Updated: March 04, 2019
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Iseya: An Iconic Yakitori Restaurant In Kichijoji


Looking for some good cheap food in Kichijoji? Then you should head to Iseya, a yakitori restaurant of long standing with two popular locations near Inogashira park.

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For yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) in Kichijoji, Iseya is probably the first name that comes to the mind of most locals. You should definitely try it out if you're in the area because it's one of the most popular restaurants all genres included! The iconic establishment has two branches in on the Inogashira Park side of the city.

Iseya Original Location

The original location is located along Inogashira street at a 3-minute walk from the south exit of Kichijoji station.

Iseya park location

The park location is actually much bigger than the original location. It is right near one of the entrances of Inogashira park on a small street with lots of boutiques and restaurants.

Enjoy Great Food And The Quaint Atmosphere

The original location has a counter along the street where you can stand while eating and drinking. It's a good place to be to see the yakitori chefs grill the skewers.
In the back of the counter, there is a pretty vast area with tables, so you can also sit down and have a couple of drinks and skewers like most people do. They serve Sapporo beer which is the perfect accompaniment to these skewers.

The park location has mostly table seats with a capacity of up to 350 people. It still gets full frequently in spite of having that many seats!
They can grill you all kinds of chicken or vegetable skewers that are seasoned either with plain salt or with a soy-based tare sauce. The most popular one is the standard yakitori at just ¥80 a piece. You should also try some classics such as liver, tsukune (catilage), or some rarer kinds of skewer such as the beef tongue which is a Japanese delicacy.
Another menu item you should have at Iseya is the plate of homemade shumai (steamed Chinese dumplings). They're huge, juicy and packed with savoury umami!


The flagship restaurant has been around since 1928 which says a lot about how great it is. Next time you're in Kichijoji town, make sure to add a visit to Iseya to your list of things to do. Both locations are near the Inogashira park so they're the perfect place to unwind after a stroll in the park.

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