Just found out we will be spending 5-6 days in Tokyo and 4-5 days in Kyoto in early September and am so excited! I've been reading through the Japan threads and running searches and there's so much great info here, very grateful to all who have posted. We'll be staying at the Park Hotel in Shiodome so I tried where possible to include places that were within the surrounding areas. Here's a rough, preliminary list I put together so far for Tokyo:
soba - Narutomi
unagi - Nodaiwa (lunch)
tempura - Kondo (expensive) or Tsunahachi (reasonable chain)
katsu - Butagumi (expensive), Tonki (reasonable), Katsukara (in Takashimaya)
sukiyaki - Yoshihashi (lunch)
modern - Aronia de Takawaza
sushi - Sawada, Mizutani, Shimizu (lunch), Kyubei (lunch)
yakitori - Kushiwakamaru, Souten (I know Birdland is closer but these seem nicer...)
ramen - ?? (warito? tetsu?)
udon - Konoya
izakaya - ??
I need the most help, I think, in the ramen and izakaya categories but welcome input on any of the above. Our visit will include a Sunday - during the day Sunday we'll probably go to one of the depachika. Of course, we will not be able to manage all of the above...
A few more specific questions too --
My husband wants to go to the electronics district. Anything around there to recommend?
We were thinking about hitting Tsukiji Monday morning and I was wondering if it's more crowded on Mondays?
Any other favorites that are not too far from Shiodome, especially ramen or izakaya? (We have been to the En sister restaurant in NYC so my husband isn't that interested in going to the En in Japan...)
I'll be very glad to get any input on my list or questions. Thanks so much!