March 7, 2017
The Best 10 Izakaya You Must Visit in Tokyo
After a long day of sightseeing in Tokyo, treat yourself with delicious Japanese food and drinks in an izakaya. An izakaya is a casual Japanese bar where you can enjoy a variety of food and drinks. Although it is a type of bar, izakayas typically offer a wide range of food as well as drinks. Therefore, izakayas are not only for drinkers but also for food-lovers! In this article, we will introduce the top 10 izakayas in Tokyo!
1. Oshiage Yoshikatsu
This izakaya is close to the “Jukken Bridge” which is a famous photography spot of the “Tokyo Sky Tree”. After taking a photo of the Tokyo Sky Tree, head over to this izakaya to enjoy 400 kinds of food and drinks!
The izakaya only uses ingredients from Tokyo, which means they are very fresh. All the Japanese sake served in this izakaya are also made in Tokyo.
Name: Oshiage Yoshikatsu
Address: 5-10-2 Narihira, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Open daily except otherwise noticed
Access: 5 minutes walk from the Oshiage station
Map: Maps to Oshiage Yoshikatsu
2. Kunitachi Mura Sakaba
This famous izakaya is close to the “Yabo Tenman-gu (Shrine)” and “National Institute of Polar Research”.
This izakaya is specialized in using local products, especially vegetables. Dishes are cooked using vegetables harvested in the morning by contract farmers. In addition to vegetable dishes, you can enjoy a variety of dishes made of local products such as pasta from local noodle factories and beer made in Tokyo.
Name: Kunitachi Mura Sakaba
Address: Sekiya Kunitachi Building B1F, Naka 1-9-30, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo
Closed: The first Tuesday of each month
Access: 3 minutes walk from the Kunitachi station
Map: Maps to Kunitachi Mura Sakaba
3. Izakaya Gen
This izakaya is in the suburb area of Tokyo, Jujo, where you can find many famous sightseeing places such as “Kyu-Furukawa Gardens” and “Nanushi Fall”.
The owner of this izakaya trained in a first-class Japanese restaurant (Kappo-Ryotei). Therefore the atmosphere of izakaya is quite casual but dishes are very elegant and have a luxurious feeling.
Name: Izakaya Gen
Address: 2-2-2 Jujo Nakahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo
Access: 7 minutes walk from the Jujo station
Map: Maps to Izakaya Gen
You may have heard of the “Tsukiji Fish Market”, which is one of the largest wholesale food markets in the world. It was built in 1935 and it’s still operating in the same location.
If you are visiting this famous “Tsukiji Fish Market”, this izakaya is for you. You can enjoy traditional sushi from 300 yen with authentic Japanese sake. Sip on a glass of sake while watching sushi craftsman making you a sushi.
Address: 4-5-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm / 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Closed: Sunday and New year’s holiday
Access: 5 minutes walk from the Tsukiji station
Map: Maps to Edogin
5. Soba Syubou Kudan Mikazukian
In this izakaya, you can enjoy “Soba” made from carefully chosen buckwheat flour. Slurp soba with a range of Japanese sake and shochu in the classic Japanese atmosphere.
Name: Soba Syubou Kudan Mikazukian
Address: PIM Kudan Building 2F, Kudan-Minami 3-5-10, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm / 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Closed: Saturday, Sunday and Public holiday
Access: 5 minutes walk from the Ichigaya station
Map: Maps to Soba Syubou Kudan Mikazukian
6. Shuseki Ginza Isami
There are many luxurious and traditional stores around the “Shibaguchi Gomon Monument” in Ginza. Shuseki Ginza Isami is one of them. The speciality of this izakaya is unseasoned grilled conger eel and Oden.
At this point, you may worry about your budget. Don’t worry! This izakaya is actually inexpensive. You can enjoy unseasoned grilled conger eel from 1200 yen and a glass of sake from 800 yen. For this rare opportunity, why not try traditional Japanese conger eel?
Name: Shuseki Ginza Isami
Address: Ginza 8-10-15, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Closed: Sunday and Public holiday
Access: 5 minutes walk from the Shinbashi station
Map: Maps to Shuseki Ginza Isami
A yakatabune is a type of boat which you can enjoy food and drinks. It was very popular in the Edo period (1603 – 1868). It is said that samurais and feudal lords of those days enjoyed drinking sake, scenery and even Japanese music and dance on a yakatabune.
The “Takeuchi” yakatabune in Hamamatsucho provides seats for everyone while traditional Japanese yakatabune doesn’t. So you don’t have to sit on the floor worrying about the numbness of your feet. We promise yakatabune will be a great and unique experience for you!
Address: Hamamatsu-cho 2-13-11, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Open all year round
Access: 2 minutes walk from the Hamamatsu-cho station
Map: Maps to Takeuchi
8. Fujiyama Texas
This izakaya is in the izakaya district in Chofu, located just a few steps away from the “Keio Floral Garden ANGE”.
“Fujiyama Texas” is specialized in deep-fried skewers. There are a great variety of ingredients for deep-fried skewers, including meat, fish and vegetables. Deep-fried skewers are quite cheap (from 80 yen to 220 yen) so you can enjoy food and drinks even if you are on a tight budget. The izakaya also offers a variety of drinks such as tomato beer.
Name: Fujiyama Texas
Address: 1F Fuda 1-49-3, Chofu-shi, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 3:00pm – 3:00am
Access: 2 minutes walk from the Chofu station
Map: Maps to Fujiyama Texas
9. Chinchikurin Shinbashi Main Store
Shinbashi is known as one of the most famous business districts in Japan. Surrounded by a lot of after-work drinkers, you can experience what it is like to be an office worker in Tokyo.
Chinchikurin offers dishes cooked on a hot plate such as Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki and Teppanyaki. Spend a night as if you were living in Tokyo.
Name: Chinchikurin Shinbashi Main Store
Address: Shinhana Building 3F, Shinbashi 3-21-11, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:00pm / 5:00pm – Midnight
Closed: Saturday and Sunday
Access: 1 minutes walk from the Shinbashi station
Map: Maps to Chinchikurin Shinbashi Main Store
10. Sake No Mitsuya
This place is close to the traditional Japanese park, “Ootaguro Park” which is famous for beautiful autumn leaves. Sake No Mitsuya looks like a liquor store from outside.
However, you can actually drink and eat what you bought from the store. This type of store is called “Kakuuchi” in Japanese. Pay extra 50 yen and enjoy traditional “Kakuuchi” with high-quality sake and a wide range of beer from around the world!
Name: Sake No Mitsuya
Address: Asagaya-Minami 1-13-17, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Open all year round
Access: 8 minutes walk from the Asagaya station
Map: Maps to Sake No Mitsuya
Let’s go to an izakaya in Tokyo!
There are millions of izakayas in Tokyo and all of them are unique and interesting. We introduced very Tokyo-like and cheap izakayas in this article. We hope it will be helpful for you when you are in Tokyo!