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Shinjuku Tsunahachi So-honten

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3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 333521012
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Bangkok, Thailand
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68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

been for lunch. Line was pretty fast, and we sat at the counter. the place is pretty big, so there is not the "atmosphere" of those tiny restaurants where the chef takes time to prepare the fish in front of you. Food is good here, no doubts; but it seems to be rushed a bit. Anyway the tempura was really... More 

Thank Alex R
Rome, Italy
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34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really liked this place. My family sat in the tatami area and our waiter was really fast and friendly. The staff all were nice and the food was delicious. Just try everything, even if you're nervous or you don't know what it is, try it. It was all amazing!

Thank Evanskb
Singapore, Singapore
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were surprised initially as we had a rather small portion of tempura being served to us (table full of cutlery and bowls and the tempura plate filled the spaces). We were just about to order another Tempura Zen when the waitress refused to take our order and did a strange gesture. We eventually found out that they had delayed... More 

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Pasco, Washington
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182 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Title speaks for itself. Like many unassuming buildings in Tokyo, beyond the doors there is a culinary overload. The tempura here is beyond anything words can describe. It's just that good. Service is typical for Japan - that is to say fantastic - and the prices seemed reasonable. Highly recommended.

Thank myklrl
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We went to eat at the restraint on reviews given here. We arrived two hours before posted closing and they said they were closed. We actually took 3 trains to get there, so we weren't too pleased

Thank snippy888
Washington, DC
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Slight wait when we went (make a reservation if possible) but it was worth it. If you can sit at the counter and watch the chefs prepare your meal. Just note that if you are the faint of heart sit elsewhere. The eel and prawn tempura are REALLY fresh here. When I say fresh I mean they will be gutted... More 

Thank thetravelbeagle
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

First restaurant ever in Japan for us and first authentic tempura. Thanks a lot to TripAdvisor for the listing. I must say that I was not a great fan of miso soup before coming here, having only sampled the mediocre fare served in imitation Japanese restaurants worldwide. I leave this place here with a totally opposite point of view, we... More 

Thank Jean-Christophe B
Burlington, Canada
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

On a 36 hour layover in Tokyo we wandered around the Shinjuku district looking for dinner, not know what we wanted we seen a large line-up of mainly locals (always been a tried and true marker of a good place in my travels) so we decided to give Tsunahachi So-honten a try. the line moved much quicker than I expected... More 

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Varazdin, Croatia
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83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We found this place online while looking for the best tempura restaurant and we are very lucky to say that the internet was RIGHT! With a little bit of luck with vacancy, you will enjoy amazing tempura food (for a very reasonable price). We took two different menus to enjoy more variety. We ended up ordering even more! Go for... More 

Thank TeamMis
Hong Kong, China
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Was able to book a table on the phone and they were extremely helpful. It's amazing tempura for the price point for dinner (I've had more expensive tempura at Tenko). It's nice to sit counter-side and get served fresh tempura. If you book via phone, you are constrained to ordering the two most expensive tempura sets (4500 JPY or 6000... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $45
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Shinjuku>  > Shinjuku
  • Neighborhood: Shinjuku
  • Phone Number: +81 333521012
We,Tsunahachi, has been a traditional Japanese tempura restaurant since 1923. You can enjoy a cozy atmosphere at a reasonable price, with counter seating providing guests with hot and airy tempura cooked right before your eyes. For traditional and delicious Japanese tempura, a visit to Tsunahachi is a must. 3 minutes from Shinjuku and Shinjuku 3-chome stations.

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Staying in Shinjuku

Neighborhood Profile
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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