Updated: January 16, 2020
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5 good tempura options in Ikebukuro


Here are 5 restaurants in Ikebukuro serving some satisfying tempura. They all have pretty cheap options, and some have fancier evening courses.

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Tempura Teishoku Makino (Sunshine City Location)

Makino is a solid tempura restaurant chain that serves reasonably-priced set meals of freshly fried tempura. They're a fast and efficient restaurant with an open kitchen so that you can see the frying action just like you would in a high-end tempura restaurant.

Sets are around ¥1,000 and you can order extra pieces a la carte.

This location is in the Sunshine City complex.


Tensei is a delicious independent tempura house with a value-for-the-price that is hard to beat. You can get a tasty hearty tendon (tempura on a bowl of rice) for just ¥700. They also serve a variety of grilled foods on skewers.

The restaurant, which has an izakaya vibe, has mostly counter seats from which you can see the staff frying the tempura.

It's a good place to have a cheap beer or some Japanese alcohol (sake, shochu).

Tendon Tenya (Minami Ikebukuro Location)

Tendon Tenya is a decent fast service tempura chain known by everyone in Japan. It has many fans because it's cheap and they have satisfying set meals that include soba noodles. Their big tendon bowls are very popular too.

This one is in the south area of Ikeburkuro (Minami Ikebukuro).


Tenzan is the tempura restaurant for all occasions. They have cheap delicious options as well as some more high-end sets that can go up to ¥6,000.

One of their signature dishes is Chicken Oyako Tendon (¥800) which has a perfect half-cooked egg as a topping with a creamy runny yolk.

Tenzan is also located in the southern part of Ikebukuro. Please note that the restaurant is closed on weekends.


This restaurant specializes in soba noodles but they also have some delectable tempura options.

Try their anago-tendon set (big tempura conger eel on rice) or their shrimp tendon set (both ¥1,350).

They serve all kinds of Japanese foods here, including sashimi and Japanese-style curries.

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