After researching through many of the threads, and receiving some guidance from my initial post, I am looking for a bit more help with the planning. We will be in Tokyo for much too short of time in early Spring; so I do know that we’re likely trying to do too much in that time frame. We have 3 full days plus the evening of our arrival and the morning/afternoon on our last day. Essentially, we can have four lunches and four dinners with izakaya and ramen stops to fill.
We love to eat, enjoy experimenting and don’t mind spending money on ridiculous food, assuming the quality is worth the Yen spent. My list of places to visit is much too long which is why I need some of your seasoned help.
We’re staying in Bunkyu-Ku nearish to Waseda University and are looking forward to exploring what we can with the help of the metro.
Izakaya: As we don’t land until 6pm on our first night, I’m thinking something like this will be our best option. Are there any near that area that are a must visit? Kameya looks close? Other suggestions, or are these just best to happen upon? Sadly we don’t speak Japanese. How is Tenmamichi?
Sushi: Rather than three sushi meals as originally planned, I’m looking to have at the very least one experience, if not two. We’ve enjoyed Counter Sushi at Sasabune in Honolulu (loved the rice temperature), Yasuda in NYC (the fish quality was the best I’ve ever had, but hated the rapid fire service) and Nick San in Cabo San Lucas (interesting twists, though I prefer a more traditional approach). Our favorite nigiri/sashimi: all tuna, unagi, sake, saba, aji, ikura and hotategai. We’ve had uni in Portland, Oregon, but didn’t love the texture. Perhaps we’ll prefer it in Tokyo. Of Sushi Saito, Mizutani, Sawada and Daison Harumi what would you recommend? Should I be looking at any others?
Unagi: We LOVE unagi and are curious if we should go to a very focused restaurant such as Nodaiwa or Ryogoku, or simply enjoy it during our sushi dining?
Ramen: We’ve read about Ganko and Bassa Nova, both of which sound delicious and completely different. Would we be missing the boat if we only visited these two places?
Yakitori: Is this a must? If so, I’ve looked at Souten, Fuku and Birdland. Thoughts?
Tempura: Ten-Ichi or Tsunahachi? Is this a must for a 4 day visit?
Soba: I’m looking at Narutomi, Kosetsu and/or Hosokawa. If there’s something better, tastier, more traditional out there, we’re game.
Traditional: I’ve read about Hanakago which sounds fabulous. Again, we don’t speak Japanese, but are good travelers. Will we run into a problem here?
Non-traditional: Les Creations de Narisawa is listed as the best restaurant in Asia. Does it really live up to that reputation?
I realize that there is a LOT of eating covered here, which we obviously won’t be able to complete. Also, we don’t plan on making reservation or a strict plan for every meal time, but just want to make sure we get the best snapshot of this amazing city.
Domo Arigato !