Japanese Ramen may be the top 3 meals foreign tourists are excited to try in Japan. Most of the popular ramen shops in Japan are not halal but that doesn’t mean you have no choice. As more muslim tourists are visiting Japan now, some halal ramen shops have opened in the last few years.
Today, I introduce you five places in Tokyo where you can try halal ramen!
1. T’s Tantan
A vegetarian/vegan restaurant T’s Restaurant opened a noodle shop T’s Tantan in Tokyo station in 2011. They use absolutely no animal products.
My Japanese friend took her vegetarian friend from overseas to this shop and the vegetarian friend said their noodle was one of the best food he had in Tokyo.
It is at the Keiyo street 1F inside Tokyo station. A perfect place to dine in before getting on a shinkansen or NEX to the airport. If you liked their food, you could also try their restaurant (also vegan) in Jiyugaoka neighborhood.
2. Naritaya Asakusa （成田屋）
Naritaya in Asakusa is halal certified by Japan Islamic Trust. They serve chicken noodle soup, noodle with no soup, and also other dishes such as chicken rice, Japanese style deep fried chicken (karaage), beef bowl and others that are all halal. They don’t serve alcohol. They offer some space for prayer.
It is very close to Sensoji temple in Asakusa. (2-7-13 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
3. Honolu Nihonbashi（帆のる）
This ramen shop has become a halal restaurant just this month. Honolu is originally from Osaka where they serve halal ramen besides non-halal ramen. Now, Nihonbashi branch has become 100% halal ramen shop.
Their noodle soup has a very rich chicken flavor. They have spicy version of soup for those who prefer spicier taste. You can also try the popular halal gyoza from Nikkoken in Tochigi prefecture. They don’t serve alcohol. They offer some space for prayer.
The shop may be a bit hard to find as it’s away from the main shopping streets. It’s about 5-min walk from Mitsukoshi-mae station, Kodenmacho station or Ningyocho station. (4-9 Kofunecho Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku)
Kaijin’s ramen soup are made only from seafood and they are popular among Japanese as well as muslims living in Japan. My muslim friend in Japan says her favorite halal ramen in Tokyo is from Kaijin.
There are 3 branches of Kaijin in Tokyo; Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Kichijoji.
- Shinjuku: About 2min from South East exit, near the GAP and Tower Records building. (3-35-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku)
- Ikebukuro: Few minutes from Weste exit, near McDonald’s . (1-19-2 Nishi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku)
- Kichijoji: Few minutes from South exit, along the Inokashira street. (Kumamoto bld. 2F, 1-5-9 Mimamicho, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi)
5. Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka（新宿御苑らーめん桜花）
This halal and vegan ramen shop opened in September, 2016. It is halal certified by Otsuka Mosque.
The concept of Ouka is “universal design ramen” which all people can enjoy together. To welcome various people’s needs, they have halal raman, vegan ramen, and spacious seats for wheel chairs and baby strollers, etc.
2-minute walk from Shinjuku Gyoen Mae Station. (1-11-7 Sansa-radai5gyoen Bld., Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku)
I hope you will find your favorite Japanese ramen in Tokyo!