Japanese Food Spots in Japan

  • Kani Douraku Main Store
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    4.0
    1042 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-6-18
    One of the symbols of Osaka and the Dotonbori, this crab restaurant is easily identified by its giant moving crab sign. Here diners can enjoy fresh crab year round, sourced from locations such as the San’in region and Hokkaido as appropriate to the season. The restaurant’s signature menu option is its “kani-suki course,” with which diners can enjoy crab with the restaurant’s secret dashi stock. The colorful “kani kaiseki” course meal is also popular for parties and banquets. A popular destination for tourists, the restaurant also sells its special crab vinegar and crab rice gruel in convenient packages to take home as souvenirs.

    This restaurant is located near namba station. Its a restaurant that specializes in crab. The crab in this restaurant was very fresh and taste good. I love this restaurant!

  • GINZA KYUBEY
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    4.5
    875 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 8-7-6
    This sushi restaurant in Ginza is famous for its traditional Edo-mae sushi that makes use of the taste and season of its ingredients. Ever since it was founded in 1935, it has been visited by many VIPs including those from the political world. Guests can choose between counter seats, hori-gotatsu recessed floor seats, table seats, and private rooms. In recent years it has also become popular with foreign tourists for the ability to enjoy a relaxed meal in a Japanese-style space known as “modern sukiya-zukuri.” It also has a complete take-out menu featuring futomaki (a thick roll of sushi) and bara-chirashi.

    Ate here 10 years ago. Can’t eat sushi anywhere after it. Simply the best on earth. Will never forget it

  • Umegaoka Sushi no Midori (Shibuya Shop)
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    4.5
    1106 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Dougenzaka 1-12-3 Mark City East 4F
    A sushi restaurant located in the Terminal Building near Shibuya Station on the JR and other lines. This clean and fresh restaurant is able to seat up to 62 customers at a time between its counter and table seats. The restaurant is dedicated to the concepts of fresh ingredients, artisanal skills, and a heart with a passion for sushi and understanding of customer needs. Under the strictest quality control conditions, sushi artisans create fine quality sushi using fresh seafood direct from Tsukiji and shari sushi rice made with 100% Yamagata Haenuki rice. In addition to individual nigiri sushi, ultra-select nigiri sushi sets, makimono, and rolls, Midori also offers a full menu of other dishes, including salads and stewed sea bream head.

    Plump tasty delicious fresh great service! I don’t care about waiting, it’s sooooooooo WORTH IT! I’ve always loved. Midori sushi. I believe the name is longer. I also went to another branch around...

  • TOKYO SHIBA TOFUYA UKAI
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    4.5
    932 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Minato-ku Shibakouen 4-4-13
    Tokyo Shiba Ukai Tofu Shop wins high marks for its tofu, made with water drawn from a well 120 meters deep and carefully selected, high quality soybeans. Customers can taste seasonal flavors, including tofu in seasoned soymilk and dashi, appetizer plates, and sashimi. Two kinds of lunchtime course meals only available on weekdays are recommended for a little luxurious lunch. Ukai's evening meals are recommended for special occasions and celebrations.

    I got the chance to eat in this restaurant in July 2019 Such a pleasant memory from what I’ve been told this restaurant was already existing since a long time in the Japanese country side then was...

  • Chikae Fukuoka Restaurant
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    4.5
    816 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Daimyou 2-2-17
    A long standing traditional ryotei restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City where customers can enjoy kaiseki course cuisine made with fresh seafood from across Kyushu. Also outfitted with a large fish preserve and replete with table seating, tatami mat seating, and private dining areas, the establishment is frequented by locals and is a perfect place for parties, business entertainment, banquets, and all manner of dining engagements.

    Because everyone raves about this restaurant we had to try it. Was amazing when it comes to Sashimi. So many thanks of live fish and the restaurant is Huge. Great place for a party or a Birthday...

  • Mizuno
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    4.0
    514 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-4-15
    A venerable okonomiyaki savory pancake shop located in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward founded in 1945 in the postwar devastated Minami area. This restaurant sees an unending line of patrons waiting to get in consisting not only of long-going regulars but also tourists from throughout Japan and the world. Harnessing the distinct deliciousness of the ingredients used, the shop’s okonomiyaki taste good even without sauce and are made according to an old fashioned, secret recipe passed down over the years. The shop’s most popular menu item is its “yamaimo-yaki,” a type of okonomiyaki made with Japanese yams instead of flour along with hearty portions of scallops, pork, and shrimp.

    Was in Osaka March last year and didnt go here because i dont wait in queues. Thanks to Corona, there were no Chinese tourist, hence, no queues to wait in. This place was so good, we went the...

