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misochi Mar 1, 2013 12:31 AM

Hi there

My husband and I will be headed to Japan this April for 2 weeks an as we love our food, I would be grateful for any thoughts on the food itinerary that I have come up with thus far.

13 April -

Lunch - Rokurinsha Tokyo
Dinner - Toriyoshi/Udatsu (which one should I go to)

14 April -

Breakfast - Sushi Dai
Lunch - Maisen Tonkatsu
Sweets - Hidemi Sugino
Dinner - Uochin Nogizaka

15 April

Breakfast - Toshi Yoroizuka
Lunch - Hanabusa
Dinner - Sushi Sho

16 April

Lunch - Tsunahachi
Dinner - Sutamina-En

17 April, 18 April - Takayama.

19 April

Lunch - on train
Snack - Kushikatsu (can I just go to any kushikatsu or is there a place that is a must-go)
Dinner - Mizuno

20 April

Breakfast - Sushi Endo
Lunch - Berashio
Dinner - Tori No Mai

21 April

Lunch - Nishiki Market
Sweets - Ghost
Dinner - Giro Giro

22 April

Lunch - II Ghiottone/Misoguigawa/Honke Owariya
Sweets - Gion Kinana
Dinner - Sumibi Torito/Kappa Sushi

23 April

Lunch - Shoraian
Dinner - Unagi Hirokawa

24 April

Kinosaki-onsen

25 April

Dinner - Jomen Yakitori/Nenohi

26 April

Lunch - Kozue

Thanks!

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  1. killersmile RE: misochi Mar 1, 2013 10:58 AM

    I think it would help to put the city that you will be in next to the date, so that we don't have to make a guess, although it's easy enough to tell when you are in Tokyo and Kyoto.

    I notice a couple of problems with your schedule. April 14th is a Sunday, and Tsukiji is closed on Sundays, therefore Sushi Dai will also be closed. Also, on the 15th, unless you plan on having a late breakfast, you won't be able to do Toshi Yoroizuka as they only open at 11am everyday.

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      misochi RE: killersmile Mar 3, 2013 05:45 PM

      Ah! Sorry about that. I will put the city next to the date in my revised itinerary.

      I thought that Sushi Dai was open from 11am onwards on Sunday! To be safe, I will shift it to Monday.

      And yes we have a habit of waking up late when we are on holiday but thank you for pointing that out.

    2. Robb S RE: misochi Mar 1, 2013 08:13 PM

      First, right off the bat your list is a lot more interesting than 95% of the dining itineraries posted here. Simply because you're trying a variety of cuisines and not overdoing the sushi and Kobe beef.

      Some of the picks themselves seem a little random, and many of them are hard to judge because they might be a little bit obscure. Tokyo alone has more than 100,000 restaurants, so it's not like there's a list of 100 or 500 top restaurants that everyone is familiar with. It might help to mention the neighborhood and type of cuisine along with the name for Tokyo restaurants, and at least the city for others.

      > Lunch - Rokurinsha Tokyo
      Good choice, but you might have to wait awhile depending on which branch.

      > Dinner - Toriyoshi/Udatsu (which one should I go to)
      There's a big chain restaurant called Toriyoshi which serves chicken wings and adequate yakitori - good price performance, but maybe not the ultimate yakitori. Then there are other smaller, more expensive yakitori shops also called Toriyoshi, but with different spelling in Japanese. I had never heard of Udatsu, but it seems to be an upscale charcoal-grill specialist with two branches; the main branch is more highly rated on Tabelog. It looks like the main branch might be worth a try, if you're happy with the budget.

      >14 April -
      >Breakfast - Sushi Dai

      As mentioned earlier, closed on Sundays.

      >Lunch - Maisen Tonkatsu

      A decent choice; not the best tonkatsu in town, but an interesting setting in an interesting neighborhood to walk around in.

      >Sweets - Hidemi Sugino

      Great pastries, although a bit out of the way. You might want to organize your meals and sightseeing itinerary to group things together in neighborhoods.

      >Dinner - Uochin Nogizaka

      It seems like people who have been to a lot of izakaya in Tokyo rate this one fairly low, although it seems to have a fun atmosphere with lots of foreign customers, if you don't mind that sort of thing. I would look at alternatives though. For example Hachibei (http://bento.com/rev/0900.html ), just a few minutes away, has fantastic yakitori.

      >15 April
      >Breakfast - Toshi Yoroizuka

      If you're talking about the main Ebisu shop, they open at 11am, (though not "everyday" or even every day - they're closed on Tuesdays).

      >Lunch - Hanabusa

      If it's the soba shop in Monzennakacho, this is pretty far off the beaten track, and seems to be recommended mostly by people who happen to have lived in Monzennakacho. There's plenty of good soba closer in, where you won't waste half a day just for a bowl of noodles. I like Narutomi in Ginza, Hosokawa in Ryogoku (also far away, but near the Edo-Tokyo Museum), Honmura An in Roppongi, Muromachi Sunaba in Kanda; others may have more suggestions.

      >Lunch - Tsunahachi

      This is the name of two different chain tempura restaurants in Tokyo, with various branches at different price levels.

      >Dinner - Sutamina-En

      I had never heard of it, but if this is the offal restaurant in an inconvenient, far-off northern suburb where you have to wait an hour for your meal, I'd say skip it and find some offal closer to home. Or something else....

      If you're looking for more variety, you might consider trying Kyushu, Okinawa, or other regional cuisines at a specialty regional izakaya.

      >Snack - Kushikatsu (can I just go to any kushikatsu or is there a place that is a must-go
      )Note that other than cafes, restaurants in Japan are typically open from 11:30am-2, then again from 5:30-10 or 11pm. Some are open all day, but they tend to be the exception. So it's hard walking around in mid-afternoon expecting to find a snack, unless you go to a department store.

