If You’re in Tsukishima, You Have to Try Monjayaki! Enjoy it Amongst the Old Japanese Shitamachi Atomsphere
Tsukishima is a relatively new city, established on reclaimed land next to Tokyo Bay between 1882 and 1893. Tsukishima Nishinaka-Dori runs through the center of the city, and it is also a popular tourist stop known as “Monja Street.” Presently, you can find around 85 monjayaki restaurants here.
Originally monjayaki was a snack made at dagashi-ya, small candy stores, where children would flock, and it was a simple treat made just by cooking a thin flour-based batter and topping with soy sauce. It was fun to write Japanese characters, moji, into the snack as it was cooking, earning it the name “moji-yaki,” and it’s said that the pronunciation eventually shifted to “monja.”
A street famous for its monjayaki.
About 85 monjayaki restaurants can be found here.
Based in a relatively new area, reclaimed about 130 years ago.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1-chome through 3-chome, Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
- 03-3531-0076 (Tsukishima Nishinaka Kyoekai Shopping District Promotional Association)
- About a 6-minute walk from the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line and Toei Oedo Line’s Tsukishima Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)