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  • [Question] Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

    Anybody have recommendations for good Japanese food in Tokyo?

  • #2
    Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

    i wish i could help you, but i don't know the names of any of the streets where i ate, lol. there were definitely some great local places. and if you miss an american breakfast, find a Royal Host chain restaurant, it's delicious! if you make it to Tokyo Disney Sea, try Sailing Day Buffet next to Tower of Terror, it's soooo goooodd!

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    • #3
      Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

      Japan is a wondeful country for cuisine. The Japanese are obsessed with food (like the French )). I had some wondeful experience in many restaurants in Tokyo.

      One hint : city guides are good for information about museums and famous sightseeings, but forget them for food, unless you want to eat in average restaurants packed with tourists (my experience with Lonely Planet Tokyo). I had the best culinary experiences in places I picked randomly.
      I remember a wonderful restaurant for Sukiyaki in Shinjuku, but just forgot the name... :blush: (let you nown whenever I retrieve it)


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      • #4
        Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

        I would like to see more Disney travellers in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris venture out to try some of the local cuisine. I think all three cities are pretty well known for gourmet restaurants and fine dining.

        But it's always best when "locals" tell you about their favorite places.

        食べよう !

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        • #5
          Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

          Our hotel recommended a couple of places, and they were very good.

          Zakura Muromachi in Nihonbashi (I think there are others around town) They have Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki. It's right opposite the Mitsukoshi store, which had some nice food too. You can pick up a Bento box from the food department, or I had a nice meal in one of the restaurants (my sons meal came in a little bullet train shaped serving dish with dry ice smoke coming out of it, very cute)

          Also, it is expensive, but for Teppanyaki there is Ukaitei in the Ginza area.

          I find recommending places a bit tough, as just because I liked it doesn't mean that it was necessarily any good!!!!

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          • #6
            Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

            Please be a little more specific as to the "type", price range, atmosphere, location, etc you are looking. There are many many great places from traditional to junk, a few to couple hundred dollars, dress up to stand up, Kanagawa to Chiba, etc.

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            • #7
              Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

              We stumbled across a rather amazing place in Akihabara called Hatsu Tsubomi. It is on the 9th floor of an office building, right across the street from the SE corner of the Japan Rail Akihabara Station. Although it seems like a rather elegant place, we just showed up in normal street clothes for dinner.

              Hatsu Tsubomi
              Tel: 03-5294-1108 Fax: 03-3252-2328
              1-6-4 Kanda Sakumacho
              Located in the Danke Akihabara Bldg, 2nd building in from the SE corner of Akihabara Station (north side of the street).

              We ordered a la care and spent 6300 yen for the two of us for too much food. Set menus start at 5000 yen per person, but there is no need to spend anywhere near that amount of money. Going to this place is an entirely different experience and really lets you know you are in a different culture.

              Link (with name and adress in japanese):
              Seiryu Hatsu Tsubomi's Map/Tokyo Restaurants, Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki - Sunnypages.jp

              Restaurant website (in japanese):

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              • #8
                Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

                Cool, arigato gozaimasu !

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                • #9
                  Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

                  Originally posted by Roger55 View Post
                  Please be a little more specific as to the "type", price range, atmosphere, location, etc you are looking. There are many many great places from traditional to junk, a few to couple hundred dollars, dress up to stand up, Kanagawa to Chiba, etc.
                  let's hear your suggestions in all categories, I probably wouldn't want to spend a fortune on my Japanese vacation. That said, I would budget inmoney for some traditional Japanese food, that's part of the experience of visiting a foreign country.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

                    We also went to Ikebukuro Sunshine City which is a multi-building development with an indoor aquarium, zoo, shopping mall, planetarium, a 60th floor observation deck, and a two-story indoor amusement park called Namja Town.

