Ryogoku is a heartland of professional sumo wrestling.  Many people visit this stadium called Ryogoku Kaikan to see its exciting official sumo tournaments.  There are also many outstanding local food around the Ryogoku Station including Chanko Nabe (a stew like dish traditionally served to Sumo wrestlers), Ramen, Tonkatsu (pork cutlets), and soba (buckwheat noodles).   


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Chanko Tomoegata (ちゃんこ巴潟)
Chanko Tomoegata (ちゃんこ巴潟)


Restaurant: Chanko Tomoegata (ちゃんこ巴潟)

Phone: 03-3632-5600

Address: 2-17-6, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: [Mon~Fri] 11:30~14:00, 17:00~23:00 (L.O.22:00), 

[Sat,Sun, Hol] 11:30~14:00, 16:30~23:00 (L.O.22:00)

Close: June - Aug every Monday, New Years holidays

Price Range: [Lunch]¥1,000~¥1,999, [Dinner]¥4,000~¥4,999

Credit Card: (VISA, JCB, AMEX)

Seats: 300 seats

 

When you are in Ryogoku to see the traditional Sumo wrestling, Chanko Tomoegata is a "must go" place or rather a cliche to have its outstanding Chanko Nabe.  It is a stew like dish traditionally served to Sumo wrestlers which usually contains cabbages, meatballs, and udon noodles in a tasty soy sauce or miso based soup.  In this restaurant, the fresh seasoned ingredients are beautifully cooked in a stew pot with a remarkable depth of flavour.  It is just marvelous right down to the last sip.  There are 3 types of Chanko lunch, Komusubi (1,940 yen), Makuuchi (1,295 yen), and Juryou (860 yen), respectively which the ingredients of the Chanko in this restaurant change depending on which day of the week you are visiting.  Try one of them since you are in Ryogoku and everyone on your table may be blown away by how good it is.  

 

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Ami Ryougoku Souhonten (安美 両国総本店)
Ami Ryougoku Souhonten (安美 両国総本店)


Restaurant: Ami Ryougoku Souhonten (安美 両国総本店)

Phone: 03-5669-1570

Address: 2F, 3-26-6, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: 11:00 ~ Next day 2:00 AM

Close: Open 365 days

Price Range: [Lunch] ~¥999, [Dinner]¥4,000~¥4,999

Credit Card: (VISA, JCB, AMEX)

Seats: 65 seats

 

When you are in Ryogoku to see the traditional Sumo wrestling, you might as well try the delicious miso based Chanko Nabe in Ami for your lunch.  Chanko is a stew like dish traditionally served to Sumo wrestlers.  Apparently, Ryogoku is a mecca for Chanko cuisines as there are many tempting Chanko restaurants around the station, and it is fair to say Ami, where you can have excellent Kaisen Chanko Miso Aji (Seafood Chanko Miso Based 890 yen), serves one of the best in town.  The seafood Chanko in Ami is not only reasonable in price, but also quite substantial.  The four slices of fresh fish with scallops and prawns and even the squids are inside, bringing out the remarkable flavor of the soup well simmered with the tasty miso paste.  We have tried it for the first time and supremely impressed.  You will also get two small dishes and free refill of white rice available for the set menu which we thought was unbelievably cheap for such high quality of meal.  Meanwhile, if you are a kind of person who is okay with having beer in lunch time, why don't you order the one called "Don Beer" 760 yen which comes with a Donburi (a big bowl).  A pint of beer or a bowl of beer we should say..  Do you think you can finish it?  We know Sumo wrestlers can.

 

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Kawasaki (川﨑)
Kawasaki (川﨑)


Restaurant: Kawasaki (川﨑)

Phone: 03-3631-2529

Address: 2-13-1, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: From 17:00 - 21:00 (L.O)

Close: Sundays and holidays

Price Range: , [Dinner]¥6,000~¥7,999

Credit Card: N.A

Seats: 50 seats

 

Kawasaki is perhaps one of the most famous Chanko restaurants in Tokyo that has been around for many decades and is a long standing favorite among local customers.  For your information, Chanko is a stew like dish traditionally served to Sumo wrestlers.  The restaurant is an old house that is not fancy at all, but is very Japanese style with a retro ambience of 80s inside that is conveniently located near JR Ryogoku station. Chanko course set is reasonably priced under 5000 yen which includes an appetizer, three types of grilled chicken, chicken salad, white meat with wasabi soy sauce, and the Sop Taki for the main dish.  Sop Taki is the Chanko itself with chicken leg meat, liver, gizzard, cabbages, spring onions, tofu, carrots, burdocks, and radish inside that make the soup taste so brilliant. You can also add some soy sauce and spices to adjust the flavor, although the soup is already delicious enough after bringing out the flavor in the soup of the raw ingredients. It is one super healthy traditional dish in Kawasaki that has been elaborated in a long history of Japan which is quite sophisticated and so much thoughts put into every detail.  When you are in Ryogoku for Sumo, make sure to meal traditional Chanko in Kawasaki.

