sukiyaki with your family and friends. “Ushikou honten” is suitable for either small or large group of dinners! You should try this restaurant when you are in the neighborhood!
Restaurant: Ushikou Honten
Address: 1-9-8 Shinkawa, Chio-ku, Tokyo
Closed: Sunday, Holiday, the second Saturday
Access: 6-minute walk from Kayabachou station
Map: Map to Ushikou Honten
“Imafuku” is located in shirokane, and a lattice window and door provides an elegant ambience. The tables are available on the first floor and private dining rooms are on the second floor. Shabu-shabu and sukiyaki using the highest grade of Japanese black beef are served at this restaurant.
The most popular menu at “Imafuku” is “top sirloin sukiyaki”. The price is 10,000yen for 120g (appr. 4.2oz) and 13,000yen for 180g (appr. 6.3oz). The price range is slightly more expensive than other restaurants, but you can enjoy a course meal including appetizer, rice, miso soup, pickles, dessert and coffee. The restaurant belongs to a meat wholesaler, Yazawa Meat Co. Ltd, so the quality of beef is excellent. You should try their outstanding high quality beef!
Address: 1-12-19 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Map: Map to Imafuku
“Yoneshin” is located in the middle of vibrant city, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku. The restaurant specializes in meat dishes, such as sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. The high quality beef is provided here as they used to be a butcher. “Yoneshin” is not committed to a particular branded beef. Menus for sukiyaki are as follows; 2,250 yen for “Tokujo”, 1,680yen for “Matsu”, and 1,300yen for “Take”.
You can also add pork and side dishes, such as vegetables and kishimen, flat wheat noodles, if you want. The restaurant is lively and it is a perfect place to gather with your friends and enjoy good food.
Address: 1-16-12 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 3-minute walk from Shinjuku station
Map: Map to Yoneshin
“Botan” is a long-established restaurant founded in around 1987. The building was built in the early Showa period and is assigned as one of Tokyo-Metropolitan-Selected Historical Buildings. The inside of restaurant reminds you of a nostalgic atmosphere from the Showa period.
Beef is generally used for sukiyaki, but this restaurant uses chicken instead. “Tori sukiyaki”, chicken sukiyaki, is served at 7,000yen. You can enjoy chicken sukiyaki cooked with different parts of chicken and its flavor. After sukiyaki, you can add a beaten egg into the sauce and enjoy oyako-don, chicken and egg bowl. Enjoy delicious chicken meals in a historic building.
Address: 1-15 Kanda suda-cho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Closed: Sunday, Holiday
Access: 3-minute walk from Ogawa-cho station
Map: Map to Botan
10． Sugimoto Tokyo Midtown-ten
Located on the first basement, “Sugimoto Tokyo Midtown-ten” is the restaurant part of “Sugimoto”, a meat specialty store established in 1900. The prices are 3,500yen for “Matsuzaka beef suki nabe” and 1,500 yen for “Japanese black beef suki nabe”.
You can enjoy flavorful beef dipped well in warishita with vegetables and rice. The restaurant is always busy and has a casual atmosphere. They also provide tasty meat as they are a meat specialty store. You can purchase meat after you eat at the restaurant. This restaurant is a worth a visit!
Restaurant: Sugimoto Tokyo Midtown-ten
Address: Tokyo Midtown galleria, 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5-minute walk from Roppongi station
Map: Map to Sugimoto Tokyo Midtown-ten
Let’s enjoy delicious sukiyaki in Tokyo!
There are many sukiyaki restaurants in Tokyo, but these restaurants above are especially recommended! Reservations may be needed as some of them are hard to get in. If you come all the way to Tokyo, you should also treat yourself with a delicious meal!