The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has recently just built a search page listing English friendly restaurant choices in the local area, with support for other languages too. In response to the growing number of visitors and foreign residents alike, they hope to capture more of the market through their database of multilingual options.
Known as the ‘Search page for restaurants with multilingual menus’ site, it caters for a large number of languages including English, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic and Hebrew.
Navigation is user-friendly as you reach the initial launch page it prompts you to select the language of your choice. You will then be able to choose a particular cuisine from key dishes like Sushi, Tempura, Ramen and other classic foods. You can also select from a range of main districts across the Tokyo Metro area including Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Ueno and other key areas.
Once you have made you a selection from the ‘Category’ and ‘Location’ menus, you will then get a list of available options based on your choices. Of course, as this site is new I came across a few empty combinations, for example, choosing Sushi in Shimbashi returned no results. Also, some restaurants lack any kind of photos on both their restaurant page and menu tab. However, as this site is new I assume it will continue to grow in restaurant options and features in the near future.
If anything is clear it is that the Government is determined in taking this Tourism boom seriously, and websites like this justify their efforts in trying to improve the visitor’s experience. To check out this page, you can access the Tokyo Metro Government’s restaurant search website here.