8 Muslim-friendly alternative spots for these famous closed restaurants in Tokyo-Osaka
Salam/Hello Everyone. Have you ever experienced this situation? You finally visited Japan after the pandemic, but the Muslim-friendly service or Halal restaurant is not in operation anymore when you got there.
No need to worry since this page will show you the Muslim-friendly/Halal alternatives to these few closed restaurants, so you won’t get lost. (^_-)
Table of Contents
- Closed #1: Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka
- MF Option 1: HALAL Ramen & Dining Honolu Ebisu
- MF Option 2: Takuan Botantei
- Closed #2: Halal CoCoICHIBANYA Curry House
- MF Option 1: NikoNiko Halal Mazemen & Curry
- MF Option 2: Komaki Shokudo
- Closed #3: SEKAI CAFE Asakusa
- MF Option 1: Asakusa Sushiken
- MF Option 2: Masudaen Sohonten
- Closed #4: 3 te Cafe
- MF Option 1: Yakiniku Zerohachi Namba
- MF Option 2: Kiwamiya Hamburg Namba
Closed #1: Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka
Located near the bustling district of Shinjuku, Shinjukugyoen Ramen Ouka was a halal ramen restaurant owned by a Japanese Muslim that received lots of love from all kinds of travellers, including Muslims, for its signature halal and vegan ramens. Permanently closed in 2020.
Option 1.1: HALAL Ramen & Dining Honolu Ebisu
Honolu is one of the ‘O.G.’ halal ramen restaurants in Japan. Honolu Ebisu serves ramen with a rich chicken-based broth, and the most popular menu is “Spicy Fried-Chicken Ramen”. You can find Honolu branches in Namba (Osaka) and Shinjuku Gyoenmae (coming soon) too.
With around 12 kinds of ramen, the store also serves halal gyoza (Japanese dumpling), yakiniku (Japanese-style BBQ) bento and more.
If you want to bring back the taste of Honolu ramen, make sure to get its halal-certified instant ramens*.
|Address||ABC Bldg. 1F, 1-23-1 Ebisuminami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 105-0022|
|Open||Lunch / 11:30am–2:30pm (L.O. 2:15pm)|
Dinner / 5:00pm–9:00pm (L.O. 8:30pm)
|Access||5-min walk from Ebisu Station|
*Both store and instant ramens are halal-certified by Japan Islamic Trust (JIT), an Islamic body accredited by EIAC, Malaysia’s JAKIM, Central Islamic Council of Thailand and Halal standard Institute of Thailand, etc.
*Opening hours may change, so please check the official social media (accessible from its website) before visiting.
Option 1.2: Takuan Botantei
If you’re not in the mood for ramen, how about some sukiyaki and shabu-shabu?! Takuan Botantei is a Muslim-friendly Japanese cuisine restaurant in Shinjuku, with private Japanese-style tatami rooms called ‘zashiki’. You can get a taste of halal sukiyaki*, shabu-shabu*, and even Japanese meal courses.
All menus for Muslims use seasonings and ingredients that do not contain any non-halal substances. Of course, the meat are halal-certified. Although this is not a halal-certified restaurant, it does have Muslim chefs.
|Address||4 Chome-15-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023|
|Open||Lunch: 11:30am – 3pm (LO 3pm)|
Dinner: 5pm – 10pm (LO 9:30pm)
|Access||5-min walk from Nishi-Shinjuku 5-chome Station|
10-min walk from West Exit of JR Shinjuku Station
10-min walk from Nishi-Shinjuku Station on Marunouchi Subway Line
|Prayer Space||Yes (prayer mat, qibla compass provided)|
|Website||https://r.gnavi.co.jp/g304303/menu4/ (Eng. follows after Japanese)|
*Muslim-friendly menus must be booked up to 3 days in advance
*They serves alcohol drinks
*Shabu-shabu: a Japanese hotpot dish which thinly sliced beef is briefly dipped or parboiled in a pot of seasoned broth.
*Sukiyaki: a Japanese hotpot dish also containing thinly sliced beef, which is fully cooked in a shallow pan.
Closed #2: Halal CoCoICHIBANYA Curry House
CoCoICHIBANYA is a leading Japanese curry chain store famous locally and abroad, holding the Guinness World Record as the largest curry chain restaurant. THIS CoCoICHIBANYA actually opened two halal Japanese curry rice restaurants in Akihabara and Shinjuku. Both closed down in 2020.
Option 2.1: NikoNiko Halal Mazemen & Curry
Finding a Muslim-friendly restaurant that serves Japanese curry rice can be hard in Japan. Thankfully, NikoNiko Halal Mazemen & Curry gives you a chance to taste some authentic Japanese curry rice.
Located within a walking distance to Masjid Nusantara Akihabara, this store is a curry and mazemen (soupless noodle) shop owned by a Sri Lankan Muslim. You can get ramen here too!
|Address||2 chome-15-1 Kanda, Suda-cho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0042|
|Open||Lunch / 11am-3pm |
Dinner / 5pm-10pm
|Access||2-min walk from Iwamotocho Station|
7-min walk from Akihabara station
6-min walk from Kanda Station
10-min from Masjid Nusantara Akihabara
*This place is certified as “Muslim Friendly” and “Halal Certification” issued by the Japan Muslim Association, the first Muslim organisation in Japan.
