[Ramen] 'Sugoi Niboshi Ramen Nagi,' Open 24/7!
Nagi is a very famous ramen shop located in Kabukicho's 'Golden Gai' district (the place filled with all the tiny bars).
Nagi's full name is 'Sugoi Niboshi Ramen Nagi,' which means 'awesome dried sardine ramen Nagi.' As you might have guessed, their ramen is 'awesome' and features a strong, rich broth with incredible umami. The soup is filled with various toppings, including delicious chashu, an egg, and a huge, flat noodle which can be seen in the picture above. You can't leave Kabukicho without trying this ramen! Luckily, it's open 24/7, so it should be easy enough to fit a visit into your schedule.
[Standing Yakiniku] 'Jiromaru'
Jiromaru is a standing yakiniku bar where you can order by the slice from a large menu of various cuts and types of beef. The shop opens at 11:00 am and doesn't close until 5:00 am the next morning!
Prices are very low considering the quality of the meat available! Horumon starts at just ¥30, and even the fanciest A5 wagyu pieces are still just ¥300. This is an awesome place to grab a couple of drinks while casually sampling a variety of excellent-quality Japanese beef.
[Maze Soba] 'Roast Beef Abura Soba Beast'
'Roast Beef Abura Soba Beast' is a Kabukicho restaurant that opened in September of last year. The name makes it pretty clear, but the specialty here is abura soba (dry ramen) with roast beef. The shop is open from lunchtime until 8:00 am the next morning!
This is what their specialty looks like. A generous portion of perfectly-cooked roast beef is piled on top of chewy noodles in a flavorful concoction of oils and spices. It's a new take on abura soba that is wonderfully delicious and rich in flavor!
[All-You-Can-Eat Yakiniku] 'Shinjuku Shokuniku Center Kiwame'
Kiwame is a yakiniku restaurant serving delicious wagyu that you can grill all night until 6:00 am! The restaurant is operated by a meat wholesaler, so the price is very cheap given the excellent quality.
There's a special 45-minute all-you-can-eat plan called '深夜ランチ'(late-night lunch) that is available between 11:00 pm and 2:00 am and features fresh, high-quality Japanese beef. It's a spectacular deal that should definitely be taken advantage of if you're a meat lover!
[Udon] 'Tsuru Tontan'
Tsuru Tontan is a famous udon chain located in Kabukicho. The flashy, smooth interior matches the city around it and is a popular spot all night long until it closes at 8:00 am. There's even a stage where live music such as jazz and taiko drum performances frequently take place.
The great thing about Tsuru Tontan is the huge variety of udon dishes available, with everything from classic udon, to cream udon, curry udon, hot pot udon, and more! The food is great and the atmosphere is fun, making this a sweet spot to grab a late-night bite.
These are 5 of the tastiest late-night bites in Kabukicho, Japan's most famous nightlife district! Hopefully, something on this list caught your fancy.
If you're planning a night out in the Shinjuku area, check out our article about the bar scene: