So you don’t have much time or energy to cook. No problem—you can always pick something up from the many convenience stores nearby, or eat at a restaurant. But what if you’re tired of getting the same old food at the convenience store? What if you’d like more variety? Or what if you just don’t feel like getting out? Enlist one of Tokyo’s food delivery services (see below for English and Japanese options).

Uber Eats delivery in Shibuya, Tokyo
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We’ve hunted down the best food delivery services in the Tokyo area and beyond. Their apps and websites feature a variety of dishes from different cuisines, from sushi to burgers to tom yum goong. Let’s start with websites/apps that have English versions.

Tokyo food delivery services with English-language websites/apps

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Tokyo has a good number of food delivery options with English-language apps, allowing you to choose from a decent selection of restaurants even if your Japanese isn’t great. The following three all accept cash on delivery, so you can order without a credit card (Japanese or otherwise).

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1. Maishoku

Maishoku offers a wide variety of dishes from over 300 restaurants. Although the website has other prefectures listed on the drop-down menu for addresses, most restaurants only deliver within Tokyo, and non-Tokyo residents may find their options to be quite limited (or the minimum delivery order to be rather high). Maishoku doesn’t charge for delivery, but listed restaurants have minimum orders, most of which are fairly reasonable (around ¥1,000 to ¥1,200). Just a note, though: Maishoku’s English translations of menu items can be pretty awkward.

  • Discounts: You’ll get 500 points if you sign up as a new customer here.
  • Apps: Available for Android.
  • Payment options: Cash on delivery (COD), credit card.
  • Delivery charge: Free.
  • Minimum order amount: Set by each restaurant.
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2. Uber Eats

Uber Eats is probably the most familiar name on our list of Tokyo food delivery services, and one of the easiest to use. The service is available in Tokyo as well as Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe and Fukuoka.

In Tokyo, the service runs from 9 am to 12 am, but has an extra hour on each side for central areas including Shinjuku, Shibuya, Minato, Chuo, Shinagawa and Bunkyo. While their restaurant coverage is pretty good, they do have some extra charges. For example, if you order at a particularly busy time, there will be a surcharge, much like the taxi service has. This is only temporary and you will be shown the price before you order, so it’s up to you if you’re willing to pay. Unfortunately, they still don’t delivery to neighboring prefectures.

One good element worth noting is that they are cutting down on disposable items, so you must actively request cutlery and single-use items like straws (they no longer come as standard). Yay sustainability!

  • Discounts: If you enter the code eats-0bxdcm when you sign up, you should get ¥1,000 off your first order.
  • Apps: Available for both Android and iOS.
  • Payment options: Credit card.
  • Delivery charge: Set by store.
  • Minimum order amount: No.
  • Contactless delivery: Yes.

3. Food Panda

Originating in Singapore (but now owned by a German company), Food Panda is a major worldwide competitor to Uber Eats that launched in Japan in September 2020.

While offering much the same experience as Uber Eats, they do have restaurants on their platform that are not available on its competitor’s platform. A good example of this is U.S. burger chain Shake Shack.

Food Panda delivery
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In terms of usability, the app is super simple. One area where it needs a little bit of work is for non-Japanese speaking customers. Some of the restaurants don’t offer translations. However, if you’ve been a resident of Japan for more than a few months and you can’t read バーガー or フライポテト then you should probably rethink your life choices.

This is purely anecdotal, but our first test order on Food Panda was the quickest we’ve experienced of any of the food ordering apps (ordering direct to restaurants is a different story—they’re usually quicker than the apps). From order (from a restaurant about a 30-minute walk away) to delivery took less than the time to consume a single can of beer.

  • Discounts: If you use this link at sign-up, you should get ¥1,500 off your first order.
  • Apps: Available for both Android and iOS.
  • Payment options: Credit card or cash on delivery.
  • Delivery charge: Set by store.
  • Minimum order amount: No.
  • Contactless delivery: Yes.

4. FineDine

As the name implies, FineDine brings you quality dining at relatively reasonable prices, although the minimum order is often a little higher than the other options. FineDine’s delivery service covers all of Tokyo’s 23 wards and a handful of areas in Kanagawa (the cities of Kamakura, Fujisawa, Yokosuka and Yokohama’s Isogo, Konan, Totsuka, Naka, West and South wards). They also cover the following areas in Saitama: Iruma, Miyoshi, Kawagoe, Saitama Nishi, Fujimi and Fujimino. If you’re not sure, you can simply pop your address into the confirmation box and see.

  • Discounts: Not listed.
  • Apps: None.
  • Payment options: Cash on delivery (COD), credit card or bill (requires advance registration).
  • Delivery charge: Set by each restaurant, but often 15% of total amount.
  • Minimum order amount: Generally ¥2,000.

