30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku

Publish-date: Dec 23 2018 Update-date: Jan 18 2019
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30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku

When you want Japanese food, but don't want to go out of your way, the tourist hub of Shinjuku is the perfect solution. Here are 30 restaurants out of the the many spots serving Japanese food in this area.

1. Robatayaki Zekkocho Teppen Shinjuku

1. Robatayaki Zekkocho Teppen Shinjuku
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This robatayaki (ingredients cooked over charcoal) spot prepares its food using binchotan (high-grade charcoal). Seasonal vegetables, fish, and meat are seared to seal in their umami (Japanese savory taste), preserving the true, simple flavors of the ingredients. There are many dishes here besides these grilled choices as well, such as the [Salted Rice Ball with Ikura] (580 JPY), a highly popular dish to have at the end of a meal. A stunning amount of ikura (salmon roe) tops a ball of rice in this impressive creation. There is also a master of sake (Japanese alcohol) present, enabling diners to experience wonderful sake choices along with their meal! Don't miss out on experiencing this unbeatable combination of Japanese food and sake!

Robatayaki Zekkocho Teppen Shinjuku

Open: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: A five minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station's Central East Exit, the building before you come to Golden Gai on Kuyakusho Street
Address: 9F Sankei 55 Bldg., 1-2-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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2. Shinjuku Izakaya Koshitsu Dining Kakoi Main Branch

2. Shinjuku Izakaya Koshitsu Dining Kakoi Main Branch
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
The creative Japanese cuisine here pairs well with sake. This restaurant has both private rooms as well as seating for couples, but seats with nighttime views will require reservations. Recommended orders that pair exceptionally well with drinks here include the [Whole Cucumber Pickled in Salt Koji Culture] (480 JPY) and [Yamaguchi Nodoguro Hitsumabushi] (1,180 JPY), which is the perfect end to your meal. The nodoguro (blackthrought seaperch), a high-grade fish, is seared and placed on a bed of rice, and can be enjoyed as ochazuke (green tea or broth poured on top of rice) with dashi (broth) – a fantastic dish! This restaurant also boasts a large drink selection, including beer, shochu (Japanese alcohol), wine, whiskey, and sake.

Shinjuku Izakaya Koshitsu Dining Kakoi Main Branch

Open: [Weekdays & Day Before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 0:00 am
[Weekends & National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: New year's season
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY
Access: Exit Shinjuku Station from its East Exit and turn right in front of Alta. (Get on Shinjuku-dori Street, direction of Isetan.) About a 3 min. walk. The building with an eyeglass shop on its 1st floor, right across Mitsukoshi Department Store.
Address: 5F - 6F Akane Bldg., 3-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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3. Izakaya Umaimon Shinjuku Kabuki-cho

3. Izakaya Umaimon Shinjuku Kabuki-cho
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Enjoy a glass of sake while savoring charcoal-grilled flavors, including seasonal fish, at Izakaya Umaimon. The restaurant's interior has a subdued Japanese aesthetic, ideal for a slow-paced, relaxing meal. Fish options here include many single-item dishes like the [Cod Milt with Ponzu] (citrus-seasoned soy sauce) (880 JPY) and [Grilled Hokke] (Atka mackerel) (880 JPY), excellent for pairing with sake, especially in the form of a sake tasting set, which is a very popular option! The set offers a total of 10 kinds of sake, so you are sure to have fun trying different combinations of food and drinks.

