I'll be heading to Japan for a two week trip at the beginning of June. This will be my first trip to the country, staying half the time in Tokyo and the other half in Kyoto with various day trips. I've been reading as many chow posts as possible about who is the "best" sushi chef and best kaiseki in Tokyo but can't find any real, solid answer, or even really two or three of them to choose from. I go to college in L.A., have family in New York, and studied last year in Paris, but choosing where to eat in Tokyo is by far the most exciting and overwhelming destination I've had to plan for, even more than those other amazing gastronomic cities!
I'll keep researching for the rest of my dining choices the next few weeks, but my mom and I are planning on going to one spectacular, "Michelin 3 star" (I hate to use that adjective because by no means does that always means the best) sushi or kaiseki meal we will always cherish for the rest of our lives. Since we're about a month away from our trip, I figured we should me making a reservation for this destination soon. I've been looking at Sushi Mizutani, Hamada-ya, Kanda, and Jiro (I wish we spoke Japanese to go to his original location), but I'd love to hear your thoughts on those and any others that could be considered life-changing experiences like we think of Masa in NYC and Urusawa in L.A.
Essentially what I'd love to know is your thoughts on who is the "best of the best?"
Thanks so much!!!!