Where to Eat in Tokyo
It’s been four years since I last visited Tokyo but I can still remember every bowl of ramen, every juicy cutlet of katsu and every delicious pastry I ate in Japan.
My usual travel style is to focus on the sights and the main tourist spots and food is generally third or fourth on my list of “must do’s” – I leave that to whoever I travel with to plan ha.
I previously covered all the great food places I ate at in my Japan series here, BUT I thought it was time to ask a tried and true local for the real lowdown on Tokyo’s eating scene.
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Best Places to Eat in Tokyo
My cousin had a two year expat stint in Tokyo and is a serious foodie.
Here is his guide for where to eat in Tokyo, Japan. The restaurants below focus on classic Japanese foods like ramen, izakaya, yakitori and katsu!
If you love roasting your own meat, we’ve also included yakiniku places.
*Izakayas are informal Japanese gastropubs for after-work drinking.
**Yakitori are japanese skewers
***Yakiniku is Japanese grilled meat
Best Restaurants in Tokyo
We narrowed down the complete list of places to eat in Tokyo and chose 12 of best restaurants.
Best Tokyo Restaurants for Ramen
1. Jangara Ramen
this is where you need to eat in Tokyo for classic pork bone broth ramen
this is a chain of Japanese ramen shops but the tsukemen dipping ramen is one of my favorites
the burnt miso ramen here is really unique
District: Roppongi or Omotesando
a little spicy, but popular enough that they opened an outlet in Hong Kong
Best Tokyo Restaurants for Izakaya and Yakitori
must tries: edamame skewer, grilled avocado, yaki onigiri grilled rice ball, tsukune chicken meatball
Best Tokyo Restaurants for Yakiniku
the most reasonably priced of the list
highest priced, but ridiculously good
9. Xex Omae
more teppanyaki but also good
10. Jumbo Yakiniku
also delicious and reasonably priced
Other Great Restaurants in Tokyo
Address: Koto-ku, Tomioka 1-14-3
a very traditional pickle place
my favorite place to get fried pork katsu. Get the ‘rosu’ cut, which is fattier than the lean ‘hire’ cut
Unique Japan Food Tours & Experiences
- Nighttime Food Tour: a small group tour option of Tokyo's night food culture. More info here.
- Tokyo Robot Restaurant & Cabaret Show: great for families with an electric, anime-style high energy show. Learn more here.
- Japanese Washoku Cooking Class: ‘washoku' is a Japanese home-cooking style. Learn all about traditional techniques in this class, which also combines a tour of the Tsukiji Fish Market! You can find class info and rates here.
- Japanese Tea Ceremony: learn all about the art of tea with a Japanese tea master! More info can be found here.
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