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Ueno

Afternoon Tea - Cafe: Ueno
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Light, casual meals are served all day starting from 10am (an hour earlier than most other restaurants in the neighborhood). One of our favorites is the vegetable and chicken platter - an assortment...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Brasserie L'ecrin - French: Ueno
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
If you're stuck in the station and in the mood for traditional French, dinners here start at Y3800. There's also a separate take-out pastry shop.
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Vinuls - Spanish: Ueno
Open 11am-4:30am daily.
Spanish food and reasonably priced French and Spanish wines, with convenient late-night hours. Budget around Y3000 for food and drink at dinnertime. (From the same management as the Aux Amis des...
Open 11am-4:30am daily.
Coca - Thai: Ueno
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Thai-Cantonese sukiyaki and Chinese-style nabe stews are the core of the menu here; they also serve various Chinese-Thai dumplings. Sukiyaki starts at Y2300 per person, while nabes are priced at...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Katsukura - Tonkatsu: Ueno
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
In addition to the usual tonkatsu, this reliable Kyoto-based chain offers variations like deep-fried shrimp and scallops, yuba (tofu skin) croquettes, and nice side dishes like chawanmushi, tofu...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Konaya - Udon: Ueno
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Oddly compelling udon noodles in curry-flavored broth, served with shrimp tempura, bananas or mochi (rice cakes).
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Wired Cafe Atre Ueno - Cafe: Ueno
Open 8am-11pm daily.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain. Located in a basement corridor next to Ueno station's Retro Gate, this oddly laid-out shop features a cozy balcony...
Open 8am-11pm daily.
Oto Oto - Japanese: Ueno
Open 11am-11:30pm daily.
Nicely prepared seasonal izakaya fare, including a selection of local Kyoto "banzai-ryori." Part of the Bamboo Garden restaurant complex, the dining room is decorated to resemble a bamboo grove. ...
Open 11am-11:30pm daily.
Yasaiya Mei Ueno - Japanese: Ueno
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Mei specializes in vegetable shabu-shabu (minimum order for two people), to which you can add various meaty side dishes. Budget around Y4000 at dinnertime. Open all afternoon on weekends.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Ueno
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Odako - Oden: Ueno
Open 5:30-11pm daily.
Odako is a place where oden finally gets the respect it deserves, presented with top-grade small-producer sake. Here, oden is prepared fresh daily in a Kansai-style broth, which is not nearly as...
Open 5:30-11pm daily.
Kurofunetei - Yoshoku: Ueno
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
This traditional shop offers all your yoshoku favorites - cabbage rolls with cheese, Hamburg steaks, seafood curry, fried-rice omelettes - but the big draw is their famous hayashi rice (¥1570). ...
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Murachin - Retail: Ueno
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Raw ingredients and packaged goods from China, Korea and southeast Asia, including fresh vegetables from Thailand two or three times a week. They're in the basement of the Ameyoko Center Building,...
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Zanmai - Sushi: Ueno
Open 24 hours a day.
This convenient 24-hour branch of the popular Tsukiji-based budget sushi chain offers good value for money.
Open 24 hours a day.
Daichi no Okurimono - Japanese: Ueno
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
There's something self-indulgent and luxurious about an all-you-can-eat buffet, but a natural-foods buffet on the other hand seems positively virtuous - "Eat what you want - it's all good for you." ...
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Ume no Hana - Tofu: Ueno
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
A tofu and yuba specialty restaurant with branches throughout Japan. Full-course dinners range from Y3,600; lunch from Y1,900. Take-out bento are also available.
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Imahan - Nabemono: Ueno
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Sukiyaki and shabu-shabu made from Ohmi beef. Shabu-shabu from Y5500, kaiseki from Y12,000.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Hokuhan - Japanese regional: Ueno
Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Tohoku-style fish and other dishes. Prices tend to add up rather quickly, but the food is always top quality.
Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Neko Maru Cafe Ueno - Cat cafe: Ueno
Open 11am-10pm daily.
There are twenty-six feline residents - many of them rescue cats from a local shelter - at this conveniently located cafe just around the corner from Ueno station. The playroom is furnished with...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Iwateya - Japanese regional: Ueno
Open 4-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Reasonably priced food from Iwate Prefecture, along with local sake and shochu brands.
Open 4-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Daiki - Ramen: Ueno
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm. Closed Sundays.
The very popular ramen shop Daiki is known for their tasty chicken-based soup, available in both shio (salt) or shoyu (soy sauce) varieties. The "torisoba" option indicates a pure chicken-stock...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm. Closed Sundays.

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Hanamasa - Retail: Okachimachi
Open 24 hours a day.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Open 24 hours a day.
