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The entrance to the legendary Kondo
The entrance to the legendary Kondo
Photo: JSeita/Flickr

Seven Great Tempura Restaurants in Tokyo

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The entrance to the legendary Kondo
| Photo: JSeita/Flickr

Tokyo offers a dizzying array of places to eat, with categories of restaurant that include everything from izakayas to yakitori spots to hushed, hidden sushi bars. One of the most intriguing of them all, though, is the tempura house, which doesn't really exist in the States; it is wonderful and exciting to know that you can enjoy a degustation menu made up solely of tempura.

Many chefs have dedicated their entire lives to studying traditions that date back centuries, doing all sorts of wonderful things with hot sesame oil. Some, if not most, of the stellar ones are expensive (Mikawa Zezankyo, Kondo, Rakutei), but there are values to be found throughout the metropolis at places like Tsunahachi and the original location of Mikawa. Here's a selection of seven that will deliver:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mikawa Zezankyo

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Fukuzumi, Koto
Tokyo 135-0032, Japan

2. Mikawa

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Nihonbashikayabacho, Chuo
Tokyo 103-0025, Japan

3. Kondo

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Ginza, Chuo
Tokyo, Japan

4. Rakutei

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6-8-1 Akasaka, Minato
Tokyo, Japan

5. Yokota

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Motoazabu, Minato
Tokyo 106-0046, Japan

6. Tsunahachi

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3-31-8 Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan

7. Tenmo

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Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo
Tokyo 103-0023, Japan

1. Mikawa Zezankyo

Fukuzumi, Koto, Tokyo 135-0032, Japan
Fukuzumi, Koto
Tokyo 135-0032, Japan

2. Mikawa

Nihonbashikayabacho, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0025, Japan
Nihonbashikayabacho, Chuo
Tokyo 103-0025, Japan

3. Kondo

Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
Ginza, Chuo
Tokyo, Japan

4. Rakutei

6-8-1 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
6-8-1 Akasaka, Minato
Tokyo, Japan

5. Yokota

Motoazabu, Minato, Tokyo 106-0046, Japan
Motoazabu, Minato
Tokyo 106-0046, Japan

6. Tsunahachi

3-31-8 Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
3-31-8 Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan

7. Tenmo

Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0023, Japan
Nihonbashihoncho, Chuo
Tokyo 103-0023, Japan

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