I've got a long layover, arriving NRT 3:25 PM Thursday Dec 6 and flying back out 10:25 AM Friday. So I figure I can drop stuff off at my hotel and be at a sushi place by about 6:00, maybe 6:30. Then see the sights for a while. Then late-night ramen around 9 or 10 or 11. Then bed and back to the airport the next morning after a quick and mind-blowing breakfast.
I don't have a hotel yet, but I'm thinking of staying near Shinjuku Station, mainly because the Suica & N'EX package ticket will get me straight there from Narita.
I don't want to make a reservation, because the plane could be late, etc. etc., so I need places I can walk into. Price: I suppose I ought to keep the sushi under 25,000 Yen (that's about US$300 I hope). It would be great if it's a lot cheaper, but I'm only there for one night, and I'm willing to spend the money for amazing sushi. But I'm also assuming that by eliminating places that require a reservation, I'm probably keeping the price down somewhat.
Also, I don't speak any Japanese at all. But I'm not intimidated, and I'm friendly and polite, so hopefully I'll get by.
Sushi - something that will blow my mind. Traditional with the most amazing fish ever. Or modern with techniques and flavors that are unusual and inventive. Either would be great.
Ramen - I usually prefer Shio, but I like trying new things too.
Breakfast - I'll have to eat pretty early, like 6:00 AM probably, and would like some japanese breakfast that I'd never get in Portland. Something unusual for a westerner.