Hot pot, or "nabe" in Japanese, is a dish that warms both the body and the soul, making it a winter staple food in Japan. There are a lot of places in Tokyo where you can eat some delicious nabe. Here are 14 spots for you to check out!
1. Sakanaya Ichiba Shokudo (Kitasenju)
An izakaya (Japanese pub) where you can feast on fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients. It's particularly a great place to indulge yourself in a wide variety of sake (Japanese alcohol) along with your Japanese-inspired dishes or nabe. You can order nabe for one, and you can also order other dishes like the [Kanburi Shabu-Shabu] (2,000 JPY), which features the fatty and extremely flavorful Japanese amberjack; seafood nabe like the [Tarachiri Nabe] (1,000 JPY) for a lighter taste; and the collagen and vitamin-packed [Snapping Turtle Nabe] (2,500) for a slightly more unique dish. The [5,000 JPY Nabe Course], a set that comes with sashimi and an individual dish, is also a great deal.
Sakanaya Ichiba Shokudo
: Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (last order 10:00 pm)Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (last order 1:30 pm)Booking not required for lunch. Only required for course system. Only available while stocks last.Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPYAccess
: A 10-minute walk from Kita-Senju station. From the west exit of the station, go north along the Sun Road Shopping Street and turn left at the corner of Kita-Senju post office. We will be 150m in front on your left.Address
: 4-11-6 Senju , Adachi-ku, Tokyo
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2. Ginza Tachibana (Ginza)
At Ginza Tachibana, you can order set meals during lunchtime, and Japanese-style home cooking or nabe at dinner. While the restaurant is located in Ginza, Japan's most expensive plot of land, the owner strives to provide delicious food at the cheapest price possible by heading out every day to carefully choose ingredients. A recommendation for nabe is the [Yose Nabe] (3,000 JPY), which is filled with lots of different kinds of ingredients like seafood, chicken, vegetables, and fried tofu. The ingredients are stewed in Japanese-style dashi (broth) made from seaweed and dried bonito flakes, making for an elegant and gentle taste. Also, try out the [Tuna Nabe for 2-3 People] (2,400 JPY) or the [Oyster Nabe] (3,000 JPY) to enjoy the delicious umami (Japanese savory taste) of seafood.
: [Weekdays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Lunch] 980 JPY
Access: Two streets directly behind Matsuzakaya Ginza coming three minutes by foot from Ginza Station; ten minutes by foot from JR Shinbashi and Yurakucho, as well
Address: OCI Ginza 612, 6-12-15 Ginza , Chuo-ku, Tokyo ()
3. Akiji-suishin Shinjuku Branch (Shinjuku-sanchome)
At this restaurant, you'll be able to taste Japanese cuisine prepared with ingredients from a region in Hiroshima called Setouchi. Highly recommended is their [Oyster Nabe] (2,160 JPY for 1 person), which you can order for 2 or more people. The umami of the oysters permeates into the vegetables and other ingredients, and you'll surely be hooked on the light yet rich flavor it produces! There are also course meals that come with oyster dishes, and the all-you-can-drink option makes them an even better deal. They have an expansive menu of dishes using oysters, a specialty product of Hiroshima. Some of the most popular dishes are the [Oyster Kamameshi] (1,600 JPY), which adds oysters to the restaurant's signature kamameshi (rice, meat, and vegetables in a small iron pot) dish, and the [Fried Oysters] (1,250 JPY).
Akiji-suishin Shinjuku Branch
: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from Shinjuku-sanchome station B5 exit. Located next to Isetan Shinjuku department store.
Address: B1F, ISETAN KAIKAN, 3-15-17, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo ()
4. Enshuya (Tawaramachi)
A restaurant with about 150 types of seasonal fish dishes, and roughly over 30 kinds of courses to choose from. Their popular dishes include sashimi and sushi made with fresh fish, shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables), and tempura. If you're ordering nabe, choosing a nabe course gives you a lot of bang for your buck; the [Ise-Ebi & Sakura-Dai Banquet Course] (5,500 JPY) is a solid choice to go with! The nabe comes with shabu-shabu that's made with sakura-dai (red sea bream), a rich-tasting white fish. To wrap up the meal, the remaining soup and ingredients are made into zosui (Japanese congee), a stunningly delicious finisher jam-packed with the umami of the fish. You can try all sorts of Japanese dishes here besides this too, like sashimi and tempura.
