Top 10 Halal Restaurants in Tokyo

Last Updated on 08.12.2021 by Coto Japanese Language School

Looking for halal restaurants in Tokyo?

Famous for its wonderful delicacies, food in Japan is for sure a highlight to every tourists trip and locals themselves. Even though halal restaurants were rare gems in Japan years ago, things have since changed for the better. Thanks to a lot of halal shops popping up, the city has been more inslcusive to not just certain religious groups, but foreigners who have different dietary needs, too. Some restaurants mentioned are also vegetarian and vegan-friendly.

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What is Defined as Halal in Japan?

A dish that directly contains pork or lard isn’t the only food that is considered haram. In general, all seafood and herbivorous land animals and halal if they are processed ethically and according to the rules of Islam.

However, what constitutes a halal food is this: it must not be prepared, process or contaminated with anything haram. Haram food includes pork, blood and alcohol. Food like tonkatsu is easily a no-no, but what if, by any case, a food is essentially halal but is cooked with equipments that touch haram indgredients (like a frying pan used to cook pork meat)? It will be considered haram.

By now, you must have realized that many Japanese indgredients are considered haram. For example, mirin, a basic Japanese rice wine used in cooking, isn’t halal because of its alcohol content. Meanwhile, you’ll find most Japanese staple dishes are made with it: teriyaki sauce, tempura dippings and sushi rice. Most ramen soups in Japan (namely the tonkotsu ramen) is made from pig bone broth, too, and a lot of supermarket shoyu (soy sauce) isn’t certified halal either.

10 Halal Restaurants in Tokyo You Need to Visit

Regardless of your religion or dietary preference, halal restaurants in Tokyo offers a new gastronomic experience. You’ll fully explore the breadth of Japanese cuisine with unique and exciting renditions. Many of them are also fusions with other regional cuisine, like Southeast Asian-inspired ramen and halal wagyu.

1. Asakusa Sushiken

When in Japan, sushi is not a food you want to miss out on. Asakusa Sushi-Ken is the first halal-certified sushi restaurant in Tokyo. All the food found here are all halal, including the soy sauce and rice (which is usually added with mirin). Prepared by chefs with the freshest ingredients right in front of you, it is definitely an experience not to be missed in Japan. Order their popular sushi sets or check out other items on their menu, such as the tendon, a rice bowl (donburi) with fried seafood and vegetables (tempura). Here, lunch menus ranging from 1200 yen to 2200 yen can be found. Enjoy a wide variety of sushi in this certified halal Japanese restaurant!

Location: 2-11-4 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo

2. Ayam-YA Okachimachi

A staple of Japanese cuisine, ramen is a must have when in Japan. Here at Ayam-YA Okachimachi, ramen is their specialty (10 out of 12 dishes on their menu are all ramen). The name of the restaurant is a wordplay: ‘Ayam’ means chicken, while ‘~ya’ means shop — together, it literally translates to ‘chicken shop’.

One of the few halal restaurants in Tokyo that serve up all its ramen with a chicken-based broth, they still serve a few customizations options. For selected dishes, diners can opt for a shoyu (soy sauce) version or shio (salt) version, depending on personal preference. Dishes such as the Noko Tori Ramen are limited edition, cut to 20 bowls a day. Similarly, the Tori Potage Ramen is limited to only 10 bowls a day. Diners are spoilt for choice here as dry ramen and cold ramen with a dipping soup and spicy ramen are all available here. You can even order larger portions of ramen at no extra cost! For those who prefer having rice bowls, there are two options that are rice-based.

Location: 3-10-3 Motoasakusa, Taito City, Tokyo

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3. Coco House Ichibanya Curry

Also known as Coco Ichi for short, this is a very popular curry place that has expanded all over the world. With over 1,000 stores in Japan, it is well-loved by many. However, so far there are only two outlets that are halal certified, one being Coco Ichibanya Shinjuku Kabukicho. The other outlet, Curry Coco Ichibanya Akihabara, is the first halal outlet that opened in Japan. Here, customers can also customize their orders with rice size, toppings and spice levels. Even though pork is off the menu, there are still plenty of options available, such as chicken, beef and cheese toppings. For those who are vegetarian or who have vegetable preferences, vegetarian options are available too.

