Savor Japan’s Most Desired Tonkatsu and Katsu Curry on a Budget Right Next to Ueno Station in Tokyo!

Located within the atré Ueno shopping and dining mall directly connected to JR Ueno Station, “Tonkyu Ueno” (referred to hereafter as “Tonkyu”) is a popular restaurant where you can enjoy high-quality tonkatsu at reasonable prices.

From the brand of pork to the condiments and seasonings, everything is infused with Tonkyu’s passion.

Tonkatsu at Tonkyu Ueno

Savor the umami of rare black pork tonkatsu

At Tonkyu, you can choose from two types of pork for your tonkatsu. The first is the highly rare Kurobuta (black pork) and the second is Daiginjō pork, which offers a good balance of lean meat umami and fat sweetness.

The restaurant recommends the Kurobuta. Although slightly more expensive than Daiginjo, you’ll understand why it comes so highly recommended once you taste it.

Pork loin cutlet set meal at Tonkyu in Ueno

“上ロースかつ定食(黒豚)120g,” Pork loin cutlet set meal (Kurobuta) 120 g (4.2 oz) 1,859 JPY (tax included)

Among all pork produced worldwide, only a tiny fraction can be called Kurobuta. This rare meat is in a league of its own in terms of texture, umami, and sweetness compared to ordinary pork.

Tonkatsu at Tonkyu in Ueno

The meat, coated in crispy breadcrumbs, has a fine texture. It’s easy to bite through while maintaining a nice level of chewiness.

As it’s deep-fried slowly at low temperature, it’s not watery but moist and juicy. When you put it in your mouth while it’s still hot and fresh, the meat juices ooze out!

Tonkatsu at Tonkyu in Ueno

To enhance the umami and sweetness of the pork, great care is taken with the condiments provided.

In addition to the sesame seeds that come with the tonkatsu set, you can also season your pork with sauce, rock salt, and Japanese karashi mustard provided on the table.

Condiments for Tonkatsu at Tonkyu in Ueno

An assortment of condiments

The sesame is provided with a mortar, and customers grind it themselves. The restaurant uses a type of sesame called kingoma (literally “golden sesame”), known for its rich aroma. Grinding it just before eating really brings out its fragrance.

Adding the homemade sauce available at the table table to the ground sesame is the recommended way to eat at Tonkyu.

The sauce is tomato-based, blended with vegetables and fruits, with a fruity taste and mild acidity.

Tonkatsu at Tonkyu in Ueno

This special sauce, developed to perfectly complement the tonkatsu, is a must-try condiment when visiting the restaurant.

Another unique condiment at Tonkyu is oni oroshi, grated daikon radish mixed with ponzu sauce.

The oni oroshi, coarsely grated to maintain some texture, can be ordered for 110 JPY (tax included).


“鬼おろし,” oni oroshi (grated daikon radish) 110 JPY (tax included)

Coarse grating prevents the daikon from releasing too much moisture, which is why oni oroshi is recommended; it doesn’t dilute the umami and sweetness of the pork.

Putting plenty on your tonkatsu gives it a refreshing aftertaste.

Tonkatsu at Tonkyu Ueno

If you want to enjoy the original taste of the pork more simply, try it with rock salt.

Its saltiness is not too strong, making the sweetness of the pork stand out even more.

Rock salt at Tonkyu in Ueno

“岩塩,” rock salt

Tonkyu’s tonkatsu is just as delicious when served as katsu curry

Tonkyu also serves curry with tonkatsu as a topping.

Although it’s a topping, the main focus of Tonkyu’s katsu curry is the tonkatsu. To highlight the tonkatsu, the curry roux contains no additional ingredients.


“かつカレー定食(黒豚),” Pork cutlet curry set meal 2,079 JPY (tax included)

The curry roux has a refreshing flavor with black pepper providing spice. Much like the sauce available at the restaurant, the curry roux is made to complement the tonkatsu.

The black pepper’s spiciness is mild and does not overpower the taste of the tonkatsu.

Katsu curry at Tokyu in Ueno

Of course, the curry roux also goes perfectly with rice.

The slight spiciness of the curry roux adds another layer to the sweetness and umami, making the dish even more flavorful.

Katsu curry at Tonkyu in Ueno

Tonkyu’s dedication to ingredients

Tonkyu takes pride in being able to offer the rare Kurobuta at reasonable prices. They’re able to keep prices down by sourcing through their own channels.

Their pursuit of a taste that leaves diners satisfied, not just low prices, is why Tonkyu is so popular.

From the frying method to the variety of seasonings, everything is carefully considered to enhance the flavor.

Tonkyu, which offers tonkatsu worth far more than its price, is a must-visit in Ueno!

Exterior of Tokyu in Ueno

Tonkyu’s exterior


Store name とん久 上野
Tonkyu Ueno
Address atré Ueno EAST 2F, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Access Ueno Station(UEN) Short-walk from Ueno Station Central Gate
  • JR Yamanote Line(JY05)
  • JR Ueno-Tokyo Line(JJ01・JU02)
  • JR Utsunomiya Line(JU02)
  • JR Keihin-Tōhoku Line(JK30)
  • JR Joban Line(JJ01)
  • JR Takasaki Line(JU02)
  • JR Narita Line
  • Tokyo Metro Ginza Line(G16)
  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line(H18)
  • Akita Shinkansen
  • Jōetsu Shinkansen
  • Tohoku Shinkansen
  • Hokuriku-Shinkansen
  • Hokkaido Shinkansen
  • Yamagata Shinkansen

Keisei Ueno Station 4-minute walk from Keisei Ueno Station Main Exit
  • Keisei Line(KS01)
  • Hokusō Line
  • Keisei Narita Skyaccess
Phone number 03-5826-5778
Reservations Not accepted
  • Cash
  • Credit cards(American Express・Diners・Discover・JCB・Master・UnionPay・VISA)
  • Transportation-related electronic money(Suica, etc.)
  • Electronic money not accepted
  • QR code payment(Alipay・WeChat Pay)
Service charge/Table charge None
Hours 11:00-22:30(last order 21:30)
Closed No holidays
excluding atré Ueno holidays
Seating 70 table seats
Seating All seats are non-smoking
Official website
Other information
  • Menus are available with Japanese, English, and Chinese language only
  • Please ask staff about allergy-friendly menus; vegan, vegetarian, and halal menus are not available
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Take-out service and delivery service are available
  • Luggage storage space is available
  • Wi-Fi is not available
  • Posting of food photos and videos on customers’ personal SNS accounts is allowed
  • Separate billing is available

※Menu contents, prices, store information, etc. are current as of June 2024.