Iriyama Sembei in Asakusa 浅草の入山煎餅

Iriyama Sembei in Asakusa

Iriyama Sembei in Asakusa

Iriyama Sembei in Asakusa

Iriyama Sembei in Asakusa

Iriyama Sembei in Asakusa

Iriyama Sembei in Asakusa

Iriyama Sembei 入山煎餅

Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-13-4 台東区浅草1-13-4

Phone: 03-3844-1376

10:00 – 18:00, closed Thursdays

www.prpub.jp/senbei/asakusa/iriyama.htm (Japanese)

Popular round sembei are toasted until a golden caramel color and then dipped into a soy sauce. Only one style is made, shoyu (soy sauce). Uruchimai (rice) cakes are dried for 3 days and then grilled for five minutes. Each day they grill 4,000, winter takes longer to grill. Often the men are in white t-shirts and thin, white cotton pants. “Yakitate” osembei have just been toasted and are hot and the best way to try them. Iriya have been toasting rice crackers since 1914.

Magurobito Kaitenzushi in Asakusa 浅草のまぐろ人

Magurobito

Magurobito

Magurobito まぐろ人

Taito-ku, Asakusa 1-5-9 台東区浅草1-5-9

Phone: 03-3844-8736

Monday – Friday (11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00)

Saturday (11:00 – 22:00)

Sunday and holidays (11:00 – 21:00)

www.magurobito.com/ (Japanese)

Magurobito is kaitenzushi (revolving sushi) with a good value and a selection of seasonal fresh fish. It is very popular so there is often a line, but it tends to move quickly. This is a chain so you may see shops around the city. Of the many kaitenzushi, this chain is one of the better ones. It is also very popular for its bang for buck. There is a second shop in the area but it is tachigui (stand and eat) and only accommodates a handful of customers.

Mugitoro in Asakusa 浅草のむぎとろ

Mugitoro in Asakusa

Mugitoro in Asakusa

Mugitoro in Asakusa

Mugitoro in Asakusa

Mugitoro うぎとろ

Taito-ku, Kaminarimon 2-2-4 台東区雷門2-2-4

phone 03-3842-1066

11:00 – 21:00, no holidays

www.mugitoro.co.jp (Japanese)

Mugitoro is next to the Komagatado temple. The entrance to the 6-story modern building has red paper umbrellas and benches. As there is usually a line to get in, this is a welcome site. Mugitoro’s signature dish is rice cooked with barley (mugi) and topped with grated yamaimo potato. When the potato is grated it creates a thick, creamy, slippery slurry, in Japanese called tororo. Hence, the name of the restaurant is Mugitoro. The meals here are based around this dish, served with a variety of small plates. In front of the shop is a menu board with photos of popular dishes.

There is a small gift shop in the front of the shop. Mugitoro has created a line of rice crackers based on sticky rice, but combined with the tororo. The sandaime cracker, also called nuremochi, is a rice cracker soaked in soy sauce, not crispy like most, but chewy and moist. The signature cracker, Satochan, is a crispy cracker topped with black sesame seeds. If you like sweets, the tororinto, is surrounded with artisanal brown sugar from Amami Oshima in Okinawa.