One of Tokyo's most interesting traditional festival has to be the Sanja Matsuri. It is held annually in May on the grounds of the Sensoji Temple. You'll see beautiful ornated floats, geishas, and even shirtless yakuzas.
'Nezu Nihonshu Tada' is an izakaya that is totally focused on serving the most delicious nihonshu (sake) they can find. It's an izakaya, yet they serve course meals that are designed to pair perfectly with various sakes. The restaurant was good enough to be listed in the Michelin Guide as a Bib Gourmand Restaurant and shouldn't be missed if you're a true sake fan!
'Tomita' is perhaps the most highly-regarded ramen shop in all of Japan, having been crowned Tokyo's best ramen shop by TRY (Tokyo Ramen of the Year) 4 times! The original location is in neighboring Chiba prefecture, but as of 2019, a new location was opened in the middle of Tokyo at Tokyo Station! If you're curious to try this legendary tsukemen, it's now easier than ever!
There are lots of cheap and delicious food options in Ikebukuro. Here are some of our picks. Most of them are just ¥1,000 or less and we've included several genres.
In June of 2019, a parfait-specialty store called 'Momobukuro' opened in Tokyo's Ikebukuro. The most popular item here is an intricate sunflower-themed parfait that is both beautiful and delicious. Luckily, the store is open until midnight or later, which makes it the perfect place to get a midnight snack after a night of play in Ikebukuro.
In the midst of the great tapioca craze of 2019, Fuji Soba, a chain soba restaurant began offering a 'Tapioca Tsukedon' (pickled tapioca rice bowl) which has been creating a bit of a stir on SNS. Check it out:
Asakusa is an old Tokyo neighborhood that is filled with great restaurants. If you're looking to save some yen while eating a completely delicious meal, check out this list of our recommendations. The genre of food is included in the title. Enjoy!
Tokyo has three Michelin 3-Star sushi restaurants. Sukiyabashi Jiro is unquestionably the most famous, thanks to the movie 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi,' but how does his sushi compare to the other 3-star restaurants?
'Tateo Namikaze' is a ramen shop near Tokyo's Nishi Waseda Station that serves one of the heaviest bowls of ramen in the city, with a thick miso soup laced with pork fat and piled with chunks of deep-fried pork. You might regret it when you're finished, but it's definitely worth trying at least once!
We went to try out famous Fruit Parlor Kajitsuen's breakfast fruit sandwich set in Shinjuku, and it did not disappoint! The sandwiches are packed with cream and succulent fresh fruits and the set comes with coffee too. Here's what it looks like!
Toriki is one of just a handful of yakitori restaurants in Tokyo to have earned a Michelin Star, quite a feat for a place specializing in cuisine as seemingly simple as grilled chicken skewers. Yakitori is typically consumed as a cheap accompaniment to drinks at an izakaya, but here it's taken to the next level.