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Tokyo, Urayasu

Tokyo is undeniably one of the world’s most popular food hubs, filled with long-standing establishments, award-winning restaurants, and one-of-a-kind fare. You’re guaranteed to find something tasty wherever you go, but it will probably take you a lifetime to discover and enjoy the best of the city of you do. Fortunately, we’ve curated a special list of the capital’s signature dishes! Savor classic favorites and uncover exotic delicacies as you eat your way through Tokyo’s impressive culinary scene.

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

In 2017, Nakiryu became the second ramen (辛麺, Japanese-style noodles in a meat-based broth) restaurant to earn a Michelin star. We highly recommend their famous Tantanmen (担々麵, spicy ramen), a light, creamy soup with thin, springy homemade noodles, topped with minced meat. Lines tend to get pretty long here, as they only accept walk-ins. Come early, but don’t forget to bring your patience with you!


First Floor, Sky Minamiotsuka, 2-34-4 Minamiotsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 豊島区 南大塚 2-34-4 SKY南大塚 1F

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Sushi Sugita

日本橋 蛎殻町 すぎた

Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

You and your hotel concierge will have to work overtime to get a seat at Sushi Sugita. Chef Takaaki Sugita’s masterpieces are worth it, though! The renowned gourmand whips up a spread that’s traditional yet creative, which you’ll see once his dishes reach you. The signature Ankimo (鮟肝, monkfish liver) and Red Caviar sushi, paired with sake, is life-changing!


1-33-6 Nihonbashikakigaracho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 中央区 日本橋蛎殻町 1-33-6 ビューハイツ日本橋 B1F

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

Head to Ishibashi to taste its extensive selection of Unagi (ウナギ, freshwater eel) offerings! The restaurant sources the best unagi from Shizuoka, the birthplace of eel farming. Your meal is only prepared upon your arrival, so expect to sit tight for about half an hour. Enjoy their specialty Shirayaki (白焼き, grilled unagi with salt), which is served on rice flavored with a tangy sauce, then placed in a beautiful lacquered box.


2-4-29 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 文京区 水道 2-4-29

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

The perfect bowl of Soba (蕎麦, buckwheat noodles) awaits you in one Michelin-starred Tamawarai! The high-quality noodles are fragrant, well-textured, and flavorful as they are handmade using buckwheat cultivated from the owner’s farm. Try both the cold and hot soba options—the servings are quite small, so you’ll have enough room for both!


5-23-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 渋谷区 神宮前 5-23-3

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Usuki Fugu Yamadaya

臼杵ふぐ 山田屋

Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

Usuki Fugu Yamadaya is the world’s only three Michelin-starred restaurant that specializes in Fugu (河豚, poisonous pufferfish). Take a seat at the counter and observe chef Yoshi Kusakabe expertly prepare the intimidating Japanese delicacy. You may also opt for a set course to sample different versions of the dish, which includes sashimi, deep-fried, and hot pot!


Fleg Nishi Azabu Vierge, 4-11-14 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 港区 西麻布 4-11-14

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

Tonki has been welcoming tonkatsu (豚カツ, fried pork cutlet) connoisseurs for almost 80 years, proving its traditional home-style cooking is one to beat! This old-fashioned restaurant has two levels, but we suggest you queue at the ground floor to witness the chefs cook up your meal! Choose between Hire (ヒレ, pork fillet) or Rosu (ロース, pork loin) cuts, partnered with rice, miso soup, and pickles. Take note, though—you’ll probably reek of oil after dining here!


1-1-2 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 目黒区 下目黒 1-1-2

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Okonomiyaki Kiji (Marunouchi)

お好み焼き きじ

Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

Okonomiyaki Kiji brings authentic okonomiyaki (お好み焼き, savory Japanese pancake) to Tokyo! Just like in their treasured Kyoto branch, they also use green perilla for a unique and fresh twist to the star of their menu. Start with the classic Buta Tama (ぶたたま, okonomiyaki with pork and egg) before venturing into the equally delicious “Modern-yaki” made without flour.


2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 千代田区 丸の内 2-7-3 東京ビルTOKIA B1F

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東京都 港区 新橋 5-10-8 カルチャーセンタービル 1F

Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

Pair a plate of takoyaki (たこ焼き, octopus balls) with sake or wine at 8864! The tapas-style place serves their Takoyaki hot, made with a rich and creamy batter that spoils the taste buds in every bite! Do be careful, though, as the savory balls are served straight out of the pan—best to wait a few seconds before digging in!


5-10-8 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Kameido Gyoza (Kameido)


Urayasu, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

Kameido Gyoza only does one thing, but they do it well: Gyoza (餃子, Japanese pan-fried dumplings) that’s crispy on the outside, then soft and juicy on the inside. Each serving consists of five pieces, but they will keep the Gyoza coming until you say stop. Once you’ve emptied your plate, stack them upon each other as they will use this to calculate your bill. Add a few bottles of Asahi beer, and you’ve got yourself a pretty satisfying meal!


5-3-4 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 江東区 亀戸 5-3-4

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Tempura Motoyoshi

天ぷら 元吉

Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

Tempura (天ぷら, deep-fried vegetables or seafood) is the star of the show at Tempura Motoyoshi! Chef Kazuhito Motoyoshi impresses with perfectly battered servings, while the natural flavors of each ingredient remain. Every piece is cooked at an optimum time and temperature, so eat your tempura as soon as it’s given to you! To snag a spot in this one Michelin-starred restaurant, be sure to book at least a month in advance!


Central Aoyama No. 6, 3-2-4 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

東京都 港区 南青山 3-2-4 セントラルNo6B-A

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Tokyo, Japan • Recommendation • 26 July 2018

Gekkou takes pride in dishing out some of Tokyo’s best mochi (もち, Japanese rice cake)! Delight in all sorts of variations, from Soybean and Black Sesame to Radish Mochi in special soy sauce! Gekkou also offers exquisite matcha selections, so go ahead and get a cup of tea or ice cream as well!


3-7-18 Negishi, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan


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