Introduce restaurants featured in movies and TV dramas and eating places around filming locations.
Motsusen Akasaka in Minato Ward is featured as Izakaya Buyan in the drama series “Dr. Storks” (2017). Various scenes were filmed at this location: the welcome party for Rumiko Komatsu (Yo Yoshida) in episode 2; the scene in which Kae Shimoya (Mayu Matsuoka), Ryo Shirakawa (Kentaro Sakaguchi), and Rumiko Komatsu are talking in episode 5; and the scene in which Mayumi Kadota (Nana Seino) introduces Tasuke Omori (Akihiro Kakuta) in episode 7. Motsusen is an izakaya renowned for its fresh offals and skewers grilled over high-grade charcoal. It has an extensive menu of reasonably priced dishes. The generous portion of curry and rice available for 500 yen at lunch time is a popular choice. Motsusen is a great place for all occasions: from stopping by for a quick drink to holding a dinner party.
Swan Cafe Ginza
In the last episode of the drama series “Nodame Cantabile” (2006), Saiko Tagaya (Misa Uehara) and Seiko Miyoshi (Chieko Kuroda) talk about the study abroad destination of Shinichi Chiaki (Hiroshi Tamaki) at Swan Cafe Ginza in Chuo Ward. The restaurant’s appeal lies in its extensive menu: healthy sandwiches, daily special pasta dishes, baked sweets carefully prepared with selected ingredients, popular quiches featured on a secret menu, and so much more! Make sure to try the freshly baked bread that is brought over from the Swan Bakery right next door. The cozy restaurant is the perfect place to spend a priceless moment at any time of the day: have a relaxing breakfast or lunch during daytime, or enjoy drinks and small dishes in a bistro-like atmosphere in the evening. Head to the open terrace on sunny days!
My Humble House Tokyo
In episode 5 of the drama series “Legal High 2” (2013), Machiko Mayuzumi (Yui Aragaki) and Haruki Hanyu (Masaki Okada) have a meal at My Humble House Tokyo in Chuo Ward. The moment you step inside, you’ll instantly feel the elegance and extravagance of the restaurant which features live background music and a pleasant service. Immersed in the mature atmosphere of Ginza in the evening, enjoy ethnic cuisine that has already mesmerized countless international celebrities. Be it a lavish dinner, an anniversary, or a birthday, let the lovely restaurant be the stage of that memorable scene of your life.
St Luke’s Garden in Chuo Ward features Restaurant Luke, the rooftop restaurant where Tsukushi Makino (Mao Inoue) and Tsukasa Domyoji (Jun Matsumoto) have a conversation in episode 8 of the drama series “Boys Over Flowers” (2005). The scene in which Tsukushi, Tsubaki Domyoji (Nanako Matsushima), and Yuki Matsuoka (Aki Nishihara) have a conversation about TOJ (Teen of Japan) was also filmed at the restaurant. The sky-high restaurant offers a vast selection of international cuisine as well as the finest settings to enjoy a sumptuous meal while admiring Tokyo’s districts from 221 meters above ground level. An open terrace that makes you feel as if you were in the sky, a vast dining area that features a 13-meter-high ceiling in stylish surroundings, a sky lounge that offers a commanding view of Tokyo’s skyline and landscape, cozy private dining rooms where you can relax at ease; Restaurant Luke has it all. Be it for a celebration, an anniversary, or any other special occasion, let the magic of sharing unforgettable moments with someone special work its wonders, just like in the drama series.
The izakaya featured in the drama series “My "Girlfriend"” (2015) is Suidobashi Torifuku in Chiyoda Ward. The scene in which Keisuke Takashima (Yosuke Asari) is having a meal with Isamu Ota (Tomomi Maruyama) in the first episode was filmed at the restaurant. Torifuku’s menu features the rich and tasty flavor of chicken meat in carefully prepared mizutaki (pot dish cooked at the table) meals and skewers grilled to perfection over charcoal. The authentic taste of the fresh and carefully selected ingredients the chicken-specialty restaurant uses to prepare the various dishes it offers can truly be appreciated. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of shochu and sake. Stop by with colleagues or friends on the way back from work, or on the weekend with that special someone to enjoy delicious chicken dishes.
In the first episode of the drama series “Hanasaki Mai Speaks Out” (2014), Mai Hanasaki (Anne) and Soma Ken (Takaya Kamikawa) have a meal at Kanda Matsuya in Chiyoda Ward. The long-standing soba restaurant, a favorite of popular novelist and gourmet Shotaro Ikenami, was established in 1884. During filming, actress Anne Watanabe also came to feast on the restaurant’s signature dish. Come taste the exquisite handmade noodles served at the well-known restaurant that prides itself in preserving the authentic taste of Edo soba.
Izakaya Yoinosuke Jinbocho
In the movie "The Great Passage" (2013), Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) drinks with his colleagues after finishing work, and this is the bar "Izakaya Yoinosuke Jinbocho-ten". The bar is also often used for TV commercials, and famous in the Jinbocho town for 30 years. It is surrounded in a nostalgic atmosphere somehow and I would like to go for a drink with my friends like a movie.
