Tokyo’s district, Shinjuku, is quite famous among the people visiting Japan. Even if you have a long list of things to see and do in Shinjuku, you still should take the time to enjoy flavorful breakfast. Start your day off at stylish international cafes or traditional Japanese restaurants, which hosts some of the best breakfasts in Shinjuku. Traditional Japanese breakfast usually consists of a nutritious and amazing blend of rice, miso soup, grilled fish, and various side dishes.
If you are looking for a great breakfast spot in Shinjuku, read on our post that includes 10 restaurants that open early in the morning to satisfy all your Japanese breakfast needs in Shinjuku.
1. Sushi Tokyo Ten (すし東京 天)
Having sushi as a first thing in the morning may not have come into your mind earlier, but there is a food joint named Sushi Tokyo Ten that offers sushi in the morning too. It is an Edomae restaurant which has no menu and is known for its early morning raw fish cuisine. During breakfast, they only serve barachirashi, which is a rice bowl containing different kinds of sashimi. You can also try the seasonal delicacies they offer throughout the day.
Address: Newman 2F, 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://sushitokyo-ten.com/ (Japanese Only)
2. Dashi Chazuke En (だし茶漬け えん)
Dashi Chazuke En is the place from where you can begin your day with a truly Japanese-style breakfast in Shinjuku. This restaurant mainly serves Japanese dashi (soup) dishes, which are carefully-made using various ingredients. They specialize in ochazuke that is made by pouring green tea and dashi over cooked rice. Side dishes and different pickles are also served with your order. Though only one kind of dashi soup is offered here, you can try totally different sides of the soup depending on the toppings you choose.
Address: Lumine 1 B2F, 1-1-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://byo.co.jp/dashichazuke-en/ (Japanese Only)
3. WA.O.N Shinjuku (わおん。)
WA.O.N is one of the best places for those busy in the morning looking for affordable and nutritious breakfast. With its modern Japanese interior, this place is suitable for various scenarios, from a sole person to a group eating together. Whether you want something light or like a heartier meal, this restaurant is a perfect choice to match your mood. The standard morning set is “Sake-Teishoku” which comes with grilled salmon, rice, miso soup, etc. Those who prefer a simpler dish can ask for natto and raw egg set.
Address: Odakyu Shinjuku Station West Exit, 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.odakyu-restaurant.jp/shop/waon/shinjyuku.html (Japanese Only)
4. Komeraku (こめらく)
Komeraku is a favorite restaurant among ochazuke lovers, which is made using carefully-selected ingredients and specially-cooked soup stock. All items here are served in the form of set meals. At Komeraku, you can try the toppings and rice at first when the meal is served. Later, you can try their soup stock whenever you want to eat ochazuke. Soup stock and rice refills are free, so you can have a filling meal again and again until you become full.
Address: Keio Mall-5, 1 Chome Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo
5. Odamusubi (おだむすび)
Located near the West Exit of Odakyu Shinjuku Station, Odamusubi is a great spot to stop by for having a delicious breakfast. The restaurant is known for its special breakfast rice balls set, which includes miso soup, multiple rice balls, and three side dishes. Specially selected ingredients are used for the dishes, for example, Hitomebore rice from Miyagi Prefecture and top-quality seaweed from Harimanada. Considering its location close to the station, Odamusubi is a great spot to grab a quick bite of Japanese breakfast in Shinjuku.
Address: Odakyu Shinjuku Station West Exit, 1-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.odakyu-restaurant.jp/shop/odamusubi/honten.html (Japanese Only)
6. Akasaka Umaya Shinjuku (赤坂うまや新宿)
Akasaka Umaya Shinjuku is one of the best places to enjoy a buffet-style breakfast that includes traditional Japanese to international dishes. The bright, clean-lined interior creates a warm and energizing atmosphere. All breakfast items served here are made from carefully-chosen ingredients from Kyushu. They also offer egg dishes such as boiled and fried eggs, omelets, etc., which are made using specially-grown eggs.
Address: JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku 1F, 2−6−2 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
7. Glass Court (グラスコート)
Glass Court is a stylish buffet restaurant located on the 2nd floor of Keio Plaza Hotel. It is one of the best places to have breakfast in the Shinjuku area. You can try their miso soup, chicken karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken), Japanese curry, rice porridge, and omelet, which has a strong Japanese touch. They also offer tea, freshly-brewed coffee, and different kinds of juices. Guests can see all the dishes and food getting prepared in front of their eyes in the restaurant’s open kitchen. They have a good combination of Japanese and Western cuisine.
Address: Keio Plaza Hotel Main Building 2F, 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
8. Shinpachi Shokudo Shinjuku (しんぱち食堂 新宿)
Located in the back alleys of Shinjuku, Shinpachi Shokudo is a small restaurant that specializes in the most quintessential food of the traditional Japanese breakfast i.e., charcoal-grilled fish. Their breakfast menu includes grilled saikyo miso-marinated king salmon, grilled Spanish mackerel, and grilled horse mackerel. They offer a wide range of toppings, such as natto beans or eggs. If you are looking for a hearty Japanese breakfast in Shinjuku, you have found the right place.
Address: 1-15-9 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.shinpachi-shokudo.com/ (Japanese Only)
9. Café La Voie (カフェ ラ ヴォワ)
Sits on the 1st floor of Kadoya Hotel, Café La Voie is a classy café that offers the best-tasting breakfast in Shinjuku. They offer multiple breakfast set menus, including Japanese-style and Western-style cuisine, depending on your mood and preferences. It is a perfect place to begin your day with a healthy and stylish way.
Address: 1-23-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
10. Shinwa Soba (新和そば)
Shinwa Soba is a popular soba joint known for its tasty food, excellent service, and affordable rates. They have a warm and relaxing atmosphere and have a nice counter around the kitchen where people can see the chefs preparing their favorite soba noodles in front of them. The most recommended dishes for soba lovers include wild plants soba, tempura soba, and croquette soba. If you are excited to have breakfast in Shinwa Soba, try to come earlier to avoid standing in the queue.
Address: Odakyu Ace (Nishi Exit Chikagi 1), 15, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.odakyu-ace.jp/shop/index.jsp?bf=1&fmt=6&shopid=16 (Japanese Only)
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