Kichijoji, known as the most desireable town in Tokyo, boasts many yakitori restaurants. One of the best is definitely Iseya Sohonten near the famous Inokashira Park. They’ve been in this business over a whopping 80 years, and are extremely popular with locals and visitors alike.
What makes it popular is the fact that it’s not a posh restaurant. While there are quite a few tables inside the restaurant, locals seem to prefer eating while standing by the outside counter. Yakitori sticks come on casual stainless plates and most popular drinks seem to be sours, beers and shochu.
There are many lone customers sitting by themselves at the counter table inside the restaurant, reading newspapers and checking smartphones, while sipping and eating yakitori. You don’t have to have a company to go to Iseya. Go there, sit at the counter and enjoy your own company.
Try Kichijoji style when you visit Iseya. Iseya is only 5 minutes away from JR Kichijoji Station and is open from lunch through to 22:00.
Days: Closed on Tuesday
Payment: Cash only