Restaurants

French in Matsumoto

Restaurant Taiman

Dress in your Sunday best for lunch or dinner course menus of exquisitely presented French haute cuisine, prepared from fresh local produce where possible. Elegant and refined, this très jolie restaurant is bound to…
French in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Le Bretagne

This French-owned cafe, hidden on a cobblestone lane in Kagurazaka, is credited with starting the Japanese rage for crêpes back in 1996 when it opened. Savoury buckwheat galettes are made with ham and cheese importe…
French in Takayama

Restaurant Le Midi

One street back from the river, this fancy French restaurant serves traditional French cuisine with a Japanese twist. Mouth-watering appetisers include Hida-beef carpaccio and onion gratin soup. Lunch set meals rang…
French in Northern Higashiyama

Au Temps Perdu

Overlooking the Shirakawa Canal, just across the street from the National Museum of Modern Art, this tiny indoor-outdoor French-style cafe is a lovely spot to take a break when sightseeing in the area. Check out the…
French in Downtown Kyoto

Le Bouchon

For casual French fare at reasonable prices, Le Bouchon is a great choice. Like a good Parisian bistro, it's got old-school charm and tends to be boisterous, crowded and approachable. The set meals are the way to go…
French in Inuyama

Narita

Fancy five-course French cuisine in an Edo-period building with an attractive garden – lovely! From the station, turn right at the lights, walk two blocks to the next set of lights, then turn right. It's on your rig…
Modern French in Hirosaki

Yamakazi

This impressive establishment morphs from patisserie by day to casual French dining at night. Solo patrons can sip coffee at the wooden bar, while others enjoy the highly recommended five-course set meals on red tab…
Tapas in Hiroshima

Zucchini

Zucchini is a lively Spanish-style tapas restaurant with warm chandelier lighting and the kind of atmosphere that makes you want to sip wine and settle in for a few hours. All the usual ham, cheese and fish goodies …
Tapas in Hirosaki

Al Porto

Occupying a prime corner locale, this relaxed tapas-style restaurant does a decent set lunch and has an excellent wine list. In the evening the smaller dishes come out – cured meats, bread sticks, raw fish and the l…
Russian in Wakkanai

Pechika

If seeing all that Russian on the street signs around Wakkanai has got you hankering for some pelmeni (dumplings) or pirozhki (stuffed buns), Pechika will help you out. It's not terribly authentic, but there's plent…