Saturday, January 29, 2011

Asakusa - Tokyo Rewind


A while ago, I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to continue posting about my trip to Japan Tokyo . Well here it is, a little late, but as the saying goes...better late then never.

We arrived to Tokyo after our trip to Toyama via train. We couldn't find the hotel that we booked and it was fairly late at night. Dragging our large backpacks and luggage, we gave up looking for our hotel and just got a room at a random hotel near the train station.

In the morning we headed to the Kannon Temple or Senso-ji in Asakusa. Through the big gates of the Senso-Ji we walked under the large 400kg lantern. Instantly you could see the rows of stalls selling souvenirs, crafts and food. The smell of fresh dorayaki's being made and other sweet smells filled the air as we made our way to the main area.

After walking around, admiring the great architecture of the temple; as usual I got hungry. We headed to a hundred year old Tempura shop called Tempura Daikokuya (tendon).




We entered the shop around noon, just before lunch time and we had to wait for a few minutes as there was 3-4 people in front of us waiting to get in. I thought to myself, this place must be pretty good to be this packed at noon. We walked up stairs and the decor was all wooden; sort of Edo period style. Seated on the tatami mat, we ordered their famous tendon. There was a reason the place lasted for 100 years +, this has got to be THE BEST tempura I had. So crispy , not too oily and so fresh...

After devouring the food , we headed out and realised how short the line we had before. As when we got out the line had gone around the shop.

Do you know of any places like this? Do share..


Where: 8-minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line,Tobu Isezaki Line and Tsukuba Express(TX).

Restaurant :Tempura Daikokuya

Address;1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku

Phone; 03-3844-1111, (for reservations; 03-3844-2222)

Hours; 11:10am-8:30pm(weekdays & sunday), 11:30am-9:00pm(saturday & national holidays)

Taste: OMG!



12 comments:

Chow and Chatter said...

very cool love Tokyo

Bentobird said...

Vivid pics! So fun, would LOVE to be there and take in all this sensory richness (and try that amazing tempura). Yep, Tokyo's on my travel destination short list!

Joanne said...

Mmm good tempura is hard to find. That looks awesome!

Fresh Local and Best said...

I'm dying to explore Tokyo, and notably Ginza. I hear the tempura is out of this world. The top sushi chef in NYC is returning to Ginza permanently this year, and he was mentioning all of the amazing food.

Pierce said...

Nice photos....thanks so much for your comment on blog Novel Meals!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I've always wanted to go there! Unfortunately, I haven't gotten to even though my bf lived in Japan for a year because he was in Hokkaido. Thanks for sharing the beautiful architecture and delicious food.

Taša said...

Wow, nice pictures. Love Japan :)

~Char said...

Hey! Its Char from "Its a Char thing" thanks for your recent comment. I now blog on http://iheartnom.blogspot.com/ pls follow me there too =P.

Such a coincidence im booking a trip to Japan this fall!! It looks amazing from your pics!! and will definatley have to try this restaurant you posted about!!

Take care!
C

RamblingTart said...

I've never been to Tokyo, but I sure enjoyed your pictures. :-) I like watching the light change as the day got later. :-)

That's Ron said...

thanks all for your wonderful comments, yups tokyo is really a great place... it has a great mixture of the old and new all in one place.

Bridgett said...

Wow, great short of the architecture. A good non greasy tempura is always an excellent find.

Forager @ The Gourmet Forager said...

Love how good that tempura looks. Craving a Japan holiday now - the sky in your photos looks crisp, blue and delightfully cold!