Don't you want to enjoy a delicious meal while taking lovely snapshots? Here's an introduction to 10 photogenic restaurants in Tokyo which offer extraordinary scenery that, when captured on photo, will have people smashing that like button.
1. Kichijoji SUN Tama Bar (Kichijoji / Bar)
Kichijoji SUN Tama Bar is a perfect dating spot. It is popular for its interior which changes along with the seasons – sakura (cherry blossoms) in spring, the Milky Way in summer, autumn leaves in fall, and light illuminations in winter. The restaurant theme up to March 10th, 2019 is “Blue World 2018” which unfolds a magical winter landscape using 4,000 LED lights and white leaves. One particularly Insta-worthy dish is the [Flame Pancake] (1,300 JPY), a thick pancake topped with a special liquor syrup set aflame!
Kichijoji SUN Tama Bar
: [Opening hours] 6:00 pm - 2:00 am (last order 1:30 am) No fixed closure daysClosed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPYAccess
: A 10-minute walk from the north exit of Kichijoji station. Across from Musashino Hachiman Shrine, it is on the 2nd Floor of the orange building two doors down from the Maruetsu on Kichijoji-dori.Address
: 2F, No.3 Sakigake Building , 1-1-19 Kichijoji Kitamachi, Musashino, Tokyo
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2. Alice in Fantasy Book (Shinjuku / Italian Cuisine)
Get lost in a wonderland in Alice in Fantasy Book. Card soldiers will greet you at the entrance, and the interior presents a detailed recreation of the world of Alice in Wonderland. You can experience part of Alice’s world in their semi-private rooms with themes such as “Picture Frame Gondola” and “Forest of Encounter Mirrors.” Their White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat themed dessert [Rabbit Watch and Lovely Cat Parfait] (1,360 JPY) is adorable and comes in a large serving.
Alice in Fantasy Book
Open: [Weekdays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
3. Alice in a labyrinth (Ginza / Gastropub)
Located among the sophisticated and upper-class restaurants in Ginza, the magical restaurant “Alice in a Labyrinth” serves authentic French and Italian cuisine. When you pass through the gigantic picture book entryway, you will find yourself inside an intricate wonderland on the other side! There are many interesting things to see in the main hall resembling the Card Soldiers' Garden, such as a giant coffee cup table and playing cards flying about on the ceiling. Their signature dish is the [Beef and Guinness Pie] (1,780 JPY), prepared by a former hotel chef.
Alice in a labyrinth
Open: [Weekdays] 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
4. Barliminal Roppongi (Roppongi / Italian Cuisine)
Barliminal Roppongi is one of the restaurants chosen as “Tokyo’s Best 100” by the travel magazine Rurubu. Projection mapping displays are on all the surfaces of this serene restaurant. As you savor their delicacies, you can enjoy extraordinary displays like Tokyo’s night view, rows of sakura trees, and water streams on the floor. You must try their [Ribeye Steak with Lean Ikeda Beef from Tokachi, Hokkaido] (3,500 JPY), made with high-quality domestic beef, and their world-renowned [Mixology Cocktail] made by a famous bartender!
: [Tuesday, Saturday, National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Wednesday - Friday] 6:00 pm - 2:00 am (L.O. 1:30 am)
Closed: Monday, Sunday
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from [Roppongi Station] on each line
Address: B1F, Jasmine Roppongi, 7-4-12 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
5. VAMPIRE CAFE
The motif of our cafe & restaurant is a [vampire house] from Medieval Europe. Our space has a dreadful atmosphere with dazzling chandeliers and swaying red velour curtains. An altar, coffin, and cross are illuminated with dimmed lighting to express the view from the world of vampire legends. Skeleton figurines and menu list reminiscent of grimoire also enhance the vampire mood. All of our French and Italian-based dishes have unique names. Colorful and fascinating cocktails are also popular. Enjoy communicating with our staff in vampire costumes. Many repeaters also visit us to see [Earl of Rose], our manager.
