7 Delicious Breakfast Places in Ueno to Start Off Your Day

Even within Tokyo, Ueno has many popular tourist spots scattered throughout its area. Since there's so much to see, you can walk around all day without getting bored. When you're spending so much time sightseeing, you'll need energy to keep you going, like a good, hearty breakfast! There are many places in Ueno where you can have delicious breakfast. Here are 7 recommended spots where you can do just that in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere!


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1. Oujyou (Ueno)

Oujyou is a coffee shop that is located right next to Ameyoko and is surrounded by lots of small bars. This coffee shop has been in business for a long time in this area. One of the charms of this cafe is its interior, with the comfortable chairs and the beautiful chandelier.

The food menu includes pilaf, spaghetti, various kinds of sandwiches, hot dogs, and toast. Butter toast (450 yen), a popular menu item made with very thick bread and a pat of salty butter, goes perfectly with coffee.


[About Oujyou]

Opening Hours: 8:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Closed: Irregular

Accepted Credit Cards: Credit cards not accepted

Access: Around a 3-minute walk from Hirokoji Exit of Ueno Station

Address: 6-8-15, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
東京都台東区上野6-8-15 (Google Map)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/coffeeoujyou/ (Japanese Only)

2. Irori-an (Within Ueno Station Gates)

At Irori-an, a soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant located inside the central gate of Ueno Station, visitors can eat delicious soba noodles for breakfast. It's a very convenient location for those sightseeing in Ueno to grab some food before starting their day.

Kitsune soba is a dish consisting of hot soba with fried tofu and a half-boiled egg on top. The noodles are thin, so they're easy to eat. Set meals, such as the soba set meal and the salmon set meal, are also available in the morning. Rice and hiya-yakko (cold tofu) come with the sets, making for a very satisfying meal!

[About Irori-an]

Opening Hours: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Closed: Open all year

Accepted Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB

Access: Located on the left hand side of the Central Gate of Ueno Station (facing the gate from the outside)

Address: 7-1-1, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
東京都台東区上野7-1-1 (Google Map)

Gurunavi: r.gnavi.co.jp/4jzc7gtv0000/  (Japanese Only)

3. Taimeiken Ecute Ueno Branch (Within Ueno Station Gates)

Taimeiken is a long-established and well-known Western-style restaurant in Japan. The restaurant has two floors, but the first floor of the restaurant, where you can enjoy Western food at reasonable prices, will be the main focus in this article. On the first floor, there's a selection of many dishes that Japanese people have been familiar with since long ago, such as omurice (omelette stuffed with rice), omelette, Japanese curry rice, and hamburg steak. Popular breakfast items are omelette and borscht soup with stone baked bread, both available at reasonable prices. The popular breakfast set is a great deal with a considerably cheap price that consists of an omelette, borscht soup, and stone-baked bread.


For an additional 150 yen, there's an option to add a drink (coffee, tea, juice, etc.) to breakfast items ike curry, hayashi rice (rice with hashed meat), and French toast.

[About Taimeiken Ecute Ueno Branch]

Opening Hours: (Monday - Saturday) 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM (last order 10:30 PM)
(Sunday, National Holidays) 7:00 AM - 10:30 PM (last order 10:00 PM)

Closed: Beginning and end of the year (1st and 2nd of January)

Accepted Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB

Access: Inside the gates of Ueno Station

Address: 3F, Ecute Ueno, 7-1-1, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
東京都台東区上野7-1-1 エキュート上野3F (Google Map)

HP: www.ecute.jp/ueno/shop/550.html (Japanese Only)

4. Tsukiji Uogashi Maguro Ichidai Ecute Ueno Branch (Within Ueno Station Gates)

Tsukiji Uogashi Maguro Ichidai is a sushi restaurant located within the building of Ueno Station. Customers can enjoy tasty sushi at reasonable prices, and it has an atmosphere that makes it easy to enter! As tuna ("maguro" in Japanese) is featured in the restaurant name, you can expect the tuna here to be very delicious. Try and compare the different types of tuna, such as medium fatty tuna, lean tuna, and marinated tuna!

Customers can order from the set menu for a limited time in the morning until 10 AM. For example, there's the "Tuna Yamakake Set" (tuna and grated Japanese yam rice bowl) and the "Grilled Fish Set", both of which come with rice and miso soup for the amazing price tag of less than 500 yen.

