These Restaurants in Japan Are Meant for People Who Want to Dine Solo

Table for one, please!

More and more people are cherishing their time alone. They travel on their own, go to karaoke alone, and even go to theme parks solo. This concept of me time has become so prevalent in Japan that terms like solo katsu or solo activities were even coined, and now, more and more shops that are geared towards the most fundamental aspect of solo katsu, aka eating alone, have started popping up. Read on to find out where these places are.

Shabu Shabu Yamawarau
La Chic 8F 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka District, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Contact: +81-52-259-6750
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last order is at 2:30 p.m.), 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last order is at 10 p.m.), on Saturdays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (last order is at 10 p.m.)

Tokyo’s popular restaurant Shabu Shabu Yamawarau has arrived at Nagoya’s La Chic (Nagoya City, Naka District)! The shop is set up so you can eat Nabe (hot pot) for one, no matter how many people come through the door. Using the heater on top of the counter, you can freely adjust the heat, and enjoy your meal at your own pace until you’re done.

Enjoy Shabu Shabu with a lot of vegetables alone! / Shabu Shabu Yamawarau Nagoya La Chic store

The most popular lunch item on the menu is the 
Kokusan Gyu Roast (70g) + Yonezawa Pork Ichiban Sodachi Roast (70g) (Roast Beef made in Japan (70g) + Yonezawa Pork Best Raised Roast (70g))(¥1,944). At 350g, the side vegetable plate that comes with every order is enough to fulfill the daily vegetable requirement of an adult.

Kokusan Gyu Roast 70g + Yonezawa Pork Ichiban Sodachi Roast 70g

Yakiniku no Idutsuya Hokubu Shijo Store
Toyobahattan 121, Toyoyama City, Nishikasugai County, Aichi Prefecture
Contact: +81-568-28-3666
Open daily from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (last order is at 2 a.m.) except Tuesdays

Yakiniku no Idutsuya, Hokubu Shijo Store
is a popular yakiniku restaurant whose main store is established in Kasugai. Spaces that are mainly counter seats are found only in the Hokubu Shijo Store and are built for customers who want to dine alone. Going the extra mile, they also provide other dine-alone services that make customers happy.

A roaster on top of the table with nostalgic background music. There are a lot of customers who long for a nostalgic style/ Yakiniku no Idutsuya

First, to be able to enjoy a variety of food, the price and the size of one plate is set reasonably. The roasters lined up on top of the counter are perfectly sized for one. The meats are all Wagyu, and there are 15 varieties of entrails always available such as the 
Hormone (pork intestine) (¥378).


Tonchan (¥214 yen). Eaten with chili powder and sweet and spicy miso sauce. The savory flavor spreads as you chew, and makes drinking faster! /Yakiniku no Idutsuya

Nikuteki (¥430 yen) is a low-calorie beef dish with skirt cuts.


Jingisukan Tetsu

Sansutendo Bldg 3F 3-19-24, Nishiki, Naka District, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

Contact: +81-52-973-4600

Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturdays open from 5:30 p.m. Closed on Sundays and holidays

Jingisukan Tetsu, you can enjoy a variety of sheep meat dishes such as stewed Sheep Stripe (¥496) or Lamb Chasuke, lamb on rice with tea poured on it (¥669), and of course Jingisukan, which is a lamb and mutton dish. They do not use frozen meats, and they are particular in choosing very fresh Australian meats.  

You can enjoy your meal even if you are alone./ Jingisukan Tetsu

There are two varieties you can choose from: the mellow tasting lamb, and the strong flavored mutton. For those dining alone, try the 
Jingisukan Petit Set (small set). If it is not enough, you can order additional meat at 100g increments. If you ask for it, the staff can also grill your Jingisukan for you.

Lamb Jingisukan set for one (¥1,036) uses a light-flavored sauce so you can still taste natural flavors of the meat. /Jingisukan Tetsu

Lamb no Tataki (¥928 yen) is fresh lamb meat that is seared, and prepared rare. It is drizzled with a specialized onion base sauce. /Jingisukan Tetsu

You can have meals with family or friends, but you can also enjoy a different experience by eating at the counter and having a laugh with the store’s owner.

Provided by, Japan Walker™, Tokai Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (9 April 2018)

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