Ok, I’m going to say this right now: Tokyo is easily one of the best food cities in the world. In the several days I spent there, I did not eat anything that wasn’t really good, from Japanese food to other cuisines. You really can’t go wrong, but here is a brief guide to how to really go right.

1. Eat sushi

I feel like this one is pretty obvious, but just in case it isn’t, I have to put it out there. Before coming to Tokyo, I had eaten a lot of sushi, much of which I thought was really good. However, the sushi here is head and shoulders above. Try a small local place near your hotel, or splurge for a Michelin star meal: either way, you will marvel at the quality of the fish you eat. (The cover photo is the toro from Sushi Iwa: the best bite of fish I’ve ever had.)

The chef at Sushi Iwa in Ginza prepares the nigiri courses. Oh. My. Goodness.

2. Try something weird

There are some odd fusions of cuisine in Japan. Some of it will seem to you to be really weird. My advice? Try it anyway. You’d be surprised how much is actually good. An example, pictured below, from an Italian restaurant: spaghetti with sea urchin and salmon roe in a sauce made of olive oil and soy sauce. Scrumptious!

3. Splurge on a fancy meal

This one is optional, because it is so pricy, but there is something wonderful about a city with so many amazing Michelin starred restaurants. I encourage you to try one for the experience. I went to Nihonryori Ryugin, a three-star gem, and was treated to a meal of flavors I didn’t know existed, an upscale version of traditional Japanese fare. It ranks among the best meals of my life.

Wagyu beef, vegetables, ginkgo nuts, and tofu that you dip in an egg yolk. Delectable!

4. Wait in line for Nakiryu ramen

It opens at 11:30. Get in line before 11, as the place only seats 12 at a time. Place your order in the machine (cash only): tantanmen ramen with extra noodles. You’ll be rewarded with a bowl of mana from heaven, a spicy, salty, noodle-y, goodness that will forever change the understanding man has with a bowl of soup. The extra noodles come when you’ve finished your first set, to be dumped in and slurped up with the rest of the soup. I am not overselling this. Just trust me.

No matter where you eat – or what you eat – Tokyo will win a place in your heart and stomach. I look forward to hearing about your food adventures in this amazing city!

7 thoughts on “4 Tips to Eat Your Way Across Tokyo

  1. That sounds amazing. I can’t wait to go to Japan some day. It’s on my travel plan for 2028, which is WAY too far in the future. That is the year my youngest son graduates though and that will be his graduation trip. Thanks for posting about the delectable foods. I look forward to trying them all!

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