Here is my list of the best accessible restaurants in Tokyo divided by type of cuisine. I've checked them all personally I can assure you that they're excellent and also comfortable with foreign guests.
Here, I've chosen the best accessible restaurants in Tokyo. They're all located in areas you're likely to visit (ie, the main urban hubs). Sure, there are better restaurants in Tokyo, but they're not accessible (ie, they're inconveniently located, crushingly expensive or difficult for "foreigners to enter"). The restaurants listed here are places you can actually go to and enjoy, most without any reservations.
For information about Tokyo specialties, restaurant costs and where to find the best restaurants, see my What and Where to Eat in Tokyo page.
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Best Restaurants in Tokyo by Type of Cuisine
- Aoki (Ginza)
Delicious, refined and approachable sushi in the heart of Ginza.
- Sushiko Honten (Ginza)
Upscale and elegant sushi without a lot of attitude.
- Kyubey (Ginza)
High-end but approachable sushi in Ginza.
- Namazu Uogashi (Tokyo Station Area)
Excellent sushi sets for a reasonable price right in Tokyo station.
- Edogin (Tsukiji)
Great mid-range sushi near Tsukiji Market.
- Sushisei (Tsukiji)
More great mid-range sushi near Tsukiji Market.
- Sushi Iwa (Tsukiji)
Just far enough from Tsukiji Market to be peaceful, this small place is where I go when I'm in Tsukiji.
- Afuri (Ebisu)
Artisanal and creative ramen a few steps from Ebisu Station.
- Kikanbo (Kanda)
Spicy noodles just around the corner from Kanda Station.
- Kagari (Ginza)
Superb chicken soup ramen hidden down a tiny alley.
- Fuunji (Shinjuku)
Wickedly good ramen and tsukemen (noodles on the side ramen) in West Shinjuku.
- Menya Kaijin (Shinjuku)
Unusual seafood-based ramen in East Shinjuku.
- Rokurinsha (Tokyo Station Area)
Absurdly popular tsukemen (noodles on the side ramen) right in Tokyo Station (if this is full, try one nearby – there are plenty).
- Ichiran (Shibuya)
Tasty ramen served in "private" booths in Shibuya.
- Manpuku (Ginza)
Excellent shoyu (soy sauce-based soup) ramen on the edge of Ginza.
- Jomon (Roppongi)
This curbside classic in Roppongi is my favorite izakaya in the city.
- Akita Pure Rice Sake Bar (Tokyo Station Area)
A great place to taste some sake from northern Japan along with some great yakitori – right inside Tokyo Station.
- Sake no Ana (Ginza)
A great foreigner-friendly place to really learn about sake.
- Kushiro (Tokyo Station Area)
Great sake and Hokkaido cuisine a very short walk from Tokyo Station.
- Teppen (Tokyo Station Area)
Casual izakaya just steps from the north end of Tokyo Station.
- Shousuke (Shinjuku)
Approachable and popular izakaya in West Shinjuku.
- Honmura-an (Roppongi)
Artisanal soba in the heart of Roppongi. A must for soba fans!
- Matsuya (Akihabara)
Excellent soba in traditional surroundings not far from the center of Akihabara.
- Kanda Yabu Soba (Kanda)
Delicious soba in a superb elegant "Old Japan" restaurant.
- Namiki Yabusoba (Asakusa)
Very popular traditional soba restaurant not far from Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa.
Tonkatsu (deep-friend pork cutlets)
- Tonki ( Meguro)
A temple to pork cutlets in Meguro.
- Marugo Tonkatsu (Akihabara)
A classic tonkatsu place in the heart of "Akiba."
- Yabaton (Ginza)
Super approachable and delicious tonkatsu in Ginza.
- Maisen (Harajuku)
Too famous, too popular but still delicious.
- Kushiwakamaru, (Nakameguro)
It's worth the trip to sample the brilliant yakitori here in Nakameguro.
- Birdland (Tokyo Station Area)
Perhaps a bit overrated, but still tasty, this Tokyo Station yakitori-ya is a good place to get acquainted with yakitori.
Sasa-no-Yuki (Ueno area)
One stop north of Ueno on the Yamanote Line, this is the place to discover the possibilities of tofu.
- Nagamine (Ginza)
High-end Japanese vegetarian fare in Ginza.
- Momonoki House (Harajuku)
One of Tokyo's most popular and best vegetarian restaurants.
- Bincho (Ginza)
Mouth-watering Nagoya-style unagi in Ginza (not far from Tokyo Station).
- Izu-ei Honten (Ueno)
A great place to sample unagi while in Ueno. There are plenty of other dishes as well.
- Ten-Ichi (Ginza)
High-end tempura that's worth the splurge.
- Tsunahachi (Shinjuku)
Reasonably priced and approachable tempura in the heart of East Shinjuku.
- Tenkuni (Shinjuku)
Convenient and tasty tempura in the Takashimaya Times Square complex Shinjuku.
- Tsunahachi Sui (Shiodome)
Tasty tempura on the B2 floor of the Caretta Shiodome building in Shiodome.
Kaiseki/Other Haute Cuisine
Artistic Japanese-French fusion that lives up to the hype.
- Narisawa (Roppongi)
Elegant and refined Japanese twists on European haute cuisine. Each dish is a work of art here.
- Ryugin (Roppongi)
Elegant three-star kaiseki just steps from the madness of Roppongi.
- Kikunoi (Roppongi)
Brilliant Kyoto-style kaiseki. This is traditional kaiseki served the right way. Highly recommended.
Where Are These Places Located?See these places on the Truly Tokyo Google map:
- Open the Tokyo map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels / Ryokan / Guesthouses | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | GREEN: Shops | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
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