Kabukicho is known for both excitement and danger and, as such, is a fitting place for Sengoku Buyuden. The Sengoku Era or Warring States Period was a time of political upheaval, epic battles, and ever-changing alliances. Even during such a bloody time, decorum, aesthetic, and honor were valued. Sengoku Buyuden captures the ephemeral beauty of an age soaked in blood but fighting for a better future. Take a step back in time (without risk of losing a limb) and bask in the glory of the daimyo!
|Location||1-6-2 Kabukicho T-Wing Bldg. 4F, Shinjuku 160-0021 Tokyo Prefecture, close to the Shinjuku JR and Toei stations.|
|Cost of Admission||Izakaya with special Sengoku-themed dishes and alcohol as well as bar food like karaage.|
|Hours of Operation|| Monday - Sunday 17:00 – 21:00|
Phone Number: 81 3-6778-5470
Take the elevator up to floor 5 and upon entering the restaurant, you’ll be directed to take off your shoes and store them at the front. Slippers are provided for you for the length of your time there. Beautiful armor of famous warlords can be seen on display right at the front. Assuming you made a reservation as recommended, tell the host your name and you’ll be escorted to the bar or a private room depending on your party. Each room has themed décor of either Masamune Date, Sanada Yukimura, Maeda Keiji, or Nagamasa Asai. There are several drinking plans to choose from as well as meals for sharing or you can opt to simply buy whatever you like for yourself.
In the private rooms, you sit on thin cushions over polished wood surrounding a huge low table. Your waiter or waitress, dressed in period attire, greets you respectfully and tells you a little bit about the room you’re in. After taking your order, they’ll disappear out of the door and you’ll have a moment to take in the art and calligraphy adorning the walls.
Drinks range from delicious cocktails named after famous warlords like Uesugi Kenshin to traditional sake served in large red sakazuki, (wide, flat cups). An extra fun perk of ordering nihonshu is your server will pour your drinks and instruct you to yell banzai loudly before taking the first sip! Recommended food items would be the sashimi or hot pot to share, offering a more immersive and bonding experience. They also serve caesar salads, yakitori, and curry for more simple but delicious options. Some food options are arranged on dishes that invoke Sengoku imagery with castles and flags!
If your only interest in the Sengoku Era comes from a videogame or anime, this may not be the place for you as Sengoku Buyuden focuses on the warlords as historical figures rather than modern interpretations of them. The staff is friendly and dedicated to giving you a great experience, but it may be difficult for English speakers to get everything out of the explanations and Sengoku tidbits the staff like to share with the guests. Even still, there are English menus available and the atmosphere, all-you-can-drink options, and themed food will wow any Sengoku enthusiast. Make sure to look for the swords the male staff members keep at their sides, ready to defend your food to the death!