“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!!!!
I had worked at Akihabara for 7 years and I know lots about local food place in Akihabara. And, yes, I have been to many RAMEN places but this one always has the longest waiting hours in Akiba as RAMEN place.
OMG, I arrived here at 12:00 and about 30 people were waiting including the ones inside.
Notice, 99% of the customer is male…. I guess those are the Ramen enthusiasts…!! Though it seemed too many people, the rotation rate is high because most of the customer concentrated to “eating” and “tasting” this most popular ramen in Akihabara. Also, they don’t allowed to any groups and couple to sit next to each other when busy time. So…, I could not to enjoy girls talk with my friend…we were not allowed to sit next to each other….ohhhhh…
Signage “AOSHIMA RAMEN”
Menu, You should order “CHASYU-MEN” it is the best according everybody in internet…haha
We waited about 40 min…..
Inside looks like this, totally for “RAMEN” only….no chit chat is allowed!
Among male Ramen enthuisiasts, we looked like we came from the different planet…hahaha.. No body was chit-chatting…..
Here comes the RAMEN!!!!
Yes It was delicious!!!! It is in my Ramen list but for me, another shop “TSUMUGI” that I already introduced as Local Food Akihabara #3 (Ramen Tsumugi) stays No 1 and this comes No 2!! You should definately visit both “AOSHIMA” and “TSUMUGI”.
Forgot to mention where
Address: 3-2-1, Kanda-sakumacho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo MAP
Direction from Akihabara Station: Go to SYOWA DORI exit. You see Yodobashi Camera on your left and a big cross walk just in front of you. Pass that cross walk. Then, you see the RAMEN shop straight to your face. and just take the small road next to it (don’t go left side, go to right side of the RAMEN shop). This goes straight ahead below the train (train goes your above) and you see Seven Eleven on your left and Karaoke shop on your right. Keep walking this road about 200m or so, you see a small park. There, you turn right. And you’ll see the “AOSHIMA RAMEN” at 1 second!
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.
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
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.
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”.
This is something about KANDA (next to Akihabara station) area. If you are to enjoy Tokyo local food especially spicy one
KARASHIBI TSUKEMEN around 12:00
KARASHIBI RAMEN around 12:00
, you must go to KARASHIBI RAMEN. There are KARASHIBI RAMEN anad KARASHIBI TSUKEMEN, 2 shops next to each other. Both are famous and there are lots of people waiting.
We went to KARASHIBI TSUKEMEN this time to eat PAKUCHI MAZEMEN (Coreander ramen without soup). You can choose the level of hottness with 2 kids of indications. “KARA” (hot) and “SHIBI” (pins & needles…). I guess the hotness comes regular red peppers and this pins & needles comes from Japanese (or Chinese) mountain pepper?? So the taste is really addictively good but addictively hot!!!
KARASHIBI TSUKEMEN MAP Address: Chiyoda-ku, Kajichou, 2-10-10. (2min from Kanda Station) Kanda Station is next to Akihabara station by JR Yamanote or Keihintohoku line.
Today was horribly cold though it is March!! Me and my friend went to eat good chinese noodle in Akihabara, that is 胡椒饅頭 Kosyo manju. No tourist have ever eaten there I think, this place is full of local people. Enjoy Yummy Chinese Ramen..
This place is very famous in Akihabara for its super crazy hot but too delicious Mapo Tohfu. This place is always full of people, I think half of people are Chinese people too.
If you would like to taset real Sichuan (super hot) cousine, you must visit this place! Price is very reasonalble, you get 2 piece of fried chiken (kara-age) , salad, dessart, and rice along with your main dish at lunch and cost around 850yen.
Their wonderful spice (I don’t know which pepper they use or anything though) make my body really hot from deep inside…and it is soooo addictive!!!!
菊すし（Kikusushi) is located nearby Izumi bridge over Kanda River. (3min from Akihabara station’s showadori exit). This place is special that I cannot go to lunch so often. Today, my elder coworker (older but not my boss, he is in different department and he’s like an elder brother, it is called “Sempai” in Japanese…) took me and my friend at work! Yay!