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Japanese: Teppanyaki

Iwakura Description

Located in Tokyo, Iwakura is a unique restaurant that combines the art of teppanyaki and traditional Japanese cuisine. Breaking free from the confines of traditional teppanyaki, Iwakura explores new possibilities by not only grilling but also steaming and simmering on the teppan. Each month, they offer a changing course menu that follows the ancient tradition of seasonal ingredients, accompanied by stories that enhance the dining experience.

What sets Iwakura apart is their dedication to pairing their dishes with carefully selected rare Japanese sake and refined wines. They also offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, including their own original creations. The restaurant prides itself on its attention to detail and offers a range of seating options, including a lively counter seat, making it suitable for various occasions.

One of their most popular menu items is the 'Chef's Choice 10-course,' which showcases the best of seasonal ingredients in ten exquisite dishes. Please note that the course menu may vary depending on the availability of ingredients. For special occasions, such as birthdays or anniversaries, Iwakura also offers the option to include a personalized message on a cake.

With its innovative approach to teppanyaki and Japanese cuisine, Iwakura provides a dining experience that is both traditional and contemporary. Whether you are a fan of teppanyaki or looking to explore the flavors of Japanese cuisine, Iwakura is a must-visit restaurant in Tokyo.

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Iwakura Overview


3f M’s Kagurazaka 5-chōme-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0825


+81 (0) 3-5946-8798


1 minute walk from Ushigome Kagurazaka Station (Exit A3) on the Oedo Line.
3 minute walk from Kagurazaka Station (Kagurazaka Exit) on the Tozai Line.
7 minute walk from Iidabashi Station on the Yurakucho Line.

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Tue: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Wed: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Thur: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Fri: 5:00PM-11:00PM
Sat: 5:00PM-11:00PM

Payment methods

Cash, Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Diners Club, JCB

Restaurant Features

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted

Wine List

Craft cocktails

Private Dining Room


Sake Selection


Stylish Interior

Iwakura Reviews

Iwakura Google Average Rating



The service & atmosphere were awesome. The waiters were attentive without being disruptive, paying great attention to detail, very kindly presenting the food & explaining the drink pairings. We got the non-alcoholic course and the drinks retained the real wine flavour even without alcohol content. The only thing is, our last dish (the rice one) was a bit too salty.


Set menu with wine pairing was AMAZING. Service is also excellent. Would recommend. Chef was great and tried to explain all the dishes for me even though I know ZERO Japanese!!


This day was used for a company achievement meeting.
This time, we have a course called ``Today's Omakase with 7 carefully selected alcoholic pairings'' for 23,100 yen per person. It was a fairly expensive course, but it included my favorite pairings and had good reviews, so I chose this course without hesitation.
The nearest station is Ushigome-Kagurazaka Station, but on this day we will be heading from Kagurazaka.
It takes about 5 minutes to arrive from Kagurazaka Station. Surprisingly close.
The atmosphere inside the store is chic and calm. There are 6 counter seats, 8 table seats, and 8 semi-private rooms. This time I was seated at a table.

■Simmered bamboo shoots from Kagoshima
First, bamboo shoots. Chewy and delicious!
You can clearly see the quality of the material.

■Chirashi On Sushi Monaka-wrapped
This is a dish I've never seen anywhere else.
A variety of ingredients are packed inside the monaka, making it a work of art that is almost too good to eat. The taste is also great.

■Mackerel vinegar tightened from Ise Bay
A dish that stands out with just the right amount of sourness and the freshness of the mackerel. Refreshing taste.

■Shimanto pork spare ribs marinated in miso lees with orange sauce
This was my first time trying the combination of miso and spare ribs, but they go together surprisingly well. It feels good and satisfying to eat.

■Eel with Japanese pepper ajillo
This is another rare combination.
Eating eel with oil on bread...this goes surprisingly well.
It's a new experience I've never had before.

■Omi beef sirloin
This is the classic Teppanyaki menu.
It was grilled just right and the quality of the meat was amazing.

■Hokkaido snow crab and mitsuba root pepper rice
The flavor of the crab and the texture of the mitsuba leaves are exquisite and very delicious!
Miso soup with red soup stock is the best match.

■Strawberry chocolate shaved ice
The shaved ice was unexpected, but the chocolate sprinkled evenly over the whole thing wasn't too sweet and was refreshing.

So, the course with a luxurious lineup full of volume will be over in no time!
These dishes are paired with alcoholic beverages, including red and white wine and Japanese sake, all of which go well with the dishes.
The explanations of the drinks are very thorough, and there are many things you can enjoy visually and aurally, such as the containers that change color depending on the temperature, so I'm very satisfied.
I was pleasantly surprised in everything from the food to the staff's service and atmosphere.
This is a famous restaurant that I would definitely like to visit again.

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Teppanyaki and Hibachi are two Japanese cooking styles that involve grilling on a hot iron plate. While often used interchangeably, they have distinct differences. Teppanyaki refers to cooking on a flat griddle, where chefs skillfully prepare dishes like steak, seafood, and vegetables in front of diners. Hibachi, on the other hand, uses a round, open-grate grill heated by charcoal or gas, imparting a smoky flavor to the food. Discover the nuances and theatrical flair of these two captivating Japanese culinary arts.

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