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Mar 30, 2014 09:36 AM

Akasaka (Izakayas, ramen, casual places, etc...) recommendations

My wife and are I going to be in Tokyo from April 18-22nd, and May 5-9th. We are staying at the B Akasaka, which seems to be pretty close to Akasaka station. Does anyone have any recommendations for places nearby for dinners that can be done as walk-ins? Our Japanese ability is minimal (i.e. I have assiduously devoted myself to a set of Michel Thomas cds). Any help is much appreciated, though I will suspect I will not have difficulty finding delicious things to eat.

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  1. Try Nakamura Shokudo. It's the cheerful sister shop of well regarded Namikibashi Nakamura. Staff are friendly & accommodating to foreign guests.

    Robbie Swinnerton gave it a write up in Japan Times a while back.

    1. I've stayed at that B many many years ago. A fine budget hotel, though unfortunately a small walk (up TBS hill) from Akasaka proper.

      Nothing fancy, but there's a Jangara Ramen not far from your hotel if you want to try some decent tonkotsu ramen. You can google search it and there will be some descriptions of the menu in English. I recommend the bonshan ramen.

      Akasaka is also known for being the classic Korea town in Tokyo. If you're hung over, I highly recommend Ichiryu (一龍) for sorangtang, or a very clean beef bowl soup.

      I also like Nurunji (ヌルンジ赤坂) for pork based Korean BBQ.

      Be ready for Korean-style service (meaning, not great, you need to be assertive), but don't let that deter you from going.

      Given Akasaka's history as an after work, entertainment district, there will be plenty of good izakaya and sushiya for you to explore, though I can't think of any place that comes to mind that demands recommendation.

      Don't be afraid to ask your hotel staff for help on not only recommendations but also to understand the menu, what people usually order, etc. They are likely to be very helpful.



      3 Replies
      1. re: jjcha314

        Speaking of koreatown, the owner of Horuchan speaks perfectly good English. It's not a walk-in place but can probably take you same day if you call (or hotel staff does), most days.

        1. re: Gargle

          Thank you both for the recommendations. @Gargle: Horuchan looks really interesting, but I can't quite figure out what their deal is from tabelog. What can I look forward to?

          1. re: mstacey42

            It's a korean/yakiniku restaurant, but not the sort where you grill by yourself at the table, rather the kitchen will deliver a series of raw and cooked beef dishes (meat and offal) as well as some korean dishes like chijimi (the name they use here for what you probably know as Pajun/Pajeon from the US). There are some yakiniku places that serve more expensive beef, like Yoroniku:


            (and many other examples, but Yoroniku is foreigner friendly and excellent)

            And some that aim lower, but can still be fun if very, very smokey (your jacket will smell like pastrami even though it's placed in a plastic bag), like Yuuji:


            But I think the service style at Horuchan really lets you focus on the food and it's not a bad thing that someone who knows what they're doing is grilling. Plus of course it's right there in Akasaka.