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10 Restaurants You Must Try During Your Trip to Japan

We've rounded up 10 of Japan's best restaurants you have to try on your next trip.

Itadakimasu” is one of the first phrases you’ll encounter on your trip to Japan. The phrase loosely translates to “I humbly receive.” You’ll most likely hear it right before a meal where the meaning becomes, “Let’s eat!”

While Japan is brimming with incredible budget optionsstreet eats, and novelty restaurants and cafes, take the opportunity to try out some of their incredible restaurants. At KKday, we’ve rounded up 10 of Japan’s best restaurants you have to try on your next trip. So clasp your hands together, bow your head slightly, and say, “Itadakimasu!”

Unagi Uomasa Restaurant

For travelers who take their food excursions very seriously, any restaurant with the coveted Michelin Star ought to be checked out and sampled. It comes as no surprise that Unagi Uomasa Restaurant, one of Japan’s best Unagi restaurants, has garnered this prestigious international recognition. Uomasa prides itself for serving only the freshest eel. It’s only the moment you order when Uomasa cuts, skewers, grills or steams your eel.

The eel is live up until the moment you order, ensuring unparalleled freshness and quality.

In order to ensure your meal is as fresh as it can possibly be, preparation times take at least 40 minutes. While you wait, Uomasa will bring out a selection of fresh appetizers along with freshly cut liver, wasabi, and eel bone chips.

Specialty: Unagi Eel Dishes
Hours: Mondays to Sundays at 11:30am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays and 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.
Location: 4-14-4, Higashiyotsugi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo

Kamigata Midou Teppanyaki Restaurant

After the department stores close, take a short breather from Ginza’s bustling night life and sit down for some high quality Kuroge Wagyu Beef Steak cooked teppanyaki style, with seasonal vegetables, wasabi, and garlic.

Sit down and relax before going out for some drinks.

Chefs expertly prepare quality meats, wagyu beef, Yonezawa pork and Daisen chicken alongside fresh, local seasonal ingredients.

Specialty: Teppanyaki
Hours: Daily at 5:00pm-11:00pm, with Fridays open until 3:00am
Location: Nitta Building 3F, 8-2-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Hyakumangoku Sushi Restaurant

Japanese restaurants across the globe always highlight their sushi bars, but nothing will ever come close to Hyakumangoku, located just off Showadori in Ueno.

Visit the Sushi Bar of Japan.

The owners and chefs have spent 45 years perfecting their Edo style sushi techniques, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients handpicked from the Tsujiki Market each morning. Dishes are served with homemade karasumi, along with herbal miso soup marinated for three weeks.

Edo style of sushi is a particularly difficult technique to master.

Specialty: Sushi
Hours: Mondays to Fridays at 4:00pm-10:00pm, Saturdays at 4:00pm-9:00pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Location: Ebato Building 1F, 2-11-5, Higashiueno, Taitou-ku, Tokyo

Hyoki Kasuitei Restaurant

Sample a taste of Ancient Japan in central Tokyo. Hyoki Kasuitei boasts of great customer service, that allows you to truly enjoy their famed Steamed Hot Pot course, served with sashimi, miso soup, and dessert.

Enjoy the Steamed Hot Pot, which uses wild vegetables and the highest quality meats.

Courses: Braised White Sukiyaki Course, Steamed Hot Pot Course
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays at 6:00-11:00pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Location: Mercury Roppongi 1, 2F, 6-7-7, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Wagyu Imari Restaurant

Wagyu beef has earned cult favorite status from the seasoned gourmands to the amateur foodies, and Wagyu Imari Restaurant serves some of the best. The Hapinesumura beef, characterized by its melt-in-your-mouth flavour, is handpicked daily and rivals the Matsusaka beef.

