In late November, I will be travelling for 10 days or so to Japan and then Korea with my 70-something-year old father. He is fiscally and gustator(i)ally conservative; I am not.
Our general plan is to meet and spend maybe three days in Tokyo & vicinity, then to travel down to Fukuoka where on day 7 we will take the ferry to Pusan. Couple days in Taegu, couple days in Seoul.
I have searched this board and travel advice from the NYT and WSJ and would very much appreciate advice on:
a) Tokyo area accommodations and food. I am a big fan of the Pan Pacific but understand their Tokyo branch is actually in Yokohama. Would we want to stay there or not? Gather the Grand may be superior to the Park Hyatt. One Andoh review appealed to me--Tokutei-- any thoughts? Also, I love sashimi (anything but shiraku) but my father won't eat it; I would like to explore great sake (I only know I like some onigaroshis and kikusues); he is allergic to alcohol. I expect I can prevail upon him for at least one serious kaiseki meal-- don't know if I should do this in Tokyo or elsewhere.
b) rest of Japan & ryokans. Which ryokans actually have sublime food? and which ones in the vicinity of great restaurants will allow guests to forego meals? any thoughts on Kamisuwa in Nagano?
c) food and accommodations, in general, in Taegu & Seoul.
I know this is a broad request and maybe too broad for this board, but will appreciate any advice including pointers to other sites (have the Tokyo food board and some ryokan sites that are mostly in Japanese).