Spring is finally here and that means Japan is about to be covered in a pink blanket of cherry blossoms! With the weak Yen, there’s no better time to travel to Japan. Grab your passports and your bags. We’ve found authentic Japanese dishes that are Halal certified! Warning – Do not read this on an empty stomach.
1. Gyumon – Shibuya (Halal Certified)
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 tender loin, grilled to medium rare perfection!
Price: S$30 – 50 (One serving of beef starts from ¥800, not including 8% tax)
2. Hanasakiji-san – Shibuya (Halal Certified)
Thank goodness for all the shops and sights in Shibuya as you’ll definitely need to make a second trip to try the halal Shabu Shabu at Hanasakiji-san! Just the mention of Shabu Shabu is enough to make our mouth water. To top it off, Hanasakiji-san uses authentic Wagyu beef from Miyazaki Prefecture
Price: S$45 – 200 (Halal Shabu Shabu set meal starts from ¥4,000)
3. Kappou Yama – Saitama (Halal Certified)
If you thought that you would never be able to try authentic ramen, we’re here to prove you wrong! Be spoilt for choice as Kappou Yama in Saitama provides a wide range of local halal food including ramen, sukiyaki and pretty much every other Japanese dish you can think of!
If you’re in Tokyo for a period of time, do check out their Halal bentos and occasional Japanese food parties such as the recent Takoyaki and Oden parties!
Reservation is required (at least 1 day in advance), so do give them a call at 048-854-1170 or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org before heading down.
Price: Starts from S$23 (¥2,000)
4. Takaraya – Chiba (*Muslim-Friendly)
If you’re around the Chiba area (hint: Tokyo Disneyland!), pop by Takaraya for a traditional Japanese meal. The restaurant has been around since 1897 and serves traditional Japanese dishes with halal-certified ingredients. You can also find gender-separated private prayer rooms in the restaurant.
We recommend going for one of their specialties, the Asari Meal (あさり膳), which includes asari soup, rice, asari clam kushiage, sashimi and tempura.
Lunch: Mon – Sat: 11:30 – 14:00 | Sun, Public Holidays: 17:00 – 22:00 (Last order at 8:45pm)
Dinner: Mon – Sat: 11:30 – 14:30 | Sun, Public Holidays: 17:00 – 21:00 (Last order at 8pm)
*Closed every first and third Wednesday of the month
Lunch – S$23 – 35 (¥2,000 to 3,000)
Dinner – S$45 – 80 (¥4,000 to 7000)
5. Minokichi – Ikebukuro (*Muslim Friendly)
Kyoto Kaiseki in downtown Tokyo? Yes, please! Kaiseiki is a traditional Japanese multi-course meal prepared with special skills and technique and carefully presented to enhance the appearance and seasonal theme of the meal. Thanks to Minokichi, you can now experience this in Ikebukuro. Not only does the food presentation look impeccable, the ingredients used are all seasonal to guarantee freshness!
Minokichi is certified as a Muslim-friendly restaurant by the Kyoto Council for Sharia and Halal Affairs. Reservation for a halal meal must be placed 5 days before going down.
Mon – Sat: 11:00 – 23:00
Sun, Public Holidays: 17:00 – 22:00
*Closed on New Year’s Day and 3rd Wednesday of Feb and Aug.
Lunch – S$25 (¥2,160)
Dinner – S$86 (¥7,560)
Tip – Do look out for the kanji characters 豚肉 in the menu/ingredient list as this indicates pork.
*Muslim Friendly Restaurants – While the restaurant itself isn’t halal certified, they have Muslim-friendly certification or a halal menu created with consideration towards the Muslim tradition. However, each restaurant has different levels of support, so please confirm with the restaurant itself before you go.
We hope you’ll find this useful in your Tokyo travels and do let us know if you have any other halal Japanese food places that you think deserve to get a shout out! Don’t forget to share our guide with your family and friends!