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Japan help?

Butter Fight | Jul 8, 2012 04:35 PM

My friend and I are going to Japan soon. We don't really have any specific destination or plans beyond landing at Narita and spending at least one day in Tokyo.
We both have JR passes and will really go anywhere we can to get great food.

I'm hoping that most of our meals will be under ¥1300 per person (is this reasonable?), but I'm willing to splurge on things that are really really good.
I've searched the board for a little while and also looked at bento and ramendb, but there is so much and our trip is so directionless, that it has been kind of overwhelming.
Also, I don't speak any japanese and my traveling companion speaks a very limited amount. How hard will this make eating at some of these places?

Here is what I know I want so far (I realize that most of the places I've listed are higher than my price point, but it sounds like they are worth it):

I want to go to Tsukiji. Is Sushi Dai far and away the best choice? I know I have to wake up early and wait in a line, but I'm ok with that.

Tonkatsu: Butagumi sounds incredible, but that's really all I have.

Ramen: I really want to try all different styles. In tokyo I've seen recommendations for Ramen Jiro and Warito. Ramendb's number 1 is translated as "a light ramen shop" (麺屋 一燈) how would I transliterate this? Is it worthy of being number one?
Also, the description of Mamezen Ramen in Kyoto sounds really interesting.
I'm really interested in finding a place with great shio ramen, also where in Hokkaido can I find the best miso butter ramen? Other regional recommendations?

Curry: Is it even worthwhile looking for curry? In Los Angeles, most curry places seem to use a packaged mix, (i.e. vermont curry) is it the same way in Japan?

Kobe beef: Do I actually need to go to Kobe to enjoy authentic incredible beef? (this is also something I'm willing to pay for) A couple of people recommend A-1, but my friend came back not too long ago and said that the meal he had at Mouriya was the best he ever had, yet I see no mention of it around here.

Traditional Japanese: Where can I go without having to spend ¥17000-20000 on a Kaiseki but still get traditional simple cooking/ingredients?

What else?
We will be staying in hostels, and as I said are willing to travel anywhere.
What do you love to eat in Japan?

Thank you in advance for anything

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