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Tokyo Culinary Tour

Tasting recommendations—from the weird to the wonderful—in Japan’s insatiable capital.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview:  Japan’s capital may be the most food-crazed city on earth. Whether it’s kaiten sushi or kanten jelly, cone pizza or collagen-packed... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Bar Chocolat

The pastry boutique was designed by Wonderwall, the cutting edge design firm behing Uniqlo stores.

Address:
5-51-8 Jingumae, Laporte Aoyama, 1st and 2nd floors
Tokyo
Japan

Phone:
81-3-5485-7766

2. Buchi

The dark, designy, one-person deep standing bar sells single servings of sake in little jars to keep the sake fresh.

Address:
9-7 Shinsen, Nomoto Building, 1st floor
Tokyo
Japan

Phone:
81-3-5728-2085

3. Buri

The locale has an entire wall of color-coordinated mini sake containers behind its handsome circular bar. Try to order their junmai and daiginjo with bites of pork-cheek yakitori, sautéed sea urchin and watercress, and fugu (blowfish) roe preserved in sake lees.

Address:
1-14-1 Ebisu
Tokyo
Japan

Phone:
81-3-3496-7744

Literally translated as "pig gang", this new-wave tonkatsu temple occupies a quaint timber-framed house in a quiet residential enclave near big, bright Ropponi. Besides tonkatsu Ibérico—limited, of course, to just a few servings a day—a roster of domestic pork cutlets proudly showcases hand-reared hog from Japanese boutique farms.... More

5. Daiba Little Hong Kong

Cantonese-food fans come to this uncanny simulacrum of downtown Kowloon.

Address:
1-6-1 Daiba Decks Tokyo Beach
Tokyo
Japan

Phone:
81-3-3599-6500

Try to get your hands on the coveted chocolate logos.

Address:
4-4-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tokyo
Japan

Phone:
81-3-3562-8112

7. Gyoza Stadium

Located inside the indoor mulit-attraction extravaganza called Namjatown, the stadium’s riotous kitschy sprawl is part pinball-like pachinko parlor, part nostalgia ride through 50’s Japan. Socialist-realist portraits of famed gyoza chefs from various prefectures decorated faux-rustic booths hawking their creations: delicate fried shrimp and... More

8. Hidemi Sugino

Sugino’s creations are baked daily in minuscule quantities, which qualifies them as gentei (limited-edition) and thus extra-desireable.

Address:
3-6-17 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Kyobashi Daiei Building
Tokyo
Japan

Phone:
81-3-3538-6780

9. Mikimoto Lounge

An excellent spot for oppulent people watching.

Address:
2-4-12 Ginza, Mikimoto Ginza 2 Building, 3rd floor
Tokyo
Japan

Phone:
81-3-3562-3130

The bakery in the New Otani Hotel specializes in mont blanc desserts.

Address:
3-4-1 Marunouchi, Shin-Kokusai Building, 1st floor
Tokyo
Japan

Phone:
81-3-5293-2800

There are 70 kinds of salt at the depachika (department store basement food hall). The vinegar sommelier holds tastings and sells "infuse-your-own-vinegar" kits. The basement wonderland can be overwhelming: 2,700 square feet of space occupied by some 120 outlets of Japanese and international gourmet purvyors.

Address:
5-24-2 Sendagaya
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12. Teppei

Teppei specializes in esoteric shochu spirits and 10 kinds of ume-shu (plum) liqueur. The narrow haunt also serves an Okinawan Spam sushi—perversely delicious. Best of all, Teppei employs the services of certified Vegetable and Fruit Meister, a.k.a. a produce sommelier, Japan’s budding food profession.

Address:
4-2-30 Kagurazaka
Tokyo
Japan

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13. Yokohama Ramen Museum

Noodle maniacs head to Yokohama’s Ramen Museum. $3 admission fee.

Address:
2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama
Tokyo
Japan

Phone:
81-4-5471-0503