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Help with Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto restaurant picks

Cornstar | Mar 4, 201711:58 PM     9

Hello, I will be traveling to Japan in a couple of weeks to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. I'm still trying to research my restaurant options and I've barely looked at Kyoto and Osaka but I thought I would post here now and get any advice since I need to try to make my bookings ASAP.

High-end Sushi (Tokyo)
I’m hoping to go to at least one high-end sushi spot. I know I’m very late in the game for this so I feel fortunate that I managed to secure a reservation at Sushi Masuda. That said, I’m still considering using one of the pay-for-booking options to maybe change this to Harutaka, Sushi Iwa, Ichiwaka, Isshin, Ryusuke... I’d appreciate any thoughts on this or any additional recommendations.

Other Sushi Spots (Tokyo)
I’ve only looked at Tokyo so far (and it’s still overwhelming!) but on my list are Bentenyama, Kyubey, Kizushi, Sushiya, Shutoku, Tokami, Yoshino Sushi Honten, and Taichi. I’ll probably only be able to go to a couple of these spots and I don’t know yet if I need to make reservations. Any additional recommendations, especially those that are relatively easy to get a table and are at a low-to-mid price point, are appreciated!

Wagyu Beef
As of now, I am skipping the Kobe beef restaurants because I’ve had the opportunity to eat A5 Tajima Kobe at a local steakhouse. Am I making a mistake? I'd realy like to try Matsusaka beef, and I am trying to decide between Satou in Tokyo or Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M in Osaka. I’ve read that Wadakin is the ideal spot but I don’t think we’ll have the time to make the trek. I'm having a difficult time finding Matsusaka beef recommendations in Tokyo, Osaka, or Kyoto, so please do share if you have any! I’m also trying to get a reservations at Ginza Gomei in Tokyo to try Akita beef.

Kaiseki
I’ve requested a booking at Kikunoi in Kyoto. I had a shortlist that included Ishikawa, Kyoaji, and Tomura, but I jumped on Kikunoi because they offered an online reservation system. Any thoughts on Kikunoi or kaiseki in general? I'll be having one other kaiseki meal at a ryokan in Hakone (Madokano-Mori).

Ramen (Tokyo)
I’m aiming to wake up early to get a ticket at Tsuta. I'm also hoping to try one or two other places but I hear a lot of them are not foreigner friendly? Places on my list include Fuunji, Tsujita, Itto, Nantsuttei, and Hide-chan Ramen. Anyone know if it’s worth the trip to the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum?

Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you!

Sushi Masuda
Ginza Harutaka 青空
Harutaka
Ginza IWA
Bentenyama Miyako Sushi
Ginza Kyubey
Kyubey Hotel Okura Tokyo Branch
Kizushi
Sushiya no Nohachi すし屋の野八
Sushi Ya
Sushi Tokami
Sushi Taichi
ホームデリカTAICHI
焼肉割烹 松阪 銀座店
Satou
Satou Kichijōji
Kikunoi Akasaka
Kikunoi
Kyoaji
Tsuta
Fūunji
Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum
和牛焼肉 慶
Nikugatou Yakiniku
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