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Shinjukukappo Nakajima

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3 32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3356-4534
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Much more than just the sardine lunch!

Most people seem to write about this place in relation to being the cheapest 1-star meal (800Yen) but it is so much more than that. The sardine meal is only available at lunch & no reservations are allowed. For dinner, you need to reserve (through your hotel) & pre-select which kaiseki (chef's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Nakajima is nearby the IDC building and Isetan. The lunch set starts at 800 yen, with miso soup, rice and pickle. I order a hot plate set at 900 yen with 5 pieces of fried sardine and omelette, the food is delicious. There is a long queue and have to wait about 30 minutes. The restaurent is also popular among... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Most people seem to write about this place in relation to being the cheapest 1-star meal (800Yen) but it is so much more than that. The sardine meal is only available at lunch & no reservations are allowed. For dinner, you need to reserve (through your hotel) & pre-select which kaiseki (chef's choice) meal (8K, 10K,13K Yen) you want. Do... More 

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Livorno, Italy
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I came here with my sister about a year ago, we were looking just for an exellent place to have dinner and we were not disappointed at all! All the staff was very kind and professional, expecially the maitre and the chef; and the food was simply perfect, a lot of small courses, all of them original (for me) and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

- Location - near Shinjuku train station which was very convenient however it was very difficult to find. We got a map printed by the hotel, walked close to the area and asked locals for directions - Food - the restaurant had about 20-30 seatings. No booking for lunch and cash only. We sat by the counter which was fun,... More 

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olten, switzerland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I read about this restaurant here http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/06/10-sensational-stops-for-japanese-food-ramen-udon-sushi-in-shinjuku-tokyo.html We only had 1 day in Tokyo and were staying near Shinjuku so thus the research of top eats nearby. Found this little gem. They did not accept reservations (at least for lunch, not sure about dinner). We got there at around 11:30am just about when the restaurant opened. It was a weekday... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 reviews 4 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Went by Nakajima today because of one of the reviewers said that it was the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant around. Well it isn't anymore. They only offer three dinner sets - one at ¥8,000, one at ¥10,000 and one at ¥13,000 per person. We didn't bother going in since we were looking for a less expensive option that night so... More 

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Athens, Greece
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

Very satisfied with the dinner set menu - quite classic in terms of type of courses, but nonetheless very tasty, well worked out combinations and well grounded flavors. The chef, who is rather loud for Japanese standards, is very pleasant and engaging with customers, the hostess very attentive and the clientele almost entirely Japanese over 40, which all together give... More 

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The lunch here will set you back $8 USD and even if that were not case it would be worth visiting. There are 4 types of sardines on offer, we sampled the pan and deep fried options. Both were incredible. Dishes are served with rice, miso soup, and various accoutrements. Everything was wonderful. Put the work in to find the... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Nakajima is easy to find and is not - at the same time. It's located close to Shinjuku station, in a small side street, and it's in the basement. If you're new to Tokyo, use Google Maps to lead you there. I was there for lunch, around 13:00, and the place was packed, so a small queue formed outside, but... More 

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Antigua
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Really great restaurant, Magical experience, wonderful hosts. very entertaining. Definatly worthy of a michelin star.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shinjuku>  > Shinjuku
  • Neighborhood: Shinjuku
  • Phone Number: +81 3-3356-4534

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 8
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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Shinjuku is the commuting capital of Tokyo, and contains the busiest train station in the world. To the west, there's an office district with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office at its center. To the east, there’s a district with long-established department stores, cinemas and theaters. Shinjuku Gyoen is a park originally built as the garden for the Imperial Household. It is quite famous as a venue for cherry-blossom viewing in March and April. In Shinjuku, many restaurants operate all night, and districts such as Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane) or Shinjuku Golden Machi have back streets filled with tiny restaurants and bars that reflect each owner’s unique taste and style.
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