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Mid July Tokyo and Kyoto Trip

bmdaniel | Apr 5, 2010 09:23 AM

My wife and I are planning a trip to Tokyo and Kyoto for about 8 days in mid-July. It’s our first time in Asia at all, and we are very excited about it! Whenever we travel, food is probably the number 1 priority, and so we are trying to have a broad, spectacular dining experience. Our budget isn’t unlimited, but shouldn’t be the main constraining factor either. I’ve tried to approach making a dining plan by thinking about all the categories we want to try during out trip, and then seeking out the best sounding options in each one (then trying to layer that on top of our day by day plans). I apologize in advance for the length of the post, but maybe it will be helpful to others planning trips as well. I’ve split our list up by category.

Sushi
Sushi Dai
Sushi Miztuani*

Pastry
Shinjuku Isetan (Probably try to hit all the highlights here – are there any standalone shops worth visiting in addition)

Tempura
Kondo*
Tenyou (Kyoto)

Yakitori
Fuku

Tonkatsu
Butagumi*

Kaiseki
Yuzuya Ryokan (Staying here in Kyoto)*
Kikunoi Roan*

Haute Cuisine Non-Kaiseki
Quintessence (Lunch)*
Also considering Tapas Molecular, Aronia de Takazawa and Les Creations de Narisawa

Izakaya
Aburiya Fudo: Azabu-Juban

Ramen
Menya Kissou

Udon
Omen (Kyoto)

Soba
Yabu Soba

Tofu
Tofuya Ukai

Kobe Beef
Dans de la Nature*

Cocktails
Bar Tender

Apologies again for the long list. I’d love suggestions about better choices in each category, or major worthwhile categories I am leaving out. Our schedule is pretty full to hit all these places, so if we add somewhere new it means dropping something – please keep that in mind as well. In Tokyo we will be staying in Minato, but plan to be pretty mobile. Also, for places that need reservations I want to go ahead and try to start getting on lists before it’s too late – I’ve starred above the places I think I need reservations, so if I’ve gotten that wrong it would be very helpful to know as well.
Thanks in advance!

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