Izakaya Umaimon Shinjuku Kabuki-cho

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 6:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:00 am)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: A 5-minute walk from the east exit of the JR Shinjuku station. A 6-minute walk from Shinjuku-sanchome station on the Tokyo Metro and Toei subway lines.
Address: Kabukicho Bldg. 1F, 1-12-6 Kabukicho , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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4. YNOESUKE - Seasonal and Seafood Cuisine Private Room

4. YNOESUKE - Seasonal and Seafood Cuisine Private Room
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
YNOESUKE offers creative cuisine featuring jidori (local chicken) and fresh fish. This restaurant consists entirely of private rooms so that you can enjoy your meal at your own pace. The many all-you-can-drink courses are just the thing for diners who want to enjoy a few drinks, but there are also many a-la-carte menu options that are quite popular. The [YNOESUKE Chicken Nanban] (780 JPY), consisting of crispy fried chicken topped with tartar sauce, as well as the [Karaage and Eggplant Simmered with Daikon] (850 JPY), featuring deep-fried chicken and eggplant along with the refreshing flavors of dashi and grated daikon, are great choices to pair with drinks! Sake and shochu are both available, as well as a variety of Western alcohol as well.

YNOESUKE - Seasonal and Seafood Cuisine Private Room 

Open[Monday - Tuesday, Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)
16:00~01:00 (L.O.00:30)
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:00 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 2,980 JPY / [Lunch] 2,980 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from the east exit of [Shinjuku Station] on JR Lines
Address: 7F, M Bldg., 3-36-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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5. Uo Mittsu Shinjuku Branch

5. Uo Mittsu Shinjuku Branch
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
The fish here is delivered fresh from the areas where they're caught and can be enjoyed along with sake. The all-you-can-drink plan has no time limit, and is very, very popular! Customers can choose from 16 varieties of shochu, beer, highballs, cocktails, and sours (shochu cocktails), among other options. As for food, try the impressive [Whole Fried Squid]. This carefully-prepared squid is steeped in shoyu (soy sauce), alcohol, and ginger, then fried whole! The sauce from the liver that seeps from inside the squid goes phenomenally well with shochu.

Uo Mittsu Shinjuku Branch

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:15 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday] *Banquet course only 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm *Usually closed on Saturdays, but may open for banquets. Contact the restaurant for more details.
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 850 JPY
Address: B1F, KDX Shinjuku Bldg., 3-2-7, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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6. Uobei Shinjuku Branch Annex

6. Uobei Shinjuku Branch Annex
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Great care is taken in ensuring the freshness of the seafood offered here, and there is also a selection of premium sake on offer that is delivered directly from breweries! The staff present a selection of fish at your table for you to choose from and then prepare them to perfection; a popular feature of this spot. This service extends to the [Famous Uobei Fish Carry Box Course] (3,500 JPY), a recommended choice that includes salad, fried items, hand-wrapped sushi, and fish soup - a great deal. Try one of the many kinds of sake available here along with your meal!

Uobei Shinjuku Branch Annex

Open: [Monday - Thursday] 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Friday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: None *Closed December 31 - January 3. Please refer to restaurant announcements for opening hours at the beginning and end of the year.
Average price: 4,000 JPY
Address: 2F, Seirei Bldg., 1-19-13, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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7. Otaru Masazushi Shinjuku Branch

7. Otaru Masazushi Shinjuku Branch
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This sushi restaurant has its origins in Otaru, Hokkaido, and brings in around 70% of its ingredients by air directly from their fish vendor in Hokkaido. Diners here can choose from a variety of fresh Hokkaido seafood, as well as a variety of local Otaru sake and wine. The most popular item here is the [Otaru Course] (5,500 JPY), whose centerpiece is nigirizushi (hand-formed sushi) featuring primarily seafood from Hokkaido. It's a lunch set that includes 12 pieces of nigirizushi, with popular toppings such as otoro (fatty tuna), Botan shrimp, and uni (sea urchin). The meal also includes an assortment of appetizers, soup, and dessert - an excellent deal! The menu features numerous other options, such as kaisen-don (rice bowl dish with seafood) and a-la-carte dishes.

