For the Muslim travelers, finding Halal food is one of the challenges when traveling anywhere in the world. However, with the trend of travel catching on fast, Japan is one of the places that has adopted well by catering for Muslim travelers.
Since 2013, the growth on Muslims visiting Japan has been rising steadily, especially from Malaysia. Japan has been one of the top three destinations that most Malaysians want to visit due to the very interesting choices offered by this country.
When it comes to Japan travel, Tokyo and Osaka are the first choices for Muslim travelers, due to the easy connectivity with budget and full serviced airlines. This has been one of the driving factors for Malaysians visiting Japan in the last four to five years.
Asakusa Temple, one of the popular tourist spots to visit in Tokyo.
Also to note that there are over 100,000 Muslims living, working or studying in Japan, and in a non-Muslim country, it is difficult to be a 100% Halal or Muslim compliant restaurant, so each restaurant has a different degree of commitment.
Apart from Japanese Halal food, there are also other cuisines which are Halal, including Arabic, Indonesian, Turkish an even Chinese Halal food available.
Japanese Sushi, a must-try for anyone visiting Japan
First Timers To Japan
For those who are visiting Japan for the first time, chances are that Tokyo would be the best choice for their Japan trip. As the metropolis of Tokyo is massive beyond one’s imagination, the traveler would be spoiled for choices in places to stay at.
Tokyo is also easy to explore, as the intricate subway system is well connected to just about any part of Tokyo. So, traveling around Tokyo is pretty convenient. Signs are in English while the ticket machines have language selections, which make it so much easier.
As for Halal Japanese food, there are quite a number of restaurants that have the Halal certification displayed on the premises doors or windows. So, you simply need to look out for those when you explore.
Inside Naritaya Halal Restaurant in Asakusa
List of Halal Restaurants in Tokyo
Please note that most of the Halal restaurants or eateries are spread all over Tokyo City, and some of them located in not so busy areas.
However, you can always do a Google Map search for these restaurants to find the opening and closing times. The list is divided into the main popular areas of Tokyo and in no order.
Address: Sakura Build B1F, 3-22, Sakuragaoka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
A local halal certified Shabu Shabu restaurant in Shibuya. They serve the world heritage cuisine of Washoku and 3-7 course dinners. Single portions are also available.
Address: 3-14-5, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Malaysian Mee Goreng at Malay Asian Cuisine in Shibuya
One of the most famous Halal restaurants in Shibuya. For those wanting to experience traditional Japanese Yakiniku, this local halal certified restaurant is found in Shibuya.
Roti Canai, Satay, Kangkung Belacan, Mee Goreng, Laksa, Otak-Otak and more are available at this Malaysian style restaurant in Shibuya. Missing home? This is the place to visit. Fully Halal.
Saishoku Teppan Ippin
Address: Langs Daikanyama, 2F, 2 Chome-13-16, West Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Authentic Japanese Halal food like chicken karage, bamboo rice, wagyu beef and a lot more can be found at this restaurant which has been certified by the Nippon Asia Halal Association.
Address: 2-7-13, Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tokyo
A halal restaurant certified by the Japan Islam Cultural Center serves different types of noodles like ramen, tsukemen, and mazesoba. Try the fried chicken or Karage as it is highly recommended.
Halal Ramen at Naritaya, Asakusa
Address: 1 Chome-18-8 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032
Calm, peaceful, tasty simple food. ¥2000 for burger + fries, a salad & drink
The Kebab Factory
Address: 1F, 1-12, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
The name says it all. Kebabs and fully Halal, your easiest meals to find in Tokyo. Try the Doner Kebab, Turkish Kebab or Shish Kebab. Soup, salad and Ice Cream is also available.
Address: 2-11-4, Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tokyo
Sushi is one of the must-try Japanese food for any traveler, and at Sushi Ken in Asakusa, they have a Halal Sushi restaurant for Muslims. English menu with English speaking staff available. This is also the first Halal Sushi Restaurant in Japan.
