A huge number of tourists come to Japan for Japanese food as you know that Japanese traditional food “Wasyoku” has got registered in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The TripAdvisor has released the top 30 restaurants ranking in 2015. They are based on the reviews by foreign visitors. So we are here to share the top 10 of 30 restaurants.
As a tip, make sure to reserve your seats in advance at these restaurants since they are very popular and busy, and it is required to make a booking in some of the restaurants. It is recommended to ask staff of your hotel to make the reservation or visit their websites and book by yourself (Many of them have one in English.)
1 OTSUKA (Kyoto)
The most popular and evaluated restaurant is Otsuka, located in Kyoto. This is a kind of a steak house, and high-grade beef is served in a reasonable way. The Murasawa beef is highly recommended!! It’s melting and juicy! Prefer making a pre-reservation from its website.
Specialty: Murasawa Beef
Address: 20–10, Sagatenryuji Setogawacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Nearest Station: 5 minutes walk from Saga-arashiyama station/Exit: South (JR Sanin Main line)
Search this word “Steak Otsuka”on Google Map
Hours (Lunch only): 11:00 to 15:00
Closed: Thursday&Sunday(will close on Sundays from march, 2017)
2 TAPAS MOLECULAR BAR (Tokyo)
In the TAPAS MOLECULAR BAR, on 38th floor of MANDARIN ORIENTAL TOKYO, talented chefs cook bite-sized dishes right before you by molecular gastronomy. Only 8 seats are provided each time (18:00 and 20:30), and you need to reserve in advance.
Specialty: Gastoronomic dishes
Address: 38F 2–1–1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103–8328
Nearest Station: 2 minutes walk from Mitsukoshi-mae station/Exit: A7,A8 (Tokyo Metro Ginza line/Tokyo Metro Hanzomon line)
Search this word “TAPAS MOLECULAR BAR”on Google Map
Hours (Lunch): 13:00- (Saturday and Sunday only)
Hours (Dinner): 18:00- or 20:30- (everyday)
3 HAFUU (Kyoto)
This restaurant was open as a butcher shop, so it has handled high quality beef which is relatively unexpensive. Apart from the delicious beef, the atmospher of the hidden restaurant is good: modern but nostalgic Japanese-style.
Specialty: Wagyu Beef Sirloin Steak and Fried Beef
Address: 471–1 Sasaya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-city
Nearest Station: 10 minutes walk from Marutamachi station/Exit: East (Karasuma line)
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Hours (Lunch): 11:30 to 13:30
Hours (Dinner): 17:30 to 21:30
4 HEIANRAKU (Takayama)
It is popular for budget and tasty foods of course. You can have Japanese-style Chinese dishes such as Gyoza (dumpling), fried rice, fried chicken and so on. They can be called Chinese-Japanese fusion food. The staff friendly communicate with you even though you can’t speak Japanese. Vegetarian can enjoy this restaurant, especially the potato is fresh and tasty.
Specialty: Gyoza and Potato
Address: 6–7–2 Tenmanmachi, Takayama-city, Gifu
Nearest Station: 3 minutes walk from Takayama station/Exit: East (JR Takayama Main line)
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Hours (Lunch): 11:30to 13:00
Hours (Dinner): 17:00 to 21:00
5 Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M (Osaka)
There are several chain restaurants around Osaka area. They provide the Matsusaka Beef, which is one of the 3 Major Wagyu Beef. You can enjoy the top-level beef with Yakiniku style.
Specialty: Matsusaka Beef Premium Course
Address: 1–1–19 Namba, Chuo-ku,Osaka-city, 542–0076
Nearest Station: 5 minutes walk from Namba station/Exit: 14, 16 (Midosuji line)
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Hours (Lunch): 12:00 to 15:00 (Weekends and Holidays only)
Hours (Dinner only): 17:00 to 24:00 (everyday)
6 SUSHI BAR YASUDA (Tokyo)
The chef Yasuda provides fresh, seasonal fish according to your taste. And he kindly accept visitors from abroad and communication with them. Additionally, the master makes a video introducing how to eat Sushi for them.
Specialty: YASUDA style Omakase
Address: Minami-aoyama426 Building B1F, 4–2–6 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: 10 minutes walk from Gaienmae station/Exit: 1A (Tokyo Metro Ginza line)
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Hours (Dinner only): 18:00 to 21:00 (Last order: 22:30)
Closed: Sundays and Mondays
7 GINZA KYUBEY (Tokyo)
There are 7 Kyubey stores in Tokyo and Osaka, and the main restaurant is located in Ginza. Quality fish are cut and formed into one-bited Sushi just in front of you by sushi chefs with their professional techniques. You should have fancy and authentic sushi now that you are in Japan! If you worry about your budget, you can reasonably have the same quality in lunch time.
Specialty: SUSHI KAISEKI
Address: 8chome-7–6, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104–0061
Nearest Station: 5 minutes walk from Shinbashi station/Exit: 3rd exit(Tokyo Metro Ginza line) or Exit: Ginzaguchi (JR Yamanote line)
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Hours (Lunch): 11:30 to 14:00
Hours (Dinner): 17:00 to 22:00
Closed: Sundays and Holidays
8 Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511 (Tokyo)
Kobe beef is also a part of 3 Major Wagyu Beef and has been looked on as the King of Wagyu Beef. The finest quality beef is provided in various ways such as steak, Sushi and Shabu Shabu.
Specialty: Complete Kobe beef course
Address: B1, Dear Plaza Akasaka, Akasaka 4–3–28, Minato Ward, Tokyo 107–0052
Nearest Station: 4 minutes walk from Akasaka station/Exit: 1st exit (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda line)
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Hours (Lunch): 11:30 to 14:30
Hours (Dinner): 18:00 to 23:00
Closed: Sundays and Holidays
9 Okonomiyaki KIJI Umeda Skybuilding (Osaka)
Okonomiyaki is a typical local food in Osaka area and must-eat for Osaka visitors. KIJI is well-known for its tasty foods of course, and it is difficult to have the same Okonomiyaki in Tokyo. Enjoy it on hot griddle to keep warm and drink beers!!
Specialty: Modan Yaki
Address: Umeda Sky Building B1F, 1–1–90, Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka
Nearest Station: 9 minutes walk from Osaka station/Exit: Central-north exit(JR Tokaido-sanyo line)
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Hours: 11:30 to 21:30
10 ICHIRAN Shibuya (Tokyo)
Ichiran was firstly established in Fukuoka prefecture and it has 59 chain stores now. Due to the birthplace, its main menu is Tonkotsu Ramen which is with pork bone broth. You will never regret as long as you have Ramen there.
Specialty: Classic Tonkotsu Ramen
Address: Iwamoto Building B1F 1–22–7 Jinnan Sibuya-ku Tokyo-to 150–0041
Nearest Station: 3 minutes walk from Shibuya station/Exit: Hachiko exit(JR Yamanote line etc)
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Hours (Lunch): 24 hours (everyday)
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