Enjoy your luxury meal in a luxurious environment.
Wagyu Set Course

Specialty: Wagyu Beef
Hours: Mondays to Fridays at 5:00pm-11:00pm, Weekends and Public Holidays at 11:30am-10:00pm
Location: Uniden Ginza building 7F, 2-8-12, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Kioi Nadaman Restaurant

Since 1830, Nadaman has made a name for itself with its legacy for excellence. The restaurant chain has branches all over Japan, and a few in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. And while each branch delivers the same top-notch meals, the experience at Kioi is particularly elevated because of the spectacular view of the Imperial Gardens.

Enjoy your meal as you marvel at the beauty of the Imperial Gardens

After visiting the Imperial Palace at Chidoya, feast like royalty at Nadaman and enjoy exquisite and authentic kaiseki cuisine.

Shabu-shabu Course

Courses: Tempura, Steak, Shabu-shabu
Hours: Weekdays at 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:00pm-10:00pm, Weekends at 11:30am-10:00pm
Location: Hotel New Otani garden tower 6F, 4-1, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Rogetsu Kami Nabe Restaurant

Stop by not only for a delicious meal, but also to personally experience the art of paper frying. In Rogetsu, chefs use use a Kami nabe hot pot lined with special hot pot paper. Here they cook fresh and seasonal ingredients along with their signature Ojiya rice porridge.

Specialty: Kami Nabe Course
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 12:00pm-10:00pm. Closed on Sundays.
Location: Rogetsubiru 1F, 1-7-10, Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Kondo Restaurant

Kondo Restaurant lies in the beautiful and historic city of Kamakura, Kanagawa. The scenic coastal town is known for its incredible seafood and while many restaurants compete for the title, it’s Kondo Restaurant’s legacy of excellence that puts it on top.

Chef’s Recommendation: The Hot Pot Cuisine, served with sashimi and an assortment of grilled dishes

Specialty: Traditional Japanese Cuisine
Hours: Mondays to Sundays at 5:30pm – 9:00pm, except on Wednesdays and the second Thursday of each month.
Location: Tsutaya building 1F-3, 1-8-36, Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa

Osaka Kobe Aburi Bukoju

Many places can boast about carrying Kobe Beef, but few can claim to know how to serve it. It takes skill and expertise to capture the flavor, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture and many restaurants simply fall short. Thankfully, Osaka Kobe Aburi Bokujo, which lies right by the heart of where the cattle graze, guarantees authenticity and excellence with every dish.

Grab the opportunity to indulge in the Luxury Kobe Beef Sanmei Package!

Specialty: Kobe Beef Course
Hours: Daily at 11:30am – 2:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Osaka City, Osaka City, North District, Shibata 2-8-11 Eong ル 1F

Akasaka Hanamura Tempura Restaurant

Tired of tempura that’s more batter than shrimp? Nothing like that will happen at Akasaka Hanamura! Founded in 1921 and tucked away in the back alley, Akasaka Hanamura may be small and unassuming but its near century’s worth of expertise and loyal patronage go unmatched.

Savour the specialty Tempura and Sashimi Course.

Enjoy a delicious tempura meal cooked right before your eyes, vegetables dipped in tentsuyu sauce along and served with freshly grated daikon radish and yuzu citrus.

Specialty: Seasonal Tempura Course
Hours: Mondays to Sundays at 5:00pm to 10:00pm, except on Tuesdays.
Location: 6-6-5, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Special Promotion!

These restaurants that are guaranteed to leave you hungry for more, but long lines can leave you waiting and just plain…hungry.

Not today! In partnership with Gurunavi, KKday will ensure that tables are reserved for you at whichever restaurant and time slot you choose. You no longer have to spend hours queueing for these popular, crowd favourite restaurants or worry about not getting a seat. For more information or to make a reservation, go to our page here. Start your meal saying ‘Itadakimasu!‘ and end it with ‘Oishi!’

Looking for other things to do while in Japan? Check out our other activities:

>> Tokyo Disneyland Entrance Ticket
>> One Day Kyoto Kimono Experience
>> Studio Ghibli Museum Tour

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