Near the Askakusa Metro station and below Ekimise Department Store you will find the 100 out of the best 100 Udon – stand up – bars in Tokyo. A literal hole in the wall restaurant that looked like something out of Blade Runner the movie.
Ekimise the building first opened in 1931 when it housed Asakusa Kaminarimon Station and the Matsuya Department Store. The station was renamed Asakusa Station in 1945, and the shopping complex was rebranded Ekimise in 2012 after a complete renovation of the building. The name “Ekimise” literally means “Station Shops” and is a reference to the lively Nakamise shopping street which leads up to nearby Sensoji Temple. Over the years the Ekimise building’s stately Neo-Renaissance architecture has made it one of Asakusa’s most popular landmarks.
If you go subterranean the shopping arcade under the Ekimise has a very retro feel.
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