Otaru Masazushi Shinjuku Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) In line with Takashimaya Times Square
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: A one minute walk from the south gate of JR Shinjuku Station. A five minute walk from Toei Shinjuku Station. A three minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line.
Address: 14F Takashimaya Times Square, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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8. Sushi Iwase

8. Sushi Iwase
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Sushi Iwase is a high-end restaurant that features exclusively counter seating, and serves sushi crafted by the energetic staff. Dining options are all chef's choice courses only, and this spot is notable for alternating between nigirizushi and other light fares to enjoy with drinks. Popular choices include the [Anago Shirayaki], lightly broiled conger eel without any seasoning whose aromatic outside forms a wonderful contrast to its rare inside, as well as the [Masu], which is trout from Aomori Prefecture. To fully unlock the flavors of the rich, fatty trout, it is first seared and then lightly brined, fully bringing out the fish's umami for your dining pleasure!

Sushi Iwase

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm / Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed: Mondays
Average price: [Dinner] 16,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,700 JPY
Access: 1-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station South Exit
Address: Shinjuku Youth Bldg. "PAX" 6F, 4-1-9 Shinjuku , Shinjuku, Tokyo (Map)
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9. Genshiyaki Hibachi

9. Genshiyaki Hibachi
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This spot uses a technique known as "genshiyaki" to prepare their seafood, which involves slow-cooking over charcoal. The skewers of fish are placed around the fire, and as they cook, excess water and fat are removed, concentrating the fish's umami. One excellent option is the [Nodoguro Genshiyaki] (4,500 JPY), which boasts a melt-in-your-mouth softness and a surprisingly rich flavor despite being a white fish. You are sure to love it! Besides genshiyaki items, there are many other luxurious options such as the [Uni Cream Croquette] (1,200 JPY), made with sweet, rich sea urchin.

Genshiyaki Hibachi

Open: Dinner 5:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm) Please casually contact us for booking non-business hours, the whole restaurant, or others.
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station
Address: 3F, Kabukicho Shotengai Sinkokumiai Bldg., 1-19-3 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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10. Hormone-Yaki Hormone-Nabe Morioka Goro

10. Hormone-Yaki Hormone-Nabe Morioka Goro
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
A retro atmosphere surrounds guests here as they enjoy choices such as nabe (hot pot) dishes and sashimi. Great care is taken concerning every aspect of food, from the appearance all the way to the temperature of the dish it is served on, allowing diners to truly enjoy the food here with all 5 of their senses! The [Boiled Tongue] (460 JPY) is a recommended choice that is cooked until tender and juicy in a pressure cooker. The meltingly delicious texture and intensified umami pair outstandingly well with drinks! Other great options include the [Offal Nabe – Salt Flavor] (980 JPY per person), a featured item made with only offal, cabbage, and tofu. The restaurant's confidence in the utter freshness of their offal is what makes this delicious dish possible.

Hormone-Yaki Hormone-Nabe Morioka Goro

Open: [Sunday, Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (last order 10:00 pm)
[Monday, Wednesday - Saturday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (last order 11:00 pm)
Closed: Tuesday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY
Access: Leave Shinjuku-sanchome Station from Exit B2. Walk for one minute and you will come across Suehirotei. Proceed another 20 meters to the Jujiya Building. The restaurant is located on the second floor, behind the refrigerator door.
Address: 2F Jujiya Building, 3-7-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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11. Gensai Ichijo

11. Gensai Ichijo
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Visit Gensai Ichijo to fully experience kaiseki (Japanese banquet cuisine with alcohol) that features the flavors of seasonal ingredients! Their signature [Kue-Nabe Course] (11,000 JPY) is a set meal consisting of aged, wild kue (grouper) nabe, sashimi, and more. The flavors of this kue, a top-grade fish, are further enhanced by aging, imparting it with a rich taste. Another great option is the [Shunsai Kaiseki] (8,000 JPY), a wonderful way to get a full Japanese course experience, so don't miss out on all of these delicious creations, skillfully crafted by the chef! And don't forget, adding a glass of sake or shochu, delivered directly from the brewery, will certainly enhance your Japanese meal experience even further!

