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Akihabara is a popular place for tourism. In addition to being "The world's best place to shop for electronics", and "The birth place of otaku culture", it also has another identity, "a holy ground for B-grade gourmet food."
With a mix of up and coming, new restaurants, and old, long established restaurants, there are still very few foreign tourists who know how interesting the Akihabara restaurant scene is.
On this page, from standard B-grade Japanese food like, soba, ramen, and tempura, to junk hamburgers, is a carefully selected list of "truly delicious restaurants" for every gourmet visiting Akihabara.
When you're sight seeing in Tokyo, don't just look for SONY, Panasonic, AKB 48, and maid cafes. Treat yourself to the experience of Akihabara's charming gourmet food!

1. Soba Udon Akiba

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This soba restaurant is located a 5-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station.
At first glance it looks like any old soba restaurant with a very plain design, but the soba that they serve is on another level.
The delicious and fragrant soba noodles, made in-house every day by the talented owner who has worked at a Michelin one-star restaurant, are an absolute treat.
At this time of year it can be a bit chilly early on in the day, so a bowl of "Tsukimi Soba (360 yen)" can warm you up nicely before you go shopping.
One of the toppings, "Shungiku (Chrysanthemum) Tempura," has a pleasant bitter flavor to it. Even though you may have already had breakfast at your hotel, this meal is sure to settle well.

◆Soba Udon Akiba
Address: 1-10-3 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 6:30-15:00
Budget: ~999 yen
Closed: Sundays, holidays
Credit cards not accepted

2. Marugo

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This tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) restaurant is located in the heart of Akihabara, the Electric Town.
As expected of a famous restaurant in Tokyo, there's always a long line around lunchtime, but the delicious food here is absolutely worth the wait!
Our recommendation is the "Toku Rosu-Katsu Teishoku (2250 yen)."
The pork is fried for a long while at a low temperature, resulting in tender and juicy meat.
It also pairs beautifully with the rich, thick, and slightly sweet tonkatsu sauce.
Having a filling meal of fragrant white rice and delicious tonkatsu before heading out for an evening stroll is a real delight!

◆Marugo
Address: 1-8-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3255-6595
Hours: 6:30-15:00
[Lunch] 11:30-14:00
[Dinner] 17:00-20:00
Budget: 2,000-2,999 yen
Closed: Mondays, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Credit cards not accepted

3. Tempura Hisago

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If you're looking for tempura in Akihabara, look no further than "Tempura Hisago"!
At lunchtime on weekdays, you can get a very generously portioned serving of tendon, with 2 huge shrimp, squid, and seasonable vegetables, for just 980 yen.
The tempura is fried to order in Japan's finest sesame oil, resulting in a light texture that doesn't sit heavily in your stomach.
Be sure to try this amazing tendon here in Akihabara that can outdo even the tendon at super-famous Nihonbashi restaurant "Kaneko Hannosuke"!

◆Tempura Hisago
Address: 4-14-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 050-5869-4746
Hours:
[Lunch] 11:00-15:00
[Dinner] 17:00-22:30
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen (lunch) / 5,000-5,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

4. owl cafe

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If you get a bit tired walking around and shopping in Akihabara, take a break at "owl cafe," one of the most relaxing spots in the area!
The moment you lay eyes on the adorable round-eyed owls, you're sure to absolutely fall in love with these adorable creatures, whether you're already an animal lover or not!
There's also the perk that the cafe has a dedicated photographer, so tourists and visitors can easily take a great commemorative photo.
The cafe is small and operates on a reservation system, so if you want to visit you should make a reservation in advance at the following page:
http://akiba2960.com/

◆owl cafe
Address: 67 Kanda Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 12:00-19:00

5. Hatachino Brewing Lab

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Hatachino Brewing Lab is the brand store for a Japanese craft beer maker that even receives high praises in America, the beer center of the world.
This is a great stop to make for beer and snacks in the afternoon when you're getting hungry.
They offer eight varieties of barrel draft beers every day at just 680 yen per glass.
If you're new to craft beers, a popular choice is their "White Ale," which is a light wheat beer with a faint aroma of spices.
A great choice is to enjoy a beer here on their open terrace when the weather is good.

