I'm stopping in tokyo for a few days of eating after touring some other parts of asia. Was planning on trying to visit these places:
A few questions:
sawada - Is anyone familiar with the various pricing options for dinner? I know i've heard 20k yen nigiri only (not available lunch), 30k with sashimi. but i've also heard mention of a 50k menu as well. Is anyone familiar with what this includes? More rare shellfish? Do you know if you specify your menu preference when you make reservations, or when you arrive?
New Year's - I was planning on visiting January 5-8. I assume restaurants would not still be closed for holiday by now, correct?
kawamura - I suspect will be the most difficult reservation to obtain. Any good alternatives for a steakhouse for a single diner? I've heard most tokyo steakhouses sell cuts for two or more people.
shigeyoshi - I picked this spot after reading a compelling blog post -- I was particularly intrigued by their turtle soup. Is this a decent choice over some of the other more well documented spots (koju, ishikawa, etc?) If i'm choosing one kaiseki restaurant, primarily to sample exotic ingredients, is this my best choice? I've also seen suggestions for tomura. Anywhere more highly recommended?
Snacks - This will be my third time in tokyo, so i'm primarily focusing on high end places, but suggestions for anything really unique or great would be appreciated, especially if they are near ginza or akihabara.