Asakusa Chankoba 浅草ちゃんこ場
Located in Asakusa, Tokyo, 'Asakusa Chankoba' is a special restaurant that serves authentic chanko nabe (using a real sumo wrestler's own recipe) and plays host to an exclusive live sumo demonstration by retired pro sumo wrestlers on Mondays (reservations required). For anyone looking for a dining experience that's a bit out of the ordinary, a meal at Asakusa Chankoba is a great way to get an authentic cultural experience while enjoying some delicious food at the same time!
One of the things that makes the chanko nabe at Asakusa Chankoba so special is the special pork that is used. Called 黒豚 (kurobuta) in Japanese, the Berkshire pork is delivered directly from a single farm in Kagoshima prefecture that is known for its extremely high-quality meat. The pork has a wonderful meaty flavor and sweetness that sets it apart from standard pork.
Chanko Tomoegata ちゃんこ巴潟
Tomoegata is probably the best-known chanko nabe restaurant in the area around the Ryogoku. 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.
You can even order a chanko nabe set with a few accompanying side dishes. Definitely a popular item at lunch!
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!
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 and you can even ask for it to be extra spicy if you dare!
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, or kimchi!
There is a good balance of veggies, chicken meatballs, and seafood. Pretty sure that you will enjoy them!
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!