Hi there guys! Sorry in advance for the wall of text. It's my sister's first trip to Japan (will be my third), and I'll be pretty much acting as her tour guide. She loves Japanese food but has never had anything really good, and the goal of the trip will be to introduce her to great examples of many types. I'd love any tips on the rough plans we have so far.
We have 6 nights in Tokyo and this will be the main food blitz, 4 in Kyoto for mainly temples and sightseeing, 4 in Osaka. We leave in a few days and don't speak Japanese. High end / expensive isn't out of the question but preference is for bang-for-buck. Places like Steakhouse Satou and Sushi Dai - high end food in low end settings, with prices in between, are my favorite type of places. Also high end restaurants with great lunch specials.
Tonkatsu: Katsukura. Near our hotel and was my favourite versus Maisen and Butagumi. If she loves this I'll take her to Butagumi.
Sushi: My favorite food and I want to fit a lot in. Overwhelmed! We will goto the fish markets and do tuna auctions then line up for Sushi Dai. I'm not sure how much of this was luck, or an unrefined palate - but last trip I had 2 really solid meals at Sushi Zanmai, so will try Zanmai again and if I like it will just keep going there for sushi. FukuZushi in Roppongi looks interesting for lunch also. Would love to goto a place like Saito for lunch but think we have no chance of getting in. Any sushi tips would be appreciated.
Steak: Steakhouse Satou. Going here for the 10,000 yen matsusaka is a ritual for myself and all my friends. Any tips for a second place (probably Japanese BBQ style)?
Yakitori: Fuku. Missions is medium-rare chicken basically, I had a great meal at fuku last time but this was years ago.
Eel: Worth doing? She's never eaten eel before.
Tempura: No idea, totally lost. Was thinknig of just going to somewhere in Osaka or Kyoto for this.
Kaiseki: We are staying a night at a fairly high end Kyoto ryokan with Kaiseki included.
French: L'Atelier lunch. For ~6000 jpy this seems like a steal, she hasn't done any fine dining so this will be a good experience for her.
Bakery: Takashimaya Times Sqaure Depachika. She has a big sweet tooth and out hotel is right next to here, so pretty sure she will live here haha.
Ramen: Will try Ippudo and if she likes this a couple more.
Soba: Honke Owariya in Kyoto