Where to eat in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics オリンピックの間に東京のどこで食べますか
Sport and gastronomy
Sports always work up an appetite, even when you're just a spectator... Discover our local recommendations found near the main venues of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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Between Olympic events, sports enthusiasts and visitors from all over the world, including other parts of Japan, will have to think about eating out. It's a great opportunity to try local cuisine in one of the numerous restaurants of the Japanese capital.
So, below is a selection of affordable restaurants, located near the different venues and stadiums. As a reminder, the venues that will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are mainly comprised of two main areas: first the "Heritage Zone", which includes a number of equipment already used for the 1964 Olympic Games, then the "Tokyo Bay Area", which includes sites specially constructed for the 2020 Olympics. The latter are largely built on the various artificial islands of Odaiba.
Heritage Zone, Harajuku District
Three major stadiums are located in the Harajuku and Sendagaya neighborhoods, in the heart of Tokyo. These are the Olympic Stadium (opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, football), the Metropolitan Gymnasium (table tennis), and the Yoyogi National Stadium (handball). Here are two restaurants ideally located to grab a bite between events.
This large okonomiyaki restaurant welcomes diners with a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Located midway between the Yoyogi National Stadium and the new Olympic Stadium, it lets you make and cook your own okonomiyaki on the teppan (hot plate) on your table in front of you.
All-you-can-eat menus are available for both lunch (at 1,500 yen) and dinner (at 2,500 yen), for those with big appetites. They have menus in English, and it's possible to pay by credit card!
- Address: 3-chome-20-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 150-0001 Tokyo
- Opening hours: Open daily from 11:00 to 23:00
Kyushu Jangara ramen
A casual restaurant that offers excellent ramen at affordable prices, between 700 and 1300 yen (about $6.50 to $12 USD) for a bowl. They are especially renowned for their vegetarian and vegan ramen.
The restaurant is less than a 10-minute walk from National Yoyogi Stadium, making it an ideal choice for after-event dining.
- Address: 1-13-21 Jingumae Shanzeru Harajuku Bldg. 1-2F, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
- Opening hours: Open daily from 11:00 to 23:00
Still in the Heritage Zone, many events are centered around the Imperial Palace. The judo, karate, athletic and weightlifting events are all to be held in this area. In fact, the race walk events were even scheduled to take place directly in the Imperial Palace Garden, until they were moved to Sapporo.
Here are some good places to eat in the surrounding neighborhoods:
Nemuro Hanamaru Sushi
This conveyor belt sushi restaurant is ideally placed, close to the Imperial Palace gardens and the Tokyo International Forum. Don't expect to see a shop front on the street, because it's found on the 5th floor of the Kitte department store, just in front of Tokyo station.
A plate of two pieces of sushi will cost between 140 and 400 yen (about $1.30 to $3.70), a very affordable price for the quality!
- Address: 2-7-2 Kitte 5F, Marunouchi, Chiyoda, 100-0005 Tokyo
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 23:00, Sunday until 22:00
Kanoya Athlete Restaurant
A "healthy" restaurant with a theme perfect for the Olympics, which can cater to visiting athletes as well as gourmets.
The meals here are made up of 3 small dishes to choose from, plus an accompaniment and soup. You will find the number of calories of each dish listed, as well as the nutritional content.
It's up to you to put together your perfect, fresh, healthy and balanced meal!
- Address: 3-21 Kanda Nishikicho, Chiyoda, 101-0054 Tokyo
- Opening hours: On weekdays from 11:00 to 22:00, on weekends from 10:00 to 20:00
Tokyo Bay area
The Tokyo Bay area hosts various buildings located in Odaiba, the famous artificial island. This is where the Ariake Gymnastics Center, the Tokyo Aquatic Center (swimming events) and the Tennis Park are located.
- Read more: Odaiba
As Odaiba is by nature a shopping and leisure district, with no residential neighborhoods, you will mainly find restaurants in the many shopping centers located on the island. There's something for everyone: burgers, Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Chinese... and of course Japanese food. Even though the neighborhood isn't particularly known for its restaurants, you'll find lots of places to stop for a bite.
Kua`Aina Aqua City, Odaiba
We'll make an exception here by not suggesting a Japanese restaurant, instead it's a Hawaiian burger chain. Hawaiian restaurants are numerous throughout Japan, not too surprisingly as Japanese is the second-largest ethnic group in Hawaii.
This must-try restaurant Aqua City Shopping Center has two points in its favor: first, hearty burgers, and second, a superb view of the famous Rainbow Bridge. This restaurant will be very convenient during the Olympics, as it's located right next to three test sites, including triathlon, beach volleyball, climbing and basketball.
- Address: 1-7-1 Daiba City Aqua Odaiba 4F, Daiba, Minato 135-0091 Tokyo
- Opening hours: Every day from 11:00 to 23:00
For those who prefer something lighter, this 15-seat restaurant offers sushi of all kinds, with extremely fresh fish: it is actually part of Toyosu market, the replacement of Tsukiji fish market. You'll be able to eat quickly at the counter (lunchtime only), between swimming, volleyball, tennis or gymnastics events.
Also in the fish market, we also recommend the tonkatsu (breaded pork) restaurant "Odayasu" .
- Address: 6 Chome-5, Toyosu 3F Market, Koto, 135-0061 Tokyo
- Opening hours: Open Monday to Saturday, from 4:00 to 16:00
For more information on the 2020 Summer Olympics:
- The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
- The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
- The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Calendar
- The venues of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
- New sports at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Visiting Tokyo during the 2020 Olympic Games
- Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: an update on what will change
- Tokyo 2020: Medals made from recycled metals
- Sustainability at the 2020 Olympics
- An official Tokyo 2020 store opens in Tokyo
- The Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games
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