Four Places to Eat Japanese Food in Southern Tokyo

Whenever I go to Tokyo, I meet relatives and friends, and they always introduce me to a place where I can experience Japanese culture and Japanese food that I can’t get outside of Japan.


These four Japanese style restaurants not only have good food, but also have a good atmosphere. Although the dishes are more on the expensive side, you will get many instagram worthy pictures during your visits.

  1. Enju- Happoen (Sushi & Tempura) . Tabelog . Instagram . Google Maps

    Happoen is a facility with wedding halls, traditional Japanese gardens, concert halls, and restaurants. The closest subway station is Shirokanedai Station, and it’s a 3 minute walk from exit 2.

    At Enju, they serve sushi, tempura, and other Japanese side-dishes. Most deals come with a light dessert. When you get a counter seat, you can also enjoy the view of the garden.

    HOURS: [Weekdays]
    From 11:30 [Last order 14:30]
    From 17:00 [Last order 20:00 (Kaiseki meals) /
    20:30 (à la carte) / 21:30 (drinks)]

    [Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays]
    From 11:30 [Last order 16:00]
    From 17:00 [Last order 20:00 (Kaiseki meals) /
    20:30 (à la carte)/ 21:30 (drinks)]

    Price for Lunch
    : 3,000 – 8,000 JPY
    Price for Dinner: 10,000 – 12,000 JPY

    Reservation by phone recommended. I made a reservation a day before for a weekday lunch, but seats were already filled.   03-3443-3125

  2. Toshian (Soba) . Tabelog . Instagram . Google Maps

    Toshian is a small neighborhood Soba restaurant located on the Platinum Street in Shirokanedai. It’s closest station is Shirokanedai Station, and it’s a 5-10 minute walk from exit 1.

    Toshian has only 22 seats, so there may be a line for lunch time. The duck and green onion soba noodles(鴨南蛮そば) and the egg rolls are a must.


    *FUN FACT: The Pokemon Farfetch’d is called Kamonegi in Japanese. Kamo means duck and negi means green onions. 

    HOURS: 11:30 – 19:30. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
    Price for Lunch: 1,000 – 2,000 JPY
    Price for Dinner: 3,000 – 4,000 JPY


  3. Pandora- Gajoen (Cafe) . Tabelog . Instagram . Google Maps

    Gajoen’s closest subway station is Meguro Station, and it is a five minute walk from the east exit. Gajoen hosts a wedding hall, hotel, and restaurants, and Pandora is one of the cafes there. From the cafe window seat, you can see the water fall where some couples have their wedding photo shoots. In the afternoon, you can also hear a live piano performance.

    I enjoyed the afternoon tea set there. The savory dishes were more tasty than the sweet dishes. Before or after enjoying your afternoon tea, you should definitely visit Gajoen’s “Stairway of 100 steps.” You will get to see an old Japanese building along with an exhibition they have during that time. Make sure to also visit their bathroom, which is the photo on the bottom left of this collage.

    HOURS: Weekdays 10:00 – 21:30(L.O.), Weekends 9:00 – 21:30(L.O.)
    PRICE: 1,000 – 3,000 JPY

  4. Ushigoro Bambina Carbone (Japanese BBQ) . Tabelog . Instagram . Google Maps

    Ushigoro Bambina Carbone is located near Nakameguro Station, and it is a 3 minute walk from the southern exit. This is a chain yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) restaurant, but this location specializes in serving wine with it.

    My favorite menu there is “Zabuton no sukiyaki (chuck roll, ザブトンのすき焼き),” and “Misuji (brisket, ミスジ).” In the first one, you first have to mix the yolk in a bowl, then dip the lightly grilled beef into the egg, and wrap the rice with it, and take it in one bite… it is a heavenly bite… The menu there is in Japanese, but the English version is available on their website.

    HOURS: 17:00 – 24:00 (L.O. 23:00)
    PRICE: 6,000 – 8,000 JPY
    RESERVATIONS: Available online in Japanese. Reservations for the day of must be made by phone.

Hope you enjoy your experience at these locations! 🙂


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