I am heading to Tokyo next year; haven’t been since 2014. I’ll be there for 5 days and 5 nights, followed by a split of 5 days and nights between Kyoto and Osaka. Would love to get any recommendations from folks.
On the sushi side, last time I went I did the fancy sushi thing, and while I enjoyed it, I was often a little underwhelmed in the end. So I plan to do just one omakase sushi dinner and blow it out. In that regard, would love to get people’s thoughts on where to do that now. I’ve been to Kyubey, Jiro, and Yoshitake. Oddly liked Kyubey the most of those when I went, and am considering a return visit. I’ve also learned that Sawada no longer takes reservations from foreigners, even through hotels, so that is a bit disappointing.
I would really love some recommendation for fun, excellent izakayas. I think for at least two of the dinners we’d like to have a wide array of skewers and cooked dishes along with great sake and beer, in a lively environment.
On the noodle front–I will return to Rokourinsha, which I loved, and also have Fuunji on my list. Would love any soba or udon recs.
Finally, open to any and all recommendations in Kyoto. We are doing one night at a very nice ryokan that does a kaiseki dinner, so I don’t think we need another meal like that, but again open to all.