*Opening hours may change, so please check its social media (accessible from its website) beforehand.
Option 2.2: Komaki Shokudo
Located in Akihabara Electric Town, Komaki Syokudo is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant serving Japanese cuisines, mainly meal sets, without using any animal food products, white sugar, dairy product, or vegetables with a strong pungent small like scallions. It is Muslim-friendly*! There’s also Japanese sweets available.
If you plan to spent a loooong time in Akihabara, you can consider this place to dine in when you can’t be bothered to ride a train.
|Address||8-1 Kandaneribei-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo|
|Access||2-min walk from JR Akihabara Station (Electric Town Exit), inside Chabara Aki-Oka Marché|
*Please ask the staff for details on religious or allergy dietary requirements.
Closed #3: SEKAI CAFE Asakusa
SEKAI CAFE is a dining place in Asakusa that serves vegan and Muslim-friendly menus. It was pretty close to Kaminarimon (a popular sightseeing spot in Asakusa), so it was a convenient place for travellers to dine in. Permanently closed in 2020.
Option 3.1: Asakusa Sushiken
When I think of halal in Asakusa, this place is one of the first places that comes to mind.
Asakusa Sushiken is the FIRST halal* sushi restaurant in Tokyo, serving food to Muslims since 2015. All ingredients and seasonings used like soy sauce, vinegar, and gari (Japanese pickled ginger) are halal, so you can rest assured. There’s vegetarian options too!
|Address||2-11-4 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032|
|Open||Lunch: 12pm-3pm (LO 2:30pm)|
Dinner: 5pm-10:30pm (LO 10pm)
Sun, Pub: 5pm-10pm (LO 9:30pm)
|Access||1-min walk from Exit A1 on Tsukuba Express Asakusa station|
*This store has obtained halal certification, the ‘FOOD ONLY HALAL’ (All halal menu) type, by Japan Halal Foundation (JHF). JHF is an international-level Japanese certifying body with mutual recognitions from JAKIM (Malaysia) / MUIS (Singapore)
*They serves alcohol drinks.
*Opening hours may change, so please refer to its official Instagram before visiting.
Option 2.2: Masudaen Sohonten
When you’re getting tired of walking, something sweet can definitely perk you up. So why not head on to Masudaen Shoten for some of its soft serve ice cream?!
Just a 4-min walk from Kaminarimon, this shop specialises in Japanese green tea where you can buy all kinds of green tea products made in different areas across Japan, and Japanese-style tea pots. It also has 10 different types of halal-certified soft serve ice creams that you can try.
I know this is not a restaurant. But it’s quite rare to see halal-certified dessert around this area, so I wanted to introduce this shop to you.
|Address||1-17, 1-chome, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo|
|Open||[Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun] 8:30am-7:30pm|
|Access||About 1-min walk from Asakusa Station|
Closed #4: 3 te Cafe
Located in Shinsaibashi, a well-known downtown area in Osaka city, it became a hot topic among Muslim tourists for its Halal Kobe Beef menu. Not to mention, it was easily accessible. It even provides Muslim-friendly manicure services. Permanently closed in 2020.
Option 4.1: Yakiniku Zerohachi Namba
Yakiniku Zerohachi Namba (Yakiniku no Ten Zerohachi Namba OCAT Honten) is a Muslim-friendly yakiniku restaurant that offers halal wagyu beef: Akage (Japanese brown cattle breed) Beef and Kobe Beef. It even has an All-you-can-eat Halal Wagyu Beef Course for 3,500 yen and above.
|Address||OCAT Mall 5F, 1-4-1, Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0017|
|Open||Lunch: 11am-4pm (last entry 2:45pm, L.O 3:15pm)|
Dinner: 5pm-10pm (last entry 8:45pm, L.O 9:15pm)
|Access||1-min walk from JR Namba Station |
OCAT Mall is directly connected with JR Namba Station
*Opening hours may change, so please refer to its official social media beforehand.
*It is recommended to make a booking before visiting.
Option 4.2: Kiwamiya Hamburg Namba
A new sensation of hamburger steaks! Also located in the Namba area, Kiwamiya Hamburg Namba branch is a Muslim-friendly restaurant that serves a halal version of its famous ‘Hamburg Steak Kiwamiya’ made with 100% halal black wagyu beef.
Although the Muslim menus in this particular branch have not received halal certification yet, all the ingredients and seasonings used are halal. Kiwamiya also has branches in Tokyo and Fukuoka areas.
|Address||2-10-25 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka Namba Komejirushi No. 8|
11:30am-3pm (LO 2:30pm) / 5pm-9:30pm (LO 9pm)
11:30am-10pm (LO 9:30pm)
|Access||7-min walk from Namba subway station|
*Opening hours may change, so please refer to its official social media beforehand
*See its halal menu policy via its official website
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