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 going out? Enlist one of Tokyo’s many 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

Sushi Burrito
Sushi burrito, anyone? | Photo by iStock.com/ThanapongSuthin

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. Some of the options offer cash on delivery, so you can order without a credit card (Japanese or otherwise).

1. Uber Eats

Uber Eats is probably the most familiar name on our list of Tokyo food delivery apps, and one of the easiest to use.

In Tokyo, the app 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.

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!

Uber Eats has been doing this for a while, so they deliver to cities in all 47 of Japan’s prefectures. Their coverage in Tokyo is also comprehensive—if they don’t deliver to you, it’s probably because you live in a village in the mountains.

  • Coverage: All 23 special wards of Tokyo, as well as 25 other western Tokyo cities, 33 wards and cities in Kanagawa, 25 wards and cities in Saitama, and 15 wards and cities in Chiba.
  • Apps: Available for both Android and iOS
  • Payment options: Credit card, LINE Pay, PayPay, Apple Pay, COD
  • Delivery charge: Set by store
  • Minimum order amount: No
  • Contactless delivery: Yes

2. Wolt

Hailing from Finland, Wolt is one of the newer players on the scene. Even so, they have a fully featured app and a large number of restaurants on board. You can install the app and browse the restaurants without creating an account, but you’ll need to register as soon as you want to order something. The registration process is very smooth. Using your device location, it will guess your address so you just need to tap next if it’s correct.

A food delivery from Wolt | Photo by Gregory Lane

Like the other apps mentioned here, Wolt has a native English interface and the whole ordering process is super smooth. They do display most menu items in Japanese, but it offers an easy machine translation option that will switch the Japanese text to an English approximation.

Despite being relatively new to the game, Wolt has good coverage of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Tohoku, Hokkaido, and in prefectures to the southwest of Japan. At the time of this update, they don’t do delivery in Chiba or Saitama.

  • Coverage: Chiyoda, Chuo, Koto, Bunkyo, Suginami, Meguro, Minato, Nakano, Setagaya, Shibuya, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Toshima, also Chigasaki, Fujisawa, Kamakura, Kawasaki, and Yokohama.
  • Discounts: If you enter the code 75ERTKE when you sign up, or click this link, you should get ¥300 off each of your first three orders
  • Apps: Android and iOS
  • Payment options: Credit card, Google Pay, Apple Pay, PayPay
  • Delivery charge: Set by each restaurant, but often 15% of total amount. Pick-up also available
  • Minimum order amount:NA
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3. 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. They boast that there are fine dining restaurants on their platform that you can’t find elsewhere, such as Chinese restaurant Nangokusyuka and Azabu’s Kurayamizaka Miyashita. Another thing that sets them apart is that their delivery people are directly employed by FineDine rather than the “freelancers” used by the other apps.

Despite being around for a while, the delivery area for Fine Dine is relatively limited with service to 12 wards in Tokyo. If you’re not sure if you’re covered, you can simply pop your address into the confirmation box and see.

  • Coverage: Bunkyo, Chiyoda, Chuo, Meguro, Minato, Nakano, Ota, Setagaya, Shibuya, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, and Taito
  • Discounts: Not listed
  • Apps: Android, iOS, and web
  • Payment options: Credit card, cash on delivery, or invoice (requires advance registration)
  • Delivery charge: Set by each restaurant, but often 15% of total amount
  • Minimum order amount: ¥1,500

4. FOOD-E

FOOD-E is a newly launched food delivery service that offers gourmet meals from higher-end restaurants, so it’s ideal for a special occasion or an eat-in date night. All restaurants on the platform are not available on other apps. Big names on the service include Nobu Tokyo, Oakdoor, Tokyo American Club, The Tavern Grill & Lounge at The Andaz, Two Rooms, Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais, and Udatsu Sushi.

With FOOD-E, we’re generally not talking “fast food”, so orders may take up to 90 minutes to be delivered. If you’re ordering something very special, you might have to order it a day in advance! They also boast delivery is only by car or motorcycle, so the leg from the restaurant to you will be done as quickly as possible, keeping the food hot (or chilled) for consumption.

  • Coverage: Central Tokyo
  • Discounts: None, although they do have a space for coupon codes, so ask the restaurant directly
  • Apps: Web as well as iOS
  • Payment options: Credit card
  • Delivery charge: NA
  • Minimum order amount: ¥5,000from 5 pm to 10 am the next day, ¥3,000 for off-peak orders between 10 am and 5 pm.

5. DoorDash

The largest food delivery app in the US (with operations in Canada and Australia too) has finally entered the Japanese market—kind of. The delivery behemoth avoided the intense competition in Tokyo by launching in Sendai in mid-2021. Since then, they have launched in Saitama, Kawasaki, Okayama, with a planned launch in Chiba before the end of 2021. Tokyo service is set to begin on April 30th, 2022.

When we last checked, their app for Japan was definitely a work in progress! Language recognition and sign-up were rather clunky. DoorDash are a huge player though, so it will be interesting to see what innovation they bring to an already crowded market.

  • Coverage: Sendai, Saitama, Kawasaki, Okayama
  • Discounts: 50% off your first two orders with the coupon code 25HELLO
  • Apps: Android and iOS
  • Payment options: Credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal

Japanese language food delivery sites/apps in Tokyo

Takeaway Food
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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.

6. Demaecan

With over 20,000 restaurants, Demaecan 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.

Demaecan’s coverage isn’t quite as straight forward as some of the other apps. Rather than covering an area, they have a point within an area—usually a major train station—that covers nearby neighborhoods. For example, the “Ueno” area covers Ueno, Magome, Iidabashi, Akebonobashi, and Asakusa. This means they deliver to a lot of places in Tokyo, but coverage isn’t complete.

Demaecan is backed by messaging giant LINE, and they recently got a huge pile of cash from Softbank, so they’ll try to outlast the likes of Uber Eats and Wolt.

  • Coverage: Wide coverage in Tokyo (including western Tokyo cities), Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama, as well as 32 of Japan’s 47 prefectures.
  • 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.

7. 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.

Individual fast-food delivery options

Takeaway Pizza
Photo by iStock.com/artlite

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.

8. 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.

  • Coverage: Nationwide, but you need to be near a Domino’s branch
  • 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.

9. 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!

  • Coverage: Nationwide, but you need to be near a McDonald’s branch
  • 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.

10. 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.

  • Coverage: Nationwide, but you need to be near a Pizza Hut branch
  • 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. /li>
  • 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.

What happened to Food Panda and Didi?

Japan’s food delivery app market is super competitive. Food Panda pulled out at the end of January 2022 citing difficulty in attracting delivery staff, and Didi also left the market in April 2022. Other services that have bitten the dust include Docomo’s D-Delivery in April 2021, Maishoku, and GuruNavi Premium, which was technically absorbed into Rakuten Delivery.

While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in January 2017 authored by Tiffany Lim. Rewritten and updated by Gregory Lane on May 3rd, 2022.

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