10 Must-try Restaurants in Tokyo for Chanko Nabe, The Food of Sumo Wrestlers
Chanko nabe (hotpot) is famous as a dish eaten by sumo wrestlers, but in recent years, chanko nabe restaurants are growing in popularity. Here in this article, we are going to introduce our top ten chanko nabe restaurants that you can enjoy in Japan!
May 30 2015 (Apr 15 2020)
1. Chanko Shibamatsu Nakameguro (ちゃんこ芝松 中目黒店) [Nakameguro]
A popular chanko nabe restaurant on Komazawa Street. You can choose the flavor of the soup, but we recommend the miso chanko, which has a light flavor not usually found with miso. The popular crab cream croquettes are also delicious!
Nakameguro 3-12-19, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131701/13119466/ (Japanese Only)
2. Sumo Chaya Saganobori (相撲茶屋 佐賀昇) [Tsukiji]
Located in Ginza, this chanko nabe restaurant offers a light vegetable nabe which makes it popular with women. It is also visited by a lot of celebrities as well, so you might have the chance to catch a glimpse of someone famous.
Ginza 7-12-15, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1313/A131301/13013279/ (Japanese Only)
3. Chanko Shibamatsu Midorigaoka-ten (ちゃんこ芝松 緑が丘本店) [Midorigaoka]
Run by a former sumo wrestler, Chanko Shibamatsu Midorigaoka offers a richly flavored nabe based on the chanko nabe eaten by sumo wrestlers. For first time visitors to the restaurant, we recommend the shio (salt) chanko, which has a refreshing taste and brings out the flavor of the ingredients.
Midorigaoka 1-11-16, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131711/13008197/ (Japanese Only)
4. Chanko-ya Suzuki-chan (ちゃんこ屋 鈴木ちゃん) [Nakameguro]
A chanko nabe restaurant produced by the TV and radio writer Osamu Suzuki, Chanko-ya Suzuki-chan is quite different from other chanko nabe restaurants. With its overwhelming volume and a taste that you can enjoy even in summer, the nabe here is exquisite.
Aobadai 1-23-12, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131701/13146758/ (Japanese Only)
5. Chanko Dining Sakurai (ちゃんこダイニング桜一) [Sangenjaya]
A popular restaurant located in Sangenjaya. For good or for bad, chanko nabe has the impression of being a really hearty dish, but Chanko Dining Sakurai is a fashionable restaurant with an elaborate interior
Lake Hills 1F, Sangenjaya 2-10-23, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A131706/13044370/ (Japanese Only)
6. Chanko Tomoegata (ちゃんこ巴潟) [Ryogoku]
A restaurant where you can enjoy chanko nabe even at lunchtime. The menu for the chanko lunch changes daily. If you are going to be in Japan for a long time, you could come here everyday and not get bored of the chanko nabe. The mild flavor of the soup is sure to satisfy you.
Ryogoku 2-17, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1312/A131201/13002987/ (Japanese Only)
7. Kuranosuke (蔵之助) [Ikebukuro]
A restaurant so popular that you will need to book in advance. Located in Ikebukuro, Kuranosuke is at the forefront of nabe restaurants in the Ikebukuro area. The booths are large and spacious, and not only is the chanko nabe good, but the restaurant also offers a wide variety of other delicious dishes on the menu as well.
Nishiguchi Center Bldg 5F, Nishi Ikebukuro 1-17-6, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130501/13010691/ (Japanese Only)
8. Rikishi Ryori Kotogaume Kinshicho (力士料理 琴ヶ梅 錦糸町本店) [Kinshicho]
A restaurant owned by former sumo wrestler Kotogaume. The suisho nabe, or crystal hotpot, is a salted chanko nabe with transparent soup, filled with ingredients. The dish goes great with alcohol, and will leave you completely stuffed!
Sagara Bdlg 1F, Kinshicho 3-4-4, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1312/A131201/13002961/ (Japnese Only)
9. Shinzan (心山) [Yotsuya 3 Cho-me]
Located in Yotsuya, this famous chanko nabe restaurant is regularly frequented by celebrities. Here, we recommend you try the curry chanko, one of the dishes that regulars to the restaurant are guaranteed to order. Shinzan also has a great reputation for its service.
Sanbankan Bldg 2F, Araki-cho7, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1309/A130903/13046481/ (Japanese Only)
10. Tokitsunada Shinkawa Honten (時津洋 新川本店) [Kayabacho]
Located in Kayaba-cho, Tokitsunada Shinkawa Honten is the restaurant owned by the former sumo wrestler Tokitsunada. They offer a wide variety of dishes on their lunch menu. We recommend adding some noodles to the soup after eating to enjoy the famous chance ramen.
Stalk Mansion B1, Shinkawa 1-3-7, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A130203/13106560/ (Japanese Only)
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What did you think? A lot of the restaurants were run by former sumo wrestlers, so if you are looking to try the real chanko nabe, why not try visiting one of these restaurants?
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.