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Tsukishima Nishinaka-Dori

If You’re in Tsukishima, You Have to Try Monjayaki! Enjoy it Amongst the Old Japanese Shitamachi Atomsphere

Shopping Streets

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.”

Highlights

  • 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.

Photos

  • Tsukishima Nishinaka-Dori, commonly referred to as “Monja Street”

    Tsukishima Nishinaka-Dori, commonly referred to as “Monja Street”

  • Fried while the ingredients are chopped up

    Fried while the ingredients are chopped up

  • When the ingredients have softened, a hole is made in the middle and the batter is poured in

    When the ingredients have softened, a hole is made in the middle and the batter is poured in

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Details

Name in Japanese
月島西仲通り
Postal Code
104-0052
Address
1-chome through 3-chome, Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Telephone
03-3531-0076 (Tsukishima Nishinaka Kyoekai Shopping District Promotional Association)
Access
About a 6-minute walk from the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line and Toei Oedo Line’s Tsukishima Station
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)