Gensai Ichijo

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm / Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,800 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from JR [Shinjuku Station]. After passing [Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station], keep going north. On the second floor of the building near to Kashiwagi Park
Address: 2F, 1st Ito Bldg., 7-9-17 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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12. Torishige

12. Torishige
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Torishige is one of the top motsuyaki (grilled offal) restaurants in Tokyo. The motsuyaki is cooked over intensely hot Kishu binchotan, resulting in a dish with no unpleasant odors, and is coated in a salty-sweet, shoyu-based sauce. Try classic options like liver and large intestine with the [Skewer Selection] (400 JPY), but don't skip over the rarer options, such as the [Tongue Root] (1,000 JPY). One serving uses 2 cows' worth of tongue, and is a superb, fatty item! The [Deluxe Large Intestine] (1,000 JPY), another rare choice, also uses 1 whole pig's worth of rectum for 1 skewer. You won't be able to get enough of its meltingly-soft texture!

Torishige

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holiday, Day before National Holiday] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 00:00 am)
Closed: Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY
Access: A one-minute walk from Shinjuku Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi, JR, Keio, Odakyu Odawara, Toei Oedo, and Toei Shinjuku lines.
Address: 2-6-5 Yoyogi , Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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13. Ohajiki Shinjuku

13. Ohajiki Shinjuku
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This Japanese restaurant mainly serves jidori dishes and is located inside an old traditional house. The Kosyu jidori used here is brought in directly from Yamanashi Prefecture, is nice and meaty yet also has a fatty sweetness. Kosyu jidori breasts are cooked rare in the [Ohajiki-Style Jidori Karaage] (deep-fried chicken) (1,500 JPY), dish guests come back time and time again to enjoy. This chicken's exterior is crispy, while the inside is soft and juicy, and when paired with sesame sauce, the flavor is simply addictive!

Ohajiki Shinjuku

Open: [Weekdays / Saturday] Normal hours: 5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY
Access: Five minutes from the D4 exit of Shinjuku-Nishiguchi Station. Proceed west along the pedestrian bridge, and cross the #4 municipal road. Descend the stairs on the west side, turn right at the corner directly ahead, and it will be on the left-hand side.
Address: Dai-2 Kojima Bldg. B1F, 7-12-24 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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14. Yakitori Tori Ryori Toritatsu

14. Yakitori Tori Ryori Toritatsu
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Premium chicken is grilled over binchotan at this yakitori (grilled chicken skewer) spot. The yakitori and various other chicken dishes here - made with Hyuga and Jiyo chickens, which are known for their healthy properties and sweet flavors - are highly popular! Reservations are required on the weekend. Recommended choices include the [Fried Chicken Tender with Cheese] (750 JPY), consisting of light pieces of chicken that ooze delicious cheese, as well as the [Garlic Tsukune] (350 JPY), a garlic-scented chicken meatball that begs to be paired with drinks! Options for the more health-conscious diners are also available, such as the [Asparagus Roll] (350 JPY) and the [Baby Sardine Salad].

Yakitori Tori Ryori Toritatsu

Open: 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
[Saturday] 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 2,000 JPY
Access: Exit through the south exit of JR Yamanote Line "Shinjuku Station", and go to the right.
Address: Ayuzawa Bldg. B1F , 1-19-12 Nishi Shinjuku , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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15. Japanese Cuisine Kurikichi

15. Japanese Cuisine Kurikichi
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This hidden-away Japanese restaurant provides quiet surroundings and garden views for diners to take in while savoring their meal. Thanks to the chic, elegant interior, many guests opt to take their time and enjoy a course option, such as the recommended [Seasonal Kurikichi Kaiseki] (5,800 JPY). Top-grade meat, sashimi, and grilled items are just some of the 7 items that make up this course. Meat lovers are also sure to enjoy the [Sendai Beef Shabu-shabu Course] (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) (10,000 JPY). This restaurant uses famous Sendai beef, renowned for its excellent ratio of fat to meat. The meat is so delicious that you will feel like you can just keep eating forever!

