1. Butagumi Shokudo
    Photo: Keisuke TanigawaButagumi Shokudo
  2. The Bellwood, sushi
    Photo: The Bellwood
  3. Pizza Studio Tamaki
    Photo: Pizza Studio Tamaki
  4. Uobei 魚べい
    Photo: Uobei

Restaurants open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 2021-2022

Restaurants in the city often close for the New Year holidays, but not these ones. Enjoy sushi, gyoza, pizza and more

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Time Out Tokyo Editors
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New Year is one of Japan’s most important holidays, and it’s common for shops and restaurants to close for a few days to mark the end of the old year and the beginning of the new one. So if you plan to eat out during the holidays, it's best to check the opening hours of the restaurant before heading over. To make it easier for you, here's a list of restaurants, bistros and cafés that are open over the New Year's holidays, albeit some with reduced hours.

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Bon appetit

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  • Oshiage
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With seafood delivered straight from the restaurant’s Hokkaido headquarters, it’s clear why people are willing to stand in long lines for a spot at this affordable kaitenzushi joint. Toriton is a seafood lover’s paradise, with menu items including buttery kanimiso (crab innards), gleaming ikura (squid) nigiri wrapped in salmon, and an icy fresh Hokkaido shrimp nigiri. Plates start at ¥130, and unlike many other sushi-go-round spots where it’s advisable to order directly from the chef, here you can happily pluck plates straight from the conveyor belt.

If you do want to order instead, you’ll need to write down which dishes you’d like and how many plates on a small order slip.

Opening hours during New Year holidays: December 30, January 1-4 11am-23pm, December 31 11am-9pm

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  • Shibuya

One day, all kaiten-zushi restaurants might be like this high-tech Shibuya sushi shop. You won't find any conveyor belts in Uobei: once you place your orders via a multi-language touch screen, the dishes are delivered by high-speed chute, with nary a hint of there being any humans involved in the process. (Sure, the sushi itself is prepared by humans rather than sophisticated androids, but it's nice to imagine otherwise.) The flavours aren't quite as dazzling as the futuristic presentation, but when you're paying super low prices, it's hard to complain.

Opening hours during New Year holidays: December 31 10am-7pm, January 1-2 10am-9pm, January 3 10am-11pm

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  • Japanese
  • Roppongi

At this convenient Roppongi eatery you’ll find one of the best pork tonkatsu in central Tokyo. The lunch deal, available daily until 4.30pm, is exceptional – you get a perfectly fried piece of pork loin, coated with crisp, golden panko, and served with bottomless rice and shredded cabbage, plus miso soup and pickles, for just ¥1,000 (though it’s listed as ¥1,100 after tax).

If you want to splurge, premium pork options costing close to ¥3,000 are available. But the standard pork is no slouch: depending on the day, you could get an Okinawan meat raised on herbs or a breed from Chiba that feeds on sweet potatoes.

Opening hours during New Year holidays: December 31-January 3 11am-9pm

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  • Higashi-Azabu

Tucked snugly into a corner by Shiba Park in Minato ward sits one of the most highly regarded pizzerias in Tokyo. Pizza Studio Tamaki, or PST as it’s called by fans, is led by Tsubasa Tamaki, who trained under lauded pizzaiolo Sussum Kakinuma of Seireinkan and Savoy

The bases are light and chewy, sporting the characteristic puffy crust and thin centre of Naples-style pizza. They’re cooked in a wood-fired oven at a searingly hot temperature, meaning they touch the insides for a matter of moments before being delivered to your table with just the right amount of char. You notice the bases have a salty slant, thanks to the pinch of salt thrown into the oven before the pizza goes in.

Opening hours during New Year holidays: December 31-January 4 5pm-11pm, closed January 5

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  • Roppongi

This New York-style restaurant and bar on the fifth floor of Roppongi Hills can accommodate 164 diners, who can watch the chefs through the lively open kitchen. Food-wise you can expect a fusion of Spanish and Italian cuisines – think tapas and paella – plus a selection of hearty meals like burgers. The restaurant opens out to a beautiful night scene of Roppongi, and if you prefer a bit more privacy, book the separate room that comes with a view of Tokyo Tower.

Opening hours during New Year holidays: December 30-31 11am-11pm, January 1-3 11am-9pm, January 4 11.30am-10pm

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  • Odaiba

Cheesy Kansai mainstay Cheese Craft Works has finally made its way over to Kanto. As its name suggests, the outlet mainly features fromage, with three different types – fromage blanc, ricotta and cottage cheese – made in-store and another 20-odd varieties sourced from elsewhere, including a rather nice mozzarella from Hokkaido.

