Crab (“kani” in Japanese) is considered as the king of winter food in Japan! Don’t you feel like eating juicy crabs that are overflowing with sweetness and umami to your heart’s content? Well then, here are five restaurants in Tokyo where you can enjoy all-you-can-eat crab!
1. Kaniminato Otemachi Branch (Marunouchi)
Kaniminato is an izakaya (Japanese-style tavern) that serves extremely fresh beni-zuwaigani (red snow crabs) from Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, which is one of the best ports in the Sea of Japan. It offers various types of crab buffet courses. The Kaniminato Standard Course (2,980 JPY (excl. tax) per person, with time limit set to 120 minutes) that will let you enjoy all-you-can-eat gangan-yaki (a specialty dish of crabs steeped in sake and then steamed on the table), robata-yaki (dish in which the crabs are grilled until fragrant), and 14 kinds of side dishes is a popular course meal that comes with an all-you-can-drink service. English-speaking staff are available.
2. Kanibugyo Shinjuku Higashiguchi Branch (Shinjuku)
Kanibugyo is a specialty crab restaurant where you can have your fill of tasty snow crabs. When you visit, it is best to try the all-you-can-eat course (5,980 JPY (excl. tax) for adults, 2,780 JPY (excl. tax) for guests of elementary school age or younger, and 980 JPY (excl. tax) for toddlers, with the time limit set to 90 minutes) that will let you savor the delicious flavors of crabs cooked in different ways - including boiling, tempura, and hot pot - to your heart’s content. One of the main appeals of this place is that you can add fresh red crabs grilled or made into sashimi to the course for just 980 JPY (excl. tax) per person. Foreign language menus (English and simplified Chinese) and foreign language-speaking staff (English and Chinese) are available.
3. CHISO ZANMAI Daimaru Tokyo (Marunouchi)
CHISO ZANMAI is a massive buffet restaurant that is located on the 12th floor of the department store Daimaru Tokyo, which is near Tokyo Station. Here, you will get to indulge in an array of about 60 types of dishes while seated in a truly relaxing space. The menu is comprised mainly of Japanese-style dishes that incorporate seasonal ingredients, such as freshly-made sashimi and tempura, but you will also find Western and Chinese dishes, and even desserts! More than anything, though, what drives the influx of customers into this restaurant are the splendidly steamed red snow crabs. The dinner buffet has a 120-minute time limit and costs 3,600 JPY (incl. tax) for adults, 1,800 JPY (incl. tax) for elementary school children, 700 JPY (incl. tax) for children under elementary school age, and nothing for children under 2 years old.
4. Gottsuo (Ginza)
Located inside a building dedicated to clothes in the Ginza area, Gottsuo is a restaurant specializing in crabs where you can enjoy crabs shipped directly from Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture. Here, the dinner course (time limit: 90 – 120 minutes) is priced from 4,500 JPY (incl. tax) to 7,000 JPY (incl. tax) per person, while the lunch course (time limit: 90 minutes) costs 3,400 JPY (incl. tax) per person. All the courses come with all-you-can-eat whole red snow crabs and more than 15 other dishes. You will also love their a la carte menu that contains dishes such as the Kani Miso Korayaki (550 JPY (incl. tax)) (crab cooked in its shell with sake), which perfectly pairs with sake. Foreign language menus (English and Chinese (traditional/simplified), Korean) and foreign language-speaking staff (English and Chinese) are available.
5. Tarabaya (Kichijoji)
Tarabaya is a restaurant specializing in Hokkaido dishes that is conveniently located right in front of JR Kichijoji Station’s Park Exit. From its varied menu, the Nama Hon-Tarabagani Tabehodai (10,980 JPY (incl. tax) per person, with reservation required until 12:00 pm on the day of visit) is recommended as it will let you eat as much fresh tarabagani (red king crab) - prepared in ways such as sashimi, grilled, tempura, and hot pot - as you want. Course meals that come with something else on top of the crabs are also popular at this restaurant, such as the Hon Zuwaigani to Gyu Sukiyaki no Tabehodai (9,200 JPY (incl. tax) per person) that comes with zuwaigani and beef sukiyaki. They have a 300 JPY (incl. tax) service fee. Foreign language menus (English and simplified Chinese) and foreign language-speaking staff (English and Chinese) are available.
What do you think about the above five restaurants where you can enjoy some time indulging in all kinds of crabs? Make sure to add these spots to your itinerary for your next trip to Japan!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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