 

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Marutama Ryougoku Honten (まる玉 両国本店)
Marutama Ryougoku Honten (まる玉 両国本店)


Restaurant: Marutama Ryougoku Honten (まる玉 両国本店)

Phone: 070-5201-5690

Address: 2-11-1, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: 11:30 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00 (finishes on a sellout)

Close: No fixed holiday

Price Range: [Lunch] ~¥999, [Dinner] ~¥999 [Lunch] 

Credit Card: N.A

Seats: 14 seats (10 counter seats, 4 tables)

 

Marutama ramen 650 yen, known for its creamy white broth, is a delicious bowl of chicken bone based ramen accompanied with fresh green spring onion, sea lettuce, and a tasty slice of chashu on top of the noodles using the "hosomen" that are pleasantly thinner but harder enough to feel the great chewiness.  It is very original, and every bit exciting.  A bowl that has an alluring smell that gives you a good appetite, and best enjoyed with "kaedama" which is a refill for the noodles along with few delicious toppings.  We have nothing but praises for the ramen here beautifully cooked with a remarkable depth of flavor.  This is what you must not miss out on when you are in Ryogoku and it is one great choice to visit ramen houses instead of visiting Chanko restaurants too.  

 

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Hanabusa (英)
Hanabusa (英)


Restaurant: Hanabusa (英)

Phone: 03-5825-7764

Address: 2-9-4, Higashi Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: [Tue - Sat] 11:30 - 14:00, 18:00 - 22:00 (L.O.21:45), 

[Sun] 11:30 to 15:00

Close: Monday

Price Range: [Lunch] ~¥999, [Dinner]¥1,000~¥1,999

Credit Card: N.A

Seats: 10 seats

 

Hanabusa is a place where it is surprisingly difficult to find especially on such narrow streets of Ryogoku, but once finds it successfully, it is about time for a mind blowing bowl of ramen (and it is no joke at all!).  Tokusei ramen 1000 yen is a beautiful chicken bone based white broth with slices of spicy chashu pork set next to a tasty boiled egg, chicken meatloaf, and fresh vegetables on top of the noodles that has an outstanding chewiness.  The delicious soup, with a bit of soy sauce to be added as a secret ingredient, seems a little bit too clear for the soup at glance, but very densely flavored that has a strong punch in it.  The breathtaking ramen in Hanabusa comes within 3-4 minutes after you ordered by a stunningly beautiful bowl which we have tried it and supremely impressed.  When you stop by at Ryogoku to have an exceptional bowl of ramen in Hanabusa, make sure to use Picrumb's direction guide to get there. 

 

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Agura (胡座)
Agura (胡座)


Restaurant: Agura (胡座)

Phone: Not Available

Address: 4-35-1, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: 11:00 - 15:30, 17:00 - 22:00

Close: Sunday

Price Range: [Lunch] ~¥999, [Dinner] ~¥999

Credit Card: N.A

Seats: 12 counter seat

 

When you come to Agura in Ryogoku, do not expect a lavish interior nor a perfect service.  The place is a small ramen house which seems quite outdated from outside and a room with only 12 counter seats.  But if you don't care about all that, this ramen shop proudly serves exceptional Chuka Soba for 680 yen with confidence.   We were also stunned how such a small ramen shop could serve such higher standard bowl of ramen that wows customers with every sip.  The fresh leek, thick chashu pork with slice of bamboo shoots are well mixed with the chicken bone based soup that contains a little bit of soy sauce as a hidden ingredient.  The straight noodles are thick enough to feel the good strong chewy texture which we thought was marvelous.  When you are in Ryogoku to have lighter chicken based ramen of stunning taste, make sure to meal at Agura.  

 

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Hasegawa Ryougokuten (はせ川 両国店)
Hasegawa Ryougokuten (はせ川 両国店)


Restaurant: Hasegawa Ryougokuten (はせ川 両国店)

Phone: 03-5625-2929

Address: 3-24-1, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Ryogoku Ozaki Building 103

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: 11:30 - 15:00 (L.O.14:30), 17:00 - 22:30 (L.O.22:00)

Close: N.A

Price Range: [Lunch]¥1,000~¥1,999, [Dinner]¥2,000~¥2,999

Credit Card: (VISA, MASTER, AMEX, JCB)

Seats: 28 seats

 

If you want to have the real pork cutlet, so called Tonkatsu, in Ryogoku, Hasegawa serves one of the best in town without doubt.  The pork they use is a well known brand of Hiraboku Sangenton from Yamagata which is a high quality pork that is specially tamed to make it tender and delicious.  The Jou Rosu (high standard pork loin) 1800 yen is one of the standard set menu in this restaurant, yet this is the orthodox pork cutlet which you can enjoy the real deepness of the Sangenton with a bit of rock salt as a secret ingredient to bring out a flavor.  The delicious grated sauce, the sweet Tonkatsu sauce, and plain wasabi are also available to enjoy the slices in different kinds of flavor, but we would recommend rock salt with few drops of refreshing lemon.  On the other hand, the exceptional Tonkatsu is accompanied with fresh cabbages with some Japanese pickles and miso soup which has a fine healthy balance of meat and vegetables.  Hasegawa definitely impress us enough for us to return again and again. 

