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8 Best foods in Asakusa

Asakusa is a part of Tokyo’s downtown and can get you in the vibe of an older Tokyo, with traditional craft shops and street-food stalls around the area. Asakusa’s Nakamise Shopping street is a street filled with street food from rice crackers, daifuku, mochi, and dangos. Many foods and souvenirs will catch your eye, so here is my favorite, best foods in Asakusa.

Asakusa’s Nakamise is the walk from Kaminarimon to the main temple, Senso-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, completed in 645, which also houses a five-story pagoda. If you are trying to plan a trip here, check out my 1 day itinerary that includes Asakusa!

Best foods in Asakusa: Asakusa Menchi

Best foods in Asakusa Asakusa Menchi
Asakusa Menchi

My personal favorite is a shop in Asakusa’s Nakamise is Asakusa Menchi (浅草メンチ), which has delicious ground meat cutlets. The lines are usually long, but go by quick, and the wait is worth it. It is really one of the best foods in Asakusa.

They sell only one thing, Minced Katsu, deep-fried minced meat, and onion croquette for 300 yen. It is Deep fried goodness and so easy to eat 2-3 of them in a sitting. As of now, they do not allow eating and walking, but there is a specific area to eat two doors down. The menchi is always very hot and every time I bit into it, the meat juices always overflows. Be careful of the pigeons trying to steal a nibble.

Address:
〒111-0032 東京都台東区浅草2丁目3−3

Ichigo Daifuku

Best foods in Asakusa Ichigo Daifuku
Ichigo Daifuku

Daifuku can be found throughout Asakusa, and is a popular Japanese confectionery. It is usually shaped into small round balls, which consist of a chewy outer layer and a creamy, sweet red bean filling. Ichigo daifuku are usually consumed in the spring when strawberries are in season.

Ningyo Yaki

Ningyo Yaki

Ningyo Yaki is one of the most famous Tokyo confection. It has over a hundred years of history. It is often baked with the cake mold of the seven deities of good fortune. You can find ones that is shaped as Kaminarimon in Nakamise. Kaminarimon Gate stands at the entrance of Sensoji Temple and is regarded as one of Asakusa’s most famous landmarks. 
It usually contains Anko (red bean paste), but recently, there are custard cream or green tea paste instead of red bean paste. You can find Ningyo Yakis anywhere while walking around Nakamise.

Curry bread

Curry bread

Toyofuku is located right next to Asakusa Menchi, and a great alternative if you don’t want to wait in their long lines. This was really one of the best curry bread I had yet! It was freshly made and super crunchy on the outside and the filling was hot and juicy with a lot of curry filling! It had a good amount of minced beef as well!

Address:
〒111-0032 東京都台東区浅草2丁目3−4

Best foods in Asakusa: Isobeyaki

Isobeyaki Asakusa
Isobeyaki

Isobeyaki is a mochi that is cooked (either panfry, grill, or toasted) until the exterior turns golden and crisp. They then, brush the mochi with a soy sauce glaze and lastly wrap a piece of nori around it. It is hot, savory, crisp, and chewy. It is especially best eaten during the winter or cold months. It is really a tasty satisfying street food that definitely qualifies as one of the best foods in Asakusa

Melon pan

Best foods in Asakusa Melon Bread
Melon Bread


Melon pan is a sweet Japanese bread that is known for its soft and fluffy interior and cookie-like crust. Melon pan is one of Japanese’s favorite bread that can be found anywhere from bakeries to convenience stores, and many stores in Asakusa’s nakamise. Melon bread gets its name from its melon-like shape and flavor.

Best foods in Asakusa: Senbei

Turtle Shaped Senbei Asakusa
Turtle Shaped Senbei

Senbei are a wagashi made by using flour or rice flour which is kneaded, spread out thinly, and then fried on a grill. There’s a wide variety of Japanese senbei available in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and flavors, with the most popular flavor being soy sauce. Other flavors include Nori, Black Sesame, Red pepper, Shrimp, Squid, Black Soybean, and Sugar. All these flavors can be found in many stores in Asakusa’s nakamise. There was one specific store that had senbei that had their senbei shaped as a turtle!

Find your own best foods in Asakusa

Asakusa is filled with many endless amounts of street foods, so try every vendor you find and figure out your favorite foods in Asakusa! If you want to have a proper meal, I recommend Asakusa Gyukatsu for some delicious Gyukatsu!

Asakusa Gyukatsu

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