You can experience the real “Sake wonderland in Tokyo”! Have a great drunken time at Tateishi!
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.
The Tateishi Area
The second article about the Katsushika area introduces you the surrounding area of Keisei Tateishi Station, approx. 30 minute from Tokyo Station. The area is called the sacred place of “Sen-bero” in the nation. Sen-bero is a combination of two words; “sen”（or sen-yen） means a thousand yen in Japanese, while “bero” or “bero bero” describes someone happily drunken. Therefore, the word “Sen-bero” expresses that you can be happily drunken enough with a thousand yen. As it is a sacred place, Tateishi has a plenty of izakaya restaurants that serve with reasonable prices.
Rules for drinking at Tateishi
Here are some rules for drinking at Tateishi. Local Japanese people will be impressed with your good behavior as long as you follow the rules!
- Don't linger over a drink too long.
- Bring small change. Don't try to pay with a 10,000 yen bill.
- Many of the pubs are small, so don't hog the seats.
- Watch the staff and time your orders so as not to inconvenience them.
- Just because it is cheap doesn't mean you should overdo it.
Let’s take off for Sen-bero experience at Tateishi!
Here are some carefully selected menus that go well with alcohol! Hope you relish these meals along with Japanese alcohol such as sake and shochu.
1. Kushikatsu × “BILLIKEN”
Kushikatsu are foods made into bite-size pieces, skewered and deep-fried. You dip them in sauce before eating them.
You can enjoy this at “BILLIKEN”.
The stand-up style Kushikatsu restaurant is located approx. one minute on foot from Keisei Tateishi Station. Whatever types strike your fancy. Prawns, chicken and cheese are among the offerings.
- Name in Japanese
- 1-22-6 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku
- Business hours
- 17:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30) Sat. & Hol.: 15:00-
- Wed / Sun
2. Horumon Kushiyaki × “Horumon-Dojo”
"Horumon" refers to the meat and organ meat of pigs, cows and the like. There may be people who are not a big fan of grilled offal, but they are delicious! Many people say they like offal rather than those meat used for steak. The prices are more reasonable, too.
You can enjoy this at “Horumon-Dojo”.
The Horumon at this restaurant is fresh, so it has no bad smell. Most of the customers are regulars, but don't be afraid to go inside.
- Name in Japanese
- 16:00 - 24:00
3. Oden × Nimosaku
Oden is a piping hot dish that most people know as a winter favorite, but inside the walls of Nimosaku you’ll always find it cool and cozy so you can enjoy it all year around.
The rich flavor of oden broth, paired perfectly with wine, makes for a taste experience that keeps this spot bustling with young patrons, ladies and Tateishi locals alike.
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4. Ham Katsu × AOBA
Super-popular thick-cut “ham katsu”.
This izakaya is located along the main street running south from the arcade shopping street starting at the Keisei Line’s Tateishi Station.
Ice-cold beer, delicious food, and a bright and homey atmosphere all make for a place you’ll want to enjoy for a good long while.