in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around

This cavernous old Edo-style space (said to have inspired a memorable set in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill) is a Tokyo dining institution, with other less-memorable branches scattered around the city. Kushiyaki (charcoal-grilled skewers) are served here alongside noodles, tempura and sushi.

Every Sunday at 8pm there's a short performance of Japanese drumming.