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A Japanese Master on Innovation Through Tradition

The legendary restaurant Kikunoi has stood in the foothills of Kyoto for more than a century serving food with an even longer history.

Kikunoi’s chef …

Cooking

圓 (En in Hachioji)

煮干鰮らーめん 圓

Ever since En was elected as the best rookie shop of 2009, it has been the talk of the town. But this small town known as Tokyo is …

Topshop

饗 くろ㐂 (Motenashi Kuroki in Akihabara)

饗 くろ㐂

Kuroki should make any traveler's list of ramen shops. Many amazing shops are a trek away from convenience, and someone with only a few days in …

Akihabara

Images from Ginza Hirayama steakhouse

Sirloin from MiyazakiGinza Hirayama‘s 33 year old chef-owner Hirayama-san used to work at the famous “introduction only” steakhouse Kawamura. The …

Steak

One more time about Shima

Shima-san

Shima steakhouse chef owner Shima-san is one of the most well-travelled chefs I’ve met in Tokyo. He speaks good English and French as in the …

Steak

How I travelled to the “best steakhouse in the world”

The steak is grilled over binchotan grill

No matter how good your hotel or credit card concierge is, or how fluent you speak Japanese, you can’t get …

Japan

Tora: Omotesando

Great sake and fantastic charcoal-grilled fare served in a relaxed, pleasant dining room, all for a very reasonable price - Nanadaime Tora comes …

Food

Shichi abura soba in Shibuya. Recommended by one of my favorite students. It’s in a cool, relatively untraveled area south of the station. Somehow this soupless, oily beast manages to seem healthy....

Shichi abura soba in Shibuya. Recommended by one of my favorite students. It’s in a cool, relatively untraveled area south of the station. Somehow …

Hakata Mizutaki Toriden, Fukuoka

I've talked previously about meals where you just have to write about them the minute you leave the restaurant, and I was so excited to have one of …

Fukuoka

Ippo: Sake and sushi all in one! | CNN Travel

Seemingly in the shadows though on a busy side-street of eateries, Ippo's jet black exterior is highlighted by a stark luminous white sign sitting squarely out front. Reading "Fish and Sake", Ippo simply offers exactly what it says on the tin.

With its chic yet shabby wooden exterior and bare …

Sushi

La Bonne Table: French cuisine between informal and upscale

This spring brought more than cherry blossoms to Nihonbashi. It also saw the wraps removed from the two new Coredo Muromachi Buildings. Both have …

Japan

Seizan | Tokyo | Jan '15

• Rating: 17.5/20
• Address: 2 Chome-17-29 Mita, Minato, Tokyo 108-0073, Japan
• Phone: +81 3 3451 8320
• Price: JPY15,000 (124 USD at 1 USD = 121.39 JPY)• 
Value:

Tokyo

Impressive tonkatsu ! (Takadanobaba)

I went to “Narikura” that may be the most popular tonkatsu restaurant in Tokyo the other day.
It is on the basement floor in the small and old …

Fillet

麺屋彩未 Menya Saimi

Any entry in food about Sapporo cannot be without Menya Saimi, its popularity is... obscene to be perfectly honest.
Saimi is a miso ramen restaurant …

Restaurant

Isezushi (伊勢鮨)| Sushi Bar | Otaru

Located near JR Otaru Station, "Isezushi (伊勢鮨)" serves very sophisticated sushi at reasonable prices. Let's enter it!

I always use seats at the bar, …

Sushi

At long last, the Ramen Shaman is back! And I finally went to Matador. Definitely a destination ramen ‘way’ out in Kita-senju. My first bowl of beef ramen. Lives up to the hype. The roast beef flavor...

At long last, the Ramen Shaman is back!

And I finally went to Matador. Definitely a destination ramen ‘way’ out in Kita-senju.

My first bowl of beef …

Great Amerikamura Experience with Takoyaki and Beer in Sankaku Koen! – MATCHA - Japan Travel Web Magazine

What is Amerikamura?

There is an area in Nishi-Shinsaibashi called Amerikamura(American Village; アメリカ村),or Ame-Mura(アメ村), as the locals call it, where …

Truth in advertising: Lotteria’s monstrous Burger with Everything on It is exactly that

You can probably describe about 90 percent of fast food with some combination of the words “convenient,” “greasy,” and “delicious.” In the case of …

Japan

Top Japanese restaurant defends foreign policy

World

A Michelin starred Japanese restaurant has defended its booking policy when it comes to foreigners. – AFP pic, April 27, 2015.A top-notch …

Japan

My Best Meal of 2012 - Torishige, Tokyo

At the end of each year, I always feel I should write up some kind of “Best of…” or “Top Ten” list for all the restaurants and meals I’ve had, but …

Tokyo

[Tokyo] Sushi Tokami 鮨とかみ, Ginza

Posted on December 11, 2014April 7, 2015

Sushi Tokami is one of the youngest star in Tokyo’s Michelin Guide, awarded 1 star again this year.

The chef …

Sushi

Tempura Matsu

Hello, we are in the process of moving all Japan related content over to the ZENBU TOURS site and this page has already been transferred. You will …

Japan

Sushidokoro Arima (鮨処有馬)| Sushi Bar | Susukino, Sapporo

This is my favorite sushi bar in Susukino area, Sapporo. They serve very delicious sushi and are so popular that we should make a reservation in …

Sushi Tanabe, Sapporo, Japan - 11 June 2014

My first post from my June trip to Hokkaido is about my meal at Sushi Tanabe in Sapporo. Sushi Tanabe is one of four restaurants to be awarded …

JOY OF HOKKAIDO FOOD: Popularity spreads for sea-urchin sushi as transport methods improve

The painstaking work to perfectly arrange delicate sea urchin roe in wooden boxes is one of the reasons it has become a top-class ingredient for …

“Introduction only” Matsukawa

Matsukawa is an introduction only kaiseki restaurant, considered by many, notably tabelog.com users , as the best in Tokyo. A friend of mine invited …

Japan

November 8, 2012: The Osaka wrap-up! Back in Tokyo! Family dinner! Honkogetsu! Killer ramen!

On our final night in Osaka, I was invited to join Akemi’s family for a grand kaiseki dinner at Honkogetsu. It was a magnificent meal, due in large …