Whether or not you believe in its restorative powers to combat the debilitating midsummer heat, there's no denying that kabayaki grilled eel is one of Tokyo's great plebeian pleasures. Or that there's any finer setting for indulging than at the wonderful Myojinshita Kandagawa Honten.
Myojinshita Kandagawa Honten: Beating the heat with classic unagi
Name (J) 明神下 神田川
Lunch price range
¥3,000 or more
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Beautiful traditional premises and old-time charm
Drinks Beer from ¥840; sake from ¥735; umeshu ¥840, shochu from ¥840/glass, ¥6,300/bottle; wine ¥4,770/bottle; whiskey ¥840
Number of seats All seating in private rooms
Smoking No smoking
2-5-11 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m; 5-9:30 p.m. (last sitting 7:30 p.m.)
Cash, Credit Card
Transport From Suehirocho Station (Exit 3), walk away from Chuo-dori until you reach the lights. Cross and turn left. You will see the entrance to Kandagawa Honten after about 250 meters.