Tamaya - Bar: Okachimachi
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Tamaya has all the makings of a great neighborhood wine bar: a lively but relaxed atmosphere, a well-chosen selection of reasonably priced wines; and tasty, tapas-sized dishes. The only problem is...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Ippudo - Ramen: Okachimachi
Open 11am-3am daily.
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
Open 11am-3am daily.
Sekai no Yamachan - Japanese regional: Okachimachi
Open 4-10:15pm (LO) daily.
One of Nagoya's most popular izakaya chains, Yamachan serves regional delicacies such as spicy fried chicken wings and miso-based stews, all at very reasonable prices.
Open 4-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Ringer Hut - Japanese regional: Okachimachi
Open 10am-2am (Sat, Sun -10pm) daily.
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the...
Open 10am-2am (Sat, Sun -10pm) daily.
Hanamasa (Negishi) - Retail: Taito-ku
Open 24 hours a day.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Open 24 hours a day.
Hanamasa (Senzoku) - Retail: Taito-ku
Open 24 hours a day.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Open 24 hours a day.
Sasa no Yuki - Tofu: Uguisudani
Open 11:30am-8pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
This venerable old tofu specialist (dating back to 1691) stands in a rather nondescript neighborhood about a 15-minute walk from the north end of Ueno Park. Multi-course meals feature tofu in all...
Open 11:30am-8pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Bon - Shojin-ryori: Iriya
Open from noon and from 5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Beautifully prepared temple cuisine. Lunch/dinner ranges from 7,000 - 10,000 yen.
Open from noon and from 5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Couzt Cafe - Cafe: Nippori
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
This very hip, artsy cafe is furnished with comfortable sofas and big tables, a nice setting for a coffee break or creative work session. They serve both espresso and drip coffee, and at night you...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Hagi Cafe - Cafe: Nippori
Open noon-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Very popular with neighborhood residents, this charming cafe is attached to an art gallery and a few small event spaces. The food menu features curries and hot sandwiches, and they offer breakfast...
Open noon-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Himitsudo - Cafe: Nippori
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun 10am-). Closed Mondays.
Himitsudo, even though its location feels like a secret, is one of Tokyo's most revered kakigori shops. They pride themselves on a constantly changing menu, and boast the use of 132 secret toppings....
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun 10am-). Closed Mondays.
Jinenjo - Curry: Nippori
Open 11:30am-4, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Japanese curries made with medicinal herbs are the specialty here, and while we can't vouch for any possible health benefits, we can confirm that they're at least very tasty. We enjoyed an excellent...
Open 11:30am-4, 5:30-9:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

Asakusa

23 Banchi Cafe - Brewpub: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
This casual cafe is run by Asahi Beer, on the grounds of their Philippe Starck-designed headquarters. Drinks include coffees, wine, and various Asahi and Asahi-imported beers, including three...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Azumabashi - Brewpub: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Run by Asahi Beer and adjacent to their Philippe Starck-designed world headquarters building, this brewpub serves a couple of seasonal microbrews from their Sumidagawa Brewery, plus some unusual...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Harmonic - Belgian rest/beer bar: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-2, 4-10:30pm daily.
This Asahi Beer-run restaurant features several Asahi-imported Belgian beers (Hoegaarden, Leffe, Stella Artois) plus a few microbrews from the on-premises Sumidagawa Brewery. Food includes various...
Open 11:30am-2, 4-10:30pm daily.
Kamiya Bar - Bar: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Founded in 1880, this historic bar is best known as the originator of Denki Bran ("electric brandy"), a strangely compelling, rather sweet brandy-like liquor that's used in a variety of cocktails...
Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Ichibanya - Retail: Asakusa
Open 9am-7pm daily.
The Ichibanya shop sells over a hundred varieties of sembei, with exotic flavors like garlic, wasabi, hot pepper, shiso, plum, seaweed and many more. You'll even find shrimp, bonito, cod roe and...
Open 9am-7pm daily.
Yumeya - Curry: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-8pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
This rather unpretentious shop may not win any awards for their decor, but they serve up very good Indo-style Japanese curries and credible naans. A curry set with rice or naan (and Japanese...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-8pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Bar Six - Bar: Asakusa
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Located at the top of the very cultural Amuse Museum, Bar Six offers a nice evening view of the illuminated pagoda and temple buildings of nearby Sensoji Temple. Weather permitting, the outdoor...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Ringer Hut - Japanese regional: Asakusa
Open 11am-2am (Sat, Sun -10pm) daily.
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the...
Open 11am-2am (Sat, Sun -10pm) daily.
