1. RamenAyam-YA Okachimachi When looking for halal ramen in Japan, one place popular with Muslim travellers is Ayam-YA. This ramen chain has outlets in Kyoto and Osaka too. Credit: @icazahra on InstagramTheir yummy chicken-based broth is what steals the show here as it's packed with flavour and even some local Japanese say it tastes just as exceptional as non-halal ramen too. Take your pick between thick, thin or spicy thick soup and choose the size you prefer. You have to order through a machine and the staffwill deliver your food to you. Credit: @yatisuaidi on Instagram If you want a stronger kick in your bowl of noodles, we recommend getting the spicy version! It's definitely comforting to slurp a bowl of Ayam-YA ramen after a whole day of walking and exploring 😋 Other than ramen, Ayam-YA also serves rice bowls and chicken kaarage too. Their prices range from around JPY850-1020, so it's pretty affordable! Plus it's located near the popular and well-connected Ueno station which means it’s super convenient to get to. If you need to do your prayers, the Masjid Assalam Okachimachi is only a 2-minutes' walk away. Halal Status: Halal-certified (by Japan Halal Foundation), mosque nearby Price range: JPY850-1020 Address: 4 Chome-10-1 Taito, Tokyo 110-0016, Japan Opening Hours: Lunch – 11.30am to 3pm daily (last order at 2.30pm) Dinner – 5pm to 10pm daily (last order at 9.30pm) Contact No: +81-3-3834-6656 Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen OukaThe next contender for "best halal ramen in Tokyo" would have to be Ramen Ouka located near the scenic Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. This is one of the more unique ramen eateries in Tokyo as their ramen is served in a set with a bowl of rice, grilled chicken and yakitori. Once you're donewith your ramen noodles, they'll recommend you to eat the remaining broth with rice - this is called ochazuke.
2. Yakiniku (grilled meat)Yakiniku Panga Going to Japan without having a taste of authentic halal wagyu is almost unheard of, and one of the few halal eateries where you can have a wagyu feast is Yakiniku Panga. Previously only located at Okachimachi, they have just opened another outlet at Asakusa called Halal Wagyu Dining Panga 585. Stuff yourself to your heart’s content with juicy strips of glistening wagyu and yakiniku and watch with bated breath as the meat sizzles away on the grill in front of you. Trust us, Yakiniku Panga is one Japanese eatery you’re not likely to forget 😋 Halal Status: Halal Certified (by Japan Halal Foundation) Price range: JPY4900-8500 for wagyu Halal Wagyu Yakiniku Panga (Okachimachi) Address: 3 Chome-27-9 Taito, Taitō, Tokyo 110-0016, Japan Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 11:30am to 2pm, 5pm to 10:30pm Saturday & Sunday – 5:00pm to 10:00pm Contact No: +81 3-3839-8929 or reserve via Hotpepper Halal Wagyu Dining Panga 585 (Asakusa) Address: Marugoto Nippon, 4th Floor, Asakusa 2-chōme-6-7, Asakusa,Taito Ku, Tokyo 111-0032Operating hours: 11am - 11pm daily Directions: Alight at Asakusa train station (TX Line) and walk one-minute to Marugoto Nippon where the restaurant is located Note: The restaurant will only be open for 585 days from April 2019, so it’s estimated to close on 2 December 2020 Gyu-kaku - Akasaka branch Gyu-Kaku is one of Japan’s most famous yakiniku chains, with locations all across the country! Opened in 2017, the Akasaka branch is the first to offer halal course meals, hooray! 😁 So, what’s on the menu? They have the 2 muslim-friendly course meals - the normal gyu-kaku course (JPY4000) and wagyu course (JPY6000), which includes beef, chicken, and seafood😋). Both courses feature a variety of vegetables and meat dishes, and they neither contain nor are prepared with any sort of pork products/extracts or alcohol! So you will definitely be spoilt for choices when you dine here 😄 The cooking and eating utensils are used specifically for Muslim-friendly course meals and bear a mark of certification from Islamic Centre Japan. Even the dipping sauce containers and drinking vessels are also halal-certified. In keeping with halal principles, their dishes, glasses, and cookware for the halal meals arealso hand-washed separately from those that are used for Gyu-Kaku’s non-halal-meals 😄 So if you are in the Akasaka area in Tokyo, don’t forget to check this place out!