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pmClosed
: SundayAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 700 JPY (Set meal price)
*You can also order from the course menu during lunch. Party reservations are available as well!Address
: 2-2-7, Kotobuki, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map
5. Roppongi Shuen Hotaru (Roppongi)
A restaurant where you can enjoy the famous dishes from the Hakata area of Fukuoka. They put a good deal of attention into choosing quality ingredients from Kyushu, and don't compromise on its freshness by procuring freshly caught fish sent over by air. They offer Japanese-centric dishes and nabe, with their signature dish being the [Hakata Mizutaki] (2,800 JPY for 1 person). With this dish, you can enjoy the deluxe chicken meatballs, Arita chicken, and vegetables stewed in a milky broth, which is made by slowly simmering chicken bones for 6 hours. You'll enjoy the deep, rich flavor of the ingredients floating in the broth, but the stunningly delicious soup is the spotlight of Hakata's mizutaki (a type of hot pot). Make sure to try this rich, milky broth for yourself!
Roppongi Shuen Hotaru
: Dinner: 5:00 p.m.-2:15 a.m.Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 7,000 JPYAccess
: 5 min. walk from Subway "Roppongi Station"Address
: Roppongi Kitayama Bldg. 2F, 7-3-21 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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6. Honjin Shibuya Branch (Shibuya)
A restaurant where you can taste Kyushu dishes and motsunabe (nabe made with offal) in a warm wooden homy setting. Their iconic dish is their [Hakata Motsunabe] (1,600 - 1,900 JPY), which has 3 different flavors to choose from: soy sauce, which is the go-to flavor in Kyushu; salt, which, while light in flavor, really brings out the flavor of the offal; and the miso, which matches both the soup and the offal, and also have you reaching for more sake. To finish off the meal, you can choose from Chinese noodles, champon noodles, or zosui to enjoy the strong umami of the remaining soup.
Honjin Shibuya Branch
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drink L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm, Drink L.O. 11:30 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPYAddress
: B2F, MCD BLD, 17-10, Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map
7. Yoshifuji (Asakusa)
A popular mizutaki and motsunabe restaurant in Fukuoka that's set up its first location in Tokyo. It's among one of the few restaurants in Tokyo where you can eat authentic motsunabe and offal [Sukiyaki] (1,800 JPY for 1 person), the hot pot dish that led to motsunabe's creation. Fresh beef offal is cooked in a stock of soy sauce, mirin, and sugar, then dipped into beaten egg before consuming. You'll be hooked on the chewy texture of the offal, and the sweet and salty flavor soaked into the ingredients from the stock! They also have plenty of other famous local dishes from Kyushu, like the standard [Beef Motsunabe] (1,300 JPY for 1 person) and [Goma Saba] (1,000 JPY), which is blue mackerel covered in sesame seeds.
: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:00 am)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 2-27-5, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (Map
8. Sakurahan (Shimbashi)
All of the seating here is horigotatsu (a low table with deep leg space) style, so it's a space where you can relax and enjoy Kyushu cuisine. They have a wide selection of popular dishes like [Japanese-style Shiro Motsunabe] (from 2+ people, 1,350 JPY) and [Lean Cuts of Kumamoto Basashi] (1,230 JPY). Try the [Motsunabe Course] (4,000 JPY) for a set that includes these dishes. Besides motsunabe and basashi (horse meat sashimi), there are 8 other dishes that match well with alcohol, like karashi mentaiko (spicy cod roe) and satsuma-age (fried fish cake). The shiro motsu-nabe, a specialty of the restaurant, has a light Japanese dashi-based soup, concentrating the umami flavor in each bite of offal. You won't be able to stop yourself from eating it!
: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: 5,000 JPYAddress
: 5F, Mena Shinbashi, 2-11-1, Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Map
9. Kappo Kariya (Ryogoku)
Located near the Ryogoku Sumo Hall, this famous restaurant is so well-known that it's said that mostly everyone in the sumo world knows about it, and it is rare if the person does not know. They have dishes made with carefully selected fugu (blowfish), as well as the traditional chanko-nabe, a stew that sumo wrestlers eat. [Fugu Chiri] (8,000 JPY) is their signature dish, and the chewy texture of the torafugu (Japanese puffer) and light umami of its white flesh will put you in a luxurious mood. In addition to sake and shochu, the [Hire Zake] (1,500 JPY), which is made from only the fins of natural torafugu, is a great alcoholic addition to fugu chiri!