Montee - Thai: Asakusa
Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Very spicy, down-home Thai cuisine is what draws the customers to this extremely casual hole-in-the-wall spot, located inside an ancient basement arcade next to Asakusa subway station. The...
Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Asakusa Gyukatsu - Gyukatsu: Asakusa
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -9:30, Sun -8:30) daily.
This tiny, nine-seat counter shop just may serve the best deep-fried beef cutlet in Tokyo. The meat is beautifully marbled, encased in a thin, softly crunchy coating and quite tasty with just a bit...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -9:30, Sun -8:30) daily.
Ef Cafe - Cafe: Asakusa
Open 11am-11pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Ef Cafe isn't a cat cafe, it's simply a cafe with a resident cat which also happens to exhibit cat-centered artwork on the walls, serve drinks in cat-themed glassware, and sell a small, tasteful...
Open 11am-11pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Komagata Dojo - Unagi: Asakusa
Open 11am-9pm daily.
This famous old shop specializes in dojo (a small eel-like fish), with full-course dinners from Y3800. They also offer a half-dozen variations of traditionally prepared whale meat. Seating is on...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
D's Diner - Beer bar: Asakusa
Open noon-midnight daily.
With some sixty choices by the bottle, at first glance the drinks list at this self-styled beer hall looks like a typical "world beer" mishmash. However, in addition to their collection of lagers...
Open noon-midnight daily.
Zanmai - Sushi: Asakusa
Open 24 hours a day.
Good value for money and a wide selection of fish at this convenient 24-hour branch of the famous Tsukiji-based sushi shop.
Open 24 hours a day.
Namiki - Soba: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-7:30pm. Closed Thursdays.
Established in 1913, this well-known soba shop serves up noodles in a traditional setting, with cobblestoned floors and some tatami-mat seating, supplemented by big tables that are shared when it...
Open 11:30am-7:30pm. Closed Thursdays.
Marugoto Hokkaido Kaminarimon - Antenna shop: Asakusa
Open 10am-6pm daily.
One of several shops in Tokyo specializing in Hokkaido food products, this antenna shop sells fresh potatoes and onions, dried scallop snacks, frozen fish, instant ramen, chicken soup-curry, and...
Open 10am-6pm daily.
Hatsuogawa - Unagi: Asakusa
Open noon-2, 5-8pm daily.
The eel here is prepared the old-fashioned way, beginning once you've placed your order, and it's grilled quite thoroughly to complement the rich fattiness of the fish. The eel-liver clear soup (Y50...
Open noon-2, 5-8pm daily.
Que Bom - Brazilian: Asakusa
Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
The Y3000 churrasco buffet at this lively music bar features fifteen different Brazilian delicacies - grilled beef, pork and chicken, linguica sausage, and feijoada black-bean stew among them. Wash...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
Campion Ale - Brewpub: Asakusa
Open 5-11pm daily.
Five British-style ales on tap, all brewed on premises at this small brewpub. Prices are Y800 for pints and Y500 for half-pints. Food includes shepherd's pie, meat pies and beef stew. Open from noon...
Open 5-11pm daily.
Monta - Cat cafe: Asakusa
Open 11am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm). Closed Tuesdays.
This cat cafe in the heart of tourist-filled Asakusa has a limited number of cats - eight at last count - but the staff seem to be good at keeping them engaged with various cat toys and other...
Open 11am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm). Closed Tuesdays.
Oiwake - Izakaya: Asakusa
Open 5:30-midnight. Closed Mondays.
This izakaya has three shows per night of traditional shamisen performance, with a Y2000 music charge. The food and drink are standard izakaya fare.
Open 5:30-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Tori no Iru Cafe - Bird cafe: Asakusa
Open 1-8pm daily.
The emphasis is on hands-on interaction with dozens of lively birds at this branch of the Tori no Iru Cafe. Located in a basement in touristy Asakusa, the cafe offers two very different experiences:...
Open 1-8pm daily.
Yukari - Chicken: Asakusa
Open 10am-10pm daily.
This take-out-only shop serves fantastic deep-fried chicken kara-age, freshly prepared when you order. The extra-crispy momo (thigh meat) is indeed wonderfully crunchy; there's also an extra-juicy...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Tiger Gyoza Hall - Gyoza: Asakusa
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tiger's menu is devoted to gyoza dumplings, both fried and boiled. The signature dish is their extra-large Banana Gyoza, so named because of their elongated shape - these come with a voluminous pork...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Nekoen - Cat cafe: Asakusa
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
It's not the biggest or most populous cat cafe in town, but the vivacious, outgoing (and English-speaking) proprietor helps make this a comfortable spot to hang out for an hour. Asakusa Nekoen ("Cat...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Oshiage (Skytree)

Tokyo Curry-ya Meitenkai - Curry: Oshiage
Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Five of the most popular Japanese curry shops in Tokyo's Kanda area have gotten together to create this casual shop where you can try their curries individually or in various combinations. A set of...
