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Shinjukukappo Nakajima

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3 32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 3-3356-4534
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tokyo, Japan
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815 reviews
615 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,203 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is right, but not phenomenal. Very simple and well prepared meal. Staff not much friendly, hasty and abrupt. Should be more kind to the foreigners.

Thank SettembreNero
Jakarta, Indonesia
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Japan is famous for speciality food. Nakajima is popular michellin 1 star japanese specilising in serving everything sardines. A popukar among locals and tourists, expect to wait in line at least 15 mins. Small restaurant with probably only 25 seating. 4 people cost around ¥3500. Very very reasonable.

Thank jokochen
Canberra, Australia
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408 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

I think that visiting one of Tokyo's ultra-cheap Michelin-starred restaurants is a must-do, I chose this one because it was near my hotel. I arrived at 11:15 and was one of the first people in line, but many people arrived soon after I did, and by the time I left the line was very long. There are a few set-menu... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

This place specializes in sardines - sashimi, baked, prepared several different ways. You can have lunch for about $10US. I arrived about an hour before they opened at 11:30a and was the first in line as workers brought in fresh fish. It's downstairs and the line forms all the way up the stairs.

Thank jaw63102
Gothenburg, Sweden
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36 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

A very good kappo restaurant that serves sardines at a bargain price at lunch. They don't take reservations at lunch time, so be prepared to queue. There is a counter with ca 10 seats and a few tables. When I was there, they took the orders already in the queue. I had the set lunch with fried sardines (with rice,... More 

Thank Roger E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

We knew we had to eat the famed sardine dishes at Nakajima while in Tokyo. We arrived about 11.15am & there was already a line (it opens at 11.30am). Thankfully we were able to be seated shortly after opening so it wasn't a long wait. Seated at the bar, we watched two chefs prepping for what must be a hectic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

I don't care for sardines a lot but my husband wanted to try this place so we gave it a try. We had to wait in line right after they opened at 11:30 am. The line was half way up the staircase and we waited about 40 minutes from that point. I was really pleased with our lunch here. We... More 

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Petaling Jaya
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

A small diner with probably around 20 seats in total. We arrived 15 minutes before opening hour and there were already more than 20 ppl ahead in queue. Ended up queuing for more than an hour as I had to wait for the first batch of diners to finish their meal but felt it was worth it. Order the yanagawanabe... More 

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Victoria, Australia
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Excellent 1 michellin star lunch with very reasonable price. It is located on the basement floor so might be missed easily, but you will find the place where there is a long line of people. Suggest going early to avoid the long wait. Limited options for lunch menu. But this will be the best value meal of the day!

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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

A random pick from TripAdvisor top places to go in Shinjuku. Dinner is only a course menu with the choice of: 8,000, 10,000 and 12,000 menus. I chose the 10,000 choice and an 8pm booking. I was warned that that the restaurant closes at 9:30 and that it would take 90 minutes to eat the 10 courses. Food was excellent;... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $9
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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

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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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