Japanese-only food delivery sites/apps in Tokyo

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For those who can understand Japanese, there are a few more options. These websites have a fairly wide range of restaurants, so we understand if you’re a non-Japanese speaker and you feel like you’re missing out! Google Translate, while not entirely accurate, can be your friend.

5. Demae-Can

With over 20,000 restaurants, Demae-Can has the largest listing among the food delivery websites/apps in this article. Popular chains like Freshness Burger, Domino’s, KFC and CoCo Ichibanya also have listings here. Most restaurants have minimum order values below ¥2,000, and the website displays average user ratings for each restaurant, so you have an idea of what’s hot and what’s not.

  • Discounts: Check out the discounts page they have for all the different offers, including a ¥100 first-time-order discount.
  • Apps: Available for both Android and iOS.
  • Payment options: COD, credit card, Amazon Pay, Apple Pay, LINE Pay.
  • Delivery charge: Set by each restaurant.
  • Minimum order amount:Set by each restaurant.
  • Contactless delivery: Yes.

6. Rakuten Delivery

Rakuten Delivery is another popular food delivery website among the Japanese. Some of its 10,000 listed restaurants can also be found elsewhere, including chains like KFC and CoCo Ichibanya. Pizza chains like Pizza-La, Pizza Hut, and Domino’s are also listed here, although they also have their own delivery websites. You earn R-Points when ordering, and there are deals and discounts to be had on each restaurant.

Apps: Available for both Android and iOS.
Payment options: Cash on delivery (COD), credit card.
Delivery charge: Set by each restaurant.
Minimum order amount: Set by each restaurant.

Note: GuruNavi Premium (run by restaurant review site GuruNavi) used to be on this list, but their service has been taken over by Rakuten Delivery, which is mentioned above. And Docomo’s D-Delivery service was discontinued on April 30, 2021.

Individual fast-food delivery options

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If you know exactly what is you’re after, then you can head straight to these websites—they all have English options, so there’s nothing stopping you.

7. Domino’s Pizza

Looking for some familiar greasy goodness? Then good old Domino’s Pizza might be just up your street. Online orders are available from 9 am to 1 am, and phone orders up to 15 minutes before the store closes. The minimum order value is ¥1,080 and there no longer seems to be a higher rate for side-only orders. It’s worth keeping in mind that Domino’s offer lots of discounts for collection, so if you’re at all willing to leave the house, check out the deals and where your closest store is.

  • Discounts: Domino’s isn’t short of deals—they will spam you with emails and even have an app dedicated to them—but they also have a coupon page, which is probably easier.
  • Apps: Available for both Android and iOS.
  • Payment options: COD / credit card.
  • Delivery charge: Free.
  • Minimum order amount: ¥1,030 including tax.
  • Contactless delivery: Yes.

8. McDonald’s McDelivery McDetails

Worldwide provider of the fastest of foods, Mickey D’s delivers in Tokyo through their own drivers or using Uber Eats. McDelivery runs from 7 am to 11 pm and has a ¥300 delivery fee for most areas, but a little higher in rural parts of Japan. Orders must total ¥1,000 or over for breakfast menu items (before 10:30 am) or ¥1,500 for regular menu orders. In a bit of a cute move, you can add ‘Smile’ to your order and you’ll get a bonus message and picture on your delivery!

  • Discounts: Not listed.
  • App: Available for both Android and iOS.
  • Payment options: Cash on delivery (COD), credit card, R-Points, D-Points.
  • Delivery charge: ¥300 (most areas).
  • Minimum order amount: ¥1,000 Breakfast menu, ¥1,500 regular menu.

9. Pizza Hut Delivery

If your dough-based loyalties lie with Pizza Hut, then fear not—they have delivery too, and plenty of deals to choose from. The minimum order total is ¥1,078 (although their FAQ specifies ¥1,400, the lower price is listed on the order page and seems to work ok). Similar to Domino’s, they have extra deals for collection, so keep that in mind if you’re ok with being outside for a few minutes.

  • Discounts: Pizza Hut has plenty of deals, but you have to sign up to see them—when you register you get ¥1,000 of your first order, which is a good start!
  • Apps: Available on Android and IOS.
  • Payment options: Cash on delivery (COD), credit card, R-Pay, LINE Pay, Au Wallet, DPoints.
  • Delivery charge: Free.
  • Minimum order amount: ¥1,078.
  • Contactless delivery: Yes.

Local restaurants

Lastly, some restaurants around your neighborhood may offer food delivery services to your area and possibly even nearby areas. They might just not have a listing on Tokyo food delivery websites/apps. For instance, I found out that Rocco’s New York Style Pizza, Tokyo’s first authentic NY-style pizza parlor, delivers to nearby areas. I’ve also seen restaurants in my neighborhood putting up signs that they deliver to selected areas. Look or ask around, because who knows what you might find.

While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in January 2017. Last updated by Gregory Lane on June 4, 2021.

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