Best Izakaya to Visit in Shinjuku!

Youll find that your trip to Japan is incomplete if you forget to visit izakaya, a local Japanese bar where you can enjoy home-style Japanese food and drinks.

Shinjuku is one of the most famous tourist spots in Tokyo, and it is famous for accommodating many great restaurants and local izakaya. 

Today we’re going to introduce 3 best izakaya to visit in Shinjuku, where you can try several different types of local food and some Japanese-style cocktails!

 

1. Nanairo Temariuta

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Nanairo Temariuta is a unique izakaya bar in Shinjuku that represents “Temari”, a Japanese traditional threadball. 

Once you enter the izakaya, you’d feel like you’re entering the world of Temari, with many giant red Temari rooms for people to sit.

Inside the giant Temari room, there is a round table placed in the center with comfortable seats around it, creating a cozy and homey atmosphere. 

The izakaya is famous for its mouth-watering Temari sushi, a round shaped sushi with various toppings, which price varies between 150 yen to 350 yen per piece. 

This izakaya is also famous for its delicious tsukune (chicken meatloaf), which price varies between 280 yen to 320 yen.

You need to book in advance if you want to sit at one of those giant Temari rooms.

Nanairo Temariuta
Address: 5F, 3-28-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 5.p.m. to 12.a.m.
Closed on January 1
Payment with credit card is accepted (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and Amex)
Tel.: +81-50-5869-7461

2. Kyomachi Koishigure Shinjuku
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Kyomachi Koishigure is the only izakaya in Shinjuku where you can experience the vibe of Kyoto’s old town Kyomachi.

The entrance of Kyomachi Koishigure is decorated with gorgeous red lanterns, wooden Gojo bridge, and green bamboo trees, creating a perfect spot for an Instagram photo.

This izakaya serves Kyoto style food, which are very healthy as they are lightly seasoned.

Surprisingly delicious, we’d like to recommend their fresh sushi pieces, assorted sashimi, and Kyoto style pickles. 

The restaurant is very instagrammable, so make sure to book your seats in advance.

Kyomachi Koishigure Shinjuku
Address: 6F, 3-27-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Monday, Sunday, and National Holidays from 5.p.m. to 11.p.m., Tuesday to Thursday 5.p.m. to 11:30.p.m., Friday, Saturday, and the night before National Holidays 5.p.m. to 4.a.m.
Open throughout the year 
Payment with credit card is accepted.
Tel.: +81-50-5869-7459

 

3. Daian

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If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy soba (buckwheat) noodles, then Daian is the place to visit! 

Located within few minutes walk from the East gate of Shinjuku station.  

Daian is famous for its authentic Nihachi (20% flour 80% buckwheat) and Jyuwari (100% buckwheat) soba noodles, which has chewy textures.

The izakaya is famous for its counter seats, which are built surrounding the kitchen, so you can watch the chefs kneading noodle dough from up close!

Daian
Address: Daian Building 2F, 3-36-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Weekdays 11:30.a.m. to 2.p.m. and 5.p.m. to 11:30.p.m., Saturday 12.p.m. to 11:30.p.m., Sunday and National Holidays 12.p.m. to 10:30.p.m.
No lunch on Mondays
Minimum order for lunch reservations: 3,200 yen (tax excluded) lunch course and above only
Payment by credit card is accepted
Tel.:  +81-3-3352-511

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