The restaurant floor of the Isetan department store in Shinjuku, dubbed "Eat Paradise," the first opened in 1989 and is known for housing plenty of famous restaurants that serve every type of cuisine from all around the world. Thanks to Isetan's initiative to create within the department store a true restaurant zone filled with proper restaurants, many renowned restaurants now occupy the floor, and it transformed the concept of department store food courts. Standing serenely in the midst of Eat Paradise is "Shougatsu-ya Kitcho," produced by Tokyo Kitcho on the concept of allowing diners to enjoy elegant, authentic Japanese cuisine within the casual atmosphere of the department store.
The naming of "Shougatsu-ya" derives from the time of the Meiji Restoration at the end of the 19th century, when Shinpei, a feudal retainer of the Hiroshima clan was accepted into a family that owned a boat shop called "Shougatsu-ya". Shinpei went on to pave the way for culinary excellence in Japan and was the founder of the first Kitcho restaurant. This strong connection to the restaurant's founder and its location within the Isetan department store in Shinjuku mean that, for many, Shougatsu-ya Kitcho is their first step into the world of Kitcho restaurants.
At the restaurant, diners can enjoy a meal whilst gazing out across a Japanese garden. The head chef is Kohei Okada, a chef well-versed in the cuisine of Kitcho, and he displays his ample talent in all the dishes he prepares. Chef Okada started his culinary training at Kitcho and has been exclusive with Kitcho for 27 years. In the spring of 2018, he assumed the role of head chef at Shougatsu-ya Kitcho. The menu is made up of four set meals created by the chef, such as a menu of seasonal specialties and a mini Kaiseki course. There are a la carte offerings as well, all of which have been prepared in the classic Kitcho manner, allowing you to savor the true flavor of the ingredients.
The interior of Shougatsu-ya Kitcho is decorated to resemble mud walls, evoking the image of a traditional tea house. Within this calming space, you can enjoy a meal sat at a Western-style table and chairs, a blessing for people not used to sitting at low tables. Chinese and English menus are also available. The hustle and bustle of the department store are left behind as you enter the restaurant, replaced by a calm, dignified atmosphere. Shougatsu-ya Kitcho is a great place for families and friends to get together to enjoy a meal, and also the perfect setting for birthdays and other celebrations, as well as entertaining.
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A 1-minute walk from Shinjuku 3-chome Station, Exit Metro PromenadeB3, B4, B5(Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)