Japan is the land of convenience, and companies around the country are constantly striving to make the lives of its citizens easier and help them get things done more quickly. Great examples of this include swipeable train passes, the introduction of cashless services, and even the unveiling of robots that do humans’ jobs for them.
When it comes to restaurants, Japan has an abundance of dining choices including local izakayas, family restaurants, fast food, and places offering popular dishes from other countries. In big cities such as Tokyo, many places are open until late, meaning it’s perfectly possible to go out in the late evening and still find somewhere to eat. Some restaurants are even open 24 hours a day, meaning that you can sit and eat a meal whether you’ve got the midnight munchies or stumbling home after a night out in the wee hours of the morning. Here are six 24-hour restaurants in Japan!
Matsuya is a ticket machine-operated restaurant that sells what is arguably the equivalent of fast food. It is pretty high quality and a classic example of Japan’s “cheap eats.” Popular dishes that are affordable and often very delicious include hamburg curry and the famous gyudon, which is beef and onions on top of rice that comes with a variety of toppings.
Jonathan’s started off as a coffee shop but is now considered one of Japan’s classic family restaurants. This affordable place is also open 24/7 and offers a variety of seasonal menu items, as well as well-loved classics such as steak, spaghetti, pizza, and several Japanese dishes. The restaurant also offers all-you-can-drink soft drinks and coffee sets for almost nothing.
Very similar to Matsuya in terms of style and dishes offered, SUKIYA is also open 24 hours a day and offers affordable quick eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and midnight snacks. You can get rice, soup, different meat dishes, curry, and gyudon here.
Originally from the USA but adapted to be a chain family restaurant, Denny’s is another establishment offering food and desserts around the clock. Denny’s is pretty popular for its desserts and seasonal menu items, and its “drink bar” unlimited soft drinks and coffee set keeps you fed at (usually) less than 1,000 yen anytime of the day.
If you’re a fan of ramen, you’ll be happy to know that you can get this delicious noodle broth dish 24/7 at RAMEN HIDAKAYA. However, keep in mind that only some of its branches such as the ones in Kabukicho and Shinjuku are open 24/7; the rest are open until 3:30 am.
RAMEN HIDAKAYA offers various flavors of ramen, classic gyoza dumplings, fried rice, and edamame soybeans. The prices are low and the food yummy, making it a delicious choice for ramen lovers during a night out.
If we’re talking about 24-hour convenience, you can’t miss out Japan’s famous convenience stores! Found on almost every corner in big cities and appearing frequently in more rural areas, convenience stores operate all day and all night and offer various types of bento, rice balls, snacks, and drinks, meaning you’ll never go hungry no matter what time it is. Be sure to drop into a 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Lawson, or Circle K if you’re hungry at night.
With these six handy eateries and shops, you’ll never be caught hungry and unable to buy food at a crazy time of night. Whether it’s after a night of drinking or you’re peckish with jet lag, you can visit the above reliable places to get a bite to eat. Don’t go hungry at night and enjoy good food no matter what time it is.