Kebabs at The Kebab Factory in Asakusa, Tokyo
Address: Nishi-Azabu Annex 1F, 3-20-16 Nishi-Azabu Minato-Ku, Tokyo
Offers Halal Yakiniku and other Korean dishes. This restaurant is near Roppongi Hills area and about 10 minutes walk from the Roppongi Station.
Sahifa Kebab & Briyani
Address: France Bldg 1 F, 4-11-8 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
If you want to try a variety of north and south Indian food, Sahifa Kebab is the place in Roppongi, which is only a 2 minute walk from Roppongi Station.
Address: 1st & 2nd floor 3-1-20 Nishi-azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo
Authentic Egyptian and Arabian cuisine as well as Shisha in a variety of flavors is available at this Egyptian restaurant in Roponggi. Always something unique for Muslim travelers to try.
Address: Roppongi Yasuda Bldg., 2F, 3-2-6, Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Iranian and Arabic food which are Halal is found at Restaurant Aladdin in Roppongi.
One of the Halal Menu’s in Tokyo
Minato Area (Near Tokyo Tower)
Address: 3-23-5, Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
A traditional Washoku restaurant certified as a Muslim-friendly restaurant by the Nippon Asia Halal Association. Choose from three different halal set meals and prices start from 10,000 yen per set.
Halal Ramen Ouka
Address: 1 Chome-11-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Reasonably priced but huge portions but gets really crowded and waiting time is a bit long. Peak hours sees a long line waiting outside, so best to go off peak.
Address: 10 Nandomachi, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
This restaurant is not halal-certified and they do serve alcohol, but they do provide Muslim-friendly dishes with halal seasonings used.
Sushi is probably one of the must favorable Japanese dishes to try
Merah Putih Cafe
Address: #304, 2-10-9 hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
An Indonesian restaurant located in a small Muslim community near Shin-Okubo, Shinjuku. Expect to find Indonesian dishes like Ayam Penyet and other favourites here.
Address: 3-35-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Famous for their their seafood ramen, This restaurant is not halal-certified but is Muslim-friendly.
Address: Nishiguchi Life Building, 3F., 1-15-7, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
A Turkish restaurant in Shinjuku that uses halal meat. Expect traditional Turkish cuisines here.
Address: Komiya Bldg., 2F, 3-35-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Another Turkish restaurant in Shinjuku that uses halal meat.
Address: 3-18-4 Seno Bldg7F, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Looking for Indian fine dining? The Samrat offers the best of Halal Indian cuisine.
Malaysian dishes served at Malaychan in Ikebukuro
Address: 3-22-6 Nish-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Looking for good old Malaysian food? Nasi Goreng, Satay, Steamboat, Melaka and Penang dishes? Malaychan offers you traditional Malaysian dishes that meets Halal requirements where the halal certification is issued by the Malaysian government.
Manhattan Fish Market
Address: Sankei 33 Building B1F, 1-4-2, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
A popular name for Malaysians, Manhattan Fish Market is available in Tokyo and certified by the Malaysia Halal Certification.
Malaysian fried rice from Malaychan Restaurant
Address: Spice Ikebukuro Tobu Building, 15F, 1-1-25, Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
A Kyoto Kaiseki restaurant in Tobu Ikebukuro offering a Muslim-friendly “Halal Gozen” menu. Try the Red Snapper Shabu Shabu here and they are certified as a Muslim-friendly restaurant by the Kyoto Council for Sharia and Halal Affairs.
Marhaba Pakistan Restaurant
Address: Palace Garden Milato 1F, 2-63-6 Ikebukuro,Toshima-ku, Tokyo
For those wanting to try something different, there is a Pakistani restaurant found in Ikebukuro which is certified Halal.