◆Hatachino Brewing Lab
Address: 1-25-4 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 050-5595-2327
Hours: 11:00-23:00
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen
Closed: Never
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

6. Kanda Matsuya

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If you're looking for THE Japanese food experience, look no further than "Kanda Matsuya," a long-standing soba restaurant that has been in business for over 130 years.
The restaurant's interior is wooden, giving off the vibe of good old Tokyo, and the hand-made soba there is certainly something special.
Out of the over 30 dishes available on their menu, our top recommendation is their "Tempura Soba (2000 yen)," which is topped with 2 enormous tempura-fried tiger prawns.
Of course, the soba is also deliciously fragrant, but their dipping sauce is also incredibly delicious, packed with umami flavors and beautifully suited to the fried tempura coating.

◆Kanda Matsuya
Address: 1-13 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3251-1556
Hours: 11:00-20:00
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen (lunch) / 5,000-5,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Sundays
Credit cards not accepted

7. Henry's Burger

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If you're feeling a bit peckish, why not pick up a wild "Double Burger (1180 yen)" from "Henry's Burger," a hamburger restaurant managed by popular Tokyo yakiniku restaurant "Sumibiyaki Nakahara"?
The hamburgers here were crafted after years of trial and error from the California-native owner, and the result is a delicious beef patty with amazing texture paired with a perfectly tart original sauce.
Enjoy eating this delicious burger, weighing in at over 300 grams, inside the chic eat-in space inside of the restaurant!

◆Henry's Burger
Address: 3-7-13 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6206-8841
Hours: 11:00-20:00
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen
Closed: Never
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

8. Shimonya Akihabara

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The first thing you should do in the evening, when Akihabara turns into an every-man's drinking area, is to get a drink yourself.
"Shimonya" is a popular izakaya among local salarymen thanks to their fresh kushiyaki (skewers) at reasonable prices.
Almost everyone who stops by orders Shimonya's staple dish, "Motsunikomi (350 yen)," which is best enjoyed alongside a "Kinmiya Ume-wari (350 yen)," which is made by mixing Kinmiya shochu with ume (Japanese plum) syrup.
The pairing of the salty motsunikomi and the slightly sweet shochu is amazing!

◆Shimonya Akihabara
Address: 2-13-27 Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3863-1288
Hours: 16:30-23:30
Budget: 2,000-2,999 yen
Closed: Never
Credit cards not accepted

9. Tankiyo

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When it comes to dinner, filling up on meat at yakiniku restaurant "Tankiyo" is a popular choice for its great value.
Our recommended order here is their signature "Ue-tan Shioyaki (2000 yen)," salt-grilled beef tongue.
The tongue is grilled up on a wire mesh before your eyes, and its amazingly tender texture is irresistible.
If you're hungry for more, their "Harami-yaki (900 yen)," grilled skirt steak, is another great choice.
Tankiyo takes such pride in their harami-yaki, deliciously juicy when you bite into it, that anyone would turn into a yakiniku lover after giving it a try.

◆Tankiyo
Address: 45 Kanda Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3258-8321
Hours: 17:30-23:00
Budget: 6,000-7,999 yen
Closed: Sundays, holidays
Credit cards not accepted

10. Domannaka Akihabara

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Among the many izakaya in Akihabara, "Domannaka" is said to be the best.
Here you can enjoy super-fresh seafood from fisheries across Japan, as well as over 120 varieties of sake!
They offer a wide variety of dishes, but their most popular is their limited-quantity "Katsu-ika Sashimi (2980 yen)," live squid sashimi.
Be sure to try this deliciously sweet fresh squid if you get the chance!

◆Domannaka Akihabara
Address: B1F 3-37 Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 050-5592-4922
Hours: 16:00-23:30
Budget: 4,000-4,999 yen
Closed: Sundays
Credit cards accepted (JCB, AMEX, Diners, VISA, MASTER)

11. Ramen Tenjinshita Daiki

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The best way to wrap up your day in Akihabara is at "Daiki," a ramen restaurant that opened up its Akihabara location in 2017.
It is a super-famous restaurant, once lauded as the #1 ramen restaurant in Japan.
When you visit, you absolutely should order their signature "Tori-soba (850 yen)."
The soup is simple, but the deep umami flavors from the chicken broth makes for a truly delicious soup.
The broth also goes beautifully with the thin noodles, served al dente.
Finish your long day of sightseeing in Akihabara with exquisite ramen and their also-popular refreshing "Lemon Sour (shochu mixed with soda water - 600 yen)"!

◆Ramen Tenjinshita Daiki
Address: 2-4-4 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3834-0348
Hours:
[Lunch] 11:00-14:30
[Dinner] 17:30-21:30
Budget: 6,000-7,999 yen
Closed: Sundays, holidays
Credit cards not accepted

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An introduction to carefully selected and delicious restaurants in Akihabara, a very popular city for foreign tourists.

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