I will be in Japan next month and have made the ‘serious’ dining reservations (Traditional Kaiseki in Kyoto (Kikunoi); Modern Kaiseki in Tokyo (Ryugin); ‘French Gourmet’ as interpreted by Japan in Tokyo (Robuchon)). On another thread I have already received recommendations for Fugu and Whale.
My ‘challenge’ is mainly for the areas outside Tokyo. My Japanese can best be described as ‘survival’ but I’d like to try the local specialties (as far as possible).
As further background, I’m not a sushi/sashimi aficionado – neither Matsuhisa nor Urasawa blew me away (neither did French laundry or Per Se); in the US my top 2 places are wd-50 and Jean-Georges (and in Toronto, Splendido – for the numerous Toronto ‘hounds who seem to be making similar trips this year).
If there’s anything relevant in Tokyo, please also let me know, although that part of the trip is pretty full, so I am really looking for the ‘best’ defined as local and/or unique in each stopover.
I both start and end in Tokyo, and pretty much have 2 nights each in Miyajima, Kurashiki, Matsuyama, Kyoto and Matsumoto.
So help me build a few gustatory memories please.