Fall 2012 in Tokyo
I know it's still far off, but never too early when you have to plan a trip overseas? ;)
Some friends and I will be in Tokyo from November 16th to the 26th, so are there seasonal Fall food items that we should make an effort not to miss?
Sushi and Sashimi wise here is a list of fish that are at their best, or coming into their best in the late fall - early winter season. This all depends on availability and the ocean of course, but you may be able to try some of these fish at their peak. I would schedule any sushi plans you have for as late as possible in your trip to take advantage of this list as many of these fish don't come into their best until late November at the earliest.
We go to Midorizushi in Shibuya sometimes for lunch when we are hanging out in that area. There is often a line. It is cheap and filling.
In Kanazawa Komatsuyasuke (http://tabelog.com/ishikawa/A1701/A17...) is supposed to be one of the best in the country. Need to book asap. I enjoyed my night at Houshouzushi (http://tabelog.com/ishikawa/A1701/A17...). It recently appeared in an episode of No Reservations.
Late November is quite possibly my favorite time to eat in Japan.
Are you in Japan?
Famous Japanese seasonal food in Autumn are Sanma(mackerel pike), Kuri(chestnut), Matsutake(mushroom), Kaki(sharon fruit), Zuwai-gani(snow crab).
If you are interested in sushi, how about Tsukiji Fish Market.
Tsukiji Fish Market(Inside):
Tsukiji Fish Market(Outside):