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Dining in Japan over New Year's Holidays

ZhouMoss | | Jul 3, 2012 03:35 AM

Hi All

My partner and I are planning our first trip to Japan between 27 Dec 2012 and 8 Jan 2013. We'll be in Kyoto from 31 Dec to 3 Jan, and the rest of our time will be spent in Tokyo.

I've come up with a very rough eating plan for our trip that includes the following:

Breakfast at Tsukiji (probably Daiwa)
Lunch at Sushi Saito
Lunch at Beige / L'Atelier / Ristorante Aso (I've never been to Europe and want to experience European Michelin-star dining)
Lunch at Sernya / Gyu An
A visit to the Ramen Museum
As much ramen, gyoza, yakitori and tempura as we can fit in.

My question is this: due to restaurants being closed for the holidays, what are the chances of us being stranded (from a culinary perspective) during this period? (We'll be staying in Asakusa; our food budget is considerably larger than our accomodation budget).

I've heard that many restaurants close for up to a full week at this time, are any of the options I've listed above likely to be among those?

Also, and I realise this is a long-shot, but do we have any chance of finding a kaiseki place that will be open for lunch while we're in Kyoto (30 Dec - 3 Jan)?

Any advice on eating in Japan during New Year's would be appreciated!