[About Tsukiji Uogashi Maguro Ichidai Ecute Ueno Branch ]

Opening Hours: (Monday - Saturday) 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
(Sunday, National Holidays) 7:00 AM - 10:30 PM

Closed: Open all year

Accepted Credit Cards: American Express, JCB

Access: Inside the gates of Ueno Station

Address: 3F, Ecute Ueno, 7-1-1, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
東京都台東区上野7-1-1 エキュート上野3F (Google Map)

HP: www.ecute.jp/ueno/shop/549.html (Japanese Only)

5. Hard Rock Cafe (Ueno)

A delicious breakfast menu is also available at the Hard Rock Cafe in Ueno. The American breakfast, which you can order until 11 AM, is a set meal consisting of hash browns, bacon, scrambled eggs, toast, and salad. The lightly salted bacon and fluffy eggs are very delicious, and the presentation itself will make your mouth water!


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Another recommended item is their French toast, which is moist, subtly sweet, and incredibly delicious. It comes with syrup, so pour on as much as you'd like!

[About Hard Rock Cafe]

Opening Hours: 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM (last order 10:00 PM)

Closed: Open all year

Accepted Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB

Access: Around a 1 minute walk from the Central Gate of Ueno Station

Address: 1F, Atre Ueno, 7-1-1, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
東京都台東区上野7-1-1 アトレ上野1F (Google Map)

HP: www.hardrock.com/cafes/tokyo-uyeno-eki/ (English)

HP: hardrockjapan.com/location/uyeno (Japanese)

6. Cafe Lapin (Okachimachi)

Cafe Lapin is an elegant and cozy coffee shop that is located in a quiet side street close to Ueno-hirokoji Station and Okachimachi Station. There is a large coffee bean roaster inside the cafe, which has a completely different atmosphere to the hectic main road outside bustling with people. Within its walls, it feels almost like another world, and you can comfortably relax in this atmosphere.

The morning set comes with toast, butter, cheese, 3 types of egg, and salad, with your choice of either coffee or black tea. While it is a very simple breakfast, the toast is crispy on the outside with a soft, fluffy inside, and of course the coffee is excellent. Besides that, there is also a set that includes croissants and fruit yogurt, which is definitely worth a try.

[About Cafe Lapin]

Opening Hours: (Monday - Saturday) 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Closed: Sundays, National Holidays (closed for 1 week during Obon and New Year's)

Accepted Credit Cards: Credit cards not accepted

Access: Around a 3-minute walk from the South Exit of Okachimachi Station
Around a 5-minute walk from Exit A1 of Ueno-hirokoji Station

Address: 3-15-7, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
東京都台東区上野3-15-7 (Google Map)

HP: cafe-lapin.shop-pro.jp/ (Japanese Only)

7. Graphy Nezu Cafe & Lounge (Nezu)

Graphy Nezu Cafe & Lounge is a cafe that's connected to a hotel. This cafe isn't limited to just hotel guests, and everyone is welcome to dine here. It's still quite new, and it's located in a quiet residential area. There's indoor seating as well as outdoor terrace seating, and customers are able to have a pleasant time enjoying their breakfast. The hotel is very popular with travelers from abroad, and there's a beautiful lounge that's great to sit in and chat.

There is a morning set that consists of a sandwich, salad, French fries, soup, and a drink. Guests can customize their sandwiches by choosing the type of bread and the sandwich fillings.

[About Graphy Nezu Cafe & Lounge]

Opening Hours: Morning 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Lunch 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Bar 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM (food last order 10:00 PM, drink last order 10:30 PM)

Closed: Open all year

Accepted Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard

Access: Around a 3-minute walk from Nezu Station
Around a 14-minute walk from the Park Exit of Ueno Station

Address: 4-5-10, Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo
東京都台東区池之端4-5-10 (Google Map)

HP: www.hotel-graphy.com/en/cafebar/cafe (English)

HP: www.hotel-graphy.com/cafebar/cafe (Japanese)


A delicious breakfast will surely give you strength and energy to keep you going as you explore Ueno. There are a lot of places that don't open for breakfast, though, and wandering around trying to find one is such a waste of time. Knowing in advance which places are open in the morning will give you a smooth start to your sightseeing day!


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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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I live in Hokkaido, but I used to live in Tokyo, and would often travel around the Kanto region. I enjoy interesting townscapes and ancient culture. I love natural scenery as well!

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