I'll be leaving Los Angeles next Wednesday and will be landing in Narita on 10/14 late afternoon. I've been doing a lot of research (sort of) and have most of my eating itnierary done. I would really like to hear your thoughts and any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated!
Some things to note: I am staying in Shinjuku area and only plan on staying within Tokyo. I will be traveling with my boyfriend (he is 4th generation Japanese so doesn't speak any Japanese). He has a friend who lives out there (he is Japanese and fluent in everything) so some dinners and lunches might be for a party of 3 or more, but most will be just for a party of 2.
THURS - 10/14 (Shinjuku)
Arriving at Narita around 5:30 PM
Dinner: Tsunuhachi (tempura) in Shinkjuku
FRI- 10/15 (Tsukiji/Ginza/Shinjuku)
Breakfast - Sushi Dai @ 5:30 AM
Lunch - Narutomi (Soba)
-I had originally planned Nodaiwa (Unagi) in Ginza for lunch (we will be sightseeing in Ginza after Sushi Dai), but decided to go with soba. I know we will be back tracking to Tsukiji, but since it was close I didn't think it was a big deal. Does anyone have any other great lunch suggestions in Ginza, preferrablly unagi, soba or ramen?
Dinner - Banyou (shabu shabu) in Shinkjuku
-I wanted to eat some wagyu beef shabu shabu and my bf definitely wants to try wagyu beef steak. Since I know there are some steak/teppanyaki places that are really expensive, I was hoping Banyou would offer a slightly cheaper alternative. Your thoughts? Is Banyou ONLY shabu shabu?
SAT - 10/16 (Roppongi/Ebisu/Shibuya)
Lunch - Butagumi (Tonkatsu)
Dinner - Bakuro (Horse)
SUN - 10/17 (Harajuku/Marunouchi/Yoyogi)
Lunch - I wanted to eat ramen and I need suggestions for good ones open on Sundays! If there is a good ramen spot in Ginza, then I would be looking for good soba or unagi places in Harajuku or Marunouchi area.
Dinner - Fuku (Yakitori)
MON- 10/18 (Ahkihabara/Ikebukuro/Akasaka)
Lunch - Unasho (Unagi)
Mid-Afternoon Snack - Ice cream city & Gyoza stadium
*Dinner- Aronia de Takazawa
TUES - 10/19 (Akasuka/Odaiba/Akasaka)
Lunch - Somewhere in Odaiba
*Dinner - Sushi Saito
WED - 10/20 (Shinjuku)
Lunch - Need a good lunch spot in Shinjuku before heading to the airport
The only two dinners that we are fully committed to going are marked by the asteriks (*). The rest is where I would like to go, but are not confined to it. I realize there is a lot of fun in exploring the city and discovering the cuisine that way, but I usually like to have a plan whenever I vacation (hey... it's the event planner in me). I just want to make sure I cover almost everything: ramen, soba, unagi, sushi, etc.. etc... While I realize that is tough to do in one week, I can surely try!
Oh, I have two sushi spots because sushi/sashimi/seafood is my absolute favorite thing to eat and have been since I was a child. And I will be hitting up some bakeries and pastry shops, but I didn't include it on here to avoid any further confusion and clutter.
Also, i don't have any yakiniku places listed because I was hoping I can go there as a 2nd spot for drinks. Do you know any yakiniku places that function like an izakaya (which I think they are pretty similar, yes?) around Shibuya & Shinjuku & Ebisu area?
I wanted to hit up some bars as well, so if you guys have a favorite hang out or a bar with a nice view that'd be great. The bar can be hole in the wall that serves beer and sake or a cocktail bar, I'm really up for anything.
Any insight and advice would be awesome! Thank you in advance!!