The café featured in the drama series “99.9 Criminal Lawyer” (2016) is Hibiya Saroh and is located in Hibiya Park, Chiyoda Ward. The scene in which Haruhiko Madarame (Ittoku Kishibe) scouts Hiroto Miyama (Jun Matsumoto) in the first episode was filmed at the café. Scenes from several other drama series were also filmed at the Hibiya Saroh, which, as a famous location within the metropolitan area, is visited by many fans. The café was founded in 1949. The long-standing café features a pleasant open terrace which, for a café, is possibly Japan’s first. Draft beer from Germany, Belgium, and many other countries from all over the world is on tap. Some are only available here. In addition, the café’s premium fresh cream soft serve ice cream received the highest ranking (three stars) of the iTQi’s Superior Taste Award. Hibiya Saroh has an extensive Western-style menu which includes dishes such as the popular Japanese-style omelet on rice, a classic offered ever since the café was founded. On a fine day, enjoying a beer and a meal on the open terrace of the café and surrounded by the nature of Hibiya Park is an experience that is hard to forget.
In the drama "Hanasaki Mai Speaks Out" (2015), Mai Hanasaki (An), Ken Soma(Takaya Kamigawa) and Takahiko Isobe (Mantaro Koichi) meet up at a coffee house, Coffee Times in Shinjuku. It is a retro coffee house in the back alley, within few minutes from Shinjuku station. The coffee house offers a comforting atmosphere where you can forget the hustle and bustle of the city. They have wide variety of papers from major Japanese news papers to tabloids. Let's have a cup of coffee and take a break here.
"Tearoom Cattleya" in the drama series "Omoni Naitemasu" (2012) is "Tearoom Flora" in actual life here in Sumida Ward. The scenes are shot without rearranging the tables and chairs, so you can steep yourself in the world of the drama. You will be entranced with the nostalgic atmosphere it creates.
An-Non Nakameguro in Meguro Ward is featured as Tokura, the Japanese restaurant operated by Seiji Tokura (Naohito Fujiki) in the drama series “It’s not that I can’t marry. I don’t marry.” (2016). Only the exterior and the entrance of the restaurant were filmed at this location for the movie. An-Non is located in an alley along Meguro River and offers a Japanese-style and Okinawan-style dining experience in an ambience that exudes a modern-hideout-for-adults feel. The pleasant warmth of the wood interior decorated with touches of vermilion—a color that symbolizes the Okinawan dynasty—provides a contemporary atmosphere in which diners can enjoy a vast menu of dishes mixing Japanese and Okinawan cuisine. Highly recommended on the menu are shabu-shabu dishes as well as banquet dishes prepared with carefully selected Okinawan ingredients. Numerous elegant private rooms are also available for friends and acquaintances to enjoy a meal or a date, or for businesspeople to wine and dine with clients. Spend a delightful moment in a refined and modern restaurant that the sophisticated Miyabi Tachibana (Miki Nakatani) would most certainly visit.
The café featured in the movie “Rage” (2016) is Frames Nakameguro in Meguro Ward. Two scenes were filmed at the café. In one of the scenes, Naoto Onishi (Go Ayano) and Kaoru (Mitsuki Takahata) are intimately talking to each other at the café. Yuma Fujita (Satoshi Tsumabuki) unexpectedly sees them from outside the café and has misgivings about it. In the other scene, which is of critical importance, Kaoru tells Yuma the truth about the situation on the following day. Frames is a spacious and attractive café which adopts ‘Your Oasis in Life’ as a concept. Daily specials that include a free drink are offered at lunch time, while dinner time offers a wide range of standard dishes that have remained unchanged since the café opened as well as new dishes that incorporate ingredients of the season. A variety of homemade desserts made by pastry chefs and drinks prepared by bartenders are also on the menu. The café can accommodate 100 guests and includes a sofa seating area as well as a terrace. Stop by on the way back from work on a weekday or come spend a few moments on the weekend; this oasis in the city is sure to freshen up your mood.
Urth Caffé Daikanyama
Urth Caffé Daikanyama in Shibuya Ward is featured in episode 7 of the drama series “My High School Business” (2017). Urth Caffé Daikanyama is the first Japanese store of the Los Angeles-based café chain that specializes in organic coffee. The café uses coffee beans that are cultivated without any chemical fertilizers or chemical additives. In addition to coffees, the menu offers popular bubble drinks, dished such as sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and soups, as well as desserts such as waffles and cakes. The open atmosphere of the café is not unlike what can be found at the Los Angeles store. The café is the ideal spot for a rest as you visit the location or take a leisurely stroll around Daikanyama. On sunny days, come relax on the terrace (pets allowed).
Eco Farm Cafe 632
The café where Mika Shirasu (Ayako Imoto) is frequently seen skipping work and taking breaks in the drama series “Your home is my business!” (2016) is Eco Farm Cafe 632 in Shibuya Ward. Savor the delicious taste of home-roasted coffee or home-baked bread. The café offers a wide selection of dishes prepared from organically produced vegetables harvested from the café’s garden. The sheer tranquility of the place will make you forget that you’re in Harajuku. The spacious café can accommodate 130 people. Take your pet along and sit on the open terrace to fully feel the spaciousness of the place. Take a break from work or shopping, and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind to enjoy a relaxing breakfast or lunch prepared with select ingredients.
