“KITASENJU” is kind of popular area in eastern Tokyo like most of Tokyo people know or heard about this area and may be been there, but I see almost no tourists around. But there are lots to see for those who want to see the “real life” in old Tokyo.
Among many local food places, this TEMPRA place called “IMOYA” is special, sacred place for us (who grew up in KITASENJU)!
IMOYA いもや is super local TEMPURA place but they serve best TEMPURA in Tokyo!!!! (sorry I re-phrase it, BEST in KITASENJU!!) I am sure there are many other TEMPURA places that serves lots more expensive ones that are in guidebooks but IMOYA is truly special.
Personally, Best TEMPURA I have ever tasted other than my grandma’s!!!!
<<IMOYA>> IMOYA MAP
Make sure you get “HEISEI TENDON 平成天丼” that tells you all!!
Add: 東京都足立区千住3-31, (3-31, Adachiku, Senju, Tokyo)
Open: Mon&Tues, Fri~Sun
Close: Wed & Thurs
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
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