There’s plenty of Halal food in Tokyo — including Halal-certified wagyu beef!

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Food in Japan can get a little tricky for Muslims. Mirin is often used to season sushi rice or soups, and gelatin or lard is used in sweets and snacks.

Luckily, with Tokyo being the capital city, there’s plenty of Halal Japanese food available within walking distance of train stations and popular neighbourhoods! 

Eat doubt-free in Tokyo with these nine Halal and Muslim-friendly eateries serving authentic Japanese food like sushi and Kobe beef!

1) Kineya Mugimaru (Narita Airport)

Halal status: Certified Muslim Friendly by the Japan Halal Association, alcohol is served in disposable cups.
Cuisine: Japanese Udon, Tempura and Onigiri

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Photo credit: Halal Udon Kineya Mugimaru of Kansai Airport via Facebook

Start off (or end) your Tokyo trip with a bowl of fresh Halal homemade udon in Kineya MugimaruFYI they have an outlet in Kansai International Airport too!

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Photo credit: Kineya Mugimaru Narita Airport via Facebook

The unassumingly clear broth is packed with flavour and udon noodles are freshly made daily — giving it a pleasantly chewy texture.

Choose from dishes like Udon Noodles with Beef (¥710,~S$7.10 ), Curry Udon Noodles with Chicken (¥500, ~$5) or vegetarian options like Udon Noodles with Fried Tofu (¥455, ~S$4.50).

You can customise your meal by controlling the amount of broth via a self-service dispenser and add tempura snacks on the side to complete your meal.

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Besides udon noodles, the restaurant also serves onigiris (¥164, ~S$1.70) for a quick snack!

Cost: From ~¥455 (~S4.50)
Opening hours: 10AM – 4PM
Address: Public are of Narita Airport Terminal 1, Central Building, 5F and Kansai Airport

2) Tendon Itsuki

Halal status: Halal-certified by the Japan Halal Foundation
Cuisine: Tempura Donburi

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Popular among locals, Tendon Itsuki serves up all things battered and fried. Meals are made to order — you can see the chef frying your tempura right in front of you!

For the ultimate sampler, get the Special Tendon (¥1,500, ~S$14.80) which includes tempura snow crab, conger eel, prawn, chicken, soft-boiled egg, seasonal vegetables and rice.

The tempura has a light crunch and is not too oily. It’s also paired with a sweet dipping sauce. Each tendon (tempura rice bowl) comes with chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), miso soup and freeflow pickled cabbage.

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Photo credit: Halal Tendon Itsuki via Facebook

Complete your meal with a daifuku or stuffed mochi for dessert! For ¥250 (~S$2.60) each, choose from mango, strawberry, matcha or coffee flavour.

Considering its location in Ginza, one of Tokyo’s top shopping districts, you’re sure to get a value-for-money meal here in Tendon Itsuki.

*Pro-tip: Dine before 12PM or on a weekday night to avoid long queues.

*Note: This eatery is subject to 8% consumption tax.

Cost: From ¥1,000 (~S$10.10)
Opening hours: 11AM – 3:30PM, 5:30PM – 9PM
Address: Ginza INZ 1, 2nd Floor, 104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 3—1
How to get there: 3 mins walk from JR Yurakucho St

3) Issho Ueno

Halal status: Separate Muslim-friendly menu available (prepared with Halal-certified meat and separate utensils from regular menu), alcohol served.
Cuisine: Izakaya with Halal Kobe Beef

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Issho Ueno is the only place to get Halal Kobe beef in Tokyo.

Located in Ueno, the establishment is an izakaya — a type of informal Japanese bar that serves drinks and snacks — frequented by locals! Each party of diners get their own room — how’s that for a private experience?

Get straight to the main dish and order the Halal Kobe Beef Steak Set for two. Choose between Ribeye 75g (¥15,000, ~S$151.80) or Sirloin 150g (¥35,000, ~S$354) — the ribeye’s less fatty while the sirloin’s softer. Either way, you’ll get a sweet, melt-in-your-mouth experience 😋.

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*Pro-tip: The sirloin is perfect with a touch of fresh wasabi 😉

Each set comes with sashimi, chicken wing skewers, seasonal vegetable tempura, dessert and soft drinks. It also includes motsunabe — an offal stew (miso or soy sauce base) prepared in a Japanese hotpot.

