Tokyo’s best squid destinations 2

Tokyo’s best squid destinations 2

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Tokyo’s best squid destinations 2

The proprietor of Ika Books, who runs a placeless “air bookshop,” and a part-time helper. The two pick their favorite spots to eat squid in Tokyo! Are you feeling “squizzical” about where to savor this item? Look no further!

6. Yakiya

Grilled squid ears and tentacles

The most hardcore squid spot in Tokyo has to be Yakiya, a standing-room-only pub and squid shop in Ogikubo, where Ika Books got its start. Stand shoulder to shoulder with the other drinkers and try each of the delicacies here! They have squid sashimi, grilled squid, fried squid, and much more, all around the 200 JPY mark! That’s a wallet-friendly win.

Grilled squid ears: 186 JPY

Grilled squid tentacles: 186 JPY

Yakiya

5-29-3 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku
Hours: 4:00 PM-11:00 PM
Closed on: Sundays

7. Nemuru

Dried squid ramen

The pairing of squid and dried sardines in broth is even better than you can imagine! The squid ramen is great for those who like soy sauce or salty flavors. After your ramen, try the mixed rice with wasabi -- don’t miss this one. The broth is chock-full of the savory flavor of squid. Partway through, pour some broth onto your rice for an even more delicious combo!

Dried squid ramen with boiled egg: 880 JPY (tax inclusive)

Mixed rice: 150 JPY (tax inclusive)

Nemuru

4-3-2 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Hours: weekdays: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM (kitchen closes at 11:40 PM), weekends/holidays: 11:00 AM-9:00 PM (kitchen closes at 8:40 PM)

8. Sunshine Aquarium

Bigfin reef squid and broadclub cuttlefish

Do you know how squid swim through the water and capture their prey? To find the answers, head to Sunshine Aquarium! The bigfin reef squid has a svelte form and a beautiful translucent color. There are also broadclub cuttlefish, with short, stumpy legs. See them all in motion!

Realistic giant squid plush toy: 2,900 JPY

Sunshine Aquarium

Roof of World Import Mart Building, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
TEL: 03-3989-3466
Hours: November-March: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, April-October: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM

Admission: adults (high school age and up): 2,200 JPY, children (elementary and middle school age): 1,200 JPY, infants (age four and under): 700 JPY

Shopkeeper (S): Hey, assistant! They tell me you ran up a list of the best spots to eat squid in Tokyo?

Assistant (A): You bet! And we’ve barely scraped the surface.

S: No way! There’s more? I can’t believe I’ve only been to one on this list. There seems to be a whole world of squid out there.

A: There are hot pots with big squid sitting on top, squid sashimi served whole, and shops dedicated to serving salted squid entrails, to name a few!

S: Wow!

A: Tokyo is home to satellite shops for famous stores from other prefectures, and they sell local squid appetizers with the flavors of those regions. I was hoping to highlight those spots, you know?

A: That’s a good thing, I tell ya!

S: I’ve only been to Yakiya on this list, but it was totally delicious. I also want to try the Ikayaki Stand. I guess I have no choice!

A: Yakiya is crazy, it’s like its own little world. It’s quite an atmosphere.

S: Yeah, they have an ambiance you won’t find anywhere else.

A: Yakiya serves both grilled squid ears and tentacles. It’s great fun to order both and have fun with your friends debating which is better. By the way, I’m partial to grilled squid ears!

S: I seem to remember trying both, but I can’t remember which I liked better. I guess we just have to pay a visit!

A: Yes, let’s!

A: That’s a good thing, I tell ya!

S: I’ve only been to Yakiya on this list, but it was totally delicious. I also want to try the Ikayaki Stand. I guess I have no choice!

A: Yakiya is crazy, it’s like its own little world. It’s quite an atmosphere.

S: Yeah, they have an ambiance you won’t find anywhere else.

A: Yakiya serves both grilled squid ears and tentacles. It’s great fun to order both and have fun with your friends debating which is better. By the way, I’m partial to grilled squid ears!

S: I seem to remember trying both, but I can’t remember which I liked better. I guess we just have to pay a visit!

A: Yes, let’s!

Ika Books

This “air bookshop” has no physical store or products, but it pops up here and there in different parts of town as a bookshop with no home base. The shopkeeper is a big fan of books and bookstores. He and his squid-loving assistant can be found operating the shop somewhere each day.
http://www.ikabunko.com

Source: metropolitana