Top 5 Restaurants in Musashi-Kosugi, Kanagawa, for Authentic Japanese Food

Updated on January 3, 2019
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Poppy has been living in Japan for over five years. She likes to read novels, write, and play video games.

Musashi-Kosugi is part of the city of Kawasaki. It has easy access to Shibuya and Shinjuku, two of Tokyo's main areas and just a 13-minute train ride from the former, and it has undergone massive development in the past couple of years.

With several department stores, plenty of places to eat, and a huge play area for children, Musashi-Kosugi attracts people from all over Kanagawa Prefecture and Tokyo for a less-crowded place to spend time with their families and friends.

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You can reach Musashi-Kosugi on the JR Nambu line, the Narita Express, the Shonan-Shinjuku line, and the Yokosuka line. You can also get there on the Tokyu Toyoko line (which is also the fastest way to Shibuya, Shinjuku-Sanchome, and Yokohama from there) or the Meguro line. It's ease of access is another reason this place is a popular destination for a day of shopping or dining.

I have been living in Musashi-Kosugi since October 2018, and there are some truly amazing restaurants here at reasonable prices. Here are my top five favourites, all of which are within walking distance from the train station.

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1. Anzu Hakata (Katsu)

Katsu is breaded cutlet, usually pork or chicken. It's a food that has also gained popularity in California and Hawaii. Anzu Hakata in Musashi-Kosugi's Grand Tree department store has mouth-wateringly good katsu dishes. It is reasonably priced for the quality, starting at around 1,500 yen for a katsu set, which also includes unlimited red or white rice, miso soup, and salad.

The staff here are always friendly and remarkably quick to serve the dishes. There are also seats overlooking the kitchen so you know just how clean it is! You can get alcoholic drinks here as well and the meal set will definitely satisfy hungry customers.

Things to Keep in Mind

Unfortunately, this establishment doesn't have an English menu, but there are plenty of pictures you can point to!

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2. Katsu Midori (Sushi)

Not to be confused with the above, Katsu Midori is an incredibly popular conveyor belt sushi restaurant, and for a good reason.

The restaurant has an energetic vibe, with the staff often making the customers laugh. The dishes are reasonably priced, delicious, and are served quickly. There is a 90-minute time constraint on your table, but this is more than enough time to select the food and drink you want.

Katsu Midori has an English menu, so there's no worry with what to order. I recommend maguro tuna and salmon sushi, as well as their tasty tako-kara, or deep-fried octopus.

Things to Keep in Mind

Katsu Midori is so popular that there is often a long line outside of people waiting to go in. Don't let this put you off too much (even in a long line, you're unlikely to be waiting for more than 15 minutes), but if you don't want to wait, try going at lunch time on weekends and never on a Friday or Saturday evening.

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3. AnAn (Yakiniku)

Yakiniku literally means "barbecued meat." It is an idea that originated in Korea but has gained a lot of popularity in Japan as a casual style of dining that goes great with drinking. What makes yakiniku special is that there is a small barbecue at your table, the staff brings the raw meat, and you cook it yourself.

The meat is cut thinly so there is minimal risk of undercooking. If you go to AnAn, you should also try the kimchi, a spicy cabbage dish also from Korea. It goes amazingly well with beef and rice.

Happy Hour

If you go to AnAn before 7:00pm on any weekday, selected dishes and drinks are far cheaper! (AnAn actually means "cheap cheap"). You can get a beer for 250 yen and a whiskey highball for just 100 yen, which is around one US dollar! This is a great choice if you'd like to get a good deal on your food and have a couple of drinks as well.

Things to Keep in Mind

Yakiniku isn't the ideal place for small children as they could burn themselves on the barbecue.

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4. Ramen Kagetsu

As the name suggests, this is a great restaurant that sells ramen and ramen accessories! The restaurant has both English and Japanese menus and has a great selection of tonkotsu (pork bone), miso, shoyu (soy sauce), and shio (salt) based ramen with a variety of delicious toppings.

Other dishes include fried rice and gyoza (dumplings). You can also request free cloves of peeled garlic to put into the broth for extra zing.

Things to Keep in Mind

Ramen is a very calorie and carbohydrate-heavy food. If you eat it for lunch, you might be exhausted in the afternoon! This place also gets busy after around 8:00pm as it's a popular food for Japanese people to eat when they've been drinking.

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5. Shibu Soba (Soba Noodles)

Soba is buckwheat noodles, healthier and tastier than regular noodles. It can be served cold or hot in a light broth, often with fish or vegetables. Tempura, which is deep-fried food, is often combined with it.

Shibu Soba is the most geographically convenient place on this list because you don't even have to leave Musashi-Kosugi Station to reach it! This small, busy, and utterly scrumptious little soba shop is flocked to by commuters each day.

Things to Keep in Mind

There is no English menu available, but each button on the ordering machine has a picture of the dish on it.

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There is no lack of delicious food when you're out and about in Musashi-Kosugi! As well as dining, this great area has a library, several department stores, and plenty of bars for those looking for some nightlife. Skip the crowds at busier locations in Tokyo and take a short train ride to one of Kanagawa's best-kept secrets.

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      • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR

        Poppy 

        8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        Haha I didn’t realize how funny that probably sounds! Most of the first six months of staying in Japan is pointing at things and looking helplessly at the serving staff.

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        Poppy 

        8 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        Thank you, Louise! I hope you can go to Japan one day.

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        Liz Westwood 

        8 months ago from UK

        You give great advice here. This is a good guide for anyone visiting. I laughed when you said there was no English menu. I thought I was done for until you said pointing at pictures would work.

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        Louise Powles 

        8 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Alas, I have never visited Japan, but I would love to. And this place sounds fascinating, and a lot of lovely places to eat too. I love Japanese food.

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