Shibamata is the place in Tokyo where you can enjoy dishes for local people. The editorial team recommends some long established restaurants!
If you have visited Tokyo few times in the past, this time you may want to try restaurants that are popular among local people rather than those for tourists located in a tourist spot. It is not fun if this article introduces just usual local stores. So, this series focuses on Katsushika-ku, which appears to be difficult to approach for first-timers, but it has a lot of restaurants, which satisfy you at a high level with deliciousness and price performance. In the next three articles, we introduce carefully selected restaurants that are secretly known as popular among Japanese people, in addition to long-established stores with a great presence.
Let us explain to you about Katsushika-ku. Located in the eastern Tokyo, Katsushika-ku is a downtown, at which a traditional style of warmhearted local people does still exist. The land, which had been cherished with agriculture originally, is rich as it is surrounded with big rivers. Then the rivers have started being used for transportation and factory water. With the industrial development, the area has become one huge accumulation of factories. Although most of them are small sized factories, the owners work on manufacturing with their pride and enthusiasm. Their high quality products and parts, which are produced with high skills, are the fundamental of Japanese industries. Restaurants in the area are used by many factory workers in the area. As a result that the owners of the restaurants continue to develop their stores to be accepted by a more number of local people, the restaurants in the area have developed in a unique way. Therefore, they appear to be a little different to those in other areas even for many Japanese. Even tourists will definitely have unforgettable experience.
Featured!! Shibamata Area
The first article on Katsushika-ku introduces you the surrounding area of Shibamata Station, approx. 45 minutes from Tokyo Station. The area is well-known for Japanese people as a site of a long-run movie called “Otoko-wa-tsuraiyo”. Along the path from Shibatamata Station to Shibamata Taishakuten are a series of long-established Japanese-style sweet stores and souvenir shops.
Known formally as Kyoeizan Daikyoji, this is a temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism with some 400 years of history. The principal image of the temple is Taishakuten, which is carved into a wooden board, and it is said to have benefited people suffering from illness in the past.
What are carefully selected menus that you can enjoy in this area?
①Dorayaki “Rakudora” ¥210
Dorayaki is a Japanese sweet with red bean paste sandwiched between wheat flour pan cake. The combination of red bean paste and whipped fresh cream is outstanding.
▼You can enjoy this at “Ishii”.
This is a Japanese sweets and pickles shop that has been in operation for 150 years. The Japanese sweets with a Western taste that combine Japanese ingredients with fresh cream are recommended. They are made by the proprietor, who studied in Kyoto.
Address:7-6-20 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku
②Kusadango (5 piece) ¥350
A Japanese-style sweet that has red bean paste on Kusadango (mugwort-flavored rice dumplings).
▼You can enjoy this at “Takagiya-rouho”
This is a Japanese sweets shop with two locations on either side of the approach road. Kusadango (mugwort-flavored rice dumpling), made with such time-tested ingredients as Japanese mugwort, rice, red beans and no additives, is delicious.
The store has a variety of souvenir goods, too.
Address:7-7-4 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku
Business hours:7:30-18:00, café: 8:00-17:00 (L.O. 16:30)
③Tendon (upper-grade) ¥1,620
Tempura including two large prawns, with traditional salty-sweet tempura sauce.
▼You can enjoy this at “Yamato-ya”.
A tempura shop founded in 1885. Since then, whenever the crock of tempura sauce used for the dish tendon (tempura over rice) has gotten low, they have added more to keep it full. Enjoy the traditional flavor, which has been kept the same for 130 years.
You can watch them deep-fry the tempura.
Address:7-7-4 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku
Business hours:11:00-around 16:00 (take out: 9:00-around 17:00)
Closed:Open 365 days
④Unaju (medium-grade) ¥3,300
The eel is cut open and grilled without seasoning and then steamed. It is then basted with salty-sweet sauce and grilled.
▼You can enjoy this at “KAWACHIYA”.
This is a fresh water fish restaurant, serving eel, carp and more, that was founded in the 1770s. They recommend the eel grilled in a secret sauce passed down for generations.
The interior is spacious.
Address:7-6-16 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku
Business hours:11:00-L.O. 19:00
Closed:Open 365 days
Credit cards accepted:American Express, Diners, JCB, Master, Visa
⑤Sekitome ame (200g) ¥500
The candy, made with mugwort, bellflowers, gingers, brown sugar, etc., is known as effective for coughing. With gentle sweetness and fragrances, you can never stop eating it.
▼You can buy this at “Matsuya-no-ame Sohonten”.
The long established candy store was open in 1868. It sells a variety type of candies, which are also recommended as souvenirs.
【松屋の飴総本店 (Matsuya-no-ame Sohonten)】
Address: 7-6-17 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku
⑥Sweet potato (plain) ¥250
The sweet potato shaped sweet is baked after mashing sweet potatoes. You can enjoy natural sweetness of sweet potatoes.
▼You can buy this at “Monden”.
This is a sweet potato sweets speciality shop.
Address:7-7-10 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku
⑦Powdered green tea (with Japanese sweets) ¥600
Matcha (powdered green tea) is a traditional Japanese drink with some bitter taste. Because of the bitterness, the drink matches with sweets.
▼This set menu can be enjoyed at“Yamamoto-tei”.
This originally was the residence of the founder of a camera components manufacturer. Expanded and modified repeatedly since around 1926, it has taken on the appearance of a traditional Japanese building. You can enjoy powdered green tea and Japanese sweets while gazing at the beautiful garden.
The Japanese garden of about 900 square meters.
【山本亭 (Katsushika Yamamoto-Tei)】
Address:7-19-32 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku
Closed:3rd Tue. (if Tue. falls on a holiday, the following weekday will be closed instead), 3rd Wed. & Thu. in Dec.
Note: Scheduled to close from around fall 2015 to winter 2016 for renovations
The location map of the above mentioned stores is shown below!
Relish food offered by long established shops in the Shibamata area, which maintains a nostalgic atmosphere.