My Favourite Tokyo Restaurants
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A hip new café in the Harajuku area of Tokyo, this very cool space has a great vibe and offers a nice chance to get out of the chaos of Harajuku (where everyone should spend a morning or afternoon gawking at the latest Japanese fashions).
Tapas Molecular Bar, Mandarin Oriental Hotel
With only eight seats per sitting, the tapas bar at the Mandarin Oriental makes for a really fun, interactive evening with the chef. Only 8 seats per sitting. Over the course of two hours, chefs prepare more than 20 plates of bite-sized delicacies right before your eyes. I did this and it was awesome!
See for Yourself
We have sought out the most serene and picturesque pockets for cycling and exploring Japan. From epic rides through fishing villages and the tranquil countryside, to soaking in mountain hot springs and visiting centuries-old temples, you’ll marvel at what Japan has to offer.
With three Michelin stars and rave reviews, it’s no surprise that this was one of the most oft-recommended restaurants among Tokyo locals. Chef Seiji Yamamoto pursues what he calls the “possibility of Japan cuisine,” serving up traditional and authentic Japanese dishes.
Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai
Located adjacent to historic Shiba Park, a visit to Tofuya Ukai is like stepping back to the days of the Edo Period (1600-1868). The traditional architecture invokes the spirit of Japan, forged over thousands of years, while inside, guests can sample the food culture of Edo in the heart of one of the world’s most modern cities. Lovers of fine cuisine will enjoy the exquisite taste of specialty tofu dishes among lush Japanese gardens at the foot of Tokyo Tower.
If you are looking for a hole-in-the-wall local atmosphere restaurant that serves some of the best sushi in Tokyo, look no further. Great for your first morning in Tokyo when you cannot sleep due to jet lag. Head down early and check out the Tsukiji fish market first, and then feast on some of the freshest fish around—and I do mean early. The restaurant keeps odd hours: from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
About the Author
Trip Designer Orsolya Kako plans experiential and in-depth excursions to locales as varied as Japan, Morocco and Iceland from her home base in Toronto. Her name gets butchered a lot, but she’ll usually respond to “Ursula.”
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