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Japanese: Eel

Kikukawa Description

Located in the bustling city of Shinjuku, Kikukawa is a renowned restaurant that has been serving traditional Japanese cuisine for over 60 years. Specializing in eel dishes, Kikukawa offers a unique dining experience that is sure to delight your taste buds.

What sets Kikukawa apart from other dining establishments is their commitment to preserving the traditional flavors and techniques of Japanese cooking. Every step of the process, from cutting the eel to steaming it to perfection, is done with meticulous care and attention to detail. The eel is sourced from all over Japan and is steamed before being grilled with their signature sauce. The result is a tender and flavorful dish that melts in your mouth.

The restaurant itself exudes a sense of elegance and tranquility, making it the perfect place for a special occasion or a romantic dinner. With a variety of seating options, including private rooms and a counter, Kikukawa offers a versatile dining experience that can cater to any occasion.

Whether you're a fan of eel or simply looking to try something new, Kikukawa is a must-visit restaurant in Shinjuku. With their dedication to preserving tradition and their commitment to quality, you're guaranteed to have a memorable dining experience.

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Kikukawa Overview


7-chōme-8-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023


+81 (0) 3-3369-2511


5 minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku Station.
5 minute walk from Shinjuku Station (JR Chuo Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line).

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:00PM-9:30PM
Tue: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:00PM-9:30PM
Wed: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:00PM-9:30PM
Thur: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:00PM-9:30PM
Fri: 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:00PM-9:30PM
Sat: 11:30AM-9:00PM

Payment methods

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

Restaurant Features

Home Delivery

Take-out Available

Reservations Accepted


Private Dining Room


Sake Selection

Kikukawa Reviews

Kikukawa Google Average Rating



The unagi set is great, char taste and not over power by the sauce as compared to most unagi set
The sashimi set are fresh and of good grade
Thought the shrimps is not as expected
Overall the experience is great


I reached out to my friends and Tokyo native for the best spot for unajyu and this was his recommendation.

The service was attentive and professional. We were there during the winter and they served buri on their sashimi dish, a luxurious surprise!

Of course the star of the show, the unajyu was delicious. Presented in a beautiful lacquer box, the eel was expertly grilled, tender and savory.

100% would recommend. Make sure you have reservations before you go!


5 stars all around on food, service and the decor. We ordered the Unagi and Sashimi course Tsubaki grade. Have various grading and can compare the difference. The family was pretty full.

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