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Tokyo/Kyoto Top Sushi on Short Notice (end of Feb/early Mar)?

sundropforever | Feb 8, 201811:47 AM     20

hey CH! i've had flights booked for months and months but haven't nailed down hotels etc. until, well, now. i'll be in tokyo 2/19-2/24 (Cerulean Tower) and 3/3-3/6 (Palace and Shangri-La -- switching in such a short time due to some annoying pricing/availability issues). first time in tokyo, so really, we weren't concerned about a dining in tokyo checklist. it'd be cool to check the box on all the iconic places, but part of exploring a new city is wandering in places and finding great food -- having reservations every day (or multiple) is a drag on that. that being said, if we can have some top sushi, it'd be cool to do. i plan to email the concierges (probably less Cerulean and more Palace/Shangri-La) to see if there is anywhere they can get us in. what i don't want to do is email a long list of impossible reservations and have them think i'm a moron or simply annoying. any recommendations for sushiyas that are top quality that aren't straight up impossible? (i presume jiro, saito, sugita, sawada, mizutani, hatsune, yoshitake are all impossible, and i can leave them off a list unless there's a chance to get in)

p.s. if kyoto is easier, i'll be there 2/26-3/3, but staying in an airbnb, which i understand likely precludes me from most reservations.

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