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Japanese: Yakitori


Ohkusa Overview


Morito Building, 7-13 Arakichō, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0007


+81 (0) 3-6709-8874


4 minute walk from Yotsuya-sanchome Station.

Operating Hours

Sun: Closed
Mon: 5:00PM-8:00PM
Tue: 5:00PM-8:00PM
Wed: 5:00PM-8:00PM
Thur: 5:00PM-8:00PM
Fri: 5:00PM-8:00PM
Sat: 5:00PM-8:00PM

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Ohkusa Description

OHKUSA is a renowned restaurant located in the bustling neighborhood of Yotsuya-Sanchome in Tokyo. This hidden gem has gained recognition for its exceptional cuisine and has been awarded the prestigious Silver Award by The Tabelog in 2023. Specializing in yakitori, OHKUSA stands out from other dining establishments with its commitment to sourcing the finest ingredients and its meticulous cooking techniques.

The menu at OHKUSA revolves around their omakase course, priced at 9,000 yen (tax and service charge included). The highlight of this course is the selection of skewers made from carefully chosen, large-cut, brand-name local chickens, such as Kumano Jidori from Mie Prefecture. Each skewer is expertly grilled over binchotan charcoal, resulting in a depth of flavor that is simply irresistible. From succulent chicken breast to tender liver and juicy harami (skirt steak), OHKUSA allows diners to savor the exquisite taste of these premium chicken cuts.

The restaurant itself exudes a cozy and intimate ambiance, with only eight counter seats available. The decor features exposed concrete walls and jazz music playing in the background, creating a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. To add a touch of elegance, a single seasonal flower is placed on each table. OHKUSA offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, allowing guests to unwind and enjoy the immersive experience of watching their yakitori being grilled right before their eyes.

For those seeking a unique and unforgettable dining experience in Tokyo, OHKUSA is the perfect destination. With its dedication to quality ingredients, expert grilling techniques, and inviting atmosphere, this restaurant truly sets itself apart as a must-visit for food enthusiasts and lovers of Japanese cuisine.

Restaurant Features

Reservations Accepted

Wine List


Sake Selection

Ohkusa Reviews

Ohkusa Google Average Rating


Ohkusa Tabelog Average Rating



A yakitori restaurant located a few minutes walk from Yotsuya 3-chome.
This is a popular restaurant that is often said to be one of their favorite Yakitori restaurants.
Reservations can be made by phone a week in advance, but it is difficult to get a connection.
On this day, a regular customer took me there on a Saturday night.

The inside of the store is quite small, with counters lined up side by side.

I'll leave it up to you and add it after it's finished.
So, without alcohol, the cost is about 10,000 yen.

Since photography is not allowed, I thought I'd post what I ate.

Chicken fillet
Kumano chicken parsley
Kumano chicken liver
Kumano chicken breast
Date chicken wings

Shingen chicken hagoita
skirt steak
chicken soup risotto

Maybe something is missing.

Each portion is quite large, so I think many people will be full without needing to add more.

Everything was delicious, but
The breast meat is quite impressive. It's possible to make it so juicy. The skin is crispy and delicious.

I can see why it's popular because it wasn't too expensive and it was quite delicious from start to finish.


Big fan since Torimitsu days. The best yakitori in Japan is here.

In a quiet back alley in Yotsuya 3-chome, there is the super famous yakitori restaurant "Ookusa".
This is a famous restaurant that is said to be difficult to make reservations for.
The exterior of the store is modest, but when you open the door, you'll be greeted with the aroma of yakitori and a special space.
I've been a big fan of this restaurant since the days when it was in Kabukicho, called Torimitsu.

There are only 8 counter seats in the store.
The calm lighting and warmth of the wood gently welcome visitors.
Each skewer of yakitori served here is like a work of art.

First of all, the Yamato chicken fillets caught my eye.
When you take a bite, the chewy texture and refreshing wasabi flavor spread in your mouth.
Next is the Amela tomato from Shizuoka Prefecture. This is also exquisite.
The fruity sweetness and the crunchy texture of fried onions intertwine perfectly.

And then there's Hatsumoto, the royal road to yakitori. Its plump texture and exquisite grilling are truly the pinnacle of yakitori.
Furthermore, the synergistic effect of skirt steak with garlic paste makes it so delicious that it overturns the concept of yakitori.

If I write too much about it, it will sound cheesy, so I won't go into it here, but I think Ookusa's yakitori is the best in Japan.
This is by far the best yakitori I've ever eaten.

Photography is prohibited inside the store, but perhaps this is to capture the special experience of this place in your heart.

``Ookusa'' on Yotsuya 3-chome is a famous restaurant that is worth a visit for all yakitori lovers.
We are looking forward to the day when we can enjoy the ultimate yakitori at this location again.


They cook delicious fresh chicken from various regions. The yakitori is packed with flavor and will make you say "hmm" no matter what you eat. The owner's behavior is so beautiful that I can't help but admire his professional work. There is also a good selection of wines that go well with yakitori. It can't be helped because it's divided into two parts, but I'd be happy if we could take it a little more slowly.
I don't have any photos because photography is prohibited inside the store.


Translated from Japanese:

The price of the Hatsu, Hatsumoto, and Seseri courses that I received on the first day of business at the beginning of the year has increased in price, but they are still extremely delicious.It's a restaurant that serves delicious chicken. .


Translated from Japanese:

This time was also great. Shingen chicken, Hagoita Kyoto chicken, Hatsu Amera tomato, Tanba black chicken, Shukyo red chicken, shoulder and armpit Kumano chicken, liver Kumano chicken, chicken wings, Kumano chicken, breast potato salad, bear...


Translated from Japanese:

Chicken fillet, Kyoto Kyoto chicken kubi, Tanba Kurotori tomato furisode, Kyoto Kyoto chicken liver, Kumano Jidori salad, broccoli, persimmon, kiwi breast, Kumano Jidori potato salad, thighs, Kumano Jidori Hatsumoto chicken wings, Date chicken...

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