Kaminarimon, Nakamise, Senso-ji and Hanayashiki are just a few of the sightseeing spots dotted around Asakusa, Tokyo's quintessential downtown area. This is a place to enjoy a rickshaw ride or watch passing boats from the banks of the Sumidagawa River. Take a walk from the Kaminarimon gate to Senso-ji temple along the Nakamise Street and you will find lines of traditional Japanese stalls selling various trinkets and items of clothing.
The area is also popular with Japanese visitors soaking up the charm of a bygone era. Though the area is famous for a variety of Western and Japanese style dishes, of course many travelers come to enjoy the sushi. Here we introduce three Asakusa sushi restaurants that are both easy to drop in and easy on your wallet.
With flavors rich enough to please even the pickiest of locals, prepare to create some delicious memories of Asakusa sushi.
1.Senzushi Azuma-bashi Branch
Boasting delicious tuna, fish and sake at prices you can afford, Asakusa is proud to host the long-awaited opening of the Senzushi Azuma-bashi branch.
With 10 restaurants across Tokyo and Chiba, specialist staff are sent to Tsukiji Fish Market every morning to pick the freshest catches of the day. You can sit at the counter and talk to the artisan preparing your fresh sushi by hand, or enjoy a cozy meal at a table with friends.
With English menus available and sushi from just 100 yen a piece, you will be sure to fill your plate in no time.
■Address:Tokyo, Sumida-ku Azuma-bashi 1-4-4 Ryono Building 1F
■Business hours: 17:00 through 4:00
2.Tsukiji Sushisen Asakusa Kaminarimon Branch
Every year Tsukiji Sushisen Asakusa Kaminarimon branch carves up more than 200 bluefin tuna in front of delighted customers.
Parent company the Sakanaya group operates a number of sushi and Japanese-style seafood restaurants that are favorites among connoisseurs. The fish arrive fresh from Tsukiji Fish Market, the tuna are of course natural bluefin, and the rice is grown in low-chemical environments. Because the restaurant purchases whole tuna you can try high quality tuna at surprisingly reasonable prices, such as the “Honjitsu-chu Oroshi Osusume Ju Kan Nigiri" (10 recommended nigiri pieces of the day's catch) course at 2,780 yen, and the “Josen Hon Maguro Zukushi Hachi Kan" (8 pieces of special select tuna) at 2,484 yen. Or make up your own course from the clearly labeled options.
Spotlessly clean and fresh throughout its 24-hour service, drop in anytime to refresh your connoisseur's palate. Both counter seats and table seats are available at this Asakusa sushi restaurant, making for the perfect pause to your sightseeing nearby.
■Address:Tokyo, Taito-ku Kaminarimon 2-16-9 Bagoda Asakusa 1 & 2F
■Business hours: Open 24 hours *Lunch 11:00 through 13:30
3.Uogashi Hinatomaru Asakusa Original Restaurant
The original Uogashi Hinatomaru restaurant is located in Asakusa's Shinakamise-dori street.
Amid the lively competition among sushi restaurants in Asakusa, the Uogashi brand distinguishes itself with only the freshest ingredients.
Enjoy kaiten zushi style dining on the first floor, or head upstairs for some serious flavors of the hand-crafted variety. Since the kaiten zushi plates are color coded according to price, you can easily pick and choose dishes to suit your budget. Sets include “Hokkaido San Kan Mori" (3 piece set of salmon roe, sea urchin, crab) or “Maguro San Kan Mori" (3 pieces of tuna) at 720 yen, “Kaisen Donburi" (seafood rice bowl) at 1,480 yen, “Awabi Suteeki 100g" (abalone steak 100g) at 1,500 yen, and other set menus or a la carte dishes all at reasonable prices.
Whether it's lunch or dinner or in between, if sightseeing has you feeling a little peckish then take a break for some well-timed Asakusa kaiten zushi.
■Address:Tokyo, Taito-ku Asakusa 1-20-10
■Business hours: 11:00 through 22:30（Last order 22:00）
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.