Atsuta Houraiken - Best Grilled Eel Restaurant in Nagoya

Restaurant: Atsuta Houraiken Honten (あつた蓬莱軒 本店)

Phone: 052-671-8686

Address: 503, Koubecho, Atsuta-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

Nearest Station: Tenmacho Station (Meijo Line), Exit 4

Open Hour: [Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun, Holiday] 11:30 - 14:00

Close: Wednesday

Price Range: [Lunch]¥2,000~¥2,999, [Dinner]¥3,000~¥3,999

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

Seats: 160 seats

The grilled eel, so called "Hitsumabushi" in Japanese, was first invented by Atsuta Houraiken in Meiji era.  Grilled eel has become well known world wide now but it all started from this little traditional Japanese house out of no where.  So if you are looking for the real eel cuisine in Japan (or in the world), you have come to the right place.  You may have to queue for few minutes to get seated but it is definitely worth it.  
Once they allow you to come inside the restaurant, the first impressive thing you would find is the beautiful Japanese garden that stands quietly, and modestly welcoming you for your arrival.  It is absolutely a fantastic view from outside where it would make you want to take few minutes to take photos.  Then after you enter the door, one of the polite staffs will take you to one of the tables with chopsticks neatly prepared.  If you are lucky, you may also be able to get seated right in front of the beautiful Japanese garden by the glass window.  
When you are here, it is no point not ordering the grilled eel (3600 yen) so order one for yourself and have some delicious warm tea to wait for the exceptional Japanese eel cuisine to arrive. 
The grilled eel in Atsuta Houraiken is so tender that has a great savory smell, beautifully cooked with a remarkable depth of flavour.  It is just exceptional right down to the last bite while everyone on the table will be blown away by how good it is.  You can enjoy 3 ways of having their fresh grilled eel which the restaurant strongly recommends you to do.  First, you must separate the grilled eel to 4 cuts using the server.  Then eat them with 1. plain, 2. add seasoning, 3. add seasoning and bouillon.  You can choose how to eat the last one by whatever you liked the most in above three.  
To summarize, we have nothing but praises for this restaurant.  Atsuta Houraiken is definately worth visiting even when you are staying in Nagoya Station and takes about half an hour to reach there.  Again, this is the place where grilled eel cuisine was born. 

Picture Guide to the Restaurant

・Total distance: 600m, 8 min (on foot)

・Starting Point : (Meijo Line) Tenmacho Station, Exit 4

・Steps to follow : 1 - 15

1. Facing Exit 4, turn around and follow the arrows.  Then make a left turn at the last arrow.  

2. Walk straight for about 300m until you find the footbridge.  

3. When you find the footbridge, go upstairs.  

4. As soon as you reach upstairs, make a right turn.    

5. Go straight by following the arrows.  Then make a left turn.  

6. Make a left turn at the end to go downstairs.   

7. Go downstairs.  

8. When you reach the ground, walk straight for about 100m. 

9. Make a right turn at the 1st street.  

10. Walk straight for about 70m.  

11. Then make a left turn at the 1st street.  

12. Walk straight for about 80m until the end of this street.  

13. When you reach the end, make a right turn. 

14. Walk straight for about 20m and you will find your destination to your right. 

15. This is Atsuta Houraiken.  Enjoy your meal!

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