Shake Tree Diner in Tokyo

The American model: direct proximity to the customer

By Sebastian Schuster    - 5 min read

Shake Tree Diner is a restaurant located in the Mukojima district of Sumida City in Tokyo. It is part of the Mizumachi complex, which opened in mid 2020 and is a complement to Solamachi Skytree Town within a 5-minute walk from the Tokyo Skytree station.

The idea behind the diner is the following: the founder had once been to a restaurant in America and since it had been so crowded he was almost ready to leave, but all of a sudden the waitress came to his table, knelt down next to him and said, "I'm sorry to keep you waiting, it's packed here today. Let me take a break for a minute." Shortly after, she continued "Okay! What can I get you? Well, I especially like ...", and she presented the menu to him. He felt like he was being treated like a friend and not just a guest. Having never had such an experience as a customer before, he was startled at first but then intrigued at the same time. He was thrilled by the happy atmosphere at all the tables, and he said to himself: I want to open a restaurant like that.

The team of Shake Tree Diner and its sister restaurant Shake Tree Burger & Bar has made it their mission to provide this atmosphere for the customers here in Japan. Everyone is treated as an exceptional guest. The name Shake Tree comes from the statement: Shake one's tree, which means to make someone happy.

The cute logo
The cute logo
The burger of the day
The burger of the day

A friendly welcome

You feel this philosophy as soon as you enter the restaurant. Of course, it is not unusual in Japan to be greeted by all employees. At the Shake Tree Diner this greeting is even more heartfelt. Upon entering everyone turns to the new guest, and you are warmly welcomed. The same applies to the farewell: after you paid at the cash desk near the entrance and exit, everybody will say goodbye to you loudly.

Once you are seated, it doesn't take long for a waiter/waitress to sit next to you and explain the menu in detail (various specials, set menus and drinks etc.) in a relaxed atmosphere. While you are choosing something from the menu, you will notice the atmospheric decoration and music, which also draws you into another country in the West.

Western inspiration and banana split
Western inspiration and banana split

Burgers, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs and more

The diner offers various hot dogs, sandwiches and burgers. According to the staff, the most popular dishes on the menu are from the burger and hot dog category. As a small special feature, the Shake Tree Diner offers a main course plus a free soft drink from Monday to Friday during lunchtime. In addition, there is also a daily changing burger of the day.

A small selection from the menu is:

  • Regular Hot Dog
  • Sweet Chilli Hot Dog
  • Hamburger
  • Bacon Burger
  • World Famous Wild Out Burger
  • Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich
  • Vegetable Sandwich
  • Banana Split
  • Apple Cinnamon Cobbler

Additional toppings are the following:

  • Avocados
  • Pineapple
  • Ham
  • Jalapeños

Of course, there is also a drink menu for alcoholic beverages as well as soft drinks. Drinks like cola, lemonade, tea, coffee, ginger ale and typical American shakes are offered. The alcoholic beverages include various wines, beers, different types of whiskey and much more. According to the employees, beers and the various shakes are the most popular categories among the drinks.

Delicious cheese sandwich
Delicious cheese sandwich
Cute decoration
Cute decoration

Burgers and more also for the little ones

However, the actual highlight for me is the special "Fun Menu" for children:

  • Mini Hamburger
  • Mini Cheeseburger
  • Chicken Tender
  • Cheese Toast

You can also choose from a variety of side dishes and a soft drink.

In the year of the cow
In the year of the cow
Classic design
Classic design

Shake Tree at home

While Shake Tree itself doesn't offer its own delivery service, there is still the option to order your food using Uber Eats.

The Shake Tree Diner is a restaurant that stands out from the crowd of American-inspired restaurants in Japan. As the waiter/waitress kneels next to you and answers all your questions, a feeling of familiarity immediately sets in. The various dishes are the perfect size, fresh and delicious. If you are in Sumida City near the Skytree and would like to visit a diner style restaurant, you should put Shake Tree Diner in Mizumachi at the top of your list.

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Sebastian Schuster

Sebastian Schuster @schuster.sebastian

Born in Germany, I moved to Japan in 2018 to start a new life with my wife. I am interested in most kinds of the Japanese life and culture - like food, music, nature, shinto and puroresu.

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Lynda Hogan a month ago
I like the sound of the kids menu. And the atmosphere of the restaurant. It sounds a bit like my local hairdressers here in Japan!! When you walk in there, all the staff greet you, but not just "irishaimase", like a full on conversation. And when you're leaving they practically hug you!
Sebastian Schuster Author 3 weeks ago
It was super refreshing to experience this. And while you are eating you can see how much fun the staff is enjoying his work in this atmosphere. The last time they played with a small green car at the counter or throw and catch some of the bottles while laughing out loudly
Bonson Lam a month ago
Love the glistening, happy atmosphere, down to the pickle decorations. What a lovely story about how it all started.
Sebastian Schuster Author 3 weeks ago
Yeah, we instantly started to love this place. And they were so happy after i showed them the article I wrote here on JT for them. You can find them on instagram too with a lot of funny stories.
And Kim you are right, thats a Hot Dog decoration. I really need this for this years Christmas Tree :D
Kim a month ago
Thank you so much for including the kids menu info! That's so helpful for parents. This place definitely looks like an American diner experience!
Sebastian Schuster Author 3 weeks ago
Im planing to ask them about purchasing the Kids menu just for taking the photo. Its so amazing. But the last time we saw it in real, i dont want to ask other guests about taking a photo :D