5 Famous Local Eateries in Ueno, Tokyo

As one of the oldest city in Tokyo, Ueno is always be the must-visit place when you are in town. Thousands of visitors go to Ueno Station everyday as the fastest train which connects Narita Airport and downtown Tokyo "Narita Sky Liner" departs from and stops here. Ueno is famous for Ueno Park (which shares the same location with Ueno Zoo) and Ameyoko Street that stretches along the way to Okachimachi. Rich for cultural spots and shopping district, Ueno is also the home for many good eateries. Around Ueno and also along the Ameyoko Street, there are countless street food sellers and restaurants for you to choose. This time, we pick 5 places to eat in Ueno which are famous for locals, and considered cheap for Tokyo's standard.

1. Kappa Sushi

かっぱ寿司 一号店, Foursquare.com

Your Japan travel experience is not complete without eating the food which this country is famous for: sushi! There are limitless option of sushi restaurants across the city, from cheap franchise standing sushi bar, to 5-star fine dining restaurants. The difference is in the taste and fish quality. Although all places use fresh fish, but more expensive restaurants use high-quality of fish with thicker and fattier fish. In Kappa Sushi, you can get both price and quality. Their fish are excellent and the price is unbelievably cheap for that quality. Be aware that their price is different between lunch and dinner time. Dinner price is twice the lunch price. So make this restaurant as your lunch destination. Located in small alley of Ameyoko Street doesn't make this restaurant running out of customers. Expect a (very) long line of guests, especially during lunch time.

Name:
かっぱ寿司 一号店
Address:
上野4-1-4, Taitō, Tōkyō, Japan
TEL:
+81 3-3831-0872
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Negishi

ねぎし 上野駅前店, Foursquare.com

This restaurant is specializing in "gyutan" or cow's tongue. They have ala carte menu or set menu that comes with barley rice, "tororo" or Japanese yams, onion soup with a piece of oxtail, and pickles. Price for set menu ranges from 1.080 yen to 1,500 yen, which are very reasonable as the meat is incredibly tasty and juicy, the soup is excellent and the free-refill rice is adding up the value. They also have "karubi" or short ribs in the menu, which is insanely good with little bit of spiciness.

Name:
ねぎし 上野駅前店
Address:
上野6-14-7 (岡埜栄泉ビル 2F), Taitō, Tōkyō, 110-0005, Japan
TEL:
+81 3-5807-1588
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

3. Torikizoku

鳥貴族 有楽町店, Foursquare.com

Torikizoku is a yakitori place. Yakitori is originally a term for Japanese skewer grilled chicken. But now it can be applied for other ingredients too as long as it is skewered. What makes this place is special is their meats are actually in decent size and portions with excellent taste. They have flat price, 280 yen for each item, which is reasonable. If you are a big eater and come with your friends (8 people or more), you can have all-you-can-eat yakitori and drinks for 2.800 yen/person.

Name:
鳥貴族 上野広小路店
Address:
上野2-1-9 5F (GAO黒門 5F), Taitō, Tōkyō, 110-0005, Japan
TEL:
+81 3-6806-0601
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

4. Tenka Ippin

天下一品 上野アメ横店, Foursquare.com

Tenka ippin is a franchise ramen (Japanese noodle) shop which famous for their thick pork-based broth. Their fried rice is really delicious too. If you wonder which one to pick between fried rice or ramen, just order them both! They offer a set menu of fried rice and ramen with cheaper price. It is not uncommon for Japanese to eat noodle with rice, believe me...

Name:
天下一品 上野アメ横店
Address:
上野4-2-5, Taitō, Tōkyō, Japan
TEL:
+81 3-6803-2647
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Gyukaku

牛角 上野店, Foursquare.com

Yakiniku might be considered expensive food in Japan as most restaurant applies ala carte system and they come in small portion which is not enough unless we order more. Gyukaku is one of the very rare yakiniku restaurant which offer "tabehodai" or all-you-can-eat system. With around 4.000 yen/person, we are allowed to order anything in buffet menu within the limit hour/plates. If you are a big eater and meat lover, gyukaku is the best way to eat yakiniku without the need to worry about your undetected bills.

Name:
牛角 上野店
Address:
上野6-13-5 (小埜ビル), Taitō, Tōkyō, 110-0005, Japan
TEL:
+81 3-5807-9529
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

When you happen to be in Ueno -either waiting for your train, transiting to local train, or strolling around the park- and you want to fill in your tummy, you know where to go now...

Author

April-in-Tokyo
I'm an Indonesian whom married a Japanese and have been living in Tokyo ever since. I love traveling so much, and I love all aspects of traveling, from choosing travel destination, hunting cheap tickets, planning itineraries, and even the packing routine itself.