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Harajuku Restaurants & Dining

Where to Eat in Harajuku - Tokyo

One of the city’s most vibrant and diverse areas, Harajuku comprises a labyrinth of back streets with a kaleidoscope of youth culture. A hustling hive of activity by day and night, and being the epicentre of Japanese fashion, Harajuku restaurants are of course diverse offering a good mix of western venues and a plethora of Japanese places with everything from teppanyaki to tempura.

Asian fusion, okonomiyaki, flavourful curry houses, sushi-trains and more traditional Japanese fare are all available to all budget levels in Harajuku.

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Sakura Tei

Chilled out on the Harajuku backstreets, this okonomiyaki restaurant, popular with locals and celebrities, offers great prices and a unique, indie vibe. With groovy artworks and grafitti inspired wall art people come here as much for the ambience as the great food and all-you-can-eat and drink menus. In addition to the great assortment of okonomiyaki varities there is a good selection of side dishes and desserts. This is a good place to experience okonomiyaki for the first time as the restaurant provides English how-to instructions. The restaurant is very large but also very popular so reservations are recommended.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:00
  • Subway: JR Yamanote Line: Harajuku Station
  • Address: 3-20-1 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-3479-0039
  • Cuisine: Okonomiyaki / Monjayaki
  • Price Range: Budget/affordable
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Luchia

With a signature dish of fois gras anago-don, rice topped with eel, Luchia offers creative takes on traditional Japanese cuisine. The restaurant sources its seafood directly from the fishermen and claims to shell its rice fresh every morning. The many set menus offer everything from sashimi to salad and a tasting menu is available if you are not sure what to order. An impressive list of wine, beer, spirits and local sake adds to the appeal of Luchia.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:00
  • Subway: JR Yamanote Line: Harajuku Station
  • Address: Onden Flat Bldg. B1F 1-10-9 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-5413-2733
  • Cuisine: Teishoku, Yoshuko, Traditional Japanese
  • Price Range: Affordable/pricey
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Heiroku Sushi

Select your favourite pieces of sushi from the sushi-go-round conveyor belt or you can ask the chef to prepare something just for you at Heiroku Sushi. Popular with Harajuku locals the restaurant has been in business for over 35 years. They also have a take-away menu featuring many budget items.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 21:00
  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line
  • Address: 5-8-5 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-3498-3968
  • Cuisine: Conveyor-belt Sushi
  • Price Range: Budget/affordable
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Ukai-Tei

The 2009 Michelin Guide awarded this restaurant one star for its excellent service, sumputous food and delicate mix of Japanese and western ambience. One of the most well known teppanyaki restaurants in the city, Ukai-Tei has gorgeous antique interiors and is run by a top chef highly trained in all the thrills and excitement inherent in teppan cooking.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 - 14.30; 17.30 - 21:00
  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: Fifth Floor, 5-10-1 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-5467-5252
  • Cuisine: Teppanyaki / Hibachi
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Fuku Yoshi

In business for over 25 years, the tonkatsu pork fillets served at Fuku Yoshi are slightly thinner than most other places and thus more tender and juicy. Served with generous amounts of potato salad, tomato slices and crisp cabbage the meals are delicious and satisfying. Look for the bamboo plants growing out front of the restaurant and enjoy the spacious dining area, an uncommon luxury in Harajuku’s crapmed locale.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 21:00; closed Sun
  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: 4-28-24 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-3470-5529
  • Cuisine: Tonkatsu
  • Price Range: Budget/affordable
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Shanti

Specializing in Hokkaido-born ‘soup curry’ this restaurant offers something a little spicier than standard Japanese fare. Order your curry specifically to your preference on a ‘hot range’ from 1 to 40! Typical Japanese diners order a level two curry in which delicious, slow-cooked chicken just falls off the bone. The soup curry itself is a unique blend of myriad spices and natural spring water endowing each mouthful with a delightful flavour.

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 22:00
  • Subway: JR Yamanote Line: Harajuku Station
  • Address: Honoraly Harajuku Bldg.2F 3-26-11 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-5772-6424
  • Cuisine: Curry
  • Price Range: Budget/affordable
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Darumaya

Enjoy the great taste of a simple bowl of ramen at Darumaya which is also famed for its fried rice. The ramen is served with piping hot and tasty soup and is topped with interesting grilled vegetables and cucumber in addition to the main delight of barbecued pork and egg.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 - 22:00; Closed 2nd and 4th Sun of month
  • Subway: Omotesando Station, Ginza Line
  • Address: 1F Murayama Bldg, 5-9-5 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
  • Tel: 03-3499-6295
  • Cuisine: Ramen
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Fujimamas

For an Asian twist to ‘global food’ Fujimamas offers dishes like honey-cured duck, Tandoori chicken wraps and teriyaki burgers. The restaurant, popular with the younger set, also presents a creative range of cocktails that pair shochu with exotic fruit juices, plus a good range of beers and wine. Occupying an old tatami mat factory Fujimamas has beauitful tatami areas and traditional seating plus a bar.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: 6-3-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-5485-2283
  • Cuisine: Asian fusion
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Kurkku Kitchen

At Kurkku Kitchen every item of food is believed to have its own story. Fittingly the chefs take an organic approach to cooking endeavouring to retell those stories with each plate of fresh, eco-friendly food. Organically grown meats and vegetables are cooked on a wood-fire grill. They also serve bio-wine. A store attached sells a number of recycled and eco-friendly products.

  • Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11:30 - 14:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Subway: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: 2-18-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-5414-0944
  • Cuisine: Steaks and grills
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Kyushu Jangara

As part of a popular Tokyo ramen chain, Kyushu Jangara Harajuku very popular with locals and the long lunch lines are evidence of this. Equidistant to both Harajuku and Meiji-Jingumae stations it is a great place to stop for a bite while shopping or partying around Harajuku. The menu presents a variety of toppings and soups and there are free noodle refills.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:45 - 02:00; Saturdays, Sundays 10:00 - 03:30
  • Subway: JR Yamanote Line: Harajuku Station - Tokyo Metro: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Chiyoda Line
  • Address: Shanzeru Harajuku II 1-2F, 1-13-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: 03-3404-5572
  • Cuisine: Ramen
  • Price Range: Budget
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