Asakusa remains one of our favorite areas in Tokyo, and even though we are now staying in Yushima when we are in Tokyo, we go over often. Since my post on our favorite restaurants in Asakusa enjoys lasting popularity, it is time to also talk about our favorite places there for the less hungry, if you just want to snatch a little bite. In fact, Asakusa is full of food option, but let’s get started with three of our favorites in the vicinity of the Tsukuba Express Asakusa station (see map). One of the most popular savory treats in Japan is surely nikuman, a steamed bun with a meat and onion filling. You can load up on those at Sekine (セキネ) behind the ROX building at the corner of Shin-Nakamisedori, a covered shopping street. But attention: when you get them really freshly made, the inside is literally steaming hot.Another favorite of ours are the little “Sweeto Potato” cakes from Oimoyasan (おいもやさん, literally the potato shop guy), see the map. They also sell baked (sweet?!) potatoes with a generous serving of honey on top, but for my taste this is a bit too sticky. Right on the opposite side of of Oimoyasan is a shop that sells traditional Japanese sweets such as daifuku mochi, kashiwa mochi, sakura mochi and friends, mitarashi dango, etc. I actually never paid attention to its name, but it can’t be missed. Both places have been our regular haunts when we lived in Asakusa and we always make sure to stop by on our visits.
Have you tried these places as well? Let us know in a comment how you liked them! If you have worked up an appetite, don’t despair, we have more bites to recommend in Asakusa, but this is for a later post!