Located in the coastal city of Murakami in northern Niigata Prefecture. Blessed with natural ingredients, Kappo Shintaku has a history of more than 150 years since its establishment in 1868. In 2008, this long-established Japanese restaurant was taken over by Owner-Chef Shinsuke Yamagai and his brother, Ryota, who honed their culinary skills at a Japanese restaurant in Kyoto. With these two skillful brothers, the older responsible for sashimi (raw fish) and hassun (appetizers) and the younger for simmered and grilled dishes, the restaurant received one star from an international restaurant guide in 2020.
Kappo Shintaku offers authentic Japanese cuisine mostly made with local ingredients from Murakami City. Known as the city of salmon, it is also blessed with the bounties of the sea and mountains throughout the four seasons, such as cherry salmon and edible wild plants in spring, iwagaki oysters, abalone, blackthroat seaperch, and other prized fish in summer, salmon and Japanese Spanish mackerel in autumn, and cold yellowtail and crabs in winter. The restaurant’s menu also includes top-prize winning Murakami beef and Japan’s best rice and sake. These ingredients are sourced from long-standing reliable partners as well as new partners who deliver fresh fish that is not on the market. The rich, tasty dishes are accompanied by fruits and other refreshments to reset the palate so that guests can enjoy the meal to the end.
The wine list features local wineries within Niigata Prefecture, such as Fermier and KIYO Wines. The sake list also consists only of local varieties, including Shimeharitsuru from Miyao Sake Brewing and Higan and Muso from Taiyo Sake Brewery. In fact, all the 20-something varieties of sake are sourced from these two breweries in Murakami City. The soft drink menu includes famous spring water and tea from Murakami City, which is known not only as a great source of mineral water but also as the northern limit for tea growing.
Surrounded by black walls with a dignified presence, the exterior of the restaurant has a touch of modernity reminiscent of the Meiji period in the late 19th century. Inside the restaurant, there is a cozy, laid-back dining room furnished with a counter (seating up to six guests) and three tables (each seating up to four guests) as well as a private room separately built in sukiya (tea-ceremony room) style. Kappo Shintaku is worth visiting with your friends, family, or lover on your anniversary or during your trip. Enjoy the culinary delights of Murakami City and Niigata Prefecture known as one of the most blessed places in Japan.
* The availability of this webpage does not guarantee that the restaurant presented provides services in English, unless otherwise stated. Please be aware that English services may also depend on staff availability at the restaurant.
A-20 minutes walk from Murakami Station on the JR Uetsu Main Line
In spring and autumn, we recommend walking from the station to enjoy the scenery of the city.