I'm heading to Tokyo (from the San Francisco Bay Area) for the first time next month, and I'm really excited about all of the good food that I've been reading about. However, I'm a little uncertain about how I go about finding it. I have names of lots of places that I'm interested in (a lot that I've found from old posts here), but I am worried about two things: 1) the language barrier, since I don't read (or speak) Japanese, and I'm not sure how to recognize the restaurants that I've read about and 2) one of the things that I've heard about Tokyo (and have heard from the friend that I'm going there to visit) is that the city is notoriously hard to find your way around, and that knowing an address doesn't really tell you how to get there. Is this accurate and if so, how do I find places that I have on my list?
Also, I'm a little confused to a lesser extent about how to order once I'm in restaurants, but I'm a pretty adventurous eater, so I'm comfortable with just pointing and smiling and nodding, if that will work.
Finally, I'm on a budget in this trip, so I'm mostly sticking to the lower priced options (of which I've found some that sound great, but if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!), but I would love to try to do one more upscale lunch, since I've seen that you can get a bargain at some good places at lunchtime. Are there upscale places where I can get kaiseki at lunchtime for around 6000 yen or less, or should I just eat lots and lots of cheaper food in little places?
If it helps, I'm staying with a friend in Bunkyo-ku, but am planning to go all over the city in the week that I'm there.
Thanks for any help that you can give me.
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