      >Dinner - Tori No Mai
      If this is the yakitori chain, then it's the same chain as Toriyoshi in Tokyo, with several branches in Osaka and maybe elsewhere. I liked the branch in Namba Parks.

      >Lunch - Nishiki Market
      There are a few casual cafes in the market if you just want something light. Other than that, Yaoya no Nikai is my favorite restaurant in the market, but you should reserve in advance, especially on a Sunday.

      >Dinner - Jomen Yakitori/Nenohi

      Presumably we're back in Tokyo now, since Kozue is the next day. I know of a Jomon yakitori in Roppongi (spelling makes a difference here) - the food is quite good, but the seating is fairly cramped. Nenohi, on the other side of town, is much more comfortable.

      >Lunch - Kozue

      Not a bad choice - I hope you have good weather and a clear view!

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        misochi RE: Robb S Mar 3, 2013 06:12 PM

        Thank you for such a detailed response!

        Can I ask where is the best Tonkatsu in Tokyo?

        Sutamina-En is apparently a very good yakinuku place that is quite far from Tokyo. Am attaching a review below so you know why I am inclined to try the place. http://chubbyhubby.net/travel/best-ya...

        That said, if you know of a yakiniku that is centrally located, I would be most grateful.

        Yes I plan to go to Yaoya no Nikai! Do you know what time they open?

        Thanks once again!

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          Robb S RE: misochi Mar 3, 2013 08:58 PM

          >Can I ask where is the best Tonkatsu in Tokyo?

          I like Butagumi in Nishi-Azabu, and also Horaitei in Shibuya.

          >Am attaching a review below so you know why I am inclined to try the place. http://chubbyhubby.net/travel/best-ya...

          Mmm, the guidebook mentioned in that posting has been the topic of discussion here before; they seem to have a lot of, let's say rather random, entries.

          I love Jap Cho Ok in Gaienmae - they don't do only yakiniku, but you can certainly order it there, along with a lot of other great, modern Korean food.

          >Yes I plan to go to Yaoya no Nikai! Do you know what time they open?

          I think 11am, but they will confirm when you call to book your table, which I strongly recommend.

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            misochi RE: Robb S Mar 3, 2013 11:11 PM

            Thanks! Watch out for my trip report :)

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        misochi RE: misochi Mar 3, 2013 06:23 PM

        Here's my revised itinerary

        13 April (Sat) - Tokyo

        Dinner - Japanese friends taking us to some izakaya for yakitori

        14 April (Sun) - Tokyo

        Japanese friends taking us out for lunch

        Dinner - Rokurinsha Tokyo at Tokyo Ramen Street

        15 April (Mon) - Tokyo

        Breakfast - Sushi Dai

        Sweets - Toshi Yoroizuka at Tokyo Midtown

        Lunch - Narutomi or Honmura An for Soba

        Dinner - Sushi Sho

        16 April (Tues) - Tokyo

        Lunch - Tsunahachi

        Dinner - Sutamina-En

        17 April (Wed) + 18 April (Thurs) - Takayama

        19 April (Fri) - Osaka

        Lunch - on train

        Snack - Kushikatsu

        Dinner - Mizuno for Okonomiyaki

        20 April (Sat) - Osaka

        Breakfast - Sushi Endo

        Lunch - Berashio (Ramen)

        Dinner - Tori No Mai (Yakitori)

        21 April (Sun) - Kyoto

        Lunch - Misoguigawa or Yonemura (HELP! Which one should I go for)

        Sweets - Ghost (Does anyone have any other recommendations for sweets in Kyoto?)

        Dinner - Giro Giro

        22 April (Mon) - Kyoto

        Brunch - Nishiki Market (Yaoya no Nikai) - have to finish brunch and get to the Kyoto Imperial Palace at 2pm.

        Sweets - Gion Kinana

        Dinner - Sumibi Torito/Kappa Sushi

        23 April (Tues) - Arashimaya

        Lunch - Shoraian Tofu

        Dinner - Unagi Hirokawa

        24 April (Wed) - Kinosaki-onsen

        25 April (Thurs) - Tokyo

        Dinner - Nenohi or Hachibei or a restaurant for best Tonkatsu in Tokyo

        26 April (Fri) - Tokyo

        Lunch - Kozue

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        1. re: misochi
          Robb S RE: misochi Mar 3, 2013 09:03 PM

          >Sweets - Toshi Yoroizuka at Tokyo Midtown
          >Lunch - Narutomi or Honmura An for Soba

          Note that Honmura An is around the corner from Tokyo Midtown, while Narutomi is across town, close to your breakfast spot.

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            misochi RE: Robb S Mar 3, 2013 11:10 PM

            Thank you! That's very helpful. We will probably go to Honmura for lunch in that case :)

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            joebloe RE: misochi Mar 4, 2013 06:34 PM

            I'll be in Tokyo April 13-20. I'm overwhelmed with the choices even with the Michelin and Terrior Guide in front of me. Maybe I'll just copy your food plan. Thanks.

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              misochi RE: joebloe Mar 4, 2013 07:29 PM

              Sure feel free to copy the itinerary. If you are using my itinerary, please call ahead to make reservations. I came up with this itinerary after a month's worth of research!

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                joebloe RE: misochi Mar 5, 2013 09:10 PM

                What time is Sushi Dai open? I also plan to be there Monday the 15th @5:30am. Maybe I'll see you in line?

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                  killersmile RE: joebloe Mar 6, 2013 10:52 AM

                  it opens at 5am

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