So naturally, this Odaiba branch has an extensive cheese-based menu, too. If you're looking to eat in, try the ever-popular cheese fondue or go for the five cheeses and broiled sea urchin seafood risotto. Those who prefer a sweet take on cheese will be glad to know that Craft Works also has four varieties of cheese tarts. 

Opening hours during New Year holidays: December 30 11am-10pm, December 31 11am-7pm, January 1 11am-9pm, January 2-4 11am-10pm

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  • Marunouchi

Don’t let the looks of this casual izakaya-style eatery fool you – Gyoza Stand Oolong serves up some of the fanciest pub grub in the city. Go for the speciality Oolong Ale craft beer and, of course, the gyoza dumplings, created by a Michelin-starred chef and Chinese Dim Sum Master. The dumplings here use minced Spanish Iberico pork and shoulder loin, giving them an extra rich kick. Don’t skip the condiments like green onion sauce, sansho peppers, sesame seeds and powdered chili oil with yuzu peel – they’ll really level up your dumplings.

Opening hours during New Year holidays: December 31-January 3 10am-8pm

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  • Sushi
  • Ikebukuro

Conveyor belt sushi is no doubt on everyone’s Japan bucket list, especially if the restaurant allows you to order using digital displays attached to your table. Sushiro in Ikebukuro is one such joint. It is a cheap, family-friendly restaurant with a varied menu focused on sushi, but with alternative options for smaller, more picky, eaters including salad ramen and fried chicken.

Opening hours during New Year holidays: December 31 10.30am-8pm, January 1 12noon-9pm, January 2-3 10.30am-10.30pm

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  • Roppongi
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A conveyor-belt sushi bar with a difference. Here, you can either help yourself to whatever’s going past, or peruse the menu, sing out your order and wait for it to be prepared and delivered straight to you. Lunch sets are also worth a visit as 8 piece sushi sets start as low as ¥1,380, or you could also opt for a donburi bowl topped with assorted sashimi. Quality and freshness are definitely superior, but so too are the prices.

Opening hours during New Year holidays: December 31-January 3 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm

Indian Restaurant Mumbai Aqua City Odaiba
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  • Indian
  • Odaiba
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The Mumbai group of restaurants have been serving up authentic, halal-friendly north Indian cuisine in Japan since 2005. Their 17th outlet, located inside the Aqua City Odaiba shopping centre, offers a range of aromatic biryanis, succulent tandoori fare and luscious curries, paired with plentiful wines and lassis. Don’t miss their acclaimed Seekh Kebab, served piping hot off the skewer at your table, all while immersing yourself in spectacular views of Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Bay.

Opening hours during New Year holidays: 11am-10pm daily (closed 3pm-5pm on December 31 & January 3-4)

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  • Harajuku

Japanese sushi chain Kura Sushi has opened up this new outlet in Harajuku, just across from Laforet shopping mall. But you’ll quickly notice this outlet is a little different from all the rest.For starters, the staff are dressed in pink outfits and the interior is decked out with paper lantern walls and ukiyo-e art to match Harajuku’s eclectic style. Plus, along with the usual line up of sushi, this shop also offers Western-style rolls like the red dragon, golden crunch and tiger shrimp rolls (¥264) for a limited time.

That’s not all, though. You’ll find a separate section inside Kura Sushi Harajuku serving up the brand’s first-ever crêpes. The bright pink crêpes come in standard dessert flavours like maple syrup butter (¥280), chocolate and nuts (¥280) or strawberry double cream (¥380). Or you can go for something savoury with one of the frankly bizarre ‘sushi crêpes’.  The sushi crêpes come in tuna mayo or iberico pork flavour, both of which have fried sushi rice wrapped inside. 

If you’re not in the mood for a crêpe, there’s also soft serve ice cream and parfaits available too. You can take your food to-go, or eat out on the balcony with a clear view over the city.

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  • Brasseries
  • Kioicho
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This brasserie-café-boulangerie oozes Parisian spirit. Take a seat inside the retro French interior, or out on the relaxing open terrace facing Shimizutani Park, where the beautiful double-flowered cherry trees in front of the restaurant attract a huge number of people in spring. The menu is authentic and reasonably priced: try a fluffy omelette, a crisp-cased quiche or the massive steak frites. Whatever you choose, it will go well washed down with a cold beer or a glass of champagne. 

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  • Sakura-Shinmachi

Kyoto’s long-established coffee roasters Ogawa Coffee have finally set up shop in the capital with a flagship coffee laboratory in residential Setagaya. The spacious café was designed by interior design firm Yusuke Seki Studio and is full of muted tones, with the focal point being the wrap-around counter encircling the barista space.

Thanks to the large floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the shop, the café offers generous natural lighting which works well with the textured plywood counter and white washi paper accents. To add a touch of Kyoto, the floor also features old stones from the old capital's tramways.

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