Japanese Cuisine Kurikichi

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the exit 1 of Nishi Shinjuku Station on Marunouchi Line
Address: 8-4-16, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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16. Bishokudokoro Sakuji Nishishinjuku

16. Bishokudokoro Sakuji Nishishinjuku
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This izakaya (Japanese pub) offers authentic Japanese food at reasonable prices. The food here is prepared with all manner of techniques and includes options such as sashimi, fried items, grilled cuisine, and stewed dishes. The tempura is especially recommended, as it is made using seasonal ingredients; the [Mixed Tempura of Corn and Japanese Wild Parsley] is particularly popular! The corn's sweetness and the crunchy texture make this fried dish a pleasure to eat. There are many other great options here as well, such as the [Assortment of 4 Kinds of Sashimi] and [Whole-Onion Soup with Thick Yuba Sauce], in which you can enjoy the simple flavors of the ingredients.

Bishokudokoro Sakuji Nishishinjuku

Open: [Weekday/Saturday/Holiday/Day before holiday] Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
[Weekday/Day before holiday] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm Closed on holidays and Saturdays.
Closed: Sundays
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 850 JPY
Access: Three minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Nishi-Shinjuku-gochome Station or five minute walk from Tocho-mae Station.
Address: Sakai Bldg. 1F , 6-16-10 Nishi Shinjuku , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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17. TORAEMON Shinjyuku-Higashiguchi branch

17. TORAEMON Shinjyuku-Higashiguchi branch
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
TORAEMON has focused on the concept of "honmaguro (bluefin tuna) and sake." Bluefin tunas are purchased as whole here, allowing the restaurant to offer guests a variety of original creations featuring rare cuts. To fully realize the flavors of this fish, 33 kinds of sake from around the country are also on offer. Trying out the different meal and drink combinations is sure to make for a fun dining experience! The [TORAEMON 5-Variety Honmaguro Set] (1,980 JPY (plus tax)) is a recommended choice. This sashimi assortment has it all, including various cuts such as akami (red meat), chutoro (medium fatty tuna), and otoro(fatty tuna), along with rare cuts. These flavors can't be experienced anywhere else, so don't miss out!

TORAEMON Shinjyuku-Higashiguchi branch

Open: [Weekdays] Dinner: 4:00 pm ~ 11:30 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner: 3:00 pm ~11:00 pm 
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: JR Shinjuku Station, 1 minute walk from the central east exit.
Address: 5F K3 Building, 3-27-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo (Map)
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18. Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima

18. Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This restaurant pushes Japanese cuisine in new directions, with dining options consisting primarily of courses offering Japanese cooking that both preserve traditions while adding innovative touches. The various delicate flavors on display here are quite popular, such as the deftly-cut sashimi and mixed seasonal leafy vegetables, beautiful in appearance. You must be sure to try the [Saikyo-grilled Salmon with Sauteed Spinach and Pickled Lotus Root]! This boneless king salmon is steeped in sweet, rich Saikyo miso (Kyoto-style white miso) and then grilled, resulting in a refined flavor that is sure to win you over! Diners here can also choose from a drink selection that includes sake, beer, shochu, and wine.

Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Days before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm(L.O. Course menu 1:00 pm,L.O. Set menu 1:45 pm)Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Sundays
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 800 JPY
Access: Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Fukutoshin Line Shinjuku Sanchome Station / JR Chuo Line, Sobu Line, Yamanote Line Shinjuku Station South Exit, behind Otsuka Kagu IDC.
Address: B1F Hiwara Bldg., 3-32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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19. Akiji-suishin Shinjuku Branch

19. Akiji-suishin Shinjuku Branch
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This spot has been in business for over 50 years and offering the flavors of Hiroshima and the Seto Inland Sea. Akiji-suishin is popular for its relaxed seating, perfect for taking your time to enjoy your meal, as well as for offering many private rooms. Fresh fish directly delivered from Hiroshima and oysters from the Seto Inland Sea are the star attractions here. One especially good dish that you must try is the [Kamameshi]. This consists of rice, meat, and vegetables cooked in a small iron pot, and is prepared one at a time once ordered, resulting in a 30-minute wait. And yet, numerous returning customers don't seem to care how long they have to wait as long as they can eat this dish once again! There is nothing like this wonderful dish, whose rice is laden with the umami-rich flavors of oysters, uni, and anago!

