There are many delicious restaurants in Haneda Airport, the entranceway to Japan. Here are 5 restaurants to try while you're there, mostly in the International Terminal.
TsuruTonTan is a popular udon noodle restaurant that offers creative dishes for a casual meal. You can enjoy freshly kneaded, cut, and boiled udon. You can get up to three bowls worth of noodles for free, and can choose between thick or thin noodles. The cream udon is popular, but what's recommended is the seasonal flavors limited to certain branches or areas. The udon is plated beautifully in a 30cm diameter bowl, so you'll fall in love with it before you even take a bite. It's a popular restaurant so depending on the time there will probably be a line. You can enjoy their delicious udon in their calming, Japanese-style interior. Tsutontan is a great choice to begin or end your trip.
2. CAFE CARDINAL
CAFE CARDINAL is an off-shoot of Japan's first British pub, PUB CARDINAL. It's open 24 hours a day, so it's perfect for meetings and for waiting. They have delicious coffee and fresh draft beer poured by a draftmeister. The salsa cheese dog (600 JPY) made with their special, fluffy bread is extremely delicious. There's also a kids' set that comes with Cardinal Naan Curry, a drink, and a toy of your choosing for 680 JPY. All of their meals can also be ordered for take-out, so why not eat it while gazing at the airplanes from around the world or the night sky from the observation deck? Surprisingly you might have to look around a lot for a cafe inside the airport where you can get a quick bite, so please remember CAFE CARDINAL.
3. Yakiniku Champion
Yakiniku Champion is a barbecue restaurant that only uses the highest rank Japanese Wagyu beef that will make meat-lovers ooh and ahh. Since it's in the airport, the turnover in customers is actually pretty fast. There's also counter seats for solo customers. They have a variety of cuts of meat available, but instead of ordering a bunch of pieces it might be better to order the Set Menu (starting at 1,950 JPY (incl. tax)) and then ordering more of what you want to eat afterwards. It opens at 8:00 am and has a breakfast set, something rare for yakiniku restaurants. There are 3 kinds of soup sets to choose from, like the Kalbi Soup Set (900 JPY (incl. tax)). Also, in the Edo Koji area of Haneda Airport where you can buy souvenirs, you can find the popular Edomae Yakiniku Roll (1,350 JPY (incl. tax) for one), which is a roll made of meat grilled in their secret sauce and wrapped in kimchi, Korean lettuce, special sauce, and rice for a take-out meal you'll definitely want to try. It's a famous dish that has been featured in Japanese media multiple times. Please try it.
4. Nihon no Shun no Aji Hyakuzen
Nihon no Shun no Aji Hyakuzen is a restaurant where you can eat Japanese food using specially selected seasonal ingredients. This restaurant has the motto that "there are 25 items representing each of the seasons, and we will use all 100 items in our menu." You can order ala carte off of their menu, but it's recommended to order their Juubakomeshi (starting at 1,580 JPY (incl. tax)), a stacked box meal that's beautiful to look at that comes with side dishes, a rice bowl, and soup, or their Juubako Issai (starting at 1,580 JPY (incl. tax)) with side dishes, a main dish, and soup. You'll be moved by the beautiful, colorful sight of the food plated on bamboo dishware, even the small side dishes. They open at 8:00 am, so there's a breakfast set available as well. Their Yudofu Gozen (1,600 JPY) uses tofu that was made using techniques that have been handed down for centuries. Tofu is well-known as a health food, so if you come to Japan why not try having it in Japanese food?
5. Ariso Sushi
This is a kaitenzushi (conveyer belt) restaurant that opens at 7:00 am. They use natural ingredients from all around Japan. It's a kaitenzushi restaurant, but the restaurant wants their sushi to be fresh and delicious so the chefs make it after you order. The chilled ingredients on the warm rice make up a piece of sushi constructed so perfectly that it falls apart in your mouth. Being able to eat sushi right after it's made is special, so please enjoy it. A popular order is the Tokujo Hokkai Set of 5 (1,480 JPY (excl. tax)). It comes with 5 pieces of sushi and seaweed miso soup. There's also the Natural Flounder Engawa 2 Piece Set (680 JPY (excl. tax)) of which they only have 10 plates a day. They have a large ala carte menu with many seasonal fish. This is recommended for people that want to eat genuine sushi at reasonable prices.
These are all great restaurants for you to begin your trip or to have as your last meal in Japan. Please enjoy eating a meal in Haneda Airport as you talk about your trip.
*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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