Location: Multiple locations in Tokyo and Japan

4. Luxe Burgers

As the name suggests, Luxe Burgers sells hamburgers. It is the first and only halal-certified burger shop in Japan. As hamburgers restaurants are hard to find in Japan, it is also widely popular amongst the locals. The chefs here prepare everything themselves, from the sauces to the meat patties and dressings. Their patties are 100% halal lamb, but it is not the only thing on the menu. They also have interesting options such as avocado cheeseburger and grilled chicken burgers. For those with a meatless diet, they are also vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Takeout and delivery are available to make their halal burgers more accessible.

Location: 6-13 Nihonbashikobunacho, Chuo City, Tokyo

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5. Gyumon

Perfect for those who want to try out authentic Japanese yakiniku, Gyumon is the place to go. Here, many different beef parts and chicken options are available. Grill your own meal in this cozy halal restaurant in Tokyo. For those looking for wallet friendly options, fret not because they offer affordable lunch sets from 12 pm! At just 1000 yen, you can order a halal beef bowl that also comes with soup and a salad. Dinner sets starting from 2500 yen are also available. Everything here including their delicious dipping sauces are all halal, but do note that this restaurant serves alcoholic beverages.

Location: 3-14-5 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo

6. Wagyu Yakiniku Panga

Another halal yakiniku place, this barbecue restaurant serves premium wagyu meat. With plenty of meat options to select from, including meat seasoned with bulgogi marinade, they offer a mix of Japanese and Korean cuisine. Order their meat platters here to try out all the different meats and cuts to find your favorite! Receive sides such as salad or kimchi to enjoy along with your yakiniku. Affordable lunch sets are also available, with fusion dishes such as a beef bowl in korean’s hot stone bowl (Bibimbap) and korean udon. There are the kimchi-based broth and classic Japanese udon, amongst many others. Want a taste of alcohol but without the actual alcohol? They serve the Suntory’s all-free non-alcoholic malt beverage.

Location: 3-27-9 Taito, Taito City, Tokyo

7. Tokyo Chinese Muslim Restaurant

A muslim-owned establishment, there is no use of pork in all the dishes served at Tokyo Chinese Muslim restaurant. Want a Chinese food that is halal? This is the one. As a restaurant that is halal-certified, you can rest assured that even their beef is ethically sourced and process. Here, you can enjoy popular Chinese food such as mapo tofu that has halal beef instead of the usual pork. Do note that this place does serve alcohol. Aside from that, it is definitely a great place to enjoy the fusion of Chinese and Malay cuisine!

Location: 2-18-6 Kotobashi, Sumida City, Tokyo

8. Cabe Meguro

Cabe is the place if you are looking for Indonesian food. Here, everything is widely influenced by Indonesia, from their decorative ornaments to background songs. The authentic meals are prepared by local indonesians, giving everyone a taste of their local dishes. Of course, all the ingredients used are halal, including the beef. Be it finger foods, main dishes or desserts, if you want it, they have it. Vegetarian and vegan options are also offered here. Popular amongst Indonesians and Japanese, this place is worth trying out.

Location: 3-5-4 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa City, Tokyo

9. Kebab Cafe

As a famous Turkish dish, kebabs are well known all over the world. In Tokyo, look no further as Kebab Cafe is here to satisfy your taste buds with Turkish cuisine. What makes it special is the bread that they use, different from most other kebab shops in Tokyo that use pita bread. Their shop uses Turkish Ekmek, which has a slightly softer texture compared to the pita bread. Their lunch set menu starts from 700 yen and comes with authentic Turkish soup and tea, with free flow rice. With a wide array of kebabs and appetizers to begin your meal, be ready to be spoiled with choices here!

Location: 2-25-10 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo

10. Ashoka Shinjuku

If you are looking to try other cuisines aside from halal Japanese food, check out Ashoka Shinjuku selling Indian cuisine! Well-loved by native Indians, Ashoka is one of the first Indian halal restaurants in Tokyo. They offer a huge variety of authentic Indian delicacies, such as tandoori and curry dishes. Meats such as chicken, fish and lamb are available. If you are craving for Indian cuisine or interested in trying out something new, Ashoka is the place for you!

Location: 6-6-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo (multiple branches in Tokyo)

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