While Kaiseki meals originated in Kyoto, Tokyo has its fair share of eateries specializing in many of the Japanese cuisines. But firstly, what is Kaiseki? It is a traditional Japanese multi-course meal that is precisely prepared using the finest seasonal ingredients and stunning artwork. Kaiseki cuisine is influenced by various cooking styles and traditions of different regions across the country. Originally included only three courses, these meals now composed of 14 different courses, each showing a different style of Japanese cooking and uses the freshest seasonal ingredients. If you are looking for some extravagance and taste to make your trip to Tokyo more memorable, you can find a range of kaiseki restaurants.

Following are Shinjuku’s 10 kaiseki restaurants that you should visit to experience Japan’s most artistic culinary tradition, Kaiseki Ryori:

1. Shougatu-ya Kitcho (正月屋 吉兆)

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Take your family or friends with you to Shougatu-ya Kitcho to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Japanese food experience. It is a branch of long-standing kaiseki restaurant Tokyo Kitcho that allows diners to enjoy the tasty, authentic Japanese cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The chefs here make three kinds of course meals and one seasonal set meal, including seasonal specialties. Also, you can find a la carte offerings which are prepared in a typical Kitcho style, enabling you to enjoy the real flavors of the ingredients.

Address: Isetan Shinjuku Department Store, Main Bldg. 7F Eat Paradise, 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://www.kitcho.com/tokyo/tokyo_kitcho_en.php

2. Ryuun-an (龍雲庵)

Ryuun-an is a famous kaiseki restaurant in Shinjuku located a 2-minute walk from Subway Marunouchi Line Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station’s Okido Gate. All dishes are prepared in such a way that brings out the flavors of the ingredients introduced by a famous kaiseki chef, Koichira Goto. This place has a private room as well, which can be used by small or large groups for important celebrations or any event. The restaurants’ unique combination of old and modern Japanese styles is sure to leave a long-lasting impression on the guests.

Address: 1-18-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://ryuunan.gorp.jp/ (Japanese only)

English website: https://gurunavi.com/en/g119700/rst/

3. Kakide (柿傳)

For approximately 40 long years, Kakiden has been offering the authentic taste of Cha-Kaiseki, following the tradition of the tea ceremony culture. Kaiseki cuisine at Kakiden will totally amaze all your senses with its innovation and taste. The head chef selects the finest ingredients and creates seasonal menus, which will surely impress you with its uniqueness. In the basement, you’ll find a gallery containing artworks by famous Japanese artists.

Address: Yasuyo Bldg., 3-37-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://www.kakiden.com/english/index.html

4. Umeya (割烹 梅屋)

Located a 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station, Umeya boasts fresh and delicious Japanese food, which makes it stand up well against its highly-praised competitors. At Umeya, you’ll be served an array of carefully-prepared dishes; all masterminded in the restaurant. Also, you can enjoy their all-you-can-drink menu that includes beer, Japanese sake, shochu, sours, etc.

Address: 8-14-17 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/g185132/rst/

5. Kyo-kaiseki Minokichi Shinjuku (京懐石みのきち新宿)

Popularly known as one of the oldest and leading Kyoto-style kaiseki restaurant, Kyo-kaiseki Minokichi was established in 1716 in Kyoto as a Japanese tea house that offers snacks and drinks. It has been in business for more than 300 years and offers mouth-watering Kyoto-style Kaiseki cuisine with continuous innovation. This restaurant is located on the 48th floor of the building that lets the diners enjoy stunning views of the city while having a meal. Every dish here is carefully prepared for the right presentation, aroma, and flavor. This place has private rooms for a small number of people and a large banquet hall for more than 50 people.

Address: Shinjuku Sumitomo Bldg. 48F, 2−6−1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://www.minokichi.co.jp/sumitomo/ (Japanese Only)

6. Kaiseki Soujuan (蒼樹庵)

If you want to try artistic and traditional Japanese cuisine kaiseki, then head to Soujuan. It is a classic kaiseki-style restaurant located in Keio Plaza Hotel. Once you enter the place, you’ll feel like you are in another world – a calm and peaceful environment. This spot houses an interior garden and uses fine Japanese serving ware. Not only are they famous for serving delicious kaiseki food, but Soujuan is also known for its impeccable service. All the servers here wear kimonos, making your dining experience more unforgettable.

Address: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Main Tower 2F, 2-2-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://www.keioplaza.com/restaurants/kaiseki.html

7. Shinjuku Nadaman Hinkan (新宿なだ万賓館)

Nadaman Hinkan is a kaiseki restaurant in Shinjuku that offers various courses having delicate and subtle flavors of traditional Japanese food in each bite. You can enjoy seasonal kaiseki dishes which are prepared by professional chefs having different ideas in mind, with a history of more than 190 years. They are one of the biggest companies to provide kaiseki courses and traditional Japanese foods in various styles, including their restaurants, delis in department stores, and bento box deliveries, etc. Shinjuku Nadaman Hinkan offers various dishes in their kaiseki course menus.

Address: Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku 14F, 1−1−3, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://www.nadaman.co.jp/restaurant/shinjuku/

8. Tsukitei Honten Shinjuku (月亭本店新宿)

Nadaman Hinkan is a kaiseki restaurant in Shinjuku that offers various courses having delicate and subtle flavors of traditional Japanese food in each bite. You can enjoy seasonal kaiseki dishes which are prepared by professional chefs having different ideas in mind, with a history of more than 190 years. They are one of the biggest companies to provide kaiseki courses and traditional Japanese foods in various styles, including their restaurants, delis in department stores, and bento box deliveries, etc. Shinjuku Nadaman Hinkan offers various dishes in their kaiseki course menus.

Address: Eiwa Daiichi Bldg. 4F, 2-26-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Website: http://daibizen.sakura.ne.jp/tsukiteihonten_en/

9. Minokichi Keio Shinjuku (美濃吉 京王新宿)

Minokichi is an exceptional Kyoto-style kaiseki restaurant located a 1-minute walk from Subway Shinjuku Station. Minokichi Keio Shinjuku is located in the Keio Department Store, but you will forget about that once you enter the restaurant because the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing. Their Kaiseki course meal changes seasonally, so you can enjoy different dishes every time you visit.

Address: 1 Chome−1−4, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo

Website: https://www.japanese-kyoto-cuisine.com/store10.html

 

10. Fukurokuju Shinjukuten (京料理 福ろく寿 新宿店)

Fukurokuju Shinjukuten is a modern and casual kaiseki restaurant in Shinjuku and is named after one of the Seven Lucky Gods, which has been worshipped as a God of Virtue. At these times, the chefs are fulfilling the silent prayers of the Japanese food lovers by serving Kyoto’s famous cuisine, kaiseki, in the most amazing way. This place has a classy interior, which makes it ideal for enjoying the traditional kaiseki cuisine.

Address: Takashimaya Times Square Restaurants Park 14F, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/g203828/rst/

 

Find more kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo: 10 Best Kaiseki Restaurants in Tokyo Your Tongue Will Never Forget

 

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