Top 20 Halal Restaurants in Tokyo for Ramadan 2022

Last Updated on 20.04.2022 by Coto Japanese Language School

Looking for halal restaurants in Tokyo?

Food in Japan is a highlight to every tourist and locals themselves — but it’s not just famous for its sushi or ramen. Big cities like Tokyo have become more inclusive to religious groups and those with different dietary needs. You’ll see more halal shops popping up, some of which are also vegetarian and vegan-friendly.

Ramadan 2022 started on April 1 and last until May 1. For Muslim foreigners living in Japan looking for the right options to break their fast, check out our top halal restaurant recommendations in Tokyo.

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

By now, you must have realized that many Japanese ingredients 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) are 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 offer 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 cuisines, 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. The food found here is halal, including its 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 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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Want to know more about ramen? Also check out: Top 10 Ramen Restaurants in Tokyo

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
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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 cheeseburgers and grilled chicken burgers. 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 sauce, is 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 a Korean 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 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 the 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 processed. Here, you can enjoy popular Chinese food such as mapo tofu which 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 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 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)

11. Bharati Indian Restaurant

A hidden gem located in Shibuya, Bharati Indian Restaurant serves halal food with vegetarian-friendly and vegan options. Their popular dishes are staples of a true mouthwatering feast: butter chicken, chicken Tikka Masala and briyani.

Location: 2-9 Motoyoyogicho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

12. Menya Honolu Ebisu

You can’t live or visit Japan without ordering a bowl of ramen — every week, if we can say honestly. Unfortunately, most ramen shops use pork and lard. Menya Honolulu in Ebisu offers a menu that blends Japanese and Southeast-Asian flavors. It’s popular among Muslim people in Japan because they’re one of the very few restaurants that offer halal ramen.

Unmissable offerings include their popular spicy ramen (Spicy Yakiniku BBQ Ramen), fried chicken ramen and, most notably, Tomyum Ramen. They also offer Sosro Teh Botol, a common Indonesian tea drink

Besides that, you can also find a designated prayer room.

Kindly note that not all of their outlets are Halal. Their Ebisu outlet is, but other outlets may serve non-halal meats. Check carefully before visiting one of their outlets to see if they are Halal.

Location: 1-23-1 Ebisuminami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

13. Aliya Halal Restaurant Ikebukuro

If you’re craving authentic and Muslim-friendly Chinese food, you can expect one at Aliya Halal Restaurant. Upon first glance, you’ll notice intricate Arabic calligraphy written on the stairs. Outside the main entrance, a Muslim-friendly certificate hangs on the wall.

We can’t recommend this place enough. The dishes are served family-style — meaning, the food is put on large platters meant for sharing, so you order for everyone, rather than yourself. Seatings are ample too, making it a perfect place to dine or break your fast together.

The options are heavily inspired by Chinese-Muslim culture, and you can find all regional staples. From the Mapo Tofu, lamb skewers and fried rice with shrimp. Their interior design evokes Chinese Muslim culture and really lends to their authentic vibe.

Location: 1-43-3 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

14. Cinta Jawa Cafe

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This is for those of you who miss Indonesian cuisine or are looking to try it out, Cinta Jawa Cafe is a Halal-certified restaurant that offers authentic Indonesian food. Try their nasi padang (Minangkabau steamed rice served with various choices of pre-cooked dishes), mie goreng (Indonesian-style fried noodle) and satay. All their food is packed with spices and flavors.

To end the feast, we recommend the pisang goreng — fried banana dipped in batter.

Location: 13-16 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (multiple branches in Tokyo)

15. Naritaya Asakusa

Naritaya Asakusa is one of the few halal ramen places in Tokyo, but you wouldn’t think that. What they provide is so good you would think they were fighting to compete with titans. Their service is excellent and their portions are huge. Customers declare their fried chicken and ramen as some of the best in Tokyo. All this, and it comes very affordably. None of their prices go above 2,000 JPY. Considering how big the portions are, you can fill yourself without needing to upsize.

Location: 2-27-13 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

16. Halal Sakura

Halal Sakura got their Halal certification from NAHA (Nippon Asia Halal Association). The restaurant offers a menu that is a mix of Japanese and Uighur cuisine. The owner, being an Uyghur themself, wanted to introduce Ugyhur cuisine to the city. Since most of the population is Muslim, the cuisine often features mutton (lamb), beef, chicken and authentic spices: cumin, star anise and Sichuan.

There’s ramen with a soy sauce and beef base, but we also recommend Uighur hotpot and skewers.

Location:  2-18-11, Negishi, Taito-Ku, Tokyo

17. Menya Kaijin

Most ramen can sit heavy on the stomach because of its thick broth, which is mainly made from chicken or pork. If you’re looking for a lighter and healthier alternative, check out Menya Kaijin. You can find people lining up in front of the store, located just within the outside perimeter of Shinjuku Station.

The store uses a fish-based broth. This creates a unique, pleasantly mellower flavor. The soup is light, almost clear. To top it all off, you can order a rice ball with your ramen — because rice and soup never go wrong.

Menya Kaijin’s is different because they use fish-based broth. The soup is very light and almost similar to the soup used in Hong Kong-style wonton noodles.

Kindly note that not everything on their menu is Halal. They are Muslim-friendly, but not Halal-certified. If you want to make sure your meal is Halal, ask them when ordering.

Location: 3-35-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

18. Shabu-shabu Hitsujinoyu

Hitsujinoyu’s specialty is in their lamb shabu-shabu. They are also halal-certified, so you don’t have to worry if their sauce contains lard, mirin or pork.

Location: 3-14 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

19. Ko-So Cafe Biorise

Ko-so Cafe Biorise is a vegan cafe located minutes away from Ebisu Station. It’s the perfect choice for not only Muslims but health-conscious people in the city too. Besides not using any animal ingredients, they take pride in serving dishes with seasonal produce and fermented food.  

The cafe got its vegan certification from NPO Veggie Project Japan and halal certification from Malaysian Halal Corporation. They have soybean meat, gluten-free pizza and salad with fermented dressing, but we think the desserts are the true show-stoppers. Their pancakes are topped with generous fresh fruit and cream.

Kindly note that they offer alcohol, so be sure to specify if you want your meal halal.

Location: 3-25-4 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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20. Kopikalyan Tokyo

Although not a restaurant (it’s more of a chill, hip cafe), we can’t finish the list off without including Kopikalyan. Hailing from Indonesia, which is one of the largest coffee producers, Kopikalyan delivers regional coffee beans and exceptional drink selections that are heavily inspired by tradition and culture. Their Es Kopikalyan is a sweeter rendition of an iced latte — only, it’s infused with palm sugar.

Because Indonesia has a large Muslim population, the Tokyo branch remains faithful to its roots. All of their food and drinks are halal. You can find fried tempeh, gratin and toast. A designated Wudu area and prayer room are also available for customers.

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