Top 3 Oldest Taiyaki Stores in Tokyo as Shared by Japanese
Now, with the spread of information technology, we’re able to easily get all kinds of information so I expect that our foreign readers already know about taiyaki (a fish-shaped cake filled with anko [red bean paste]). But do you know the top 3 oldest taiyaki stores in Japan? Today’s topic is the “top 3 taiyaki stores,” which most Japanese know. For those who don’t, we’re going to tell you about them!
The 3 shops we’ll be introducing have always taken great care in making their taiyaki one-by-one. The iron used for making these taiyaki is called “icchoyaki”. It’s said there are fewer than 30 shops making taiyaki with icchoyaki, making it a rare traditional cooking style.
Icchoyaki – 一丁焼き
Common Method – 一般的な焼き方
1. Naniwaya sohonten
This store, Naniwaya sohonten, has been in business the longest of the top 3—since 1909! This place is extremely famous and was the model for a globally-known song called “Oyoge Taiyaki-kun” (“Swim! Taiyaki”). You have to wait when it comes to cooking with icchoyaki, but it’s worth it for the taste—it’s like no other! The outside is thin and crispy and the inside stuffed full with perfectly-sweet anko! They have branches in Asakusa so be sure to try them! Highly recommended!
Information: Naniwaya sohonten
Address: 1-8-14 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
[label style=”3″]Nearest station[/label]: Azabujuban station
Open: 11:00 ~ 19:00 (Closed: Tuesday, Third Wednesday)
Price: 150 yen (1 piece)
This store, Yanagiya, is also very famous. It was established in 1916. They’re known for being requested to appear on TV and adamantly refusing. The anko they use is made from Hokkaido adzuki beans and are superb!
Address: 2-11-3 Nihombashi-ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
[label style=”3″]Nearest station[/label]: Ningyocho station
Open: 12:30 ~ 18:00 (Closed: Sunday)
Price: 140 yen (1 piece)
Wakaba started in 1948 as a sweets shop. They use their own original taiyaki iron and even their plates have carefully-written words on them. It says “Taiyaki no shippo niwa itsumo anko ga arimasu ya(yo)u ni” or, “May the tail of your taiyaki always contain anko.” And just like what’s written on their plates, their taiyaki tails are always full of anko!
These 3 shops have taiyaki that make even Japanese sing with praise so we can confidently recommend these to you. If you come to Japan and try any of these out, please share with us your thoughts!
Address: 1-10 Wakaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
[label style=”3″]Nearest station[/label]: JR Yotsuya station
Open: 9:00 ~ 19:00 (Closed: Sunday)
Price: 150 yen (1 piece)