Food and Drinks

[Tokyo] Marumasu-ya (鯉とうなぎのまるます家 総本店): A Popular Izakaya in Akabane, Crowded with Patrons Throughout Opening Hours

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Marumasu-ya: A Culinary Time Capsule in Tokyo’s Kita-ku, Offering Nostalgic Showa-Era Flavors and Unique Dining Delights

Marumasu-ya, established in 1950 in Akabane, Kita-ku, Tokyo, offers a unique dining experience that blends rich history with a diverse menu. The nostalgic ambiance, lively yet calm, transports patrons to the golden age of the Showa era. The highlight is the carefully prepared carp and locally sourced eel combination, with renowned dishes tracing back to the founder’s connection with an Aichi Prefecture eel farm, making Marumasu-ya a standout dining destination for culinary enthusiasts.

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If you’re in search of a beverage to complement your meal, consider trying the Hi Liki Plain, affectionately known as “Jan Chu.” Introduced as Japan’s inaugural chu-hai brand in 1983, it offers a rare and delightful choice with a lasting, clear, and refreshing flavor that never becomes mundane.

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The carp sashimi is a must-try, dispelling any misconceptions of a fishy taste. It boasts a clear and delightful flavor, and you can enhance your dining experience by dipping the textured flesh into a symphony of soy sauce, ginger, and garlic.

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A standout dish is the “Beef Tendon Stew,” artfully combining root vegetables, tofu, and tenderly stewed beef tendons for a rich and delicious experience that goes beyond the typical stew.

The grilled eel, glazed with soy, is another delightful option, featuring a fluffy and tender that leaves a lasting impression.

As you savor these classic dishes, you’ll immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of Marumasu-ya. With its nostalgic Showa-era vibe, the restaurant has become a beloved landmark in Akabane, showcasing the enduring charm of traditions in a changing world.

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  • Name: Marumasu-ya
  • Address: 1-17-7 Akabane, Kita-ku, Tokyo
  • Phone: +81-(0)3-3902-5614
  • Hours: 11:00 – 19:00  
  • Closed On: Mondays
  • Number of Seats: 75
  • Budget: – JPY5,000 
  • Payment Options: Cash Only 

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