Tsunahachi has been serving tempura since 1923, with this location opened the same year as the Tokyo Olympics, in 1964. Occupying a modest, old-fashioned building east of Shinjuku Station, it's nevertheless Tsunahachi's largest outlet, with both tables and—more fun—counter seating along the open kitchen. It has an English-language menu, but probably the easiest thing to do is to order one of three set meals, with the cheapest including six pieces of tempura deep-fried in sesame oil, including shrimp, conger eel, seasonal fish, shrimp balls, and vegetables, plus rice, miso soup, and Japanese pickles. Branches are located in department stores around town, including Keio in Shinjuku, Matsuya in Ginza, Lumine in Ikebukuro, and Daimaru on the Yaesu side of Tokyo Station.
Our Rating Neighborhood Shinjuku Hours Daily 11am–10pm (last order) Transportation Station: Shinjuku Sanchome (2 min.) or Shinjuku (east exit, 5 min.) Phone 03/3352-1012 Prices Tempura set meals ¥1,995–¥3,990, set lunches ¥1,260–¥3,990 Cuisine Type Tempura Web site Tsunahachi (つな八)