Restaurants in Tokyo

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Many first-time visitors aren’t aware of the range of Japanese cuisine, both in region and style—there's so much more to the country’s food than sush... Read More

Many first-time visitors aren’t aware of the range of Japanese cuisine, both in region and style—there's so much more to the country’s food than sushi and ramen (though those are excellent starts). If you’re on the hunt for the best restaurants in Tokyo, you might be surprised by the diversity on offer.

At Matsukawa, you’ll eat kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) with a special emphasis on what’s seasonal and local. For sushi lovers, Tofuya Ukai is the way to do it—ultra-fresh selections in a properly formal setting. Or head to Sushi Masuda, the Michelin-starred restaurant run by a protégé of Jiro Ono. All kinds of sea creatures, from sea urchin and crab to eel and stingray, are apt to wind up on your plate. Noodles, from ramen to soba and more, abound. Get them at Tokyo Ramen Street, where eight of the city’s most famous ramen houses are gathered in Tokyo Station. Sample teppanyaki—grilled specialties like beef and lobster—at Omotesando Ukaitei, which is set in a luxe former merchant’s house. Don’t leave without experiencing Tokyo’s cafe culture at Nomin Cafe, which serves organic, local food or Bear Pond Espresso, both of which can be found in the up-and-coming Shimokitazawa neighborhood.

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    Bear Pond Espresso

    A little shop by and for espresso aficianados, as each shot is pulled by Katsu Tanaka, the owner and operator. Caffeine freaks who want to get deep... Read More

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    Fukuro no Mise

    Sip coffee in the presence of the wise ones in this petting zoo-coffee shop hybrid: one of the latest animal cafes to appear in Japan. It's literally a... Read More

  • Tokyo Destination Guide Courtesy of Konpeki no Umi
    Konpeki No Umi

    Sashimi and sake bar with fish sourced from the Izu Peninsula. Konpeki No Umi means "The Azure Sea," and the restaurants—quite fittingly—brings in over... Read More

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    Sushi Masuda

    At this Michelin star sushi restaurant, the chef serves only what is in season and looks best at the market that day. Chef Masuda trained under... Read More

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    Matsukawa

    Exclusive kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) restaurant with admittance by invite only: but well-connected hotel concierges may be able to wrangle a... Read More

  • Tokyo Destination Guide Courtesy of Mitsugi Sushi
    Mitsugi Sushi

    Classic Edo-style sushi from Mitsugi-San. The master urges customers to eat the delectable (and reasonably-priced omakase courses) in whatever fashion... Read More

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    Nomin Cafe

    Organic and local cafe in the rock-and-roll neighborhood of Shimokitazawa that serves rustic, vegetable-focused food in an old, converted house. Staff... Read More

  • Tokyo Destination Guide Courtesy of Omotesando Ukaitei
    Omotesando Ukaitei

    An opulent former merchant's house (decorated with Nihon-ga style paintings, marble floors, and antiques preserved in glass display cases) serves as the... Read More

  • Tokyo Destination Guide Courtesy of Rokusantei
    Rokusantei

    Iron Chef Rokusaburo Michiba's restaurant is known for excellent, innovative kaiseki created with seasonal ingredients and impeccably presented to be a... Read More

  • Tokyo Destination Guide Courtesy of Shunju
    Shunju Shibuya

    Contemporary Japanese cuisine, served in an elegant setting, features farm fresh, organic, and seasonal ingredients. The name, Shunju, means spring and... Read More

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    Sushi Saito

    This eight-seat sushi restaurant in Roppongi's Ark Hills is one of the finest in the world. Chef Saito strikes a perfect flavor balance between rice,... Read More

  • Tokyo Destination Guide Courtesy of T's Tantan
    T's Tantan

    Steaming bowls of vegan noodles, piled high with crisp vegetables and savory toppings, are served in this busy ramen joint inside Tokyo Station. Try a... Read More

  • Tokyo Destination Guide Courtesy of Takaosan Yakuoin
    Takaosan Yakuoin

    Shojin ryori (vegetarian Buddhist monk cuisine) is served inside this temple precinct at Mt. Takao's Yakuoin. Walk-in meals are available at ... Read More

  • Tokyo Destination Guide Courtesy of Tofuya Ukai
    Shiba Tofuya Ukai

    Upscale restaurant, housed in a 19th-century sake brewery, that serves traditional kaiseki featuring house-made tofu: deep-fried, smooth, or simmered in... Read More

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    Tokyo Ramen Street

    Eight of Tokyo's most famous ramen restaurants are gathered in one place in Tokyo station. Here, ramen fanatics can choose from myriad flavors and... Read More

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