Food in Taito
If you are one of many food lovers around the world, you must know that Japanese food is amazing. In Japan, food is sacred. When preparing a dish, only the freshest, highest quality ingredients are used. These ingredients along with the painstaking and meticulous mode of preparation set Japanese cuisine apart, and many venture to Japan to experience Japanese cuisine firsthand.
Tokyo is filled with various types of restaurants all with different versions of your favorite Japanese staples.
Japan, and Tokyo in particular has built a reputation abroad as being an intriguing, innovative, and high tech destination. Many have also marveled at the way the old and new seem to coexist in Tokyo’s metropolitan maze of hustle and bustle. Tokyo’s Taito ward captures this dynamic. Taito is home to modern centers like the one around major hub station Ueno, as well as neighborhoods like Yanaka which have been relatively untouched since the days leading up to World War II. Taito ward is also home to the oldest temple complex in Tokyo. Wait a minute I thought this was an article about Japanese food? Well it is. And it’s also an article about Taito ward as well. Let’s take a look at some of what Taito ward has to offer in the way of good food.
What type of dishes come to mind when thinking about Japanese cuisine. One of my personal favorites is Tempura. Wouldn’t it be awesome to try Tempura at a local restaurant with over 170 years of history? It has been said that the restaurant, Sansada, which was built in 1837, is the oldest tempura restaurant in Japan.. The founder Sadakichi Mikawaya started selling fried little fish in front of his own house. The restaurant still keeps many traditional dishes and tries to keep the flavor how it was 170 years ago. The most popular dish is Kakiage, which is a mixture of vegetables and other ingredients fried In sesame oil and served nice and hot. This was my favorite as well and I highly recommend this dish for the curious traveler. The restaurant itself is located next to the oldest temple complex in Tokyo. The facade of the building as well as the interior is very traditional, making for a unique Japanese experience.
After indulging in some of the best tempura in Tokyo, you might want to walk off some of the extra calories. Yanaka Ginza is the perfect place to take a stroll. The neighborhood around Yanaka Ginza is a well preserved area, that was virtually untouched by the allied bombing campaigns of World War II. Once you’ve walked off the tempura make sure to stop in a grab a Fukunanyaki at Manekiya. This delicious pastry filled with a variety of fillings is not only tasty, but they are also rumored to bring good luck. My personal favorite is custard filled version, but feel free to try as many flavors as possible.
After you’ve had your fill of Fukunanyaki and ventured through the narrow streets and alleys of Yanaka Ginza, how about capping off a long day at a traditional Japanese izakaya? A cold beer or Japanese sake along with Japanese motsu. That sounds delicious. Motsu? Some new to Japan may not be familiar with motsu. Motsu, or giblets, are a Japanese favorite, and they can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. At the Izakaya, Motsuyaki Daitoryo, you can enjoy motsu fried, broiled, on skewers, and in a hot pot. Not to mention that the Izakaya is located in Ameyokocho, Tokyo’s largest open air market. Enjoy drinks and motsu among the sights and sounds of a bustling marketplace.
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