One worry that many Muslim visitors to Japan is whether it is convenient to find Halal food. Do not worry! Japan provides Muslim-friendly restaurants, and some are also certified Halal ranging from western cuisines to Malay cuisines and even to the local Japanese cuisines as well! Check out our list of 5 Halal food places that you can try out in one of the Tokyo’s central wards: Ikebukuro.
- Manhattan Fish Market
Looking for Halal western food in Tokyo, and nearby a station? Look no further! Manhattan Fish Market sells a variety of western food from classic Fish & Chips to Grilled Dory, and much more seafood selections, choice of fried, poached, baked, grilled or flamed. Manhattan Fish Market is certified by the Malaysia Halal Certification, and with the location just a three-minute’s walk away from Ikebukuro station, it’s definitely a place worth to have for lunch or dinner in Ikebukuro.
Location: Sankei 33 Building B1F, 1 Chome-4-2 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Website (English): http://www.manhattanfishmarket.com/japan.html
If you are a Malay Muslim and are not used to Japanese cuisine, then this restaurant is the place for you. Located within a 3-minute walk from Ikebukuro subway, the restaurant provides Malay cuisine from traditional Nasi Lemak to the all-famous Fish Head Curry. In addition, Muslim travelers outside of Southeast Asia who would like to experience Malay dishes might want to check this place out! This restaurant is the only restaurant in Japan that has earned its Halal Certification from the Malaysian Government!
Location: 3 Chome-22-6 Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mondays: 5PM-11PM
Tuesdays-Thursdays: 11AM-12:30PM (lunch); 5PM-11PM (dinner)
Friday-Saturday: 11AM-12:30PM (lunch); 5PM-midnight (dinner)
Website (Japanese): http://www.malaychan-satu.jp/
(*Note: Their sister restaurant, Malaychan Dua in Higashi-Ikebukuro is not halal-certified)
3. Nakohara Bokujou (Nakohara Farm)
Going to Tokyo and fancy some halal local dessert on a hot summer day? Nakohara Bokujou is definitely a must-go place for you. Located at B2 of Tobu Department Store, very close to Ikebukuro Tobu Line, this shop provides a refreshing variety of dairy products from the local Nakohara Farm promising you high quality milk. Do try out their delicious yogurt drinks as well as the satisfying different flavours of ice cream such as milk, chocolate and even the local favourite, Matcha.
Location: Toshima-ku, Tokyo Nishiikebukuro 1-1-25 Yubinbango 171-8512
Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro B2 address 8
Opening hours: Mon-Sat – 10:00 to 21:00 / [Day festival] 10:00 to 20:00
Website (Japanese): http://nakahora-bokujou.jp/index.html
Located at the 15th floor of Tobu Ikebukuro is a restaurant that lets you experience the taste of Kyoto. The restaurant offers the Muslim-friendly “Halal Gozen” menu. This restaurant is definitely a recommendation for Muslim tourists to experience traditional Japanese cuisine while relaxing after a hard day of shopping around Ikebukuro. However, for the halal meal, a reservation is required, at least 5 days in advance.
Location: Spice Ikebukuro Tobu 15F, 1-1-25, Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00-23:00 / Sunday & Holiday: 11:00-22:00.
Website (Japanese): http://www.minokichi.co.jp/profile/shop31/index.html
5. Pran Pone
Italian cuisine in Tokyo? This is the place for you. Pran Pone is known as Japan’s first Halal Italian Restaurant, with certification from Japan Islam Cultural Centre. From pasta to pizza, this place provides Italian cuisine that you just have to try! In addition, this restaurant also provides a couple of dishes from Bangladesh as well. Suitable for dates, family dinners or even friend outings as well! It is definitely a place that Muslims will enjoy!
Location: Hako Building 1F, 1 Chome-9-5 Toyotamakami, Nerima-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: Lunch/Café: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Dinner/Café: 3:00 pm – 9:30 PM (L.O 9:00 PM)
Closed on Mondays, except on national holidays that fall on Monday
Website (English): http://www.pran-pone.jp/en/index.html
As most of the restaurants mentioned are nearby Ikebukuro Subway station, here are some of the lines that go to Ikebukuro:
– JR Yamanote Line
– JR Saikyo Line
– JR Shonan Shinjuku Line
– Tobu Tojo Line
– Seibu Ikebukuro Line
– Subway Lines: Marunouchi, Yurakucho and Fukutoshin.
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Picture sources: Halal Media Japan, Tsunagu Japan