Sorry for the delay again things around here are super busy! Here we go! Tokyo is fashion central and food lovers galore! They are very humble about their cuisine and that is what makes it all better, in my opinion. So if you are going to Tokyo and looking for the best places to eat things can get very over whemling on Google, you need to be super specific and area of the city orientated. We were staying near Ginza so when I searched best restaurants near Ginza it narrowed my search down tremendously. From there I got the top 10 best ones with the best reviews and then did my research from there.I would follow up all my research by checking the Michelin guide and Top 50 Best Restaurants in the world. When I finally chose my top 3 I emailed the hotel and let him know which ones and on which night. 1 month prior to arrival the hotel had confirmed we got into all 3!
- Jiro Roppongi- It is the sushi place owned by Jiros son.
Being that I saw his documentary and read all the reviewsI was super excited to get a spot in here. They are SUPER strict on being on time our rsvp were for 5:30pm because dinner takes 2 hours and they only have 2 time slots available per night. We left out hotel at 5:15 and we didn’t get there till 5:38 and they were PISSED but it wasn’t our fault we hit traffic. Anyway there are only 6 spots at the bar and he makes each piece per person and waits for you to eat them then he moves on to the next. Personally I found the sushi to be not what I imagined it would be it was 19 pieces of odd flavored fish on rice with wasabi and no soy sauce. I had no idea what I was eating and some of the textures grossed me out. But since they are all about respect you must swallow each piece and tell the sushi master how much you loved it by saying “OI SHE” each time. After we were finished I was not impressed with any of it except the tuna. I would not recommend the hefty price tag and the seriousness of it all.
2. Nihonryori RyuGin- has an impressive resume – ranked Number 28 in The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants (staying there for 20 years), once ranked No 3 in the world, and The Michelin Guide Tokyo 2013 has also awarded RyuGin restaurant 3 stars. RyuGin’s Chef Seiji Yamamoto is known to push culinary boundaries, creating avant-garde dishes, while blending with the seasonal ingredients available in Japan. Every season has a different menu, and every day it may differ based on what is available in the market. This place was amazing! Every dish told a story and it was beyond my imagination on what chef Seiji could do. I loved this place it was super chic, lots of beautiful people, and everyone was nice! I would highly recommend this place!
3. The last night we ate at Sushi Yoshitake – Yoshitake has been described as less traditional than his competitors. Sushi Yoshitake was awarded three Michelin-stars in 2012, the year of its induction into the Michelin Guide and has upheld them ever sense. This sushi experience was different then Jiro it was less informal then a traditional 3 Michelin restaurant would normally be. The chef was super nice and funny we really enjoyed him and his sushi was exceptional. I would highly recommend this place!
Here is my Tokyo restaurant tip! In Japan they value gifts. So I made 3 gifts for the chefs before I came, I got bandanas and I put inside, hot sauce, a sheriff badge, and a Texas chocolate and I wrapped them up. I would hand the gift to the chef before each meal and they went crazy over it. I am so glad I did that because the small gesture went a long way.
On to things to do! I hate to say this but we went to Japan mostly to shop and eat. We did visit a few shines but once you see one you pretty much have seen them all in my humble opinion. Each day I mapped out a new area I wanted to go shopping in and the best place I found was Harajuku (hello kitty pink area), and Ginza.
Ginza is the affluent shopping district in Tokyo, home to the city’s posh boutiques and gleaming department stores, such as the classic Mitsukoshi and avant-garde Dover Street Market Ginza. But tucked in between some of the more imposing facades are simpler pleasures, like the fine crafts at Takumi, and the shelves full of ingenious toys at Hakuhinkan. Stationery fiends shouldn’t miss the nine floors of supplies at Itōya. Shopping options in this neighbourhood reflect the breadth and depth of the city’s consumer culture, which is equal parts high-fashion glitz and down-to-earth dedication to craft.
2. Harajuku & Aoyama
The twin neighbourhoods of Harajuku and Aoyama are home to the famed Harajuku girls (and boys), the youthful shopping strip Takeshita-dōri and the stylish boulevard of Omote-sandō. Sophisticated, high fashion rules the Aoyama end of Omote-sandō, while the experimental hipsters of Harajuku layer haute couture with vintage finds. And then there is Ura-Hara, the maze of backstreets behind Omote-sandō, where you’ll find eccentric little shops and secondhand stores. There are countless shopping options: get started at Laforet, 6% Doki Doki and Sou-Sou for clothes and accessories; Tokyo’s Tokyo for souvenirs; or RagTag for pre-loved fashion.
We visited a Owl cafe in Harajuku and that was seriously amazing to get to drink a coffee and play with an owl so unreal. Make reservations online ahead of time!