Restaurants in Japan(2015)

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Kani Kato Asakusa

A veteran kappo chef whips the freshest crabs from Hokkaido, Fukui and Ishikawa Prefectures into stunning course menu spreads that let diners relish the textures, flavors and colors of the season through the avenue of fresh-caught seafood.
Dinner: ¥38,000-65,000
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Makiyaki Ginza Onodera

Michelin-starred French restaurant with touches of Basque cuisine, where the smoky fragrance from their signature wood-fired grill welcomes visitors.
Lunch: ¥10,000-40,000
Dinner: ¥10,000-40,000
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Funaokayama Shimizu

These Michelin-starred kaiseki course menus feature the best ingredients from Japan, but the rice is the real star. Made with Kyoto groundwater from Daitokuji Temple, it is fluffy, fragrant and cooked to perfection in an earthenware pot.
Dinner: ¥13,000-35,000
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Shojin Ryori Daigo

Sample the all-natural, meat-free cuisine of historic Japanese Buddhism at this Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo.
Lunch: ¥15,000-20,000
Dinner: ¥25,000-40,000
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Nishiazabu Sushi Shin

Chef Shintaro Suzuki’s attention to detail in his traditional Edomae sushi made his restaurant one of the first in history to receive a Michelin star. See for yourself why his sushi is a cut above the rest.
Lunch: ¥20,000-40,000
Dinner: ¥20,000-40,000
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HOMMAGE

Chef Arai Noboru brings unpretentious French cuisine — and two Michelin Stars — back to his hometown of Asakusa, where he pays homage to his teachers and his suppliers by delighting guests with a no-frills approach.
Lunch: ¥18,000-40,000
Dinner: ¥35,000-60,000
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Hiroo Ishizaka

Located in the upscale neighborhood of Hiroo, Tokyo, Hiroo Ishizaka emerges as a gastronomic sanctuary for sushi enthusiasts.
Dinner: ¥36,000-39,999
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Noguchi Tsunagu

Notorious for being nearly impossible to book, the two-Michelin-starred Kyotenjin Noguchi has since opened a sister store in Noguchi Tsunagu, offering the same critically-acclaimed cuisine and stellar quality.
Dinner: ¥15,000-20,000
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MAZ

Integrating Peru’s rich biodiversity into the creation of every dish, this Michelin-starred restaurant frames its courses on the theme of altitude, taking guests higher and higher on an unforgettable gastronomic journey with every bite.
Dinner: ¥35,000-50,000
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Udatsu Sushi

Savor the taste of Tokyo’s freshest seafood with a traditional omakase course at Udatsu Sushi, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Meguro.
Lunch: ¥10,000-14,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Crony

Master chef and sommelier duo Michihiro Haruta and Kazutaka Ozawa invite their guests to become “cronies” at their Motoazabu restaurant, engaging in conversations about sustainability over Michelin-starred French cuisine.
Dinner: ¥28,000-40,000
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Oniku Karyu

Chef Haruka Katayanagi delights guests with A4- and A5-grade kuroge wagyu made into exquisite course menus at his Michelin-starred restaurant Ginza Oniku Karyu.
Dinner: ¥42,000-51,000
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Imayoshi

The oldest sushi restaurant in Otemachi, Tokyo — get a taste of true sushi tradition.
Lunch: ¥25,000-30,000
Dinner: ¥25,000-30,000
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Tempura Ono

Bite into a personalized set of scrumptious, high-quality tempura made from fresh vegetables and seafood!
Lunch: ¥15,000-35,000
Dinner: ¥15,000-35,000
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Genpin Ginza 1-chome

Starting out as a humble shop in Fujiidera, Osaka, this tora-fugu specialist restaurant now has over 70 branches scattered all across Japan. Every day, its chefs transform this famously poisonous fish into delectable dishes like tecchiri hotpot.
Dinner: ¥20,000-25,000
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Nishiazabu Kamikura