Fun fact: Tablelog has ranked Issho Ueno’s motsunabe as the number one most delicious motsunabe restaurant in the Ueno area!

Other interesting things to try are Hakata sesame mackerel sashimi and conger eel ikizukuri — which just means to prepare sashimi from live seafood.

Note: A reservation (via phone at +81 3-5830-3785) is required at least a week in advance for the Halal Kobe Beef set.

Cost: From ¥680 (~S$6.90)
Opening hours: 4PM – 11PM (weekday), 11:30AM – 2PM, 5PM – 11PM (weekend)
Address: FUNDES Ueno Bldg. 8F, 7-2-4 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005
How to get there: 5 mins walk from JR Ueno Station central exit

4) Halal Wagyu Yakiniku Panga

Halal status: Halal Certified by the Japan Halal Foundation
Cuisine: Yakiniku and wagyu

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Grill cuts of wagyu to your desired doneness at Halal Wagyu Yakiniku Panga!

A 5-minute walk from As-Salaam Mosque, this yakiniku (Japanese-style grilled barbeque meats) restaurant serves Halal-certified A5 wagyu with a Beef Marbling Score (BMS) of 10 or higher from Kagoshima prefecture — the number one wagyu production area in Japan!

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Photo credit: Halal Wagyu Yakiniku Panga via Facebook

For first-timers, try the beef platters to sample different cuts. Choose from the Wagyu Regular Beef Platter (¥6,500, ~S$65.70) all the way to Wagyu Premium Beef Platter (from ¥13,000, ~S$131.50) if you’re feeling fancy — it’s worth the splurge. The juicy grilled wagyu is perfect on its own or with a pinch of salt or black pepper.

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The nature-like ambience makes Halal Wagyu Yakiniku Panga a popular spot so be sure to make a reservation as wait times can exceed 2 hours!

Cost: From ¥800 (~S$8.10)
Opening hours:
11:30AM – 2:30PM, 5PM – 10:30PM (Mon – Sat), 5PM – 10PM (Sun)
Address: 3 Chome-27-9 Taito, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0016, Japan
How to get there: 3 mins walk from Exit A2 at Shin-Okachimachi St OR 10 mins walk from JR Okachimachi Station

5) Ayam-YA

Halal status: Halal Certified by the Japan Halal Foundation
Cuisine: Ramen

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Eating ramen is a must when in Japan — and you’ll get to experience ordering from a retro food ticket vending machine here at Ayam-YA.

This Halal ramen spot in Tokyo prides itself over its tori paitan — a very thick and collagen-rich broth achieved from slow-cooking chicken.

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Their Tori Ramen is simple to navigate — have a shio (salt) or shoyu (soy sauce) base and choose from rich (¥850, ~S$8.70), extra rich (¥950, ~S$9.70) or spicy (¥890, ~S$9.10). Add an egg and karaage to complete your meal!

Try the Tsukemen for a different take on ramen noodles — a dipping ramen where cold noodles are served with soup — or the Mazemen which is ramen served dry. You can also get rice dishes like the Tori Char Siu Don.

Ayam-YA’s location in Okachimachi makes it a good pit stop when travelling between Asakusa and Ueno so consider having your meal here when exploring the area!

Note: Only cash is accepted here.

Cost: From ¥850 (~S$8.70)
Opening hours:
11:30AM – 2:30PM, 5PM – 9:30PM
Address: Japan, 111-0041 Tokyo, Taito City, Motoasakusa, 3 Chome−10−3
How to get there: 5 mins walk from Shin-Okachimachi Station

6) Asakusa Sushi Ken

Halal status: Halal Certified by Japan Halal Foundation
Cuisine: Sushi, alcohol is served

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Hey Siri, play Music for a Sushi Restaurant by Harry Styles because we can have authentic Halal-certified sushi in Tokyo made right in front of us!

There’s no need to worry about this sushi possibly containing mirin because Asakusa Sushi Ken is the first ever Halal-certified sushi restaurant in Japan.

Photo credit: Asakusa Sushi Ken

Starting from ¥1,100 (~S$11.20), lunch sets are the way to go for the most bang for your buck! And if you’ve got room for more, order a tempura lunch set or sides like fresh oyster

For the traditional sushi restaurant vibes, it’s worth making a stop here when exploring Asakusa!

*Note: As it’s a popular lunch spot for Muslims visiting Asakua, reservations are recommended.

