Tokyo’s Magical “Musical Meals!” Incredible Food! Performing Chefs Play Traditional Music!

clam miso nectar

Bring On Tokyo’s Tastiest Food!

Here is a look at some of the great food my wife Alex and I ate when we were in Tokyo – all types of great bites and beautiful plates, with delicious and unique tastes like this:

Asakusa Bento Boxes Tokyo tourism

Tokyo’s Dinner And A Concert!

Alex read through Frommer’s Tokyo book and found a lot of great fun places to explore, including a restaurant that not only serves great food but puts on a show as well!

Asakusa temple

Asakusa’s Senso-ji Temple!

Our musical food adventure began in Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s most famous districts, due to the Senso-ji Temple, with an entrance that is one of the most photographed in the world!

The area around the temple is lined with great food and souvenir stalls, and of course we picked out a few fun things to bring back home:

JR at Asakusa Tokyo

Bento Boxes And Live Music!

Nestled among the stalls and the shrine are a number of restaurants, quick and easy food as well as sushi bars, shabbu shabbu and more – including one that Alex found that offers a bento box lunch – with live music!

Waentei-Kikko Tokyo

Welcome To Waentei-Kikko!

Waentei-Kikko is a great restaurant just around the corner from the temple, and it is run by a husband/wife duo. Husband Fukui Kodai and another Assistant/Food Server bring you a delicious bento box first, then have a great surprise for dessert:

Tokyo best bento boxes Asakusa
Bento box menu Tokyo
Asakusa Bento Boxes Tokyo tourism
bento box recipes tokyo music restaurant
Alex and her musical bento box

As you can see, the bento box you are served is packed with different flavors, like a steamed fish with a rich sauce, raw sashimi, pickled vegetables and of course rice and green tea – but the best part of the meal is when lights go on, and the Kodai and his Assistant come out on stage to perform traditional “shamisen” music!

Tokyo musical restaurant Asakusa

The duo tune up quickly and then play some beautiful japanese folk music on unique instruments!

Waentei-Kikko restaurant Tokyo

As you enjoy your green tea, they perform for about twenty minutes, a series of solo music and then duo performances – here is a clip of this uniquely entertaining music:

Bravo to this husband/wife team and their terrific restaurant, a “must see” when you are in Asakusa!

Now, time to head to the Ginza district of Tokyo for a “crunchy” lunch!

Tempura shrimp

Ten-Ichi Tempura!

We also had a delicious tempura lunch at Ten-Ichi Tempura in the Sony building in Ginza…thanks to Merah Chung for pointing us here – Merah shared a lot of fun places to try – and we did!

Tokyo tempura chef

This location only seats fifteen people around a curved bar, and we went all in for a twelve course tempura tasting that culminated in sea urchin tempura! Here are some of the dishes we had:

fish tempura
okra tempura
Tempura shrimp
shrimp tempura ten-ichi tempura
Sea urchin tempura ten-ichi tempura
sea urchin tempura

I know that sea urchin is an acquired taste for some, but we love it!

At the end of the meal, you are presented with a bowl of miso soup, loaded with baby clams, and I got one of my favorite food pictures of the entire trip:

clam miso nectar

We had a great lunch – in a city where every meal is memorable…and yes, music seems to be everywhere!

We stopped in a “Golden Gai” bar and the Host performed for us! Click here to see that song!

And if you don’t need a meal, just a really cool musical experience, then head to the “Lost In Translation” bar!

Yes, this is the hotel bar, high above Tokyo, where Bill Murray sits every night in that film – but they have live music every night!

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13 replies

  1. That miso soup pic looks absolutely magnificent! Also these tempura…bento box pic…you make me hungry!🤣


  2. I would like to hear the music, but would have to stick to cooked food. I have never realy enjoyed ‘raw anything’. The closest I get to that is smoked salmon.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. the bento, the miso soup and the tempura look great, and the music! a wonderful bonus

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  4. I never thought about Japanese folk music. How cool to be there in an out-of-the-way place and hear music while eating a great meal. We have an old restaurant nearby where James Taylor would occasionally show up unannounced and play his music. Your dinner reminded me of that.

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  5. Looks delicious! Tempura! And l love the soup picture too!

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