#HHWT Tip: Muslim-friendly meals are available only at the Akasaka branch. Do make a reservation (which can be made by phone) at least three days in advance. Halal Status: Halal meat and seafood options available. Since this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Price range: JPY4000-6000 Address: Akasaka 3 Chome-12-11, Central Akasaka Building 2nd floor, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan Opening hours: 11.30am to 3am daily Contact No: +81 03-5545-5029 Gyumon Located in the bustling streets of Shibuya, Gyumon is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with authentic halal yakiniku. It’s the perfect place for a hearty dinner after a shopping session in Shibuya! Ordering is pretty simple as you just have to choose the cut you want and they’ll serve it to you raw. The raw beef is lightly marinated with salt and pepper allowing you to savour the taste of the tender beef slices. Have fun grilling the meat on the charcoal stove 😋 We’re absolutely in love with the beef tenderloin, grilled to medium rare perfection! Domake a reservation by dropping them a call to avoid any queues as the restaurant is relatively small.Halal Status: Halal meat available, Alcohol served in establishment. Since this is not a halal-certified restaurant, we advise our readers to dine at your own discretion. Price range: JPY3000-4000 Address: 3 Chome-14-5 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan Opening Hours: Tue - Fri, 12pm - 12am Sat - Sun, 4pm - 12am Mon, 5pm - 12am Contact No: +81 03-5469-2911
3. Japanese CurryCoCo Ichibanya (Akihabara and Shinjuku branch) Now you can enjoy halal Japanese curry at the first ever halal-certified CoCo Ichibanya Curry House in Akihabara and Shinjuku! The Akihabara outlet opened in September 2017 while the Shinjuku outlet just opened in 2018! Both received certifications from Nippon Asia Halal Association (NAHA). Let’s just refresh our memory now on how amazing their Japanese curry is 😋 One of our favourites is their Chicken Tender Cutlet Curry with Cheese. The curry is flavourful and a little sweet. Plus, the cheese paired perfectly with the curry and meat 🤤 Credit: @mohammadazry on InstagramIf you're not a fan of chicken cutlet, get their beef or seafood curry instead. It'll taste just as exceptional. Check out Coco Curry House’s menu for more curry delights you can now enjoy! We sure wouldn’tmind making a trip to Tokyo just to get a taste of this, wouldn’t you agree? 😉Halal Status: Halal Certified (by Nippon Asia Halal Association) Price range: JPY710-1170 Akihabara Outlet: Address: 1 Chome-6, 1F Kanda Matsunagachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0023 Opening hours: 11am to 10.30pm daily Contact No: +81 3-6260-8667 Shinjuku Outlet: Address: Kabukicho Shotengai Shinkou Kumiai Building B1, 1 Chome-19-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021 Opening hours: 11am to 10.30pm daily Contact No: +81 3-6457-3782 La Toque (Narita Airport) Need another reason to fly to/from Narita Airport? Well, besides halal udon and tempura, Narita also has an authentic Japanese curry eatery – La Toque! Credit: @hudaaothman on Instagram So no worries if you arrive in Narita Airport with an empty tummy because there are just too many options to choose from. From chicken cutlet curry to salmon curry, you’ll definitely find a dish that you love at La Toque. Halal Status: Halal Certified (by Japan Halal Association) Price range: JPY980-1960 Address: 4th Floor, Narita Airport Terminal 2 Opening Hours: 7.30am to 8.30pm daily (Last order at 8pm) Contact No: +81 476-34-6193
4. Sushi and SashimiAsakusa SushikenSushi Ken creates every dish with only the finest ingredients and the freshest seafood 😄 If you’re a die-hard sushi fan,this is a restaurant you must not miss! Credit: Faizzuddeen Anu on Facebook Just like most eateries in Japan, dining here during lunch is much cheaper with lunch sets ranging from ¥1,300 to ¥1,800! The sets come with a mix of tuna, eel, prawns, salmon eggs and more. With a wide range of set meals to choose from, there’ll definitely be something for everyone in your travelling party. Credit: @go_0513 on Instagram If you are on a tight budget, we recommend getting their rice bowls instead! Their Unagi bowl (JPY1800) is highly recommended as the eel has a soft texture with a natural sweetness flavour. They also have a selection of seafood, tempura and salmon bowls too. Halal Status: Halal Certified (by Japan Halal Foundation) Price range: Rice bowls - JPY1300-1800 Sushi sets - JPY2400 Address: 2 Chome-11-4, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan Opening hours: Monday to Saturday – 11.30am to 4pm, 4pm to 11.30pm (last order at 11pm) Sunday, Public Holidays – 11.30am to 3pm, 3pm to 10pm (last order at 9.30pm) *Closes on 31st December yearly Contact No: +81 03-5246-6547
