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Many of our listeners have asked, “Where should I eat in Japan?” So, here is the list! This list is a collection of recommendations by Japan Eats listeners, my friends, and myself. In other words, it is totally subjective. If you would like to add your recommendation, please e-mail us at [email protected].

Itadakimasu!!!

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Hokkaido Region

Hakata

  • KAKU UCHI – Sake bar

Otaru

  • SUSHI KODAI – Standing sushi bar

Kanto Region

Tokyo

  • Aoyama
    • MAISEN – Tonkatsu
  • Akasaka
    • ANDO – Kaiseki
  • Daikanyama
    • TABLEAUX LOUNGE – Cocktail & cigar bar
    • TATEMICHIYA – Izakaya
  • Ebisu
    • ARITSUKI – Motsunabe
    • BAR TRENCH – Cocktails
  • Ginza
    • SUSHI DAIZEN – Mackerel and other shiny-fish only
    • DAZZLE – Contemporary Japanese
    • SHOU TAI EN – Yakiniku
  • Jiyugaoka
    • KOSOAN – Japanese tea
  • Kagurazaka
    • KAGURAZAKA ISHIKAWA – Kaiseki
    • KOHAKU – Kaiseki
  • Kamata
    • HATSUNE ZUSHI – Michelin-Starred sushi
  • Mita
    • SEIZAN – Kaiseki
  • Monzen Nakacho
    • BENKEI – Ramen
  • Nakameguro
    • KUSHIWAKAMARU – Yakitori
    • TORIGOYA –Motsunabe
  • Shiba Daimon
    • SHOU TAI EN – Yakiniku
  • Omotesando
    • SAKURAI TEA – Japanese tea
  • Shibamata
    • KAWACHIYA – Unagi
  • Shibuya
    • FUGULEN – Cocktails
    • SANTOUKA –Ramen
    • UOSHIN – Fish only Izakaya & sushi
  • Toritsu Daigaku
    • YAKUMO SARYO – Japanese tea
  • Tsukiji Fish Market
    • DAIWA SUSHI – Sushi for breakfast!
    • SUSHI ZANMAI – Sushi
  • Yotsuya
    • OKAGESAN – Omakase only Michelin-starred izakaya

Kanagawa Prefecture

Chigasaki

  • TENSEI at Kumazawa Brewing Company – Japanese & sake

Hakone

  • HATSUHANA – Soba

Chubu Region

Kanazawa

  • FUWARI – Izakaya
  • KOURIN – Sushi
  • UOTSUNE – Kaiseki
  • YAMASHITA – Seafood

Nagano

  • CHIKUFUDO – Chestnut rice

Shirakawago

  • NOMURA – Soba

Takayama

  • GINPUTEI – Local cuisine including Hida Wagyu Beef
  • SUMIKYU – Soba
  • KYOYA – Local cuisine
  • SANSHA – Izakaya.  The owner/chef used to be a pizzaiolo

Kansai Region

Kyoto

  • SHIGETU at Tenryuji Temple  – Shojin ryori
  • SOUJIKI NAKAHIGASHI – Kaiseki featuring hand-harvested local vegetables

Nara

  • GYOKURO – sushi
  • WA YAMAMURA  – Kaiseki

Osaka

  • HARIJU – Japanese curry by the 100+ year old meat shop next door
  • OHANA – Okonomiyaki
  • STYLISH GRILL TYU – 8-seat Japanese-style classic French bistro

Shikoku Region

Takamatsu

  • WARAYA –  Udon

Kyushu Region

Beppu

  • KAKUREGA DINING – Izakaya with local ingredients

Karatsu

  • SUIKO ZUSHI – Edomae sushi

Miyazaki

  • OGURA HONTEN – Chicken nanban (fried chicken)

… And don’t forget to try:

  • Japanese convenience stores (Seven Eleven, Lawson, Family Mart, Mini Stop, Yamazaki, etc.)
  • “DepaChika” (the basement floor of department stores in Japan)

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Thank you for your contributions to the list!

Aki Ogata, Amy Hau, David Kinch, Joe Capolarello, June Fujise Shimura, LaMonte Heflick, Masa Urushido, Peter D’Aquino, Stephen Lyman, Trevor Blyth