If you love Japanese food, especially SASHIMI and KAISENDON, you must visit this place in Kitasenju. Kitasenju is located in East Tokyo where has (almost) no tourist from overseas but it is very interesting small city that you can enjoy sightseeing and food places.
I mean look this SHOUTENGAI (shopping street). Although Kitasenju station got 2 major shopping malls called LUMINE and MARUI, the shopping streets are still vivid.
Our one destination on this day was here SAKANAYA (さかなや）
They serve delicious sea food and they are very famous for its KAISENDON (sea food bowl). OMG…..it was too too too yummy. That was the best KAISEDON I have ever had in my entire life!!! SAKANAYA is truly famous, we had to wait about 40 min or so. To kill time, we went to the city library near by. I took the photo from there with sky tree and it captured most of the city. I love this city where I grew up.
This is outsiede of SAKANAYA, you can see many people are waiting. Look at the cute NOREN (like a traditional common curtain to enter the food place) with fish picture.
At the last here is the KAISENDON, it is gorgeous and they serves only 20 sets a day, price is only 1,500yen!! You should go before 12:00 (they open at 11:30) and wait in the line !!!
Adress: 4-11-6, Senju, Adachiku, Tokyo 東京都足立区千住4-11-6
Besides the big train museum in Saitama prefecture that everyone else know, TOBU TRAIN MUSEUM is must to go place in East Tokyo if you are Train geeks!! Check out their HP here in English:TOBU MUSEUM
TOKYO TRAINS: As you know, Tokyo is super convenient with its super transportations, Trains!! You can get to go almost everywhere by train. If you live in Tokyo, you don’t have to own cars, you can go anywhere by train and on foot. How many stations in Tokyo? I am not sure but it says there are 635 stations in Tokyo and 495 stations in Tokyo 23 wards !!
See here for almost all stations tokyo_railway
Anyways, TOBU line goes from ASAKUSA to NIKKO, they are famous for its SPACIA. Though it is not JR (JR is biggest railway company used to be owned by a company), there are many TOBU fans!
Where: There is small tiny station called HIGASHI-MUKOUJIMA in TOBU sky tree line. The museum is attached to that station. If you have 1 hour, you can look all the exhibitions and things there. The place is always filled with small boys and their mon and dad…!!
HOW TO GO: You take TOBU SKY TREE LINE, get off at HIGASHI-MUKOUJIMA and from the exist you take right turn and see the MacDonald’s at your left, keep walking 30 sec! you see it on your right!
Sea food don: a bowl of rice with sashimi on top.
There are some really good SASHIMI place in Akihabara, I cannot decide the best one. But as far as for the Sea food don, I think this one is the best @ small Japanese food place called SANHORE.
I went to eat there for lunch but sea food don for lunch was already sold out so, we instead I ordered the ones for night menu, this cost more than 3,000yen, and it tasted..OMG it took me to heaven!!! Look those TORO (tuna), it was soooo thick and creamy!!
They do not have English menu, totally for locals and their fans. What they usually serve is FUGU (Blowfish) for winter and UNAGI (Eel) for summer. (Too expensive I will not have a chance…) For lunch, there are reasonable menu like KATSUDON, a bowl of rice topped with slices of deep-fried pork like this at 750yen.
SANHORE MAP PAGE
ADDRESS: 37-1, Kanda, Sakuma-cho, Chiyodaku, 101-0025
This is it!! Totally, heavenly, I am in love with TSUBAME GRILL. You must experience it! Let’s go to SHINAGAWA just for this!
Address: Just go Shinagawa station and take left exit, go down the escalator, it is on right across the street near Prince Hotel.
In Kitasenju, there is like a “drinking street” where many old Japanese bars are gathered. The atmosphere is really like 30 ~40 years ago and the houses are wooden houses.
Kitasenju 北千住(in Adachi ward in Tokyo) played the role like a gate to Edo (former Tokyo) from northern prefecture attached and was the one of post-towns (total 21 post-towns) on this road called NIKKO KAIDO (Line B) which connects TOKYO and NIKKO. This was established by EDO SHOGUNATE back in EDO period. Other than NIKKO KAIDO there are 4 other roads, A: Osyu Kaido (Edo to Fukushima), C:Kosyu Kaido(Edo to Nagano), D: Nakasendo(Edo to Kusatsu), E:Tokaido (Edo to Kyoto). Good example is that nowadays, the bullet trains goes to Kyoto from Edo (vice versa) called Tokaido bullet train.
So, now you know Kitasenju is old city in Tokyo, I would like to introduce one cafe in Kitasenju, it is called WAKABADOU. I like the atmosphere of this cafe. The house is old and I guess it is like from 40~50 years ago. (just my guess sorry!) They serve you just nice food, I mean fairly good food (lots of kind of tea & coffee, cakes, light meals) I mean it is worth to visit for food but more worth to visit for the “old folk house atomosphere”.
wakaba dou HP here: Click here
Address: 1-31-8 Senju Adachi-ku TOKYO 〒120-0034