  • Sakura Tei
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    4.5
    668 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Jingumae 3-20-1
    This is an eccentric teppanyaki-style restaurant located in the Harajuku area. Visitors can enjoy dishes such as okonomiyaki, monjayaki, and teppanyaki that are all made with dashi seasoning free of any chemical seasonings. They also offer an all-you-can-eat menu and course menu for dinner parties, and the inexpensive all-you-can-eat option that is limited to weekday lunch times is particularly popular. Eat inside and enjoy the artistic and colorful wall art, or take advantage of the spacious outdoor terrace seating.

    You can cook food by yourself and its very easy to make even though we didnt have experience, definitely recommend this place!

  • Atsuta Houraiken Jingu Branch
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    4.5
    362 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Atsuta-ku Jingu 2-10-26
    A venerable traditional ryotei restaurant which was founded in 1873. The restaurant serves eel cuisine, including hitsumabushi eel on rice, a Nagoya specialty. The restaurant’s a la carte menu includes many dishes made with Aichi seafood. The unagi kaiseki eel course meal requires a reservation. The restaurant also offers a menu of takeout items which can be brought home to enjoy.

    Location of the restaurant is just beside one of the the entrance of the Atsuta Jingu shrine. Went to the restsurant before visiting the shrine to take a queue number first as I knew the waiting time...

  • Kyoto Gion Tempura Yasaka Endo
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    4.5
    429 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Komatsuchou 566
    In 1885, Tempura Yasaka Endo was founded under the name Ochaya Omie. There you can dine from a menu that includes their famed Kyoto style tempura bursting with local ingredients. It's housed in a traditional Kyoto sukiya style building constructed 90 years ago in the early Showa period. They offer a variety of dining spaces from easily accessible counter seating to rooms with different feels perfect for entertaining or formal occasions. People also enjoy their lunch menu.

    I have been here numerous times and this is a top choice for me and my family. The chefs are excellent and the food is as well. I think this is a good alternative for a large group. Short wait...

  • Kawatoyo Honten
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    4.0
    387 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Chiba Pref. Naritashi Nakamachi 386
    It is a long-established eel restaurant located on the road approaching Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. Every day, it is crowded with customers who come aiming to eat eel. The secret sauce enhances the flavor of the eel which has been gently grilled with proficient skill to retain a full texture: the secret sauce has continued to be added to the eel extract since the establishment of the business in 1910 during the Meiji period. The interior of the store is a place you can feel relieved as if you had come back to the countryside. Please be advised that seats cannot be guaranteed by making a reservation.

    Well, demonstration was interesting, disappointed by actual unagi meal. The bones were not soft enough, annoying! That was the third unagi meal I had in this trip and not impressed at all.

  • Magurosenmonizakaya hitoshi ishigandouten
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    4.5
    707 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Okawa 197-1

    You must make a reservation. We were lucky to get one for 5pm the following day. We arrived before 5pm and there was a queue to get in!! It was an anomaly seeing such a long queue in a relatively...

  • ASAKUSA IMAHAN Kokusai Street Head Restaurant
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    4.5
    268 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Nishiasakusa 3-1-12
    This venerable sukiyaki and shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) restaurant was founded in 1895. Their exquisite sukiyaki, made exclusively with top-class Japanese Black and Kobe beef and flavored with a secret stock, is beloved as one of the traditional flavors that best represents Asakusa and Japan. In addition to set meals featuring their first-rate sukiyaki-style shabu-shabu, steak, and other items, the restaurant also has a full lunch menu of reasonably-priced items. Seating options include table seating, private rooms, and a reception hall, making the restaurant a great place for entertaining guests, a dinner party, or a banquet.

    Love their sukiyaki set meals here and you can get good value for lunch as well. I usually drop by here for a sit down meal after a visit at Senso-ji because its close by Tip - there is another...

  • Suzuya Restaurant
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    4.5
    639 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Hanakawamachi 24
    This restaurant inside a kominka (old house) was established in 1966, and is located between JR Takayama Station and the old townscape. They offer dishes centered on local ingredients such as a hoba miso steak set with Hida beef grilled on magnolia leaves with miso, and a mountain vegetable set using Hida-grown vegetables and trout stewed in soy sauce and sugar. There are also ceramic plate-grilled dishes with chicken giblets and leeks cooked in a secret soy sauce-based tare (dipping sauce), a broiled dish called “suzuya-nabe” (sliced beef, vegetables, tofu and noodles boiled with sweet soy sauce) using Hida miso, and hot pot dishes. In addition, they offer a vegetarian menu with dishes that allow you to sufficiently enjoy the taste of Hida.

    The owners were so lovely and the food amazing, I highly recommend going here if your in Takayama. Great for vegetarians/vegans

  • Takoyaki Doraku Wanaka Sennichimae Main Store
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    4.0
    320 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae 11-19
    A venerable takoyaki octopus dumpling shop located next to Namba Grand Kagetsu in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward. Known as the orthodox paragon of the flavor of Osaka takoyaki, almost every day sees long lines of tourists and locals waiting outside the shop’s door. The shop’s vaunted dough, made with a kombu kelp and bonito dashi stock, is fried up crisp on the outside and chewy and viscous on the inside. In addition to standard takoyaki sauce, the shop offers soy sauce, a spring onion and salt sauce, and a seasonal sauce to popular acclaim. Eat-in space available.

