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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Sudacho Old Restaurant Area with wanderful Japanese restaurants

February 10, 2015

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Takemura

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Sudacho Old Restaurant Area is an area where some old restaurants founded from the 19th to the early 20th century are opened. It is located around the border between Kandasudacho and Kandaawajicho. It is near Kanda station, Akihabara station and Ochanomizu station. You can enjoy Japanese foods such as soba (buckwheat noodles), chicken pot (fowl cooked in a flat pan), Japanese sweets and so on. The area is the center of Kanda area and has been developed since long ago among Tokyo, for example, in the Edo period (1603- 1868) a vegetable market was once located (it was moved to the northwest to present-day Akihabara station in 1928 and Ota ward in 1990) and in 1912 Manseibashi station was opened (closed in 1943). There remain buildings built from the 1920s to 30s because the area escaped from being damaged in the World War though it was damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. In particular Takemura, Isegen, Botan, Kanda Matsuya and Kanda Yabusoba are famous. They are Selected Historical Building of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government except for Yabusoba, which was burnt down in 2013 and rebuilt in 2014. You can enjoy not only the foods but also the atmosphere of the Taisho period (1912 - 1926) and the beginning of the Showa period (1926 - 1989) by only walking around the area.

Takemura

Takemura is a Japanese sweets shop established in 1930. It is famous for Awa Zenzai (steamed millet and red bean paste) and Age Manju (deep-fried bun with red bean paste). The building is the original one from the time of the shop's founding, which is a wooden three-story Irimoya style building. It is known to be used as a model for parents’ home of Honoka KOSAKA, the main character of “Love Live!”, an anime in Japan.

Isegen


Isegen

Isegen was established in 1830. It is the only restaurant specializing in anglerfish dishes in Tokyo. Its anglerfish hot pot is popular especially. During the summer season (from April to September) you can eat also eel, sweet fish and loach dishes. The building was built in 1932, which is a wooden three-story Irimoya style building. It features diamond shaped patterns carved into parapets on the second story. The wooden signboard displayed at the entrance has been used since when the building was built.
http://www.isegen.com/English/

Botan


Botan

Botan is a restaurant specializing in Tori Sukiyaki (Japanese chicken hot pot), which was established in around 1897. The dish is cooked in an iron pot heated by not gas but Binchotan (a traditional charcoal of Japan). The building was built in 1929, which is a wooden three-story Irimoya style building.
https://gurunavi.com/en/g198900/rst/


Tori Sukiyaki; quoted by tabelog

Kanda Matsuya


Kanda Matsuya

Kanda Matsuya was established in 1884 and is one of the representative soba (buckwheat noodles) restaurants in Tokyo. The noodles are made and cut by hand, and have excellent texture of firmness. The building was built in 1925, which is a wooden two-story building.
https://gurunavi.com/en/g450700/rst/


Soba; quoted from the official site

Kanda Yabusoba


Kanda Yabusoba

Kanda Yabusoba was established in 1880 and is one of the three major Yabusoba restaurants. Yabusoba is one of the three top soba in Edo (present-day Tokyo) and features salty soba sauce and greenish noodles. There was once a wooden two-story building that was built in 1923 but it was burnt down by a fire. The present steel-framed Japanese building was rebuilt in 2014. The hanging lamp and the signboard escaped damage from the fire and are displayed at the same place.
https://gurunavi.com/en/g429900/rst/

Sudacho Old Restaurant Area is a valuable area where wonderful Japanese buildings remain though it is located in the center of the big city, Tokyo. You can enjoy the area by not only eating Japanese foods in famous old restaurants but also walking around there.


A scenery of Sudacho Old Restaurant Area


A scenery of Sudacho Old Restaurant Area


A scenery of Sudacho Old Restaurant Area



Link

Summary of Kanda
https://www.ambassadors-japan.com/en/tokyodailylife/331/

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