in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Street entrance of Kado, Akihabara, Kagurazaka & Korakuen.

©Rebecca Milner/Lonely Planet

Set in an old wooden house with a white lantern out the front, Kado specialises in katei-ryōri (home-cooking). Dinner is a set course of seasonal dishes (such as grilled quail or fresh tofu). Bookings are required for the full selection of courses, but you can try turning up on the night and if there's space, you'll be able to eat.

In the entrance is a tachinomi-ya (standing bar), where you can order small dishes (around ¥300) à la carte, paired with sake and other drinks.