When you have a full day of sightseeing activities in Tokyo, you have to start it right by treating yourself to a good breakfast. Unlike its Western counterparts, Japan-style is on the heavy side where a traditional breakfast set typically consists of rice, fish, and sides. This much food will surely give you an extra energy boost for the day; so head to these restaurants around the city to load up on the breakfast versions of your favorite Japanese meals:
Tsukiji Sushisei (Tokyo Station)
Given its proximity to the business district and it being a hub for Shinkansen train routes, Tokyo Station is one of the sure places in the city to get a good breakfast. You will definitely be spoiled for choices and among the most popular options you have at your disposal is Tsukiji Sushisei. Yes, it is a branch of the famed restaurant in the famed market, and in here you can order sashimi, donburi, or ochazuke to start off your morning. Lines of mostly salarymen folk start to appear outside its premises even before the store opens at 7 AM, but at least you don’t have to go all the way to Tsukiji just to have an appetizing seafood breakfast. Do take note that the restaurant is located inside the ticket gates. Therefore, if you’re coming from outside the station, you will need to purchase a train ticket to reach the restaurant regardless of whether you’re riding the train or not.
Address: B1F Tokyo Station Gransta 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Website: http://www.tsukijisushisay.co.jp/store/tokyo.html (Japanese only)
Tsukiji Shouro (Tsukiji Outer Market)
Tsukiji Shouro specializes in Tamagoyaki (Japanese-style egg omelettes) and is pretty famous for it. They serve it in a number of ways, from the basic version to ones made with other ingredients like duck meat, mushrooms, chestnuts, and so on. They have two stores in the Tsukiji market area, but you can also find their products being sold at various depachika in the city like in Mitsukoshi Ginza.
Address: 4-13-13 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo
Yaesu Hatsufuji (Yaesu Shopping Street)
Located at Yaesu Chika Gai, a shopping street connected to Tokyo Station, Yaesu Hatsufuji is a popular izakaya by night and a breakfast place in the morning. They serve simple but very filling traditional Japanese morning meal sets, which typically include fried salmon, omelette, pickled side dishes, miso soup, and rice. Other main dish options include meat and tofu, pork miso soup, and ginger pork. Prepare though to literally rub elbows with a stranger – most likely a salaryman, as diners are asked to share tables.
Address: Yaesu chikagai 1-9-1 Yaesu, Chuo, Tokyo
Website: http://www.hatsufuji.com/yaesu/ (Japanese only)
Nezu Takajou (Yanaka)
At Nezu Takajou, you can enjoy the stillness of the morning while enjoying freshly-made hand cut soba noodles set on low wooden tables. This restaurant is located in the backstreets of Yanaka neighborhood – that part of the city removed from the skyscrapers, mainstream tourist attractions, and the busy life Tokyo is most known for. Rather, this residential area offers humdrum with a few arts and crafts shops and galleries scattered here and there.
Address: 2-32-8 Nezu, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131106/13009812/ (Japanese only)
Segawa (Tsukiji Outer Market)
If all you care about is consuming as much tuna as you can for breakfast, Segawa is the place to go. There are only two items to choose from: the standard tuna sashimi bowl over rice and the daily special, which uses more premium tuna cuts. No need to wake up notoriously early for this as the shop opens at 8 AM.
Address: 4-9-12 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1313/A131301/13002344/ (Japanese only)
Kanetanaka Sou (Cerulean Tower Shibuya)
This is perhaps the classiest Japanese breakfast you can get in Tokyo. Kanetanaka Sou is a modern kaiseki restaurant, and more importantly, an offshoot of the very exclusive Kanetanaka Ryotei based in Shinbashi. In the midst of the very busy Shibuya, the zen interiors of this high-end establishment offer a relaxed atmosphere to match its finely crafted breakfast course. Each part of the meal is made from the freshest in-season ingredients, elegantly plated, and satisfying to the last bite. For interested diners, you may book reservations via the details provided in the website link below.
Address: 2F Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel 26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Rokurinsha (Tokyo Ramen Street)
Ramen joints do not usually cater to the breakfast crowd, but if you’re one who usually craves a morning bowl of noodles, Tokyo Station’s Ramen Street will most likely be part of your Tokyo mornings. Rokurinsha is one of the block’s most loved shops and they are open for breakfast from 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM. The house special is Tsukemen, dubbed as one of the best in Tokyo.
Address: B1F Tokyo Ramen Street 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Website: http://www.rokurinsha.com (Japanese only)
Yoshinoya (Multiple outlets all over Tokyo)
For dependable Japanese breakfast sets, you can’t go wrong with Yoshinoya. Your need for morning nutrition is well taken care of for just a little over ¥500, where with this amount, you can already feast on a complete meal of grilled salmon, beef, rice, and soup. Besides incredible taste and price point, another great thing about this chain is the accessibility of its restaurants. They have multiple branches scattered all over Tokyo and it is pretty convenient to know that there should be at least one in the neighborhood where you’re staying.
Tenfusa (Toyosu Market)
Tenfusa is for those who like fresh seafood deep-fried instead of raw. Indulge in rice topped with shrimp, eel, prawns, fish, and other non-seafood tempura, where the most recommended bowl is called Jo-Tendon, which sells for just about ¥1,600. It was in Tsukiji Fish Market, now relocated inside the Toyosu Market's Block 5.
Address: Block 5 Toyosu Market, 6 Chome-3 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Nadaman (Imperial Hotel Tokyo)
There’s no other place to have a very traditional Japanese breakfast equally matched by a historic ambiance than at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo’s Nadaman restaurant. This hotel is one of the oldest and most iconic in the city, and having a fine breakfast here is a nice set-up to a morning stroll at the nearby Imperial Palace grounds. Feast on a variety of gorgeous side dishes to complement the customary grilled fish, miso soup, rice, and seaweed serving.
Address: LL1 Imperial Hotel Tokyo 1 Chome-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Furutoshi is located inside Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel in Ginza. Their breakfast comes with plenty of vegetables; in fact, they offer vegetable buffet so you can have as many vegetables you want from the early morning. Having fresh vegetables are a perfect way to start your day. Choose the Yumepirika rice set that comes with a bowl of rice, miso soup, and a side dish. They also offer bread set for those who don't prefer the Japanese style breakfast.
Address: Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Ginza, 4-9-2 Ginza, Tokyo
Shusai is another great breakfast place in a hotel. It's located in Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. You can have a delicious breakfast with the view of Tokyo from the 25th floor. Their breakfast is a set of rice, bowl, the main grilled fish, and many side dishes.
Address: 1-12-2 Dogenzaka Shibuya-ku Tokyo
If you are interested in traditional Japanese breakfast, why don't you experience cooking? There is a Japanese style breakfast cooking class! This class allows you to not only cook and enjoy the Japanese style breakfast but also enjoy it at a typical Japanese-style apartment. Find out details from the website below.Cook and eat Japanese style breakfast (View at Voyagin)
More breakfast places in Tokyo
- 10 Best Breakfast Places in Tokyo to Start Your Wonderful Day
- 10 Best Bakery in Tokyo, Bread and Pastry Heaven
- 10 Places to have Breakfast at Tsukiji Outer Market for Great Mornings
- 10 Places to Have Breakfast in Asakusa for a Great Morning
- 10 Places to have Breakfast at Tsukiji Outer Market for Great Mornings
- 10 Best Places to have Breakfast in Shinjuku Everyday
- 10 Places to Have Breakfast in Ginza for a Great Morning
- 10 Breakfast Places in Shibuya for Great Morning
All information in this article is as of January 2017.
Thumbnail image is from Flickr.