Asakusa is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo; you can feel the history simply by strolling through the area. In addition to landmarks like Sensoji and Nakamise, you’ll encounter a humble and energetic neighborhood, full of retro ambiance, which you can experience by walking the streets of Asakusa. In this article, we’re introducing Nurukan, an izakaya that oozes with the essence of Asakusa.
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Nurukan is an izakaya serving Japanese sake in a chic, laid-back environment, located behind Asakusa Kannon-ura. The retro décor is reminiscent of a traditional townhouse and a black and white lantern welcomes guests at the entrance. The izakaya is compact and has counter seating, in addition to 3 tatami-style table seats. Due to the limited seating, we advise you to make reservations ahead of time. The meal starts with a small dish called otoshi, which are typically served between larger plates of food during a meal. The menu lists izakaya staples like sashimi, ohitashi, and beef tendon stew, as well as western foods like lamb spare rib and sautéed pork. The sake menu is extensive and they can be served cold, room temperature, or hot, depending on your preference. The dishware for sake is humble, yet tasteful and will help spark the night.
Good food, drinks, and a stern owner. Nurukan exemplifies the spirit of Asakusa and is a recommended izakaya frequented by foodies.
Recommended Sake① “Kaiun”
Kaiun is a sake label also recommended by the owner of Nurukan. Before the store was renovated, the owner had even placed a barrel of Kaiun at the entrance as décor. While it has a rich, full-bodied flavor, the aftertaste is clean and can be served both hot and cold, depending on your preference.
Recommended Sake② “Azumaichi”
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Azumaichi is a famous sake and one of the premier labels from Saga prefecture. The creator named the sake “Azumaichi”, in hopes that it will be the best sake in the Far East; it stays true to the name and is a popular brand of sake. It’s characterized by a sweet aroma and deep flavors, including a hint of acidity and bitterness. We recommend Azumaichi for those that want to drink a “sake-like” sake.
Address: 〒111-0032 3-20-9 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to
Hours: Weekdays 6:00pm～0:30am Sundays and Holidays 5:00pm～10:30pm
What is Asakusa Like?
History of Asakusa
Asakusa is a historic town with a flourishing culture centering around Sensoji. The origins of Sensoji date back to 628 AD. Since then, Sensoji has evolved under the watch of the government into a great temple that attracts an endless stream of visitors and tourists.
Asakusa had warehouses to store rice, which was a form of compensation for warriors, during the age of samurais. Accordingly, warriors, businessmen, and common folk gathered in Asakusa and helped grow Asakusa into a bustling city. Asakusa developed its own culture comprising business, the arts, and food and continues to attract hordes visitors to this day.
Savor the Delicacies of Asakusa!
Asakusa has scores of classic establishments favored by foodies. Foods like tendon, unaju, and soba have a long history and were also preferred by samurais. Soba is a noodle dish characterized by the rich aroma and texture. We recommend Owari-ya, a classic soba shop. The prices are reasonable and they also serve seasonal sobas.
Recommended Guided Tour in Asakusa
Magical Asakusa Tokyo Pub Crawl Tour - Night Crawl through Tokyo’s Historical Town
In addition to classic establishments, visitors can try the local foods and drinks of Tokyo at izakayas in Asakusa. If you want to sample different delicacies, we recommend joining the izakaya hopping tour. You’ll tour 3 izakayas along with a guide; spend a memorable night with the locals.