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Shinjuku Food Guide: Where and What to Eat in Shinjuku, Tokyo


If you are in Tokyo, it’s hard to miss Shinjuku. In fact, chances are you might be staying around the area. As one of the most vibrant cities in Tokyo, you can expect endless things to do in Shinjuku, and one of them is exploring its diverse food scene.


In this Shinjuku Food Guide, we will highlight the top restaurants to visit in Shinjuku and throw some recommendations on what to eat. After reading this guide, you should get ready to empty your stomach before heading to Shinjuku because this—we guarantee—is one of the best food adventures you’ll ever take.

From Kabukicho to Omoide Yokocho to Roppongi to JR Shinkuju Station to Nichome, your options for the best restaurants in Shinjuku, Tokyo have no limits. Here are our top picks on where and what to eat:


1. Ramen at Ichiran Ramen

One of the best ramen in Tokyo is served at Ichiran, a foreigner-friendly ramen chain so you will most likely find one of them anywhere you go in Tokyo. Go for their classic tonkotsu ramen and customize it according to your liking!

  • Price: From 980 yen

  • Hours: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Daily)

  • Contact: +81 3-3225-5518

  • Address: B1F, Peace Bldg., 3 Chome−34−11, Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan


2. Udon at Tsurutontan Shinjuku

If you can’t get enough of savory noodle dishes or just want to try vegan-friendly noodles, head over to Tsurutontan Shinjuku in Kabukicho. Go for their classic duck udon or curry katsu udon!

  • Price: From 930 yen

  • Hours: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Daily) | Until 11:00 PM on Sundays

  • Contact: +81 3-5287-2626

  • Address: B1F Amimoto Bldng., 2 Chome−26−3, Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan


3. Tempura at Tempura Tsunahachi Shinjuku

Tempura Tsunahachi will surely satisfy your tempura cravings. From squid to scallops to sea eels to assorted vegetables, you can order your tempura a la carte. They even have abalone tempura and clams. Try their signature uni norimaki tempura!

  • Price: From 550 yen

  • Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM (Daily)

  • Contact: +81 3-3352-1012

  • Address: 3 Chome-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan


4. Sushi at Sushi-Zanmai Higashi Shinjuku

You can find many good sushi restaurants around Tokyo, but one we would recommend is Sushi Zanmai. They serve one of the best sushi in Tokyo, from maki to sashimi. You can try ala carte if you want to taste a little bit of everything or choose to take on their generous platters.

  • Price: From 250 yen

  • Hours: 11:00 AM - 5:00 AM (Daily)

  • Contact: +81 3-5155-6655

  • Address: 1-15-1 Okubo, Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan


5. Kaiseki at Kagurazaka Ishikawa

If you are looking to get the most dining experience in Shinjuku, why not try kaiseki? At Kagurazaka Ishikawa, you can experience this traditional Japanese multi-course dining in the most authentic and lavish way possible. Did we mention this is one of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo?

  • Price: From 25,000 yen

  • Hours: 5:30 PM - 12:00 MN (Mondays to Saturdays)

  • Contact: +81 3-5225-0173

  • Address: 1F Takamura Building, 5 Chome−37, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan


That’s a wrap for our Shinjuku Food Guide! Be sure to keep this guide with you when you are in the city so you can have the best experience.

 

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