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Isen Honten

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Ueno, Asakusa
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3-40-3 Yushima, Bunkyo 113-0034, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3834-2901
11:30 - 20:30
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68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff don't speak a word of English but they absolutely try their best (there is an english menu though). But that doesn't matter because you're about to eat the best tonkatsu you've ever had. My husband and I had to wait about 10 minutes which was fine. We sat at the bar so we were lucky enough to watch the... More 

Thank Anna L
Perth, Australia
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to eat here. This is the best tonktasu I've had in Japan. Delicious. We visited around noon on a Thursday in early March 2017 and there was a small queue inside. Waited about 20 minutes to be seated. Sat at the bar. There is a no photo policy inside. There is bar seating, table seating and tatami mat... More 

Thank AdventuringJack
Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

It's a bit hard to find but once you do you will be glad you did! Went there for dinner tonight and could not have been happier. The Tonkatsu Pork Cutlet we had was incredible - perfectly seasoned and prepared! Not usually a big fan of Miso soup BUT this was far and away the best Miso I have ever... More 

Thank rcrobman
Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Really nice place frequented by locals. The pork tonkatsu is really good and the miso soup full of flavors! The staff is nice too. English/French menu available. Try the set #1!

1 Thank Tony L
London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

tasty tonkatsu in a simple setting - we were seated quickly (Japanese-style, on tatami) and had crispy tonkatsu in a set with rice, pickles, and raw cabbage. the mustard condiment is seriously zesty. tonkatsu had a light batter, good meat - we couldn't really tell the difference between the sirloin (about 1400 yen) and the fillet (about 1800 yen), both... More 

1 Thank thewayfarersdole
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

have an english menu , I'm suggest the 1400¥ fillet pork. The taste is awesome ! very crispy ! , Perfection Fried ! .

Thank Bell V
Lindenhurst, New York
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Just go! This was a great experience and delicious meal! Hard to find if you don't know Japanese lol... I only found it by looking at the pictures here on trip advisor. We got the set meals #1 (pork) and #2 (shrimp, scallop, croquette, etc). Delicious!

Thank jenngypsy
Frankfurt, Germany
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 December 2016

recommended. after visiting the ueno area for the zoo or museum. go there. Yummy. pretty old fashioned, authentic japan feeling. And don't forget to go to supermarket to buy some japanese tempura bread crumbs, which is different from ours. hopefully can make tempura at home, although i know it's very unlikely that i can make the same pork chop at... More 

Thank 333newbie22
Vancouver (Canada)
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66 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

I arrived 5 mins before opening and there's already a line up of 10 people. To avoid having to wait too long, I think don't go with more than a couple people, or be willing to be seated separately. Mostly local customers and servers are older Japanese women, so not sure they speak any English. As mentioned, the price is... More 

1 Thank AKLVancouver_Canada_
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

No tourists, no fuss, and great food generally. I'm not a big pork fan but this was really good. A little bit more expensive than I expected, but still pretty nice. Recommended!

Thank thebagsnake

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Restaurant Details

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11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3-40-3 Yushima, Bunkyo 113-0034, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Bunkyo>  > Ueno, Asakusa
  • Neighbourhood: Ueno, Asakusa
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3834-2901

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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