Integral to Tokyo food and drink is depth of flavour, impeccable presentation, and attention to detail. Whether it’s shabu-shabu (hotpot dish) or sukiyaki (slices of beef cooked in broth), the finest of ingredients will be selected for you.
Eat noodles at a stand-and-eat restaurant, buy bento from a convenience store, or peruse the city’s depachika (department store food floors) for a variety of cheap, delicious food. In Tokyo, you’re never far away from a great place to eat.
Fantastic Tokyo restaurants can be found in all wards of the city. Some precincts have Michelin-starred restaurants and others have tight alleyways filled with generous, cheap eats. Try Japan’s take on French and Italian food in Roppongi, pick and choose sushi from a conveyer belt in Shinjuku, indulge at Ginza’s upscale sushi restaurants, or try traditional cuisine at one of Ueno or Asakusa’s century-old restaurants. Remember too, that many of Tokyo’s best restaurants, specifically ramen restaurants, are found in the city’s train stations.
A unique way to experience Japanese cuisine is to sample Tokyo street food. Takoyaki (grilled octopus dumplings) and a variety of seafood dishes are available at food markets. Be sure to find time to visit Tsukiji Fish Market, the biggest fish market in the world. At the start of every day, tonnes of seafood is traded here. In the outer market area, sample fresh food and admire the hundreds of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, meat, and flowers.
The people of Tokyo are renowned for working hard and playing even harder. Make your way to Shinjuku to get among Tokyo bars and nightlife and experience the locals letting loose. Here, every night of the week, you’ll find people drinking and singing karaoke. For something a little different and uniquely Japanese, sip sake at a traditional izakaya (a gastropub with wooden counters) or sample snacks and various types of beer at the Museum of Yebisu Beer.