Akiji-suishin Shinjuku Branch

Open: 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 
Closed: Irregular
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  (Map)
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20. Ubuka

20. Ubuka
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Ubuka has a tucked-away feeling and offers mainly shellfish dishes, which primarily appear as part of chef’s choice courses. These courses feature delicacies like fresh Japanese tiger prawns and crab, prepared with a variety of techniques including sashimi, frying, and steaming. The owner takes pride in the [Japanese Tiger Prawn Sashimi], a dish with a sweet flavor and excellent texture. Furthermore, the sake and wine selection at Ubuka has been curated with an eye towards pairing with the food, so it is certain to further enhance the flavors of your meal.

Ubuka

Open: [Weekdays/Saturdays/days before holidays] Normal hours: 6:00 pm- 12:00 am (last order 11:30 pm).
Closed: Sundays,Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes by foot upon alighting at Yotsuya-sanchome station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line
Address: IS 2 Building 1F, Araki-cho 2-14, Shinjuku, Tokyo (Map)
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21. Wamirin

21. Wamirin
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This traditional Japanese restaurant presents guests with discerningly-chosen fish and freshly-picked Kyo-yasai (traditional Kyoto vegetables) selected by certified masters in Kyo-yasai production. Some of the many fish here are prepared with special techniques in order to preserve their freshness, while others are perfectly aged to bring their umami to its full potential. The [Karasumi] (salted and dried mullet roe) (from 1,400 JPY) is a particularly good choice that pairs phenomenally with sake! The chef draws on over 10 years of experience when performing the unique vacuum aging process on the fish roe, so don't deprive yourself of these unique Japanese flavors!

Wamirin

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) 
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,200 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station on Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Address: B1F, Nakata Bldg., 5-17-6, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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22. KITAOJI Shinjuku Saryo -Private Room Kaiseki

22. KITAOJI Shinjuku Saryo -Private Room Kaiseki
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Seasonal flavors are on full display in the food at this calm Japanese restaurant. Seating here consists exclusively of private rooms, and being attentively waited on by the staff, dressed in traditional Japanese clothing, is one of the reasons behind its popularity. The chef lovingly crafts the food here, such as the featured kaiseki meals. You are sure to be satisfied with the [Four Seasons Kaiseki] (7,000 JPY, 7 dishes total), which includes an appetizer assortment, sashimi, Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) tobanyaki (grilled on a ceramic dish), fried items, and rice cooked with various ingredients, among other items! There are also all-you-can-drink options available.

KITAOJI Shinjuku Saryo -Private Room Kaiseki 

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm / Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
[Saturday] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm / Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm *During the winter holidays, from December 29 to January 5, we will not open during lunch time (open only during dinner time).
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 9,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from A2 Exit of [Tocho-mae Station]
Address: 51F, Shinjuku Sumitomo Bldg., 2-6-1, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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23. Kanae Shinjuku Kabukicho Branch

23. Kanae Shinjuku Kabukicho Branch
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Ishikawa Prefecture's fresh ingredients, as well as sake brands from across Japan, are on offer here. Nodoguro is a fish that is renowned for its rich, umami-filled flavor, despite being a white fish, and the famous Notoguro brand from Wajima, Ishikawa is used here. The [Notoguro Half & Half] (2,400 JPY) is the signature dish here, a set meal consisting of both sashimi and shioyaki (salted and grilled fish). This fish has such unbelievably delicious and delicate fat that it is even called "the white fatty tuna," and it pairs magnificently with sake! Another popular option here is the [Wajima Oysters], made with the Tamahime brand, popular for its creamy flavor.