                    Tokyo Travel: Ikebukuro

                    Inside Namja Town, we ate at Gyoza Stadium. It is a warren of 'alleyways' from Showa Tokyo with about a dozen gyoza parlors - all of whom are chosen based on strict standards of excellence and are 'famous' for their gyoza (that is the draw). Look around for the one with shredded garlic gyoza (there will be a woman there handing out laminated menus with an English translation on the back). We stopped at three places, all of the food was superb. One place in the corner with tables and chairs featured several non-gyoza items as well. Afterwards we got dessert at Ice Cream City. My son loved his wasabi ice cream. You can buy a simple entry to Namja Town which does not include any of the amusements - which are all language based. The planetarium show I saw was a very old show from Denver, so really nothing special to see.

                    I highly recommend going to a ramen-ya while you are in Tokyo. I had my fill of ramen at the Yokohama Ramen Museum, so I didn't have any in Tokyo. But I love the video for this place:

                    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKWxVULhSFo]YouTube - Ramen Top30 - #23 ??????? (??) Shrimp Ramen[/ame]

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                    • #11
                      Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

                      First of all, there are many styles of Japanese Restaurants

                      Right off the top there are:

                      * Kaiseki (set course; usually expensive)
                      * Men-rui (noodles: ramen, udon, soba... there are specialty shops as well)
                      ** Ramen-ya, Udon-ya, Soba-ya, Somen-ya
                      * Robata (grill)
                      * Yoshoku (western food, but definitely in Japanese style, Rice Curry, Corokke (Crouquettes), Tonkatsu most Americans would call this "Japanese" food)
                      * Teishoku (technically cafeteria, but serves a mixture of yoshoku & more trad. dishes)
                      * Yakiniku
                      * Gengisukan (Mongolian BBQ)
                      * Shojin Ryori (vegetarian)
                      * Sushi
                      * Tempura (Tempura only specialty shops in Japan)
                      * Oden (hot pot type dish)
                      * Shabu Shabu (hot pot)

                      There are more....

                      I know a good Tempura and a Oden place if anyone's interested...
                      Last edited by nish221; 07-05-2011, 11:46 AM. Reason: Mis-typed on Shojin Ryori

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                      • #12
                        Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

                        Both in the Asakusa/Ueno area...

                        Tempura: Aoi Maru Shin Aoi Maru Shin's Reviews/Tokyo Restaurants, Tempura - Sunnypages.jp

                        Oden: Otaifuku http://www.otafuku.ne.jp/index2.html (sorry, Japanese only)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

                          Originally posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
                          Anybody have recommendations for good Japanese food in Tokyo?
                          We went to a great Yakitori place in Ueno/Okachimachi - delicious meat skewers and very tasty sake. They have an English menu so no problems there. Here's a map:

                          Yakitori Akiyoshi

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                          • #14
                            Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

                            Originally posted by nish221 View Post
                            First of all, there are many styles of Japanese Restaurants

                            Right off the top there are:

                            * Kaiseki (set course; usually expensive)
                            * Men-rui (noodles: ramen, udon, soba... there are specialty shops as well)
                            ** Ramen-ya, Udon-ya, Soba-ya, Somen-ya
                            * Robata (grill)
                            * Yoshoku (western food, but definitely in Japanese style, Rice Curry, Corokke (Crouquettes), Tonkatsu most Americans would call this "Japanese" food)
                            * Teishoku (technically cafeteria, but serves a mixture of yoshoku & more trad. dishes)
                            * Yakiniku
                            * Gengisukan (Mongolian BBQ)
                            * Kaiseki (vegetarian)
                            * Sushi
                            * Tempura (Tempura only specialty shops in Japan)
                            * Oden (hot pot type dish)
                            * Shabu Shabu (hot pot)

                            There are more....

                            I know a good Tempura and a Oden place if anyone's interested...
                            Wow. I feel smarter and hungrier than I did before reading this thread.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Japanese restaurant suggestions in Tokyo?

                              Originally posted by shelemm View Post
                              ...
                              I highly recommend going to a ramen-ya while you are in Tokyo. I had my fill of ramen at the Yokohama Ramen Museum, so I didn't have any in Tokyo. But I love the video for this place:

                              YouTube - Ramen Top30 - #23 ??????? (??) Shrimp Ramen
                              BTW. Keisuke is a chain... here's their japanese website...


                              Google Translated

                              This particular shop is "Nidaime Keisuke"

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