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Top reasonably-priced picks for Kyoto (2 days), Tokyo (2 days), Osaka (1 day)

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I'll be making my first trip to Japan at the end of March. There seem to be a lot of threads about the best high-end places to go, but I'm looking for some more reasonably-priced recommendations as well. My boyfriend and I have 2 days in Kyoto (one with a side trip to Nara), 2 days in Tokyo, and 1 day in Osaka that we want to plan amazing meals for (the rest of our trip we will be with a bigger group).

Here is what we are looking for in terms of price ranges:
- 1 splurge meal (up to ~¥20,000 per person): considering Narisawa
- 1 expensive meal (up to ~¥10,000 per person): Kyoto kaiseki? Is Ogata above this price point?
- the rest: ~¥6,000 or less per person
- any casual breakfast/lunch recommendations as well

Definitely want to prioritize eating types of food that each city is known for (i.e. tofu in Kyoto?), and also want to try as many different types of places as possible (i.e. tempura, sushi, etc.) over the course of the trip. Assuming lunches will be more casual/quicker (i.e. Nishiki market in Kyoto) since we'll be out and about sightseeing, but we're definitely open to going to a nicer restaurant at lunch if it's more reasonable then.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Sushi under 6,000yens for diner, you have many, for ex. sushi Otaru Ginza, sushi Uoshin Higashi-Ikebukuro...
    Sushi Otaru Ginza
    http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A13010...

    Sushi Uoshin Higashi-Ikebukuro
    http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1305/A13050...

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    1. re: Ninisix

      Great, thanks for the Tokyo sushi recs! I think we have set our meals in Kyoto as:

      Lunch: Shoraian
      Dinner: Tempura Yoshikawa
      Lunch: any recommendations in Nara?
      Dinner: kaiseki at our ryokan (Motonago)

      This might be a stupid question, but can you switch tabelog to english? I didn't see an option to...

      1. re: laurent692

        I really enjoyed the tofu set lunch at this place in the "old town" in Nara:

        http://foodietopography.net/kondou-to... (not my website

        )

        13 courses for something like 2000 yen at the time was great value. You can pay a bit more for some additional yuba courses. Relatively atmospheric old wooden house. Very low key. We walked in without reservations but I don't know if we were lucky or if it's normally that easy.

        1. re: laurent692

          there's no tabelog english, as far as i know but google translate (or the auto translate option in chrome) does a good job with logistics and navigation. Reviews are still hard to read.

        2. For the reasonable side, you could visit Katsu Kura for tonkatsu -- I like theirs very much, preferred it to Maisen in Tokyo, though that was good too.