Kanae Shinjuku Kabukicho Branch

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:30 am)
Closed: Sunday *Open if Sunday is a national holiday
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Address: 2F, Kabukicho Bldg., 1-12-6, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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24. Oshima Shinjuku

24. Oshima Shinjuku
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Oshima Shinjuku originated from a long-established ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) in Ishikawa Prefecture. This spot offers Kaga cooking, a blend of traditional Kyoto kaiseki (traditional Japanese course cuisine with tea) and the food culture of Kaga, Ishikawa. The [Kaga Gozen] (4,500 JPY) is an unassuming option that's perfect for experiencing this cuisine. Jibu-wan, a local Ishikawa classic that displays this restaurant's discerning tastes, can also be found amidst the kaiseki-style dishes. The duck and seasonal vegetables in this dish are cooked with shoyu-based dashi, producing a warm, comforting flavor. Another highlight here is the [Kametsubo Shochu Moriizo], a very rare brand of shochu from Kagoshima Prefecture, so be sure to try a glass with your meal!

Oshima Shinjuku

Open: Normal hours: 11:00-22:00
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,500 JPY
Access: 3 minutes by foot from the west exit of the JR Shinjuku station
Address: Odakyu HALC 8F, 1-5-1 Nishi Shinjuku , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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25. HIGASHIYAMA - Shinjuku Main branch - Japanese Cuisine with private room

25. HIGASHIYAMA - Shinjuku Main branch - Japanese Cuisine with private room
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
The Japanese restaurant HIGASHIYAMA has been in business for 90 years and consists of 29 private rooms that can accommodate all manners of parties. The views from the 29th floor location are impressive, and the nighttime Tokyo cityscape visible at dinnertime is one very popular feature here. Popular dishes include dashi-shabu, a style of shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) with premium dashi in which you dip your meat and vegetables. The [Kobe Beef Shabu-Shabu with Golden Dashi] (2,600 JPY per person) is a luxurious dish that features top-grade Kobe beef, and this superb meat's fat pairs perfectly with the specially-made dashi!

HIGASHIYAMA - Shinjuku Main branch - Japanese Cuisine with private room

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm) / Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (with reservations only) / Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None 
Average price: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY
Access: 7 minutes walk from South & West Exits of [Shinjuku Station] / 3 minutes walk from Exit A3 of [Tocho-mae Station] 
Address: 29F (North Block), Shinjuku NS Bldg., 2-4-1, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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26. Yusuke Shinjuku Main Branch

26. Yusuke Shinjuku Main Branch
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This izakaya has a modern Japanese aesthetic and offers only private seating, ideal for relaxing and enjoying a meal of Japanese food. Yusuke is notable for its diverse menu, which includes [Tempura], made with seasonal ingredients and fried in sesame oil; [Sashimi of the Day], featuring fish delivered directly from the regions where they are caught; and [Shabu-shabu] made with brand-name pork. This spot prides itself on offering a wide selection of local sake from various regions in Japan, and there is also an all-you-can-drink plan here that will certainly give you your money's worth. One choice in particular that you should not overlook is the [Yusuke Standard Course] (2,980 JPY), which includes a total of 8 dishes and a 3-hour all-you-can-drink option!

Yusuke Shinjuku Main branch

Open: Dinner 4:00 pm - 0:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm / Drink L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: 2 minutes walk from the east exit of [Shinjuku Station] on JR Lines / 1 minute walk from [Shinjuku Sanchome Station] on Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Fukutoshin Line, or Toei Shinjuku Line
Address: 6F, Cornet Bldg., 3-28-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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27. Kobe Beef Teppanyaki Pandora Takumi

