15 Restaurants to Go in Shinjuku

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Shinjuku district in Tokyo is often associated with it’s nightlife district, Kabukicho – as well as with its near the station shopping area, but Shinjuku is much more than just an entertainment or shopping district, it is a foodies heaven when it comes to the wide variety of restaurants the district offers. If you plan to visit Shinjuku and want to explore its culinary culture, this article is just for you!  I will list here some of the best local restaurants which Tokyo residents love to eat in and allow you to enjoy our local best food spots which are both affordable and delicious.

Please notice that all the restaurants listed here are very small place located within alleys or small streets but don’t let that mislead you as in Tokyo, the best restaurant are very old establishments which has been serving food for many years and some are over 50 years old. Those restaurants have survived the urban development around them and are still small, and offer their very special taste to a very loyal clientele who is dining in their place for many years.

Enjoy this opportunity to get to know those places and explore Tokyo in places only locals knows about!

1. Itamaesushi Hanare

Situated right outside Shinjuku South Exit next to Yodobashi Camera electronics shop is Itamaesushi Hanare Sushi restaurant. The place is quite small offering about 10 table seats and 10 counter seats and is one of the finest Sushi restaurants near the station area. If you choose a counter seat you can enjoy watching the Sushi chef both making yours and prepare others their Sushi orders, and even have a nice conversation. The place is also not very expensive and offers all sort of Sushi sets which includes soup and side dishes. Average cost of a set should be around ¥4000 and you can expect your order delivered within 5-10 minutes. Itamaesushi Hanare is closed on Sundays and all week long it is open from 11:30am to 11:30pm with a short break between 3:00pm to 5:30pm when the restaurant is switching into evening shift.

Information

  • Name: Itamaesushi Hanare
  • Type of food: Sushi Restaurant
  • Address: 1-19-11, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
  • Phone: 03-6302-0069
  • Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sat 11:30~15:00 / 17:30~23:30 (Closed Sunday)
  • Website: http://itamae.co.jp

2. Shinjuku Tsunahachi

Shinjuku Tsunahachi Tempura restaurant is located 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station South East exit around the corner from Shinjuku Marui department store. This tempura restaurant is one of the oldest shops in Shinjuku and was open 90 years ago!  With almost 100 years of operations it is by far the most experienced shop in the area and since the opening, the Tsunahachi has become a very successful network of branches all over Japan. Tsunahachi restaurant is opened every day of the week from 11am to 10pm with an average cost of ¥2000 per person, it is a price which is hard to beat anywhere else. If you are in Shinjuku and want to try a classic and very traditional Tempura restaurant, Tsunahachi main branch restaurant is one you do not want to miss!

Information

  • Name: Shinjuku Tsunahachi
  • Type of food: Tempura Restaurant
  • Address: 3-31-8, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
  • Phone: 03-3352-1012
  • Opening Hours: 11:00~22:30
  • Website: http://www.tunahachi.co.jp

3. Numazukou

Numazukou is a conveyor belt style Sushi restaurant located very close to Tsunahachi restaurant at the other side of Shinjuku Marui department store, 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku South East exit. The place has about 70 seats and due to the large amount of foreigners visiting the restaurant in the past few years, you can find an English menu you can use. What’s really great about this place is that it is open 24 hours a day all year long!  In daytime it is quite crowded and often you will need to wait for about 30 minutes to get a spot inside, but if you are hungry at the early hours morning or very late night, those are the best hours to visit the shop as there are very few people and you can enjoy the fresh sea food which has just been delivered to the shop from Tsukiji market!

Information

  • Name: Numazukou
  • Type of food: Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurant
  • Address: 1F Ikeda Plaza Bldg, 3-34-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
  • Phone: 03-5321-6008
  • Opening Hours: 11:00~22:30
  • Website: http://www.numazuko.com/#gourmet

4. Niboshi Ramen Tamagoro

Located in the next building to Numazukou and about 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station South East Exit is of the most unique taste ramen restaurants in Shinjuku, Niboshi Ramen Tamagoro! The shop is located on the first floor of the building and has only 15 counter seats, but don’t judge this shop by its size, as it is one of the best Ramen shops if you want to try pork and dried fish taste!  In terms of price, there are very few ramen shops in Shinjuku that can beat Tamagoro excellent price of ¥670 per bowl!  If you are on a look for a bit of a different taste to ramen and want to experiment and try a very special and original taste, do not miss Niboshi Ramen Tamagoro!

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5. Shinjuku Imaiya Honten

Shinjuku Imaiya Honten is a Yakitori restaurant located very close to Tamagoro ramen shop on the other side of the street on the street floor at the back of the IDC Otsuka furniture shop and a couple of minutes walk from Shinjuku Station South East Exit. This Yakitori shop is specialized in chicken imported from Akita prefecture in Japan and called “Hinai Chicken”. Considered by many o be the best Yakitori in Shinjuku it is one of the most delicious as well as low priced Yakitori shops in Shinjuku as an average cost of a Yakitori meal will be around ¥4,000. The restaurant also offers menu in English and are very foreigners friendly. Imaiya shop is open only in evening time, opening its doors around 5pm and closing at midnight.