After spending almost a decade honing his skills at legendary Ginza establishment Kyubey, Head Chef Takashi Kamikura’s meticulous attention to detail shines through at his own sushi restaurant in Nishiazabu.
Dinner: ¥25,000-30,000
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Yamagata San-Dan-Delo

Run by a Japanese chef who trained in northern Italy, Yamagata San-Dan-Delo marries the dishes and techniques of Italian cuisine with the bountiful vegetables and seafood of Yamagata prefecture.
Lunch: ¥5,000-25,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-25,000
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Den

Home-style cooking meets Michelin-worthy gastronomic flare right in the very heart of Tokyo.
Lunch: ¥30,000-39,999
Dinner: ¥30,000-39,999
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Tempura Kondo

Dine at one of the world's most popular tempura restaurants, where famous people have vied for a seat at the counter.
Lunch: ¥8,000-9,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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Godan Miyazawa

Learn a thing or two about Japanese history during an innovative omakase course dinner.
Lunch: ¥6,000-7,999
Dinner: ¥20,000-29,999
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nôl

Step into the world of culinary innovation at nôl, a Michelin award-winning French eatery that redefines gastronomy with each exquisitely crafted dish.
Dinner: ¥20,000-30,000
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Miyasaka

This Michelin-starred Japanese gem stands as a testament to the artistry and precision of Japanese cuisine, capturing the essence of seasons in each delicate dish.
Lunch: ¥20,000-30,000
Dinner: ¥35,000-50,000
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Nishiazabu Noguchi

Chef Shotaro Noguchi’s devotion to kaiseki is shown here at Nishiazabu Noguchi, where he pays homage to his extensive training in Japanese cuisine by adding his own unique touches — a culinary approach that has earned him a Michelin star.
Dinner: ¥20,000-30,000
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Mutsukari

This Michelin-starred gastronomic haven seamlessly crafts the pinnacle of traditional Kaiseki cuisine, creating an atmosphere that mirrors the sophistication of its upscale surroundings.
Dinner: ¥20,000-30,000
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Koshikiryori Koki

Koshikiryori Koki offers traditional Hong Kong dishes using locally-grown Japanese produce. From shark fin noodle soup to the store’s specialty crispy chicken, enjoy an international, one-of-a-kind omakase course of the highest quality.
Dinner: ¥25,000-30,000
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Piao-Xiang

Enjoy fiery Sichuan Chinese cuisine with its various spices and cooking techniques. The Michelin-starred Piao-Xiang mixes high-quality Japanese ingredients with Sichuan cuisine’s signature chili and spices to create exciting course meals.
Dinner: ¥25,000-30,000
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Metis Roppongi

Get acquainted with Roppongi’s fusion cuisine scene with Metis Roppongi, blending Japanese cuisine with French techniques in the spirit of “wakon-yosai”. Enjoy an original omakase course with unique twists on Japanese and French cuisine.
Dinner: ¥20,000-25,000
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Nihonryori Ichirin

Nihonryori Ichirin employs fresh Japanese produce to create omakase courses that fully represent the country’s beautiful seasons. These dishes are flavorful and paired perfectly with seasonal sake or tea, offering an unforgettable dining experience.
Lunch: ¥10,000-15,000
Dinner: ¥25,000-30,000
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We enjoyed the food and the service
elsa law
February 23, 2024
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BEIGE ALAIN DUCASSE TOKYO
Restaurant in Tokyo
Ginza Ugai is indeed a culinary gem, offering an unforgettable dining experience. From the moment of seating, I was immediately impressed by the staff's attentiveness. Despite English not being their first language, each member exhibited deep knowledge and genuine passion for the dishes they served. The menu at Ginza Ugai features a diverse array of dishes, ranging from classic comfort foods to inventive culinary creations. What's particularly noteworthy is the Chef's penchant for regularly introducing new items, keeping the dining experience fresh and exciting. My overall experience at Ginza Ugai was truly exceptional. The combination of exquisite food and impeccable service showcased a commitment to excellence and attention to detail. Whether you're marking a special occasion or simply seeking a memorable meal, Ginza Ugai is certain to surpass your expectations.
Zachary Creech
February 19, 2024
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Ginza Ugai
Restaurant in Tokyo
A simply stunning meal, delivered in a simple and welcoming space. Particularly enjoyed the descriptions and kindness shown by staff.
Christina Carrigan
February 17, 2024
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Godan Miyazawa
Restaurant in Kyoto
We had an exquisite time at this restaurant. We were lucky enough to be the only guests for lunch. The chef and the team were very welcoming and despite limited English skills, we received very good recommendations for the drink to match our meal. It was our first sushi master experience and we are very grateful for it. The sushis were absolutely amazing. I can say with confidence that these were the best sushis of my life. If you want a calm and authentic experience, I definitely recommend Sushi Tenkawa. We really liked the starters before the nigiri. Once again, thank you to the chef and his brigade for this wonderful omakase.
Adelie Mollimard
February 13, 2024
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Sushi Tenkawa
Restaurant in Tokyo
Impressive dining experience!
Winona WIDARTO
February 10, 2024
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Oryori Hatano
Restaurant in Oita
Frequently Asked Questions