27. Kobe Beef Teppanyaki Pandora Takumi
This spot is the sister restaurant to a long-established steak restaurant, and uses only Kobe and Matsusaka beef, which are beef brands representative of Japan. This restaurant purchases exclusively umami-rich heifer meat, which is skillfully prepared right in front of you by the chef in the form of teppanyaki (ingredients grilled on an iron griddle) dishes. Be sure to try the [Pandora Course], a great way to experience the unparalleled flavors of top-grade Kobe beef heifer tenderloin. This course consists of a total of 8 dishes, including salad, high-quality seafood, and seasonal vegetable dishes also prepared as teppanyaki. There is no better way to experience this meat's umami than with tenderloin - eat it once, and you'll never forget the phenomenal flavor!
Open: [Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Thursday
Average price: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station
Address: 4F, Nishi-shin Bldg., 1-13-3, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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28. Kouya Shinjuku South East Exit Branch

28. Kouya Shinjuku South East Exit Branch
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
Diners here can sample home-style Japanese cooking while surrounded by a relaxing wooden interior. One pleasant feature here is that there are only private rooms available, so it will really feel like you are relaxing at home. You will definitely enjoy the [Hokkaido Red King Crab and Rice Cooked in an Earthenware Pot] (1,500 JPY), a sumptuous dish featuring a rare brand of rice and delicious, umami-filled red king crab. There are many other options here as well, which all add a little something extra to otherwise standard items, such as the [Grilled Avocado and Snow Crab with Miso] (720 JPY) and [Potato Salad and Seared Miso Butter] (630 JPY).

Kouya Shinjuku South East Exit Branch

OpenLunch 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm *Reservation required for parties of 10 or more guests 
[Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:50 pm) 
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: 4,500 JPY
Address:B1F - 2F, Showakan Bldg., 3-35-13, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)

29. Shiroya Shinjuku

29. Shiroya Shinjuku
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This is the spot for top-grade seafood and local sake! The rare Densuke brand anago, kue (longtooth grouper), and nodoguro offered here are all purchased directly from fishers in Nagasaki Prefecture. There are a number of full course options like the [Anago Course] and [Wild Kue Nabe Course], but diners interested in taking their time to enjoy a meal and drink should stick to the a-la-carte menu. The [Ikura Dashimaki-tamago] (1,000 JPY) is one such dish; a visually impressive, fluffy dashimaki-tamago (rolled omelet with dashi) covered in an extravagant layer of ikura. A refreshing layer of grated daikon is sandwiched in between the rich egg and ikura, producing an irresistible combination of flavors!

Shiroya Shinjuku

Open: [Weekday,Sunday,Saturday] Dinner 17:00 - 23:00 (last order 22:30) / Lunch 11:00 - 15:00 (last order 14:30)
Closed: None
Average price: [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Address: 2F, WAMall Kabukicho, 1-18-9, Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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30. Kishuya

30. Kishuya
30 Excellent Japanese Restaurants in Shinjuku
This izakaya has been in business for 37 years, and operates out of a traditional house. The interior here has character, offering horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu tables), Japanese-style cushion seating, and counter seating evocative of a bar. Like at any self-respecting izakaya, the drink selection here is large, including some 50 varieties of sake and shochu. There is also a large variety of a-la-carte dishes that pair well with these drinks. The [Boiled Pork with Spring Onion and Ponzu] (780 JPY) is popular thanks to its special ponzu and generous helping of spring onions, while the [Iwashimizu Pork Loin Karaage] (800 JPY) features a decadent fried pork loin. Hearty eaters will love this restaurant's many satisfying options, such as the [Simmered Ara and Daikon] (880 JPY), which consists of parts of fish that remain after filleting that are cooked with high heat and flavored with deep, rich shoyu.

Kishuya

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 10:45 pm, Drink L.O. 11:15: pm) 
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Food L.O. 9:45 pm, Drink L.O, 10:15 pm)
Closed: Sunday *Subject to change during 3-day weekends
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Address: 2F, Ogawa Bldg., 1-18-1, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Dec 23 2018 Update-date: Jan 18 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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