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Daikokuya Tempura

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Ueno, Asakusa
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1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3844-2222
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Good...but Expect "Locals' Tastes"...60+ Years of Success

Not far away from the famous Senso-ji Temple, a small and cosy joint which offers excellent tempura. The "locals tastes" I describe is Tendon (tempura over rice) soaked in their version of sauce...which all was very appetizing and tasty...but not crunchy...is it on purpose? I didn't ask, but looks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
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Birmingham,MI USA
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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133 reviews 133 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Based on the reviews I had read, I must admit I was disappointed with the meal. Has to be said I came just before last orders, but still. I believe they only do tempura, so you expect it to be good and to be freshly made. It felt like they were skipping on the latter; they felt kind of spongy,... More 

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Birmingham,MI USA
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Not far away from the famous Senso-ji Temple, a small and cosy joint which offers excellent tempura. The "locals tastes" I describe is Tendon (tempura over rice) soaked in their version of sauce...which all was very appetizing and tasty...but not crunchy...is it on purpose? I didn't ask, but looks almost impossible to be crunchy as served, and delicious nevertheless. I... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

My family had lunch at Diakokuya Tempura. It was a different experience from the usual tempura. The tendon came with rice,2 or 3 prawns tempura & a prawn cake batter. The batter was soft not crispy. In addition there was this black sauce on the tempura & rice. These combine to make a delicious & tasty meal. We had to... More 

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Busan, South Korea
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We read a lot about this place so we had high expectations. Location was great but the tempura itself was a let down. Good, but not great. Not worth the que!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

There are a lot of Tempra restaurants in Tokyo. Some are very expensive, some are like fast food. Daikokuya is in the middle of them. I recommend here to someone who would love to try Tempra. Then let's order Tendon. Tendon is Tempra bowl. Big Tempra are on white rice. It looks a little bit strong taste (because of sauce... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I visited Daikokuya with my college best friend (Japanese, Tokyo native) for the first time in 2005. I remember queuing for the longest time on a hot summer day and having to split tables with other eaters as it was so busy. Despite the conditions and no expectations, it was one of the most un-forgetable flavours of Japan (I had... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Tried tempura at this place, probably, as many others here, because it's suggested on the lonely planet guide. I basically experienced the same as other reviews: the tempura is a bit soggy, the portions are big. I do not really know about the value, as many places around in Asakusa were even more expensive. It was however the place with... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I'm honestly stunned that this restaurant has so many positive reviews. By modern standards, the tempura here would be considered terrible and significantly overpriced. You can get a better decent tempura meal in any office area, e.g. Shinjuku, during weekday lunch hour for less than 1,000 yen. The food is honestly outdated and pretty disappointing - most people, including myself,... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I tried their tempura set menu. It was worth the price! I also love their clear soup as well as cucumber salad.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Nous sommes allés dans ce restaurant car il était mentionné dans le lonely planet, en revenant du senso-ji. 14h pas de queue. Nous avons pris un tendon et un tempura, lequel n'était pas mal, mais par contre le tendon... M'est resté sur l'estomac toute la journée. We went there as this restaurant was in the lonely planet. It wasn't too... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Taito>  > Ueno, Asakusa
  • Neighborhood: Ueno, Asakusa
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3844-2222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 24

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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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