We stayed at Asakusa in my last trip to Tokyo, a district famed for Tokyo’s oldest temple. The biggest rail station there (which we depended on) is Asakusa, on the Ginza subway line, which provides access to a few major areas in Tokyo.
Asakusa is a relatively old area compared to the district in the West of Tokyo, which explains the lower accommodation rates there (our reason for staying), but since the erection of Tokyo Skytree though, the landscape of the area appears to be slowly transforming itself, from the shops to hotels – the most obvious being the newly refurbished Matsuya department store.
Read about my previous visit to Asakusa, a better guide for visiting the place here: Sightseeing and Shopping at Sensoji
I’ve posted about Asakusa in general a couple of times already. Now I’ll share what I had over there.
1. Ganzo Sushi a.k.a. Sushi Go-Round Restaurant
Before we go off to or return from somewhere, we’d head to my favorite sushi place in Tokyo, Ganzo Sushi. Sushi served on conveyor belt was fat and fresh as usual. Though my mom packed a bag full of bread and instant rice (knowing how she can’t stand Japanese dishes), she became adventurous at the restaurant and tried the fancier dishes when we were there.
By Japanese standards, it’s cheap – the cheapest plate costs about ¥110. To get there, take Exit 5 from the Asakusa station – it’s located near the bright red Azumabashi bridge.
2. Saray Kebab
After a few days of eating Japanese food, Reza already felt like puking. He was so relieved to find kebab there!
A new kebab joint was available at the same junction, just across the road from Burger King.
Like many other kebab places in Tokyo, choices are limited — usually only chicken kebab is halal. I was told that the halal chicken in Japan are imported all the way from a supplier Brazil and have been frozen for too long, which explains why they don’t taste as fresh or as good as what we’ve got back in Malaysia. But considering how inaccessible halal meat is there, it was good to him anyway.
A small chicken kebab costs ¥500.
When you’re very hungry, get ebi tendon. There are many restaurants serving Japanese food around the area. We went to a proper Japanese restaurant located in one of the small streets surrounding Nakamise-dori, the kind which freshly prepares the prawn tempura.
The dish was so simple – rice, prawn tempura and some soy sauce if needed, yet it was so good. From then on, I began appreciating what tendon was. This was the dish that made Asna appreciate prawns!
A bowl of ebi tendon would roughly cost about ¥1200.
To make life easier for you, here’s a basic map explaining where to get them, once you’re there: