Tokyo’s Onigiri Hotspot “Odamusubi Honten” Serves Thousands of Rice Balls Daily From Dawn to Dusk

Many tourists want to maximize their time at their destination. Those eager to actively explore Japan from the morning should head to the onigiri shop “Odamusubi Honten” (hereunder referred to as “Odamusubi”).

Conveniently located in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku neighborhood, the shop opens daily at 6:30 AM. Here, you can enjoy a wide variety of onigiri rice balls, popular worldwide as a Japanese food.

Photo of Odamusubi Honten display window

Display window of Odamusubi Honten filled with onigiri

Popular fillings at the Shinjuku onigiri shop Odamusubi

At Odamusubi, you can take out your onigiri or eat it in the shop. When you come to the cash register, let the staff know if you want take-out or to eat in.

An English menu with photos is also available, so international tourists can order with ease.

Photo of Odamusubi Honten menu

Menu with English descriptions is available

Particularly popular fillings at Odamusubi are “Salmon” and “Spicy Cod Roe.”

The rice used is Hitomebore from Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture, prized for its balance of sweetness and aroma. As a result, it’s a great match with any filling, especially with salmon.

The mild saltiness of the salmon allows the sweetness of the white rice to shine through, making it popular among both young and old.

Photo of Salmon onigiri

“鮭,” Salmon: Take-out 220 JPY (tax included) | Eat-in 224 JPY (tax included)

The “Spicy Cod Roe” onigiri with its mild kick of spice becomes even tastier when paired with white rice. The rice softens the spiciness, making it a recommended filling even for those who are not fond of spicy food.

Photo of Spicy Cod Roe onigiri

Odamusubi also offers onigiri with more hefty fillings, such as the “Shrimp Tempura Rice Ball.” The batter is soaked in a sweet and salty sauce, offering a taste experience similar to eating a tempura rice bowl. The shrimp, wrapped in tempura batter, adds a delightful texture to the filling.

Photo of Shrimp Tempura Rice Ball

“天むす,” Shrimp Tempura Rice Ball – Take-out 290 JPY (tax included) | Eat-in 295 JPY (tax included)

Additionally, Odamusubi offers various other fillings, like cod roe and tuna mayonnaise. Each one is packed with its featured fillings, ensuring deliciousness until the last bite. The size is just right, not too big or too small, fitting comfortably in your palm.

You’ll surely be tempted to try different ones!

Pair your favorite onigiri with karaage for a great deal in a set meal!

At Odamusubi, there are set menus available at three different time slots: 6:30 AM to 11 AM, 11 AM to 5 PM, and 5 PM until closing.

Among these, the “Karaage Set” featuring karaage (a Japanese style of fried chicken) and the “Rice Ball Dashi Soup Set” are recommended. The Karaage Set, available from 11 AM to 5 PM, can be enjoyed for an additional 260 JPY (tax included) on top of your chosen onigiri’s price.

Photo of Karaage Set

“唐揚げセット(ツナ+煮卵),” Karaage Set (Tuna + Seasoned Boiled Egg) 738 JPY (tax included)

The set includes a rolled omelet, pickles, miso soup, and a piece of karaage. Each bite of the well-marinated chicken releases a delightful burst of savory flavor in your mouth.

Photo of Fried Chicken Set

Karaage is also available à la carte

The sweetly seasoned rolled omelet and the salty karaage balance each other’s flavors. The pickles, with their mild tartness, provide a refreshing taste.

Photo of pickles and rolled omelet

“漬物,” pickles (left), “卵焼き,” rolled omelet (right)

The onigiri at Odamusubi are delightful on their own, but for a more satisfying meal, the Karaage Set is a must!

You’ll want to relish the “Rice Ball Dashi Soup Set”

The “Rice Ball Dashi Soup Set” is also a menu item you should try at Odamusubi. It’s available daily after 11 AM. For the rice ball, you can choose from “Salmon,” “Dried Young Sardines with Japanese Pepper,” “Spicy Cod Roe,” and “Pickled Leaf Mustard.”

Photo of Rice Ball Dashi Soup Set

“おむすびだし茶漬けセット(鮭),” Rice Ball Dashi Soup Set (Salmon) 850 JPY (tax included)

To enjoy the Rice Ball Dashi Soup Set, pour the shirodashi broth over the rice ball in your bowl. This dashi is made with a blend of katsuobushi (bonito flakes), sōdagatsuobushi (frigate tuna flakes), iwashibushi (sardine flakes), and kelp, offering a rich umami flavor.

Photo of Rice Ball Dashi Soup Set

The shirodashi, with its depth of flavor from these four ingredients, provides a robust and savory taste. It’s sure to pleasantly surprise you with its delightful aroma wafting up from your bowl.

Photo of Rice Ball Dashi Soup Set

A popular shop selling about 3,000 rice balls daily

Odamusubi is a popular destination in Shinjuku, selling around 3,000 onigiri daily. Open early and conveniently located near Shinjuku Station’s gates, it often sees long lines in the morning.

Photo of Odamusubi Honten's exterior

Photo of Odamusubi Honten’s exterior

The popularity of the shop stems from the variety of fillings and the delicately soft yet firm texture of the onigiri. When you take a bite, savor the experience as the rice gently falls apart, revealing its perfectly fluffy and light texture.

Photo of making rice balls

Located right at Shinjuku Station, one of Tokyo’s major transit hubs where various train lines converge, Odamusubi is an ideal stop for travelers. Many visitors, planning their day around the city, find this conveniently situated onigiri shop a perfect place to start their journey.

Whether grabbing a quick rice ball for the Shinkansen or the Romancecar, or enjoying a sit-down breakfast at the shop before departure, the shop offers a fitting start to your day.

Odamusubi will surely become a delightful part of your Japan travel experience!


Store name おだむすび 本店
Odamusubi Honten
Address Odakyu Line Shinjuku Station West Exit Underground Concourse, 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access Shinjuku Station(SJK)Short walk from West Underground Gate
  • Odakyu Line(OH01)

Shinjuku Station(SJK)Short walk from Shinjuku Station Central West Gate
  • JR Yamanote Line(JY17)
  • JR Saikyō Line(JA11)
  • JR Shōnan Shinjuku Line(JS20)
  • JR Chūō Line Rapid(JC05)
  • JR Chūō Sōbu Line(JB10)
  • Keiō Line(KO01)
  • Keiō New Line(KO01)
  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line(M08)
  • Toei Shinjuku Line(S01)
  • Toei Ōedo Line(E27)
Phone number 03-3344-8776
Reservations Not accepted
Payment method
  • Cash
  • Credit cards not accepted
  • Transportation-related electronic money(Suica, etc.)
  • Electronic money not accepted
  • QR code paymemt(au PAY・d Payment・PayPay)
Hours Mon-Fri. 6:30-21:00(last order 20:30)
Sat. 6:30-19:30(last order 19:00)
Sun. & nat’l holidays 6:30-19:00(last order 18:30)
Closed No regular holidays
Unscheduled holidays
Seating 19 seats
8 counter seats, 11 table seats
Smoking All seats are non-smoking
Official website
Other information
  • Menus are available with Japanese and English language only
  • Please ask staff about allergy-friendly, vegan and vegetarian menus; no halal menus
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Take-out service is available; delivery service is not available
  • Luggage storage space is available
  • Wi-Fi is not available
  • Posting of food photos and videos on customers’ personal SNS accounts is allowed
  • Separate billing is allowed

※Menu contents, prices, store information, etc. are current as of January 2024.