Eating

  • Kitcho Arashiyama An elegant procession of seasonal dishes unfolds at Kyoto's top kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) restaurant.
  • Kyūbey The omakase (chef's tasting menu) sushi experience at a classic Tokyo sushi counter.
  • Menya Saimi Ramen doesn't get any better than the perfectly balanced bowls at this acclaimed Sapporo shop.
  • Wanaka Honten Osaka's famous street food, takoyaki (octopus dumplings), raised to high art (but not high price).
  • Kōbe Plaisir Top-notch steaks in the city (Kōbe) that put wagyū (Japanese beef) on the culinary map.
  • Yūnangi Okinawan classics in a bustling, old-school Naha izakaya