Chiyoda City Gourmet Information Part 1: Marunouchi, Yurakucho, Hibiya area

Looking at a map of Tokyo’s city center, you will see Chiyoda City shaped like a delicious fried egg. But it’s not only about the way it looks. Chiyoda City actually has a lot of famous gourmet restaurants. This time, we will introduce restaurants you have to visit around Marunouchi, Yurakucho, and Hibiya!

Marunouchi, Yurakucho area

In 1914, when Tokyo Station started operating, the surrounding area grew into a business hub. It developed together with the railroad. Nowadays, the Marunouchi and Yurakucho area is a very charming area with a few red brick stone buildings that allow you to still get a glimpse of its long history.

Take a break at the museum cafe: Café 1894

The museum cafe and bar ‘Café 1894’ is attached to the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. The classic interior design of the building that was once used as a bank, makes you feel like being in Japan a hundred years ago. Enjoy the tie-up menu with meals and drinks matching the theme of the museum’s special exhibition. After viewing the exhibition, why not take a break in this extraordinary space?

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum / Café 1894
2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest Stations: Tokyo Station, Yurakucho Station, Otemachi Station, Nijubashimae Station, Hibiya Station

The ultimate teppanyaki experience: TOKYO KAIKAN Kai

‘TOKYO KAIKAN Kai’ is a restaurant specializing in teppanyaki. At the restaurant, the chef will grill fresh seasonal vegetables and carefully selected Japanese black wagyu beef right in front of you on an iron griddle. Seasonal ingredients selected by the chef, special seasonings, and sauces handmade to match the dishes – everything is perfectly thought out. It’s the ultimate gastronomic experience!

3-2-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo B1F (inside the Marunouchi Main Building)
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Nearest stations: Tokyo Station, Yurakucho Station, Nijubashimae Station, Hibiya Station

Authentic German cuisine under the railway viaduct: JS Lennep – hanare

HIBIYA OKUROJI is a commercial facility located under the historic red brick railway viaduct at Yurakucho Station. Here, you’ll find the German restaurant ‘JS Renep – hanare –‘ offering authentic German cuisine. What makes this branch different from the main restaurant is that it offers a wide variety of stews. Also, beer is available in small sizes which is great when you want to try a variety of different German beers.

German food means a lot of meat dishes! A hearty Eisbein, a sausage platter, and a beer stewed meat dish. All are excellent!
JS Lennep – hanare –
1-7-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest stations: Yurakucho Station, Shimbashi Station, Ginza Station, Hibiya Station, Uchisaiwaicho Station

Hibiya area

The most famous spot in the Hibiya area is Hibiya Park. Every year, a lot of famous big events are held at the fountain square in the park, such as the 0-Bon dance festival in summer and the German Christmas market in winter. The park is a green oasis in the middle of the city where you can relax while enjoying nature and the changing seasons.

A restaurant with a terrace surrounded by the greenery of the park: Hibiya Matsumotoro

‘Hibiya Matsumotoro’ opened its doors in 1903. It’s the same year Hibiya Park, Japan’s first Western park, opened. The ‘Grill & Garden Terrace’ on the 1st floor of the building offers so-called haikara (= fashionable) Western dishes that have been loved for more than 100 years. We recommend their popular beef curry that made the Hibiya Matsumotoro famous!

Hibiya Matsumotoro
1-2 Hibiya Park, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Nearest Stations: Hibiya Station, Kasumigaseki Station, Uchisaiwaicho Station, Yurakucho Station, Toranomon Station, Sakuradamon Station

Enjoy the view of Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace: The Imperial Viking Sal

A “Viking ship” made with candy. Just like the name of the restaurant!

The Imperial Hotel was first in Japan to offer a meal format that allows you to “eat as much as you like.” ‘The Imperial Viking Sal’ renewed its buffet-style in 2020, allowing orders to be placed on tablets installed at each table. This new invention has a great side-effect: every time you place an order, the staff will bring freshly cooked food to the table!

The Imperial Viking Sal
1-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Main Bldg., 17th Floor
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Nearest stations: Hibiya Station, Uchisaiwaicho Station, Ginza Station, Yurakucho Station, Shimbashi Station