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20 Cafes and Restaurants All Waseda Students Must Visit

By Guidable Writers Aug 23, 2017

Hello to everyone studying at Waseda University!

Some of you may have just arrived in Japan and are excited to start your new life here.

日本へようこそ!(Welcome to Japan!)

I will recommend 20 of the best theme restaurants and cafes around Waseda University, Toyama Campus.


– CONTENTS———————–

い. Cafes with Wi-Fi

ろ. Lunch

は. Dinner


い. Cafes with Wi-Fi


1. Shirokuma cafe しろくまカフェ

(cited from http://www.shirokumacafe.net)

Wanna experience a modern Japanese-style cafe?

Shirokuma Cafe is a Japanese manga series by Aloha Higa, and this is the official cafe in Takadanobaba.

Everything is designed in the motif of polar bears.


English: http://www.shirokumacafe.net/.en/

Chinese: http://www.shirokumacafe.net/.zh-CN/

2. CAFE tsubame つばめカフェ

(Photo by Deerstory https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13109464/dtlphotolst/4/smp2/)

Nostalgic Scandinavian-style cafe.

Chill atmosphere with Bossa Nova music.


English: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13109464/


3. Judecafe 10℃カフェ

Stylish cafe with a rentable conference room.

All seats have outlets on the first floor, and you can smoke after 3pm on the second floor.


Japanese: http://judecafe.com


4. R.O.STER ロースター

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13194507/dtlphotolst/3/smp2/)

OMG coffee for 100 yen in Takadanobaba with Wi-Fi!

If you wanna study/do something with your laptop for cheap, this is the place to be.


Japanese: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13194507/


5. Whistle Cafe ホイッスルカフェ

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/imgview/original?id=r5863224144197)

Cafe with a cozy atmosphere along a main road.

You can also hold a party here with a reservation.


FB page: https://m.facebook.com/whistlecafe1/


ろ. Lunch


6. homeys

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13151157/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)

Savory American-style burgers.

Avocado Cheese Burger (¥1,250) is the most popular among customers.


FB page: https://www.facebook.com/homeys.americandining


7. Le Cafe RETRO

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13006163/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)


Japanese Omurice (Omelet over rice) is the specialty at Le Cafe Retro.

It is always packed around lunchtime with Waseda students.


Japanese: http://lecaferetro.jp/wp/


8.From Hand to Mouth (FroHan)フロハン

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/imgview/original?id=r5172013776177)

A small cafe/restaurant near the main campus.

You can find a lot of small sweets here as well.


Japanese: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13000052/


9. Good Morning Cafe

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13185570/dtlphotolst/4/smp2/)

A cafe/restaurant near the bldg 22nd with terrace.

Opens at 8am; a good start to your day before morning classes.


English: http://www.gmc-waseda.com


10. The Phoenix Cafe

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13050039/)

Inexpensive lunch with sizable portions near the Toyama Campus.

Le Cafe Retro is a sister store.


Japanese: http://phoenixcafe.jp


11. Budoka 横浜家系らーめん武道家

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13038035/)

Ramen shop next to the Waseda Station gate.

It always has a long line of male students during lunchtime.


English: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13038035/

12. Toshioka 自家製中華そば としおか

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13182315/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)

Open from 11:00~14:00, or until all sold out.

Selected as one of the top 5000 gourmet on Tabelog, the popular Japanese gourmet info site.


Japanese: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13182315/

13. Gantetsu ラーメン厳哲

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13167439/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)

Ramen with delicious, transparent soup and interesting toppings.

Absolutely worth a try!


Japanese: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13167439/


14. Tokyo Rakkyo Brothers 東京らっきょブラザーズ

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13040401/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)

Sapporo-oriented soup curry place located in Tokyo.

Enjoy with freshly delivered veggies from Hokkaido.


Japanese: http://www.spicegogo.com/shop05.html

15. Asa no Ha 麻の葉

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13006146/)

Small, traditional Japanese restaurant with a delicious lunch plate.

Asanoha Bento with lots of mini side dishes in a bento box is also highly recommended.


Japanese: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13006146/


は. Dinner 


16. Tonta とん太

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13003984/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)

Oh yes, my favorite place.

Tender Tonkatsu, deep fried pork, prepared by a professional chef.

Open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm, but you’ll have to wait in line at least 30 min before getting seated.


Japanese: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13003984/


17. Narikura 成蔵

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13114695/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)

Known as the Ultimate Tonkatsu.

You should try both Narikura and Tonta to enjoy the best Tonkatsu in Japan.


Japanese: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13114695/


18. red rock

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13172881/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)


Roast Beef Don (roast beef over rice) is the best after bouldering (there are two locations near Waseda).

Beefsteak Don is also delicious.

Just check out the link below:


Japanese: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130503/13172881/


19. Thali-ya ターリー屋

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13104169/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)

Yes, it’s really popular with Waseda students for lunch, and located right next to bldg 22.

I recommend this place for an affordable curry dinner.


Japanese: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13104169/


20. Yayoi-ken やよい軒

(Cited from https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A130504/13157966/dtlphotolst/1/smp2/)

Popular Japanese chain restaurant near Waseda!

Great for lunch too.


English: http://www.yayoiken.com/en/



Everything listed here is recommended by Waseda students, including me! 🙂

Hope you enjoy your student life at Waseda!


Written by Yu, Japan