Seafood dishes are widely available in Tokyo, some of them are fully Halal certified restaurants
Address: 1-4-8, 2F, Hacchoubori, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
The name says it all. If you are missing local Kampung food, this is the place to visit. The head chef is from Terengganu and cooks almost all of your favourite Kampung dishes here in Japan. Over 50 dishes available. Malay Kampung Restaurant is a 10 minute walk from the Tokyo Station.
Japanese Stone Grill MOKUSHUNDO at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Address: 2-10-8, Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
A popular hotel restaurant in Tokyo that serves old-style dishes cooked on hot lava rocks from Mount Fuji, as well as original iron-kettle kaiseki cuisine. No sandals allowed here.
Japanese Restaurant MIYUKI at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Address: 2-10-8, Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
This restaurant serves traditional Japanese dining. For lunch, it’s 3,800 Yen onward and for dinner, it’s 10,000 Yen onward per person.
Address: 8F,Ginza Five Star Building 5-8-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
A true Malaysian restaurant in the Ginza district serving authentic Malaysian and Singaporean cuisines. Often, you will spot Malaysia Embassy staff dining here. The restaurant staff are also Malaysians.
Rasa Malaysia Restaurant in Ginza (Photo from https://ginzadelunch.jp/)
Rah Mahal Ginza
Address: Taiyo Bld. 4F, 8-8-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku Tokyo
Offering all-you-can-eat menus and also Ala-carte, Raj Mahal is one of the higher end Indian restaurants in Ginza to explore. Vegetarian meals are also available in this Muslim friendly Halal certified restaurant.
Annam Indian Restaurant
Address: Ginza, 5 Chome−8−13, 4F, Chūō-ku, Tokyo
Serving authentic Indian cuisines in the Ginza area which is halal.
Address: 5-10-6 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Serving some authentic Turkish food in the Ginza area which is Halal
Halal Bento from the Tokyo Halal Restaurant in Akasaka (Image from Time Out)
Tokyo Halal Restaurant
Address: Akasaka Royal Plaza B1F, 2-13-8, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
A Halal restaurant which offers modern Japanese cuisine recommended by the Japan Islamic cultural center.
Luna Hala at Business Hotel Ban
Address: 1F. 3-17-10, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
A hotel that serves Halal breakfast is one of the best choices for Muslim travelers. They serve full Halal lunch and dinners, but they serve alcohol in separate glasses. They also serve organic dishes at this halal certified cafe restaurant in the world famous Tsukiji Market area.
Pran Pone Italian Restaurant
Address: Hako Building 1F, 1-9-5 Toyotamakami, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
I added this is as this is the first halal certified Italian restaurant in Japan. However, the restaurant is run by a Bangladeshi owner and is certified by the Japan Islam Cultural Center.
A restaurant in Narita Airport showing the Halal logo at the entrance
For those who are arriving or leaving Tokyo, you can fi9nd a number of Halal restaurants at both Terminal one and two. So, for a last minute Japanese food fix, come to the airport early and head to these places.
La Toque Japanese Curry
Address: 4th Floor, Narita Airport Terminal 2
For those wanting to try the famous Japanese curry rice, they offer traditional chicken cutlet curry and salmon curry.
Japanese Curry Chicken Katsu at Narita Airport
Kineyamugimaru Homemade Udon Noodles
Address: 5th Floor of Narita Airport Terminal 1
Serving some good traditional Japanese Udon noodles at Narita Airport
Tentei Japanese Tempura
Address: 4th Floor, Narita Airport Terminal 2
Nice place for halal food with friendly service. Tempura sets which comes with both cold soba as well as tempura over rice. They serve alcohol in this premises but it is served in different glass.
One of the Halal logos in Japan certified by the Malaysia Halal Consultation & Training Agency
The above is a list of some of the popular Halal restaurants found all over Tokyo. There are actually many others which are not listed here, but those listed are probably the more popular ones.
If you noticed, there are in fact a number of Malaysian restaurants listed here, so if you are missing Malaysian food, just look for those restaurants. Have a fantastic time in Tokyo.
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