Updated: November 14, 2017
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Top 5 Places For Chanko Nabe In Tokyo

Chanko nabe is a hot pot dish made famous amongst sumo wrestlers. It is a healthy, protein-rich dish with lots of seasonal vegetables. Some of the best chanko nabe is found in Tokyo. This dish isn't for the faint-hearted either, with each restaurant serving up volumes of food. Definitely go there on an empty stomach!

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Chanko Tomoegata ちゃんこ巴潟

Tomoegata is probably the best-known chanko nabe restaurant in the area. They are open for lunch and dinner with the menu changing daily and can cater to up to 300 people! Just a 3 minute walk from Ryogoku station on the JR Sobu Line. There's plenty on the menu to match anyone's tastes.
Check out the marbling in the beef!
Pork balls and chinese cabbage go down a treat with the light savoury soup.
You can even order a chanko nabe set with a few accompanying side dishes. Definitely a popular item at lunch!

Saganobori 佐賀昇

Saganobori prides itself on using fresh vegetables, meat and fish in their meals. Also, due to the close proximity of Tsukiji Fish Market, they also serve up some of the best sashimi in town. Located a 1 minute walk from Tsukiji Ichiba station on the Oedo line.
Their nabe is massive! How much do you think you could eat?
The interior is really cool here too, using place mats with the traditional design of sumo rankings!
You probably won't find pork much thinner than what you get here!

Dosukoi Sakaba Tamakairiki どすこい酒場 玉海力

Dosukoi Sakaba Tamakairiki offers several kinds of tasty nabe. Located right outside Hiroo station it's hard to pass this place and not give it a try. For first timers order the shio chanko (basic savoury flavour), or for the more adventurous you could order the spicy seafood nabe!
It comes with all the trimmings!
Spicy pork and seafood nabe! You can even ask for it to be extra spicy if you dare!
One the most popular chanko nabe dishes, topped with bean sprouts and roughly-ground roasted sesame seeds.

Chanko Kirishima ちゃんこ霧島

Located in front of Ryogoku Station, Chanko Kirishima offers you the real chanko nabe. The owner of the restaurant is Kirishima, an Ozeki sumo wrestler. You get to choose your favorite chanko nabe from 4 different kinds of flavors: soy sauce, miso, salt, and kimchi(Korean pickles).
There is a good balance of veggies, chicken meatballs, and seafood. Pretty sure that you will enjoy them!

Kawasaki 川崎

Kawasaki is one of the most traditional chanko nabe restaurants located a 3-minute walk from Ryogoku Station. It was founded in 1937 by Yokoteyama, a Sekitori sumo wrestler. Their soup has a delicious yet simple taste. You also enjoy the unique signboard of Kawasaki while you are there.
The origin of chanko nabe is here. Simple, but extremely delicious.

Want to meet a real Sumo wrestler?

Chances are you'll bump into a real sumo wrestler when if you head to one of these places as they regularly visit the restaurants to get their chanko nabe for dinner!
Jonathan
I've been traveling and eating my way around the world! Now I'm in Tokyo to share all my favourite spots! I spend my time traveling, surfing, hiking, camping and eating amazing food! My favourite Japanese food...Agedashi Tofu!

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