5. TempuraHalal Tendon ItsukiLocated in the upscale shopping district of Ginza, Tendon Itsuki is probably Tokyo's first halal tendon (tempura bowl) bar. As the eatery is reallysmall, you can watch the Chef fry the tempura right in front of you, and this is as good as it gets! We highly recommend getting their Special Tendon which has snow crab tempura and it costs just JPY1500, which is pretty affordable in the Ginza area. Their other tendons are cheaper too, starting from ¥1000. Credit: @dr.tcbm on Instagram This was hands-down one of the best tempura we’ve ever tasted! The tempura batter was crispy and flavourful but yet light on the palate. We couldn’t get enough of the tempura sauce too 😋 Halal status: Halal-certified (by Japan Halal Foundation) Price range: JPY1000-1500 Address: 2F, Ginza-INZ Building, 3-1, Ginza-nishi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061 Opening hours: Mon - Fri, 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm Sat - Sun, 11am - 11pm Contact No: +81 3-6263-2988 Tsunahachi (Ginza branch) Can't get enough of tempura when you're in Ginza? Head over to Tsunahachi at the popular department store Matsuya. Credit: @chefalicemai on InstagramWhat's great about this eatery is that you'll have the full tempura experience - it'll be served with not just tempura sauce, but 4 different kinds of seasalt from original to wasabi, sakura and seaweed. You can order sets with various kinds oftempura and they come with rice and ochazuke (steamed rice in soup). Credit: @aarontwo on Instagram Rest assured the ingredients they use are fresh and the batter is crispy and light, so you mouth won't feel too oily from eating this! #HHWT Tip: There's a prayer room in the same building too, located on the rooftop. Check out this article for more information. Halal status: Muslim-friendly menu available, no meat or alcohol used in preparation of tempura. Do note that other customers are allowed to consume alcohol in the premises so do dine at your own discretion. Price range: JPY2160-11100 Address: 8F, Matsuya Ginza, 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130 Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily (last order 9.30pm) Contact No: +81 3-3567-1374
6. Shabu-shabuAsakusa Nagomi Asakusa Nagomi is one of the latest additions to the growing list of halal shabu-shabu eateries in Tokyo, serving up premium A5 wagyu in the busy Asakusa area. This is the perfect place to stop by after you’ve visited the famous Sensoji temple! Credit:しゃぶしゃぶ 浅草 和み on FacebookAsakusa Nagomi doesn’t just serve 1 variety of A5 wagyu, but an amazing 4 kinds to treat yourself to! Plus there are wudhu facilities and prayer rooms on-site,meaning you can both eat and pray in comfort here 😊 Credit: @asakusanagomi on Instagram Halal status: Halal-certified (Japan Halal Foundation) Price range: JPY6000-19000 Address: Asakusa 2 Chome-14-17, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily Contact No: +81 3-6802-7730 Shabu-shabu Hitsujinoyu Are you a fan of lamb? Then head over to Shabu-shabu Hitsujinoyu to get your fix of halal lamb shabu-shabu! The eatery is opened by the same people who own Gyumon. Credit: Shabu-shabu Hitsujinoyu on Facebook
The best part is, they have an all-you-can-eat course meal for JPY4800! And it'll be served in a lamb tower like what you see in this picture. This is perfect for sharing if you're travelling in a group.Credit: Shabu-shabu Hitsujinoyu on Facebook Each shabu-shabu set also comes with 2 kinds of sauces and other than beef slices, they will also serve minced meat in which you can make into chunks of meat and boil in the broth. What's also great about Hitsujinoyu is that it's located near the popular Shibuya station! Halal status: Halal meat and seasonings used, alcohol is served in establishment so do dine at your own discretion. Price range: JPY4800 Address: Adachi Bldg. 2F, 3-14-4, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo150-0002Opening hours: 5pm - 12am Contact No: +81 3-6427-9197