Discover how Brooklyn Chef Patrick Connolly and his family find adventure with food | Watch the 3rd episode ›

Restaurants & Bars


Japan Food Itinerary 10/14 - 10/20


Restaurants & Bars 21

Japan Food Itinerary 10/14 - 10/20

nelehelen | Oct 8, 2010 02:02 PM

Hello All!

I'll be leaving Los Angeles next Wednesday and will be landing in Narita on 10/14 late afternoon. I've been doing a lot of research (sort of) and have most of my eating itnierary done. I would really like to hear your thoughts and any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated!

Some things to note: I am staying in Shinjuku area and only plan on staying within Tokyo. I will be traveling with my boyfriend (he is 4th generation Japanese so doesn't speak any Japanese). He has a friend who lives out there (he is Japanese and fluent in everything) so some dinners and lunches might be for a party of 3 or more, but most will be just for a party of 2.

THURS - 10/14 (Shinjuku)
Arriving at Narita around 5:30 PM
Dinner: Tsunuhachi (tempura) in Shinkjuku

FRI- 10/15 (Tsukiji/Ginza/Shinjuku)
Breakfast - Sushi Dai @ 5:30 AM
Lunch - Narutomi (Soba)
-I had originally planned Nodaiwa (Unagi) in Ginza for lunch (we will be sightseeing in Ginza after Sushi Dai), but decided to go with soba. I know we will be back tracking to Tsukiji, but since it was close I didn't think it was a big deal. Does anyone have any other great lunch suggestions in Ginza, preferrablly unagi, soba or ramen?
Dinner - Banyou (shabu shabu) in Shinkjuku
-I wanted to eat some wagyu beef shabu shabu and my bf definitely wants to try wagyu beef steak. Since I know there are some steak/teppanyaki places that are really expensive, I was hoping Banyou would offer a slightly cheaper alternative. Your thoughts? Is Banyou ONLY shabu shabu?

SAT - 10/16 (Roppongi/Ebisu/Shibuya)
Lunch - Butagumi (Tonkatsu)
Dinner - Bakuro (Horse)

SUN - 10/17 (Harajuku/Marunouchi/Yoyogi)
Lunch - I wanted to eat ramen and I need suggestions for good ones open on Sundays! If there is a good ramen spot in Ginza, then I would be looking for good soba or unagi places in Harajuku or Marunouchi area.
Dinner - Fuku (Yakitori)

MON- 10/18 (Ahkihabara/Ikebukuro/Akasaka)
Lunch - Unasho (Unagi)
Mid-Afternoon Snack - Ice cream city & Gyoza stadium
*Dinner- Aronia de Takazawa

TUES - 10/19 (Akasuka/Odaiba/Akasaka)
Lunch - Somewhere in Odaiba
*Dinner - Sushi Saito

WED - 10/20 (Shinjuku)
Lunch - Need a good lunch spot in Shinjuku before heading to the airport

The only two dinners that we are fully committed to going are marked by the asteriks (*). The rest is where I would like to go, but are not confined to it. I realize there is a lot of fun in exploring the city and discovering the cuisine that way, but I usually like to have a plan whenever I vacation (hey... it's the event planner in me). I just want to make sure I cover almost everything: ramen, soba, unagi, sushi, etc.. etc... While I realize that is tough to do in one week, I can surely try!

Oh, I have two sushi spots because sushi/sashimi/seafood is my absolute favorite thing to eat and have been since I was a child. And I will be hitting up some bakeries and pastry shops, but I didn't include it on here to avoid any further confusion and clutter.

Also, i don't have any yakiniku places listed because I was hoping I can go there as a 2nd spot for drinks. Do you know any yakiniku places that function like an izakaya (which I think they are pretty similar, yes?) around Shibuya & Shinjuku & Ebisu area?

I wanted to hit up some bars as well, so if you guys have a favorite hang out or a bar with a nice view that'd be great. The bar can be hole in the wall that serves beer and sake or a cocktail bar, I'm really up for anything.

Any insight and advice would be awesome! Thank you in advance!!

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound

Keep Reading

See All Latest Discussions ›