I'm heading to Japan in May, and I'm extremely excited. I just found out today (it was a surprise Christmas present) and I'm starting my research on day 1, even though I have 5 months!
I've read that Jiro only accepts Japanese reservations at the original location - is this true, or dated information?
I'm also wondering how much of a barrier not speaking Japanese will be, and whether I should start learning it asap (if that's even possible!).
I've started researching the Japan board and I'm also looking at "first visit" threads, so I apologize if this has been asked before. Just my way of starting to collect information.
Also, my SO has a shellfish allergy. Will that be a great issue in Japan? Will communicating that also be a significant issue? I'm going to make certain that she brings a number of Epi pens regardless.
My SO loves Tempura, I'm a fan of sushi and ramen, so those are the types of places I'll be researching. Of course, somehow being able to go to Jiro would be the highlight of our trip. I understand they only take reservations for the following month a month prior.
I would also love to have a great steak and visit *the* fish market as well.
I'm gathering that I should eat at: