I will be visiting from San Francisco in mid March and am looking forward to five days in Tokyo with a day trip to Kamakura.
I'll be with my fourteen year old daughter, and the two of us are seasoned and adventurous diners. We hope to sample a variety of not-too-precious but excellent restaurants and particularly enjoy casual dining.
While I am interested in suggestions for specific restaurants (see more info about neighborhoods below), I'm perhaps more curious about what approach you suggest for the Tokyo dining scene. I like the idea of not making lots of reservations but instead finding good places as we go. That will leave us free to decide timing, location, etc. as we navigate the city. Is it possible to follow the crowds and find excellent food?
If not, should I assemble a list of places in the neighborhoods we are likely to visit? We are staying in Shinjuku but will be exploring a great deal of the city, including Ginza, Chiyoda, Shimokitazawa, Asakusa, Omotesando ... Will we need to navigate long lines or find that great restaurants tend to be full?
Thanks in advance for the advice,