Cost: From ¥1,100 (~S$11.20)
Opening hours: 12PM – 3PM, 5PM – 10:30PM (closes 10PM on Sun, closed on Wed)
Address:  2-11-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
How to get there: 1 min walk from Tsukuba Express Line Asakusa Station exit A1, behind Don Quijote

7) Gyumon

Halal status: Separate Halal Menu Certified by Malaysia Halal Corporation Co. Ltd.
Cuisine: Yakiniku

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Sit on a tatami (Japanese mat) and grill your wagyu over a charcoal flame in Gyumon.

Located in a hidden street in Shibuya, the intimate setting of this yakiniku restaurant is like dining in a Japanese home — you even need to remove your shoes 😅.

Photo credit: @murrleee via Instagram

Gyumon has a ‘one person per set’ policy and their current offerings start from ¥3,000 (~S$30.30). A set includes your choice of meat (beef or a mix of marinated chicken and beef), rice, salad and a drink — perfect for solo diners who want a bit of everything.

As with any yakiniku, the focus is on the natural beef flavour but feel free to ask for additional salt to season your beef slices.

*Pro-tip: Come earlier as seats for dine-ins are limited.

*Note: Menu is subject to 10% tax.

Cost: From ¥3,000 (~S$30.30)
Opening hours: 5PM – 11PM
Address: 3 Chome-14-5 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
How to get there: 3 mins walk from JR Shibuya Station

8) Menya Honolu

Halal status: Halal certified by the Japan Islamic Trust
Cuisine: Ramen

Photo credit: Menya Honolu via Google Photos

The Spicy Fried Chicken Ramen (¥1,580, ~S$16) is Menya Honolu’s best-seller. It’s a sweet, savoury and mildly spicy broth served with bamboo shoots — certainly a break from the usual rich chicken ramen broth.

With their unique flavours like yakiniku ramen and convenient location in Shibuya, it’s no wonder people flock here when looking for Halal food in Tokyo.

Photo credit: Menya Honolu via Google Photos

In true ramen restaurant fashion, order your meals through the vending machine where thankfully, the buttons are clearly labelled in English.

Be warned — Menya Honolu is a lunch spot favoured by many. Come at opening time to avoid queues.

Cost: From ¥680 (~S$6.90)
Opening hours: 11:30AM – 9PM
Address: Japan, 150-0022 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Ebisuminami, 1 Chome−23−1, 1F
How to get there: 5 mins walk from JR Ebisu Station East Exit

9) Sojibo

Halal status: Halal Certified, alcohol is served
Cuisine: Soba noodles

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Before you leave the land of sushi, squeeze in a last Japanese meal at Sojibo!

Conveniently located at Narita Airport Terminal 2, Sojibo serves soba noodles and tempura! You can choose to have hot soba for sets like Chicken Cutlet Over Rice (¥1,180, ~S$11.90) or cold soba with Jumbo Shrimp Tempura (¥1,580, ~S$16).

Most sets are served with a hunk of fresh wasabi for you to grate on your own.

Fun fact: People take home the unfinished wasabi as a souvenir — the restaurant provides tiny bags!

*Pro-tip: Grab a counter seat facing the window to plane-watch as you finish your last meal in Japan.

Cost: From ¥800 (~S$8.10)
Opening hours: 7AM – 9PM
Address: Narita Airport Terminal 2, Main Building, 4th Floor

Exploring Halal food in Tokyo

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I’m someone who actively plans my trip around Halal food places, it’s nice to know that Tokyo has quite a selection of Halal and Muslim-friendly choices close to places of interest like Shibuya and Asakusa.

One resource I found really useful was Halal Gourmet Japan — a database of Halal restaurants of different cuisines in Japan. The website has search filters so you can browse according to cuisines. It also specifies conditions like whether an establishment uses Halal meat or is Muslim-owned.

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If you want to check the Halal status of an establishment while in Japan, you can use Food Diversity’s Communication Guide Sheet to communicate your dietary restrictions! Simple show them the page that applies to you.

Being Japan’s capital city, it’s not that hard to find Halal food in Tokyo. Knowing Pro-Tips to Finding Halal Food Easily in Non-Muslim Countries can help you navigate Tokyo’s other offerings, including traditional snacks that are naturally Muslim-friendly.

Know of any other Halal and Muslim-friendly Japanese eateries in Tokyo? Let us know in the comments below!

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