7 Best Sukiyaki Shops in Tokyo for Couples

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I love to explore the cuisine of a country wherever I go. Luckily, I am also blessed to have a girlfriend who is a foodie and never says no when it comes to trying special or unique dishes. On my travel trips to Tokyo with my partner, one of the most satisfying experience of our tour was to feast upon, the traditional Japanese dish Sukiyaki. The food is available in my home country but it never matches the taste that its origin has to provide. I didn’t limit my exposure to one or two restaurants, as eating Sukiyaki with my girlfriend emerged more like a fun taste adventure.
I wouldn’t be doing justice to the food lovers if I didn’t reveal some of the best eateries.

 

Top Sukiyaki Restaurants That You’ll Keep Coming Back For

Here is our list of the best Sukiyaki shops in Tokyo:

1. Ishibashi

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For an outsider, visiting Ishibashi must have to be top priority. Reason is that it is one of the oldest meat shops in Tokyo. The place is an amalgam of tradition, modernity and taste and thus serves to be an exotic spot for couples. The shop dates back to the 1879 and is present in an old and traditional Japanese house.

There is hardly any place in Tokyo like Ishibashi that provides an ambience soaked in taste and enchantment. Ishibashi is well deserved of their one Michelin-starred distinction and has all the features, people look for in a dine-out spot.

Access: Just a 2 minute walk from Exit 3, Suehirocho Station
Opening hours: Weekdays from 5:00pm to 9:30pm – Closed on Sat, Sun and Holidays
Telephone: 03-3251-3580

2. Yonekyu

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Eating Sukiyaki at Yonekyu felt like more of a Royal experience. We felt really special when a beating drum welcomed us to their establishment. Unlike, Ishibashi, Yonekyu is not an old place but it is a traditional one. Here, we witnessed some of the exhibits of Japanese culture. Another plus is that it’s located nearby the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, so you can build up an appetite sightseeing before indulging.

Eating Sukiyaki on tatami mats near the gardens was indeed a fun enriching experience for us. I think this was a very unique thing I loved trying while being in company of my partner. The meat was delicious but there are much fewer selections than other restaurants on this list. Now whenever I eat Sukiyaki, I still can’t get the sound of drums out of my head.

Access: Located a 3 minute walk from Asakusa Station
Address: 2-17-10 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Homepage: http://asakusa-ryoin.jp/yonekyu/
Telephone: 03-3841-6416

3. Zakuro TBS Store

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Zakuro TBS Store in Akasaka Tokyo is just an amalgam of taste, aesthetics and good service. Our Sukiyaki eating experience at this place was quite classy in nature. The portions were somewhat smaller but quality of beef was excellent and the service, spot on. Knowing that we were tourists, the staff was more benevolent towards us.

Sitting cabins were a bit tiny, something that made this place more unique and worthy of eating while being in a crowd. Expect to pay a little more at this restaurant for the best in quality. An English menu is provided and if you like Shabu Shabu, you’ve also come to the right place.

Access: Just a 2 min walk from Akasaka Station
Opening hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Address: 2F Akasaka Biz Tower, 5-3-1, Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052
Telephone: 03-3582-6841

4. Asakusa Imahan

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This was the place where I realized how the Japanese have learnt to differentiate the same Sukiyaki. Basically, it is the matter of providing an experience through fine service. We arrived at the place in rush hour and everyone was ordering Sukiyaki. However, we still received our order in ample time.

Splurge on the Kobe Beef Set or Course Menu and you won’t be disappointed but if you do not want to overspend, then it’s a good idea to head here for lunch instead. We went here for dinner and although the restaurant was quite expensive, it just reminded us of how you can eat Sukiyaki everyday in different styles and still never let boredom creep in.

Access: Located a 10 minute walk from Asakusa Station
Opening hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm Everyday
Address: 3-1-12 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0035
Homepage: http://www.asakusaimahan.co.jp/english
Telephone: 03-3841-1114

5. Okahan Main Ginza

Ask any Japanese to recommend you the best eatery in Tokyo and you would hear of the Okahan Store. My hotel trip host recommended this restaurant and we readily made our way in. Okahan Main not only provides Sukiyaki but also has some fine teppanyaki to offer. Their special Matsutaka beef is costly but marbled and delicious.

The best thing is that my girlfriend and I were able to get a separate room and a server. It was indeed fun to eat some delicious Japanese food at such a popular place but in a private manner.

Access: Located a 5 minute walk from Ginza Station
Opening hours: Mon to Sat – 11:30am – 1:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Closed on Suns
Address: 7-16-16, Tokyo, Chuo, 7・8 Fl Ginza Kanedanaka Bldg
Homepage: http://www.kanetanaka.co.jp/restrant/okahan/
Telephone: 03-3571-1417

6. Yamato Ningyocho

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Up until now what we tried was Sukiyaki with regular drinks, at Yamato though, we knew how it felt to have this dish with special Japanese wine. Let me tell you if you are at this place with your partner and want to be romantic while feasting upon Sukiyaki then do spring for wine too. It’s actually one of the more reasonable places for Sukiyaki, that still delivers quality beef. The place is very stylish and service is good.

To get the most out of your meal, you do have to try it with the sauces provided. Tourists cringe at the mere mention of consuming raw eggs, but let me tell you my girlfriend and I have always eaten raw eggs with different sauces, donburi, etc and never had a problem. The meat and egg complement each other nicely, if you’re brave enough to try. I don’t eat raw eggs anywhere else in the world, only in Japan as I believe Japanese eggs are more fresh and meant to be consumed here, raw or cooked.

Access: Just a 3 minute walk from JR Tokyo Station, Yaesu North Exit
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11:00am – 2:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Closed Sat and Sun
Address: 2-8-3 Nihonbashiningyocho, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0013
Telephone: 03-3271-2491

7. Koiku

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This is the restaurant in Tokyo where East meets West. Yes, the décor is quite traditional as well, so it provides a perfect ambiance. I remember that day, we both had different choices and Okahan provided us that common ground. Perhaps this is the reason why I found the taste of Sukiyaki more rhythmic with my taste buds and warmed our hearts. Plus, the prices were very reasonable for the amount of appetizers, meat and drinks we ordered.

You can choose to sit on tatami mats as well as specially furnished rooms. Apart from Sukiyaki, do try some Japanese steaks or Shabu Shabu as well. We noticed many locals eating at this place which is a very good sign and received impeccable service from start to finish.

Access: Located a 6 minute walk from Ginza Station
Opening hours: 11:30am – 1:30pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Address: 7-2-8 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Takaya Ginza Bldg 5F 104-0061
Telephone: 03-6274-6586

 

I’ll never tire of eating out in Tokyo as I only have high praise for all Japanese cuisine. I love eating Sukiyaki here as it gives you the chance to enjoy time with your partner all over again; at least this is what I experienced.

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