Information

  • Name: Shinjuku Imaiya Honten
  • Type of food: Yakitori Restaurant
  • Address: Shinjuku Moliere Bill B1F, 3-33-10, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
  • Phone: 03-5363-1155
  • Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 17:00~24:00
    Sat-Sun 11:30~15:00
  • Website: http://imaiya-shinjuku.com

6. Tofuya

Tofuya izakaya is located right outside the South Exit of Shinjuku Station just across the street from the exit on the corner building before you turn into Yodobashi Camera building complex. This Izakaya restaurant offers classic Japanese food such as raw fish (Sashimi), nabe stew, and all sort of local delicacy for a very low price. The average meal on lunch time will cost around ¥1,500 and up to ¥5,000 at dinner time, which is a great price for an Izakaya with such excellent taste. The place is quite big and offer over 100 seats in 2 floors, the first floor and the 5th floor of the building.  If you want to try a very local taste of Tokyo in quite specious space in the middle of Shinjuku at a very reasonable price, Tofuya is an excellent choice!

Information

  • Name: Tofuya
  • Type of food: Izakaya Restaurant
  • Address: IDS Bld 1F & 5F, 1-16-7, Nishi Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
  • Phone: 050-5890-1533
  • Opening Hours:
    Lunch Hours
    Mon-Sat 11:30~14:30 (1F),
    Mon-Fri 11:30~14:00 (5F)
    Dinner:
    Mon-Sat 16:00~2:00 (1・5F)
    Sunday 16:00~23:00 (1・5F)

7. Tonchinkan

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Tonchinkan Tonkatsu restaurant is located about 2 blocks away from Shinjuku Station South Exit just before Shinjuku Post Office building in a small alley of the main street.  The restaurant is quite small with about 30 seats in tables style and open on weekend from 11am to 11pm with a short break from 3pm to 5pm. The specialty of this restaurant is pork and you can find excellent taste many kind of friend pork dishes, and best off all, when you order side dish such as rice miso soup, you can can as many refills as you wish! An average price of a meal about ¥1,000 which makes it one of the lowest price Tonkatsu restaurants in Shinjuku!

Information

  • Name: Tonchinkan
  • Type of food: Tonkatsu Restaurant
  • Address: Takahashi Building 2F, 1-13-8, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
  • Phone: 03-3348-5774
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00~15:00 / 17:00|23:00 (Closed on Sunday)

8. Yarou Sushi Honten

Yarou Sushi Honten is situated at the edge of Kabukicho district and in close proximity to Golden Gai area, about 10 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station East Exit. The restaurant is quite small with about 40 seats and is a very established place with 25 years of service. The restaurant is open all week long until 7am from Monday to Friday and until 6am on Sundays which makes it an excellent place to get your meal after going out in Kabukicho and before getting back home. Lunch time cost a bit cheaper then the night menu with an average cost of ¥3000 per person while the late night early morning menu is about ¥5000 per person.

Information

  • Name: Yarou Sushi Honten
  • Type of food: Sushi Restaurant
  • Address: Rio Building 1F, 2-10-4, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021
  • Phone: 050-5868-9414
  • Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sat 11:00~7:00 (Closed from 7am to 11am)
    Sunday 11:00~6:00 (Closed from 7am to 11am)

9. Funabashiya Honten

Funabashiya Honten Tempura restaurant is located just 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station South Eat Exit across the street from Shinjuku Marui department store. Funabashiya is one of the oldest Tempura restaurants in Shinjuku and was established over a 100 years ago about 10 years before Tsunahachi restaurant (next door to it) was built. The taste of the Tempura in this restaurant is simply the best in Tokyo if not in Japan as a whole!  Funabashiya restaurant is a type of restaurant where you can see the chef making the Tempura and can enjoy watching the master at his work while enjoying your meal!

Information

  • Name: Funabashiya Honten
  • Type of food: Tempura Restaurant
  • Address: 3-28-14, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
  • Phone: 03-3354-2751
  • Opening Hours: 11:40~22:00
  • Website: http://tempura-funabashiya.jimdo.com

10. Kizuna Sushi Shinjuku Kabukicho

Kizuna Sushi Shinjuku Kabukicho is a conveyor belt Sushi restaurant located 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station East Exit and at the edge of Kabukicho, across the street from Shinjuku Prince Hotel. The very special Kizuna offer is something you do not often see in such restaurant, instead of ordering your Sushi one by one and then pay for how many plates you ate, Kizuna offers “all you can eat” ticket in which you can eat as much as you want for ¥3,900 per person! To top it all, the restaurant is open 24 hours a day and you can get to it at any time you wish!