    Osaka is the Japanese capital of street food and one of its signature dishes is takoyaki. In the area of Namba/Dotonbori Ive found Wanaka and during my holiday I ended up eating takoyaki there every...

  • Yoshimune Japanese Restaurant
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    4.0
    521 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Hamamachi 8-9
    This is a traditional Japanese restaurant opened since 1866. Chawanmushi (a savory egg custard) which is a signature dish from the time of the restaurant founding, is a filling dish made in large dishes full of many ingredients. It goes well with slightly sweet steamed sushi and special Battera pressed sushi. It is a large-scale restaurant with many seats, and on the second floor there is on-the-floor seating as well as tables and chairs. It is a four-minute walk from the “Kankodori” tram stop.

    A restaurant with long history. All details are nicely presented. The steamed egg is indeed a big SURPRISE. Tempura and sushi are also of very high quality. The whole building is a gem of antique...

  • Sakuraya
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    4.0
    284 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shizuoka Pref. Mishimashi Hirokoujichou 13-2
    A long-standing eel restaurant founded in 1856 famous for its long lines of patrons waiting to get in. Inside the restaurant’s stately and solemn building, visitors will be charmed by a subdued atmosphere which conveys a sense of history and tradition. The restaurant’s recipes are family traditions which have been passed down since Sakuraya was founded, and regulars note that your meal is sure to be delicious no matter when you come. The restaurant’s eel “jubako” (stacked boxes of eel over rice) are particularly popular. Sakuraya let’s its top quality eels swim for several days in snowmelt from Mt. Fuji to marinate them, after which they are lovingly broiled with sauce to create meat that is flavorful, aromatic, and plump. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of individual menu items and course dishes. The closest station is Mishima-Hirokoji Station.

    We love Unagi dishes and visit Unagi restaurant every two months. Sakuraya restaurant is one of best choice from the view point of taste we think. Not so sweet, with a little smoky flavor is munching...

  • Tempura Hirao (Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    441 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Higashihirao 2-4-1
    A tempura specialty restaurant located in Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. The restaurant is famous for its piping hot tempura made with choice, fresh, seasonal ingredients and offered at reasonable prices. Notable for its long, 54 seat counter, the establishment bustles with locals as well as tourists.

    I was in Fukuoka and was looking for tempura restaurant. Located 20 minutes new otani hotel and hakata station,this restaurant is a bar style restaurant where u order your food from a machine, take a...

  • Fukutaro
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    4.5
    281 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Sennichimae 2-3-17
    Fukutaro located in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture is an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) restaurant and is famous with long queues. The most popular dish is the negiyaki using plenty of green spring onion produced in Osaka. It is an exclusive dish in which the homemade soy based sauce goes well with the flavor of the batter, and the Sujinegiyaki with beef sinew is particularly popular. As seafood such as octopus, scallops and oysters is purchased directly from Osaka Chuo Market, it is freshness itself. There is a range of okonomiyaki with a springy texture and a la carte menu items. Inside the restaurant, it offers an atmosphere of an old-fashioned okonomiyaki restaurant in downtown Osaka. Booking is not available.

    Amazing fresh food served. Staff are friendly and very helpful. The menu’s at the time unfortunately were only available in Japanese but the staff were kind enough to take me through in English...

  • Tonki
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    4.5
    455 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Meguro-ku Shimomeguro 1-1-2
    This is a long-established tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) shop that is famous for its nostalgic appearance reminiscent of Japan’s Showa period. It has been featured in the news and there is often a long line of customers. Using Japan-produced pork loin and high quality filet meet cooked slowly over a long time in a process unchanged since long ago, the restaurant serves up juicy and fragrant offerings that have earned many fans who come back frequently. It even offers counter or table seats as well as private dining rooms.

    every time I visit Tokyo, I eat here at least once. The tonkatsu is very different, not crunchy like in other places, but it has more flavor and character, the sauce is excellent, and the miso soup...

  • Okinawa Soba Nakamura Soba
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    4.0
    459 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Serakaki 1669-1
    Okinawa soba noodles have various tastes depending on the region. At this store, their hand-prepared and thin 100% wheat flour sea lettuce noodles using homemade sea lettuce without preservatives are popular. The soup base is rich with pork and bonito, but the noodles go perfectly with the simple soup. Fish cakes with sea lettuce, pork ribs, sea lettuce and red pickled ginger are used as topping.

    Great service- super quick and tasty food. Awesome outdoor seating although it is in the back and you cannot enjoy their amazing oceanview! It was a nice place for a quick lunch

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