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21 Cafes and Restaurants University of Tokyo Students Must Visit

By Guidable Writers Aug 22, 2017

Students studying at the University of Tokyo!

Some of you may have just arrived in this country and are excited to embark on your new adventure in Japan. There is no better way to enhance your daily life than by eating delicious cuisine.

That said I’d like to introduce a few special restaurants near the University of Tokyo, Komaba campus.


Must-visit lunchtime restaurants.

1. Taolu‘s Ikejiri Shokudo

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This restaurant is an “izakaya” at night, but still a great place to visit for lunchtime.

You can eat dishes full of seafood, such as “ikura-don” in the above picture.

Plus, you can enjoy eating here for no more than 1000 yen!

Address: 1-3-6 Ohashi, Meguro, Tokyo


2. Le Ressort

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Are you used to eating rice as a staple food?

If your answer is No, then this bakery will be your buddy while in Japan.

There are so many different kinds of breads and baked goods, you may be at a loss when trying to decide what to buy!

Moreover, this bakery gets 3.8 points (out of 4.0) in tabelog, which is the most widely used review site in Japan.

Address: Meiwa-building 1st floor, 3-11-4 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo


3. Hishitaya

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Do you know “Teishoku”?

This is one style of serving a meal in Japan, and known as a “set meal” in English.

In Japan, most people will think of rice and side dishes.

You can eat delicious teishoku at Hishitaya.

You can smoke at this location, so smokers can freely enjoy smoking and delicious dishes.

Address: 1-27-1 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo


4. Bondai Coffee Sandwiches

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Bondai Coffee Sandwiches is modern and casual.

You can relax over an elegant lunch with coffee.

Address: Akira-building 1st floor, 2-22-8 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo


5. Yokohama iekei “Samurai”

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Iekei is one of the most popular ramen styles.

It originated in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

This particular ramen goes well with rice, and you ought to give it a try.

Address: 4-12-14 Ikejiri, Setagaya, Tokyo



6. Yamate Ramen

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Yamate Ramen is very popular among students at the University of Tokyo.

You can eat delicious ramen for a reasonable price.

Address: Shibuya-palace 101, 2-21-7 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo


7. Lever son Verre

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This is a French restaurant near Komaba Todai Station.

Dishes are very fresh and affordable.

They have daily specials for just

800 yen, so you won’t ever get bored with this restaurant.

Address: Tokyo University Komaba faculty house 1st floor, 3-8-1 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo


Cafés with wi-fi and great for studying

8. Starbucks Ikejiri 2-chome



As you probably already know, Starbucks provides a great space for relaxation and studying.

Less than 1km from komaba Todai Station.

You can use the free wi-fi and study here.

Address: 2-27-7 Ikejiri, Setagaya,Tokyo


9. Pronto Ikejiri Ohashi store

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You can enjoy Pronto as a café or bar.

There are also delicious items on the menu and free wi-fi.

You can get some homework done over coffee or a beer.

Address: 3-1-3 Ikejiri, Setagaya, Tokyo


10. Soap (Ikejiri)

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This is the best café to study or work.

It`s OK to spend a long time here, and there are many kinds of fantastic dishes.

When you want to study somewhere other than your room or the library, this is the place to be.

Address: Matsuzaki-mansion 1st floor, 4-27-5 Ikejiri, Setagaya, Tokyo


11. Bundan

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This cafe hosts a plethora of Japanese literature.

You can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere and study effectively surrounded by a ton of books.

This is a great place to sit down and feel “Japan”.

Address: Nihon kindai bungakukan, 4-3-55 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo


Restaurants to visit with friends or on a date

12.Una pesca Bianca


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You can eat seasonal vegetables and great pizza.

There are private rooms available as well, so you should definitely consider coming here with your bf/gf!

Address : Plex core 1st, 2-14-1 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo


13. Okonomiyaki Kaede

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“Okonomiyaki” is a traditional Japanese dish finding origins in Osaka.

Not only eating it, but also making it is a lot of fun!

Address: 3-11-6 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo


14. Bleu Table

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A restaurant famous for pasta with very chewy noodles.

This is undoubtedly one place you’ll end up wanting to visit again.

Address: 3-11-9 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo


15. Kitchen & Bar Oaks

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The chicken katsu at this restaurant tastes incredible.

Also, the portions are large, so you won’t have to worry about going home hungry.

Restaurants with such delicious chicken katsu are rare, so you’ll quickly become addicted to this place.

Address: Naeba-building B1st floor, 2-1-3 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo


16. Musukan

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There are many kinds of curry and Nepalese dishes for you to enjoy.

The nan here, as in the above picture, tastes fantastic.

Address: Yamagataya building 1st floor, 1-9-4 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo



17. Uehara Wine Library ESOLA

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Many kinds of wine, dishes which go well with wine, and a relaxed and modern atmosphere.

If you are on a date, this is perhaps the best restaurant to make your partner happy.

Address: Uehara Ginza building 1st, 1-35-2 Uehara, Shibuya, Tokyo


18. Marusie

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Marusie offers many healthy dishes, and vegetarians also enjoy this restaurant.

The staff are very kind and excel in hospitality.

You can have a good time with your friends here.

Address: Sugimoto building B1 floor, 3-11-6 Nishihara, Shibuya, Tokyo

19. Beer Republic THE GRUB Yoyogi Uehara

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You can enjoy craft beer from all over the world.

People who like beer should come here!!

Best restaurant to go drinking after a long day.

Address: Kobayashi 2nd-building 2nd floor, 1-32-15 Uehara, Shibuya, Tokyo


20. Nagahide

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Famous yakiniku restaurant in Tokyo.

It has private rooms and you can enjoy amazing yakiniku.

Address: Shinsen QS-building 1st, 20-25 Shinsen, Shibuya, Tokyo


21. ape cucina naturale

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Italian restaurant near Komaba Todai Station.

You can get here from the station in under 5 minutes.

The restaurant was renovated and just reopened on August 1st, so the inside is nice and new.

Address: 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo



So what do you think of our list?

We recommend you try out a few of these places to add some flavor and zest to your life in Tokyo.

Hopefully you can enjoy a variety of cuisine here in Japan!

We wish you a delicious experience!!


Katsu / JAPAN