Japan restaurants

Top Choice Sushi in Odaiba & Tokyo Bay

Sushi Dai

There is no better value sushi in Tokyo than the omakase (chef's choice) course here. The menu changes daily (and sometimes hourly), but you're guaranteed to get 10 pieces of nigiri (hand-pressed) sushi made from se…
Top Choice Tofu in Karatsu

Kawashima Tōfu

On Kyōmachi covered arcade near the station, this renowned tofu shop has been in business since the Edo period and serves refined kaiseki (set meals), starring tofu plus other seasonal specialities, around a 10-seat…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Inua

Helmed by Noma-alumnus Thomas Frebel and a crack team of young chefs and front-of-house staff, Inua was Tokyo's most feted restaurant opening of 2018. With its focus on sourcing amazing local produce – be it prized …
Top Choice Kaiseki in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Kikunoi

Exquisitely prepared seasonal dishes are as beautiful as they are delicious at this Tokyo outpost of one of Kyoto's most acclaimed kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) restaurants. Kikunoi’s third-generation chef, Murat…
Top Choice Kaiseki in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

Tofuya-Ukai

One of Tokyo’s most gracious restaurants is located in a former sake brewery (moved from northern Japan), with an exquisite traditional garden, in the shadow of Tokyo Tower. Seasonal preparations of tofu and accompa…
Top Choice Ramen in Sapporo

Menya Saimi

Sapporo takes its ramen very seriously and Saimi is oft-voted the best ramen shop in the city (and sometimes the country) – and it's not overrated. You will have to queue, which is annoying, but you will be rewarded…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kappō Yoshiba

The former Miyagino sumo stable is the location for this one-of-a-kind restaurant that has preserved the dōyō (practise ring) as its centrepiece. Playing up to its sumo roots, you can order the protein-packed stew c…
Top Choice Sushi in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kyūbey

Since 1935, Kyūbey’s quality and presentation has won it a moneyed and celebrity clientele. Despite the caché, this is a relaxed restaurant. The friendly owner Imada-san speaks excellent English as do some of his te…
Top Choice Ramen in Fukuoka

Ichiran

This Fukuoka-born chain (since 1993) has a nationwide following. That's as much for its serving style as for its fresh noodles and 15-second kitchen-to-table rule. Customers fill out forms (available in English) req…
Top Choice Noodles in Imperial Palace & Around

Kanei

A small traditional place not far from Funaoka Onsen, Kanei is for soba (buckwheat noodles) connoisseurs – the noodles are made by hand and are delicious. The owners don’t speak much English, so here’s what to order…