Yakitori from ¥120, Meals from ¥650
- 1 Chome-35-24 Asagayaminami, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 6 minutes from JR Asagaya Station
- 03-3311-2907 (Japanese only)
- Take Out (Yakitori): 11:30am - 8pm; Eat In: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 8:30pm; Closed Wednesdays
- English speaking staff available at times.
The Best Yakitori And Best Unagi For Your Yen
[updated January 2019]
Inageya in Asagaya has been in business for generations, and the current take-out yakitori (grilled chicken on skewers) and unagi (grilled eel) restaurant started in the current location just after the Second World War. Needless to say, if you want authentic Japanese cuisine this is the right place. Others may seem authentic, but when you get down to the fine details, you’re still listening to non-Japanese classical or jazz music while you eat. Inside Inageya’s restaurant you will enjoy Japanese traditional koto music while you eat, which just makes your experience that much better. Here you’ll find the best grilled eel in town, small “matsu” size for around 2000 yen, middle “ume” size around 3000 yen, and large “kiku” size at upwards of 4000 yen (please note unagi prices change often per year and season). If that doesn’t suit you you’ll find more affordable options in other rice-topped donburi set meals such as sauce chicken-cutlet, yakitori, kimchi-tori, oyako-don (chicken and egg on rice), or tamago-don (just egg and vegetables on rice). Set meals come with soup, pickled vegetables, and green tea. During the Tanabata Festival week in August if you have a party of 4 or more make reservation upstairs, where you’ll have the best seat in the house to view the festival!
Or, while walking down the Pearl Center Shopping Street during the Tanabata Festival or any other time, take-out yakitori is the perfect snack while strolling the shopping street. You can’t miss Inageya during Tanabata with their animatronic decorations, and any other time there’s always a line to buy their take-out yakitori, which is very popular. The restaurant entrance is around the corner on the side street.