 

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Ichikatsu (いちかつ)
Ichikatsu (いちかつ)


Restaurant: Ichikatsu (いちかつ)

Phone: 03-5625-4615

Address: 1-3-4, Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: From 11:00 to 22:00 (L.O 21:00)

Close: Year end and New Year holidays

Price Range: [Lunch] ~¥999, [Dinner] ~¥999 

Credit Card: N.A

Seats: 18 seats 

 

Another well known restaurant in Ryogoku that specializes in pork cutlet, so called Tonkatsu, is Ichikatsu.  Well, what makes this restaurant so remarkable is its unbeatable cost performance where it whips up outstanding pork cutlet dishes at extremely affordable price at 690 yen for a set menu.  The quality of the meat in Ichikatsu is absolutely a first class.  The thick meat inside has a splendid chewy texture while you can enjoy the freshly roasted batter coating that is crispy enough to make the wonderful crunchy sound.  They deep fry it twice until the batter coating turns to golden color and make the quality of the cutlet even higher for the customers.  Meanwhile, you can also enjoy their special Tonkatsu sauce on top of those exceptional pork cutlets accompanied with fresh cabbages, pickles, rice and delicious miso soup.  Again, the price set for the meal mentioned above is just unbelievable against such high quality of food.  When you come by for lunch , make sure to order Rosu Katsu Teishoku (Pork loin set). 

 

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Edo Soba Hosokawa (江戸蕎麦ほそ川)
Edo Soba Hosokawa (江戸蕎麦ほそ川)


Restaurant: Edo Soba Hosokawa (江戸蕎麦ほそ川)

Phone: 03-3626-1125

Address: 1-6-5, Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: 11:45 - 15:00 (L.O.14:30), 17:30 - 20:45

Close: Monday, Third week of Tuesday

Price Range: [Lunch]¥2,000~¥2,999, [Dinner]¥5,000~¥5,999

Credit Card: N.A

Seats: 30 seats

 

To understand the depth of the remarkable flavor of the buckwheat noodles, the only way is to taste it directly as closer to raw as possible. Once they put the soba in the boiled water, the hardness and the chewiness will be destroyed by the high temperature and soba itself will be much different from the one without the warm soup.  Here is the Michelin starred restaurant called Edo Soba Hosokawa that is absolutely worth visiting in Ryogoku.  If you are not really a big fan of Soba, we strongly recommend you try the standard Seiro soba (1080 yen) in this restaurant which is not in a bowl of warm noodles just like the one called Kake Soba on the menu.  Try the exceptional Seiro soba in Hosokawa that has a magnificent chewiness called "koshi" by dipping 2 or 3 strand of noodles into the special sauce.  Once you have tried their top quality soba, you will never see noodles the same way again. 

 

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Kyoushi Honoka (蕎肆 穂乃香)
Kyoushi Honoka (蕎肆 穂乃香)


Restaurant: Kyoushi Honoka (蕎肆 穂乃香)

Phone: 03-3634-2918

Address: 1-25-7, Midori, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: [Mon - Sat] 11:30~15:00, 17:30~22:00(L.O.21:30)

Close: Sunday

Price Range: [Lunch]¥1,000~¥1,999, [Dinner]¥4,000~¥4,999

Credit Card: (VISA, JCB, AMEX)

Seats: 21 seats 

 

Honoka is one of the most stylish and tranquil restaurants around Ryogoku specializing in soba. Since it is famous for one of the best soba restaurants around Ryogoku, the noodles in Honoka is exceptional both in quality and how they arrange it on the dish.  The "koshi", the perfect al dente of the buckwheat noodles in Honoka with an excellent chewiness and how they arrange it on the dish that looks stunningly beautiful especially in such stylish designed decor is simply amazing which takes you to the next level.  When you come to Ryogoku, you must try Honoka’s soba noodles. 

 

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Monju Ryogoku Ekimaeten (文殊 両国駅前店)
Monju Ryogoku Ekimaeten (文殊 両国駅前店)


Restaurant: Monju Ryogoku Ekimaeten (文殊 両国駅前店)

Phone: 03-3635-6552

Address: 3, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 25-4

Nearest Station: JR Ryogoku Station

Open Hour: Weekdays 6:00 - 22:30 / 

Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 6:30 - 20:00

Close: N.A

Price Range: [Lunch] ~¥999, [Dinner] ~¥999 

Credit Card: N.A

Seats: Counter seats

 

When you are looking for a quick meal around Ryogoku station in a reasonable price, look for Monju where it serves an outstanding bowl of buckwheat noodles, so called Soba, for the price ranging from only 300 to 400 yen.  Though, the quality of the soba noodles that has a great chewy texture, which the locals usually call it "koshi", in Monju is incredibly high for such price.  On top of that, its lightly flavored soup, that somehow makes everyone feel relieved, is just marvelous right down to the last sip.   The space, on the other hand, is simple and sufficient but nothing fancy.  You can either eat while standing up or sit at a small table if there were any seats available.  So when you are in Ryogoku for an easy and quick delicious soba, make sure to meal at Monju.

 

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