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Restaurants in Japan

Most restaurants in Japan serve local dishes, which consists mainly of rice, miso, fish, noodles, and seasonal vegetables. The local diet is relatively healthy, which is why Japan has a much lower obesity rate than other developed nations. However, in recent years international cuisine has become incredibly popular; it’s now possible to find Japanese restaurants that serve anything from American food to Italian to French cuisine.

However, when in Japan, eat as the Japanese do. Tokyo in particular – which boasts some of the best restaurants in Japan -- is a food lover’s paradise. It contains more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world. Don’t leave without stopping at Daiwa Sushi. Wait times can easily exceed one hour, but it’s worth it: the sashimi melts in your mouth. Japanese restaurants are also known for their noodle dishes, and it would be a crime to leave the country without sampling at least one bowl of ramen and udon.

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  • 100 Yen Sushi

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Diners at this kaiten sushi or "revolving sushi" restaurant select from a never-ending parade of sushi on conveyer belts. More
  • 50 Ban

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Known for its steamed Chinese pork buns, noodle bowls, and "hairy crabs" (a delicacy in season during the fall), 50 Ban is a no-frills, street food... More
  • Akira

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    It’s fun to sizzle a midday meal on a tabletop grill at this new mall staple specializing in skewerless yakitori. Try the tsukune, juicy, shiso-wra... More
  • Anniversaire Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    A Parisian sidewalk cafe in one of Tokyo's toniest neighborhoods, Anniversaire is a popular pit stop for shoppers who need to fuel up or relax afte... More
  • Aronia de Takazawa

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The Scene: In Tokyo’s Akasaka district behind an unmarked door, whose only “sign” is engraved on the door handle, is one of the world’s smallest fi... More
  • Baikatei

  • Bassano del Grappa

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    At this envelope-pushing restaurant the sashimi comes with a side of pesto. More
  • Beige Tokyo

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Located in the penthouse of the Chanel Building in Ginza, this Michelin two-starred restaurant is a collaboration between the French fashion house ... More
  • Bird Land

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Yakitori — essentially the Japanese version of a grilled chicken kebab — is ubiquitous in Tokyo, found everywhere from street stalls to upscale res... More
  • Buri

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The locale has an entire wall of color-coordinated mini sake containers behind its handsome circular bar. Try to order their junmai and daiginjo wi... More
  • Butagumi

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Literally translated as "pig gang", this new-wave tonkatsu temple occupies a quaint timber-framed house in a quiet residential enclave near big, br... More
  • Café & Bar Avion

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The fare at this international café with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the runway ranges from American-style hamburgers to a bowl of udon (o... More
  • Château Restaurant Joël Robuchon

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Amid a cluster of skyscrapers, a reproduction of a Loire Valley chateau houses French culinary star Joel Robuchon's Tokyo outpost. Inside, a marble... More
  • Daiba Little Hong Kong

    Cantonese-food fans come to this uncanny simulacrum of downtown Kowloon. More
  • Daidaiya

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Blending traditional elements of Japanese design—such as shoji screens and tatami mats—with dramatic contemporary art and lighting, Daidaiya is a p... More

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