Tokyo Food Apps Bring the Restaurant to Your Door

ByJason Gatewood
Dec 26, 2017

Tokyo Food Apps Bring the Restaurant to Your Door

"Panning" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Sushicam

At some point it will happen. Even though you’re in Tokyo, one of the world’s best cities to dine in, you’ll eventually either run out of meal ideas, or simply want to stay home and chill. Luckily for you, life in the big city means almost anything can be delivered right to your front door. But that language barrier though… What’s a non-Japanese speaker to do in these situations? Quick, to the download-inators and our problems are solved!


Japan’s home-grown home shopping giant Rakuten also has a food delivery service, Rakubin. Right now it seems limited to the Meguro, Setagaya, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Minato wards in Tokyo, but should expand as time goes on. Rakubin not only has restaurants in the roster but also will bring treats from your nearest Lawson as well. And it goes without saying that you’ll need a Rakuten account set up to use the app, but you can take care of that in the app as well.

Uber Eats

Yep, the same Uber famous for turning ordinary folks and their cars into an on-demand taxi, has re-purposed their app for food delivery services in Tokyo. If you’ve already set up an Uber account, then things will look similar for you when you log in, aside from the menu, complete with the GPS tracking of your delivery to your home.

LINE Delima

LINE proves it’s the app that does it all this time by embedding a food delivery service into it. Line Pay is required to settle payments, but that also means not only credit cards but bank accounts and of course its own reloadable LINE Card can be used.


This app boasts over 10,000 stores linked to its system; not just restaurants but services such as handyman and cleaning can be ordered, making it the app with the most amount of services (or so it’s advertised). They’ve tied up with Amazon Pay here meaning you can use your Amazon account and those handy Amazon prepaid cards found in most convenience stores to pay for things. The iOS version also lets you use Apple Pay as well.

by Jason L Gatewood

Image “Panning” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Sushicam

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Our Tokyo based collaborator is a tech nerd, Japanophile, train nut, and a veritable fountain of information on Japan. His current goal is to watch Evangelion and actually "get it", sing every permutation of "Hotel California" at any karaoke gathering, ride every bullet train line, and sample all varieties of ramen throughout Japan. Catch more of his musings at ·