Open 10am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Kua 'Aina - Burgers: Oshiage
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Big fat burgers and mahi-mahi sandwiches from the famous Hawaiian burger chain.
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Hasegawa Saketen - Liquor shop: Oshiage
Open 10am-9pm daily.
The Skytree branch of one of Tokyo's better sake retailers.
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Be a Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk - Coffee shop: Oshiage
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Great espresso and drip coffee from the oddly named Harajuku-based coffee shop Be A Good Neighbor. Wintertime drinks also include hot cocoa, hot lemonade and flavored teas, with pastries to go with....
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Masuya - Retail: Oshiage
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Masuya - the name simply means "salt shop" - serves up an amazing variety of artisanal salts, flavored salts and bath salts from across Japan and around the world.
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Tochimaru Shop - Antenna shop: Oshiage
Open 10am-9pm daily.
More than seventy kinds of local sake are on sale at this large Tochigi prefectural retail shop, along with ciders (apple, pear and strawberry), eight craft beers (Preston and Utsunomiya), and wines....
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Amara - Indian: Oshiage
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
If you're in the mood for Indian food at Skytree, this is the place. The Solamachi Set, with vegetable and shrimp curries, salad, kebab, nan and yogurt, is Y1580.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bincho - Unagi: Oshiage
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Excellent Nagoya-style grilled unagi eel is served here, grilled over the finest binchotan charcoal and served with their own special low-salt tamari sauce. Hitsumabushi (a traditional Nagoya serving...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Oshiage
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Toriton - Sushi: Oshiage
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Fresh fish and good cost performance at this Hokkaido-based conveyor-belt sushi spot. The lines may be long but they move quickly.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Rokurinsha - Ramen: Oshiage
Open 10:30am-11pm daily.
This very popular shop is known for their tsukemen, served with a thick, richly flavored dipping sauce made with pork, seafood and vegetables. Prepare to wait on line during busy times.
Open 10:30am-11pm daily.
Maekawa - Unagi: Oshiage
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tokyo-style grilled eel from a Komagata-based shop. Unagi donburi starts at Y4050 for lunch or dinner.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Sekai no Beer Hakubutsukan - Beer bar: Oshiage
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Rather than trying to represent the entire world, the "World Beer Museum" narrows its focus to brews from five beer-producing countries - Belgium, Germany, the UK, Czech Republic and the US - along...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Super Dry - Beer bar: Oshiage
Open 11am-11pm daily.
In addition to their flagship beer, this popular Asahi-run pub pours a rotating roster of draft beers like Leffe, Bass Pale Ale and Hoegaarden; they also serve several varieties of Leffe by the...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Brasserie Aux Amis - French: Oshiage
Open 11am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
A tourist-friendly outlet of the popular upscale French wine-bar chain. Prix-fixe lunches are priced Y2,800-Y9,800, dinners Y6,500-Y11,000.
Open 11am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Kunimi - Tofu: Oshiage
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tofu-based kaiseki cuisine, accompanied by a close-up view of Tokyo Skytree. A lunchtime bento is Y2835, and kaiseki service is Y5250-12600.
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kitano Ace - Retail: Oshiage
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Located in the middle of the very impressive food hall inside Solamachi shopping mall, Kitano Ace carries some rather specialized products, including 400 different pouch curries from shops all over...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Rigoletto - Italian: Oshiage
Open 11am-4am (-11pm Sun) daily.
Rotisserie chicken is the highlight of the menu at this Spanish-Italian chain restaurant. Open until 4am, Rigoletto is one of the few late-night choices in the neighborhood. Budget around Y3000 at...
Open 11am-4am (-11pm Sun) daily.
Hawkeye - Bird cafe: Oshiage
Open 1-7pm. Closed Mon, Thu.
Billed as a "raptorial photo and snack bar," Hawkeye offers a dozen raptors, both hawks and owls, for visitor photo sessions (including pictures with the nearby Tokyo Skytree in the background). You...
Open 1-7pm. Closed Mon, Thu.
Spice Cafe - Indian: Oshiage
Open 11:45am-2, 2-4, 6-10pm. Closed Mon, 3rd Tue.
The chef here is a veteran of a hotel restaurant in Kerala, in southern India, and the chef's menu (Y3500) includes three Indian curries along with European-style appetizers and three desserts. Wine...
Open 11:45am-2, 2-4, 6-10pm. Closed Mon, 3rd Tue.
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Updated 2016-06-24