Information

  • Name: Kizuna Sushi Shinjuku Kabukicho
  • Type of food: Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurant
  • Address: First Mon Ami Building B1, 1F, 1-18-8, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021
  • Phone: 03-5287-1081
  • Opening Hours: 24 Hours
  • Website: http://www.sfpdining.jp/kizuna

11. Menya Kaijin

Menya Kaijin Ramen restaurant is located conveniently 1-minute walk from Shinjuku Station South East Exit and offer a very special “Ara Jiru” taste Ramen which is a ramen soup which contain the bones and full head of the fish leaving a very special taste for people who enjoy that very unique taste. Menya Kaijin offers 3 tables and about 7 counter seats and the opening hours split to two shifts in weekdays, from 11am to 3pm for morning shift, and from 4:30pm to 11:30pm at night. On the weekend, the restaurant is open all day long without a break and best of all, the price is really low for such special ramen averaging at ¥800 per bowl!

Information

  • Name: Menya Kaijin
  • Type of food: Ramen Restaurant
  • Address: 2F Sanraku Bld 3-35-7 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0000
  • Phone: 03-3356-5658
  • Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 11:00~15:00 / 16:30~23:30
    Sat-Sun 11:00~23:30
  • Website: http://www.kaijin-ramen.com

12. Ikkyu

Ikkyu is an excellent Yakitori restaurant located 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku South East Exit across the street from Shinjuku Marui department store. It is a tiny place with space for only 10 customers but although very small, it is one of the most delicious Yakitori restaurant I know in Shinjuku. If you are coming in a group, they do have one special table for up to 4 people but it is usually used and its best to try the counter seats. If you are getting to Ikkyu, I highly recommend to try their ground chicken sticks as they are one of my favorites of all. A full meal should cost about ¥3,000 yen and the restaurant is open all week long from 5pm to about 1am.

Information

  • Name: Ikkyu
  • Type of food: Yakitori Restaurant
  • Address: Riki Bld 2F, 3-28-2, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
  • Phone: 03-3352-1519
  • Opening Hours: 17:00~1:00

13. Tenkichiya

Tenkichiya Tempura restaurant is located between Shinjuku Station West Exit and Nisei-Shinjuku Station at about the same distance of about 10 minutes walk for any of those stations. This medium size restaurant offers about 30 seats in both tables and counter seats. Tenkichiya is boasting with massive size shrimps and other vegetables that are all sticking out of their Tempura bowl to grab your eyes and heart! The restaurant has also a special dish called “Tenkichidon” which is their restaurant specialty and cost ¥1000 per bowl which you have to try! The restaurant is closed on Sunday but all the rest of the week days it is open from 11am to 9pm at night and with an average of ¥2000 per person per huge size Tempura meal, it is hard to beat around Shinjuku!

Information

  • Name: Tenkichiya
  • Type of food: Tempura Restaurant
  • Address: 1-26-2, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0590
  • Phone: 03-6302-0779
  • Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 11:00~21:00
    Saturday 11:00~20:30 (Closed on Sundays)
  • Website: http://tenkichiya.com

14. Ramen Manra

Ramen Manra is located 5 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station West Exit. It is a very small shop for only 15 customers on counter seats. This ramen shop is known among Shinjuku residents as one of the best chicken based Shoyu Ramen (Soy Source taste) you can find. Their specialty Ramen cost ¥950, which is slightly higher price then most of the ramen shops around the area but it is filled with large slices of chashu pork, bamboo shoots and lots of vegetables on top of the soup, so if you are willing to pay that extra cost, you can enjoy one of the best Shoyu ramen in Shinjuku! The restaurant open all week long from 11am to 11pm at night and although very popular among the locals, you rarely will need to wait too long for a seat.

Information

  • Name: Ramen Manra
  • Type of food: Ramen Restaurant
  • Address: 1-4-10, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
  • Phone: 03-3340-2727
  • Opening Hours: 11:00~23:00

15. Himawari Sushi

Himawari Sushi is a conveyor belt Sushi restaurant located outside Shinjuku Station South Exit across the street from Yodobashi camera building complex. Although it is quite hard to find a really good Kaitenzushi (conveyor belt type) restaurants which serves very fresh seafood, you can be sure that Himawari is one of the best in the area. Price of a plate cost anywhere between ¥150 to ¥200 per plate, which is quite reasonable and if you want to get your sushi extra fresh, simply order it from the menu instead of pick it up from the conveyor belt but since this place is very busy, the sushi is also quite fresh on the belt itself. The restaurant is open all year long from 11am to 10pm at night and the best time to visit it is in the morning when they get their fresh seafood directly from Tsukiji market!

Information

  • Name: Himawari Sushi
  • Type of food: Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurant
  • Address: 1-15-3, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
  • Phone: 03-3344-3576
  • Opening Hours: 11:00~22:00

Have a good trip and travel!

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