Open: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Negotiable) Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (Reservation required)
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPY
Access: Ryogoku Station, West Exit. Walk for 5 minutes in the Ryogoku Bridge direction.
Address: 1-9-8 Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo ()
10. Yamasaki (Iidabashi)
A restaurant specializing in Edo cuisine and nabe that uses fresh vegetables and freshly caught natural seafood from the coastal waters of Tokyo. They only provide with course menus, so the appetizers, sashimi, nabe, rice, and dessert all come in an order. They're noteworthy for their seasonal nabe ingredients such as [ainame (a type of fish) with umeboshi (dried plum) nabe] in the spring, and [negima (green onions and tuna) nabe] in the winter. These dishes allow you to enjoy the traditional Japanese ingredients luxuriously. The restaurant is especially famous for their nabe, which is quite simple, but this simplicity is also the key to its popularity.
: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm *Last entry at 8:00 pmClosed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: 15,000 JPYAddress
: 2F, Fukui Bldg., 4-2, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map
11. Original Western Style Pot Marmite (Akasaka)
This restaurant serves unique, Western-style nabe dishes. Their iconic dish is their [Marmite Nabe] (4,000 JPY for 1 person), which is a fusion of Japanese nabe and European cuisine. The highlight of this dish is the secret soup, prepared by stewing the ingredients for 2 days. You can try 4 different types of cooking here: pot-au-feu, soup pasta, cheese fondue style, and risotto. For an addictive and delicious taste, add their homemade tomato sauce or basil sauce to your standard Western dish for some additional flair.
Original Western Style Pot Marmite
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
[Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from the exit No.1 of [Akasaka Station] on Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / 5 minutes walk from the exit No.7 of [Tameike Sanno Station] on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line & Namboku Line
Address: 3F, Central Akasaka Bldg., 3-12-11 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo ()
12. YORIDORI (Shinjuku)
YORIDORI is a bar plentiful in hearty dishes centered around meat cuisine. Yet, they also have a wide selection of nabe, from staple nabe selections like [Wagyu Motsunabe] (1,380 JPY for 1 person) and [Chicken Chanko Nabe] (1,380 JPY for 1 person), to varieties popular with younger generations like [Pork Kimchi Nabe] (1,280 JPY for 1 person), as well as winter nabe like [Oyster Nabe] (1,280 JPY for 1 person). They also have nabe that you can enjoy after finishing off your meat dish or while drinking your sake. It's definitely a place to keep in mind for those who like large servings.
: 5:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am) *Hours are subject to changeClosed
: NoneAverage price
: 3,700 JPYAddress
: 5F, Shinjuku Moa Bldg., 3-25-9, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map
13. Yobitei (Shinjuku)
Enjoy at a restaurant specializing in lamb meat, which has been gaining attention as a healthy food. Their popularity comes from their efforts to come up with ways to season the meat so that not only are the meat’s features emphasized, but even people who dislike lamb can eat it. The lamb in their signature dish, [Lamb Shabu All-You-Can-Eat Course] (3,800 JPY for 1 person), is carefully selected so that you can truly enjoy the flavor of the ingredients. Quickly swish your slice of New Zealand lamb in the pot, then dip it in the dipping sauce - you'll be surprised at how juicy the meat is! The vegetables are also all-you-can-eat. Isn't it great that you don't have to worry about calories or prices here?
: [Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (Food L.O. 10:00 pm, Drink L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: Saturday, Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY / [Lunch] 600 JPYAddress
: B1F, Okada Bldg., 7-5-12, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map
14. Anzai (Mejiro)
A game dish specialty restaurant that only serves one party a day. The owner is both a hunter and a chef, and his game dishes are very popular. They usually only have course meals of nabe cooking. Amongst them, a particularly popular one is the [Inoshishi Nabe]. Inoshishi (wild boar) meat, which doesn't have a bad odor and has a richly dense savory taste, is cooked together with fresh mushrooms and vegetables. This produces a dish in which you can fully enjoy the meat's umami despite its light flavor. It's a type of nabe you have never tasted before! They have a diverse collection of both sake and Western liquor, with a focus on wine. Try and compare all the different types of drinks they have to offer, and see how well they match with the game meat!
: Lunch 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Dinner 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm *Hours can be adjusted after consultation. Only one party per day.Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 8,000 JPYAddress
: 3-1-1, Shimo-ochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map
During Japan's cold winter season, you can't skip out on piping hot nabe dishes. From light to rich broths, make sure you try out all the different varieties of nabe out there!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.