Without a doubt, the rise of online delivery services has changed our eating habits. Getting food delivered to our doorstep has become a norm, especially since the Covid-19 outbreak. We’re sure that you have one or two go-to services, but there are plenty more on the market that offer different advantages.
Since the second state of emergency has just gone into effect around Japan, we thought this would be a perfect time to share our list of five delivery services that you might not know about in Japan. These services all have English-language, easy-to-use interfaces, but differ in a number of ways. Here is our top 5 (in no particular order), featuring everything from healthy and gourmet foods to budget-friendly services.
Make sure to read through all of our recommendations for details about discount codes and other key information!
UberEats is probably the most prominent and recognizable delivery service in Japan, especially in the Kanto region and Tokyo. It has won the heart of many Tokyoites with its bilingual app, user-friendly interface, and quick delivery. What makes UberEats stand out from other delivery service providers is their huge pool of quick and flexible delivery partners. We highly recommend UberEats if you want to order food from small cafes and restaurants that don’t have their own delivery service. Simply put, if you have a big appetite, go for UberEats!
One more good point about UberEats is its active promotion. When you go to their menu, click “Deals,” and tags such as “Save ¥2,000 when you spend ¥750” will appear. Their Eats Pass will help you get free delivery at a very reasonable monthly price.
Operating in every big city across Japan with lots of payment options and a variety of food categories, UberEats will continue to be the go-to delivery service for many international residents.
*Ongoing Discount Code: JP20M
Get ¥2,000 off your first order
Wolt is a foreign delivery service in Japan. This Finnish tech company came to Japan in March 2020. Starting in Hiroshima, now they have expanded to big cities such as Tokyo since last October. Even though it is relatively new, it has its competitive edge!
Wolt’s functionality is similar to UberEats. It also has a fairly simple interface, and offers a variety of food categories, a decent automatic English translation of menus, and online payment.
What makes Wolt different from UberEats is its cheaper delivery rate. Wolt’s delivery rate can be divided into three categories, depending on your distance from the restaurant: from 0.0km to 1.5km is ¥99, from 1.5km to 2.5km is ¥199, and from 2.5km to 4.0km is ¥299. On the other hand, UberEats’ delivery fee is quite ambiguous.
What’s more, there’s no service fee when ordering through Wolt (if you order more than ¥1,200). Usually, for Uber, there would be a service fee of 10%. So it’s wiser to turn to Wolt when you’re making a big order.
*Ongoing Discount Code: 8MVTQ
Get ¥600 off for your first and second orders
The second state of emergency means more time at home, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on restaurant-quality food. You can now order it to your home, thanks to Food-e.
What makes Food-e stand out from this list is that it is Japan’s first gourmet food delivery service specializing in high-end restaurants. Food-e currently delivers within a 5km radius of Nishi-Azabu (西麻布) with a growing and diverse selection of Tokyo’s top restaurants, most of which have never been available for delivery before.
Their growing list of affiliate restaurants will satisfy your gourmet cravings in any setting, be it at home, parties, offices, or even picnics in the park.
Avoid the reservations and enjoy fine dining your own way!
*Ongoing Discount Code: GOFOODE21
Get ¥2,000 off your Food-e order! (Minimum order of ¥5,000)
Go to GoConnect for detailed instructions.
The Maishoku delivery service is another English-friendly option that has been going for some time. A unique feature of this service is that they charge no delivery fee, so it’s a bargain for those who want to try restaurants that are far from their homes.
Similar to UberEats or Wolt, Maishoku is a delivery service in Japan that has a very diverse set of food categories for users to choose from, including categories based on cuisine (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, European) and categories based on the type of food (vegetarian, sushi, dessert, yakiniku, and so on). In our opinion, Maishoku has a great selection of bento boxes!
However, some restaurants require you to order a specific amount and some restaurants listed on the service are not available. And also be aware that right now the service is not taking credit card payments.
foodpanda is run by German-based Delivery Hero—another giant tech company that decided to enter the Japanese market. The service is extremely popular in Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand, and Japan is the 12th Asian country that they’ve launched in.
The competitive edge that foodpanda brings to the table is a shorter delivery time, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence to find the nearest driver (according to foodpanda’s Asia Pacific CEO Jakob Angele).
Currently, foodpanda is offering a 20% discount on almost everything you can find on the platform.
At the moment, unfortunately, foodpanda is only available in Yokohama, Sapporo, Nagoya, Kobe, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Osaka. However, you can bet that foodpanda will come to Tokyo very soon.
With its high-tech service and success in other Asian markets, this is definitely a service to watch!