TV drama" IQ246: The Cases of a Royal Genius "(2016) Episode 3, the 89 the Generation Kensei (Dean Fujioka) served as a waiter in this restaurant. It is a restaurant in Ebisu, Shibuya ward called MAIMON EBISU. Ceiling height is 8 meters, stylish extraordinary atmosphere surrounded by marbles, this restaurant is a perfect setting for special day dinner, celebration, party and reception. Menu is themed to be healthy for your body, and the base of the menu are Italian and French cuisine, using seasonal selected foods. By cooking in the way that best brings out the tastiness of the ingredients, especially prepared dishes will be served. With gorgeous atmosphere, you can enjoy the most luxurious adult time at this restaurant.
Restaurant "Hotel Emanon"
In the drama series “My Dangerous Wife” (2016), Hotel Emanon in Shibuya Ward is featured as Master Peace, the café operated by Kohei Mochizuki (Hideaki Ito). The love story between Kohei Mochizuki and Anna Kitasato (Saki Aibu) begins at this café, which also is a key place in the drama series. From the quietness of the residential area in which Hotel Emanon is located, it’s hard to feel the hustle and bustle of Shibuya. As the name implies, the restaurant has a hotel theme. Both the interior and exterior exude a refined atmosphere that predominantly uses white as a base. Numerous other productions were also filmed at this location. The exquisite dishes served at the restaurant draw on modern French cuisine, and the portions are quite generous. A wide selection of wines, champagnes, cocktails, and other alcoholic beverages can also be enjoyed. This is the perfect spot to either spend a relaxing time alone, or drink with colleagues or a special someone.
Ristorante Venire Venire
In the drama series “Pride” (2004), Halu Satonaka (Takuya Kimura) and Yoko Anzai (Yuriko Ishida) have a meal at Ristorante Venire Venire in Shibuya Ward. The vast dining area features an 8-meter-high cathedral ceiling and large picture windows that let in a stream of warm sunlight. In the evening, the attractive terrace offers a commanding view of Tokyo Tower and the surrounding nightscape. Aside from “Pride”, the restaurant also served as a filming location for several other drama series. The exquisite dishes prepared with fresh and healthy ingredients are considered as authentic even by the standards of real old-world Italians! This is one of the appealing location spots where you can savor a scrumptious lunch or dinner.
Curry Shop Den’en
The curry restaurant featured in the movie “My Uncle” (2016) is Curry Shop Den’en in Itabashi Ward. In one of the scenes, the uncle (Ryuhei Matsuda) uses discount coupons to invite Yukio Haruyama (Riku Onishi) to have a meal, but unexpectedly finds out they are expired at the time of paying the bill. Curry Shop Den’en aims at catering to the locals. It offers generous portions of curry rice with cutlets or fluffy egg, and boasts a delectable Japanese-style omelet on dry curry rice as well as many other mouth-watering dishes that will make you want to come back. The feel-at-home atmosphere of the counter seats in the middle of the restaurant is also quite charming. Just like the uncle and Yukio, add fukujin-zuke (sliced vegetables pickled in soy sauce) to your curry rice and experience on a deeper level the world depicted in the movie.
Pietro Corte Oizumi-gakuen
In episode 3 of the drama series “Fight! Bookstore Girl” (2015), Nobumitsu Obata (Shunsuke Daito) declares his love for Aki Kitamura (Mayu Watanabe) at Pietro Corte Oizumi-gakuen in Nerima Ward. The restaurant’s specialty, a handmade dressing whose original taste has been preserved ever since Pietro Corte was established in 1980, is served with salads and a variety of rich pasta dishes. Many actors and actresses often come to the restaurant as Toei Studios Tokyo is located close by. Make sure to check out the impressive collection of autographs the restaurant displays!
Kominka Cafe Rengetsu
In the movie “Kako: My Sullen Past” (2016), Kominka Cafe Rengetsu in Ota Ward is featured as Rengetsuan, the Egyptian bean restaurant where Kako (Fumi Nikaido) and her family live. In the movie, the area is referred to as Kitashinagawa, but the actual restaurant is located in Ikegami, Ota Ward. The deep colored building which still exudes the charm of good old Showa era was built as a soba restaurant in 1927. The name of the restaurant used in the movie—Rengetsuan—as well as part of the name of the café actually in operation—Rengetsu—were taken after the original name of the soba restaurant: Rengetsuan. The long-standing soba restaurant closed in 2014. Filming took place in the interval between the closure of the restaurant and its rebirth into a café. Various scenes were filmed on the first and second floors of the building as well as in the garden which all became the main stage that provided an outlook into the world of “Kako: My Sullen Past.” The café is currently open for business on the first floor, and a true Japanese tatami sitting room is available for rental on the second floor. Let the typical charm and nostalgia of the old Japanese-style house slowly seep into your soul as you immerse yourself into the world of the movie while enjoying a delicious cup of tea.