How to reserve restaurants in Japan?

You can make a reservation at a restaurant in Japan by direct phone call to the restaurant, or in some cases via direct reservation on their website if available. There also are some online reservation platforms but they are often in Japanese, like the restaurant’s website. To avoid the issue of language barriers and time differences, you can place your reservation through a secure platform that helps foreigners to make online reservations, such as byFood. You can use byFood to add filters and narrow down restaurants in Japan, to match the location and food type you are looking for. All you have to do is head to your desired restaurant page and enter your reservation details. If your reservation is successful, you will receive an email confirmation and have your reservation made on your behalf. In the event that the reservation was not successful, you will receive a failed reservation email notification.

Is a reservation required for restaurants in Japan?

Not all restaurants in Japan require a reservation but there are many that do, so this depends on the restaurant. Popular or high-end restaurants generally require a reservation and tend to be totally booked a few months ahead. Some more casual restaurants, bars, and cafes do not require a booking, however if you are with a big group it can be a good idea. Some restaurants like ramen restaurants and izakaya gastropubs do not allow reservations ahead of time.

What is the average cost of a meal at restaurants in Japan?

This depends on the type of restaurant but on average a meal at restaurants in Japan will cost somewhere between 800 yen and 3000 yen for one dish or set meal. More high-class restaurants can start from anywhere between 4000 and 10,000 yen per meal, with more being charged for dinner.

Best Restaurants in Japan

From fresh sushi to crispy tempura, Japan’s diverse restaurant scene excites visitors and locals alike with hundreds of thousands of high-quality Japanese restaurants. Beckoning with drool-worthy plastic replicas in their windows, both contemporary and traditional restaurants offer unique flavors and atmospheres. Enter any restaurant in Japan and immediately be welcomed with a hearty “irasshaimase!”

Many Japanese restaurants focus on one signature dish, like Japanese curry restaurants, ramen shops, or speciality restaurants selling yakitori grilled chicken skewers. Restaurants steam with DIY shabu-shabu hotpots while grill-it-yourself teppanyaki hotplate restaurants sizzle! Find tiny family-owned ramen shops hidden in the backstreets of Kyoto, and yatai street food stalls bustling in alleys of Fukuoka. And let’s not forget, Tokyo alone boasts the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world!

Throughout the country, fine dining restaurants serving exquisite kaiseki banquets contrast cheap “shokudo” cafeterias meals for salarymen on-the-go. You can order dinner directly from a tablet or even a vending machine, or choose your own sushi pieces trundling past on the belt of a sushi train. Nibble on small plates as you drink up during an izakaya dining experience, seated on tatami flooring and cheersing “kampai!” with the locals. There are so many exciting Japan restaurant options with different foods and local cuisines to try, so don’t waste a moment of your trip looking for a restaurant! Reserve ahead of time at some of the best restaurants in Japan with byFood and secure some of the country’s best cuisine for your taste buds. Don't forget to say, “gochisosama deshita” when you leave any Japan restaurant, meaning “thank you for the meal!”