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 3 minutes walk from exit B3 of [Ginza Station] on Tokyo Metro Lines / 7 minutes walk from the Ginza exit or central exit of JR [Yurakucho Station]
Address: 7F, La Paix Bldg., 6-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
6. Vagabond (Ikebukuro / Party)
Established over 40 years ago, this jazz bar is located a bit off the beaten path. The ceiling and walls are tastefully decorated with a variety of flowers. There is a live jazz performance every day starting from 7:30 pm. Here, you can enjoy a new style of izakaya (Japanese pub), distinct from others in Japan. Gorge on their signature dishes like the filling [Food Omakase Course] (2,000 JPY) and [Vagabond Grill] (500 JPY) while sipping cocktails, of which they have more than 100 varieties to choose from. Before 7:30 pm, drinks are at half-price!
Open: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Average price: 2,700 JPY
Address: 5F, No. 3 Kawaguchi Bldg., 2-7-5, Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
7. GUN-SHIP Tokyo Branch (Akasaka-mitsuke / Italian Cuisine)
Slip back in time into the Age of Discovery at the hotel restaurant GUN-SHIP Tokyo Branch. You can experience the extraordinary in this nautical-themed restaurant, decorated with ship models, artillery, treasure boxes, and other antique ship parts. The chef’s signature dishes are made using a fine selection of local and seasonal produce. You should try their [Super Beef Stew] (4,000 JPY) made from Kuroge Wagyu beef and the [Voyage] (5,000 JPY), a full course menu which incorporates Japanese, Western, and Chinese cuisines. The course comes along with free drinks!
GUN-SHIP Tokyo Branch
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,600 JPY
Address: 4F, Garden Court, Hotel New Otani, 4-1, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
8. GUNDAM Cafe (Akihabara / Cafe)
The official GUNDAM Cafe is a popular hangout spot for Gundam fans. As you enter, you will be welcomed by staff wearing animation character costumes! There are Gundam information displays all over this futuristic cafe. You can enjoy character-themed dishes such as the lunchtime special [LM-02 Amuro Ray Pilot Lunch] (890 JPY).
: [Weekdays] 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
[Sunday, National Holidays] 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
[Saturday] 8:30 am - 11:00 pm
*Bar starts at 5:00 pmClosed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPYAddress
: 1-1, Kanda Hanaoka-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo MapMore Details
9. Nanairo Temari Uta (Shinjuku / Izakaya)
Nanairo Temari Uta has a Japanese ambience with blooming, lit-up sakura. The unique private rooms fashioned after temari (traditional Japanese toy balls) are extremely popular! Here, you can savor dishes made using plenty of high-quality seasonal seafood and vegetables. Their signature dish, [Nanairo Temari Sushi], presents an assortment of temari sushi (ball-shaped sushi) topped with Japanese and Western ingredients such as uni (sea urchin) and roast beef. They are not only adorable but also their flavors are original. The 5-kind assortment is 1,200 JPY (plus tax), and the 7-kind assortment is 1,800 JPY (plus tax).
Nanairo Temari Uta
: Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
*Please contact them for opening hours during the beginning and end of the year.Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 5F, HUMAX Bldg., 3-28-10, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (Map)
10. Kyomachi Koishigure Shinjuku Main Building (Shinjuku / Izakaya)
Kyoto Koishigure Shinjuku Main Building is an izakaya fashioned after a Kyoto machiya (traditional townhouse). While located in Shinjuku, this restaurant will bring back memories of Kyoto as you listen to the calming sounds of a brook and enjoy the sight of red bridges and bamboo. There is an event every Thursday presenting dancing maiko (traditional female Japanese entertainers)! Here, you can enjoy cuisine made from Kyoto ingredients such as the [Bimei Pork and Kyo-Mizuna Seiro-mushi] (1,780 JPY), which has an excellent sweetness and umami (Japanese savory taste), and the [Special Homemade Nigari Tofu] (450 JPY) with its distinct soybean aroma.
Kyomachi Koishigure Shinjuku Main Building
Open: [Tuesday] 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 4:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am)
Closed: None *Closed only on January 1st.
Average price: 3,700 JPY
Address: 6F, Musashino Kaikan, 3-27-10, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo offers many photogenic dining spots, from restaurants with fascinating decorations to those with projection mapping. If you visit these spots, you'll take photos that you won't be able to resist showing off to your friends!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.