TOKYO – 2012 MARCH

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Japan twice so far (many more trips to come) and each visit has enhanced my appreciation and love for Japanese cuisine. In March I spent 5 days in Tokyo with my mom and little brother, touring the city in between meals.

These were my top 5 eats from this trip:

  1. Sushi Breakfast @ Tsukiji Fish Market5-2-1 Tsukiji
    • A must, fresh sushi from the market, long line-ups, arrive by 6am!
    • SushiDai and Daiwa Sushi are the most famous and well known with set meals, expect 2-3 hour line ups
    • There are many other options in the area if you don’t want to line up
    • Try the uni, best I’ve ever tasted
  2. Ramen @ Mutekiya Ramen1-17-1 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima
    • Rich, fatty broth, abundance of toppings
    • Small store, customers seated in batches, also be prepared to wait
  3. Takoyaki @ Street Vendor: Near Meji Shrine
    • Freshly made, crispy outside and gooey centre
    • If your stomach can handle street food, the street vendors are a must try
  4. Tempura @ Aoi Marushin1-4-4 AsakusaTaito
    • The Asakusa area is known for Tempura
    • Aoi Marushin opened in 1946 and can seat large groups easily, which is harder to find in Tokyo and English friendly
    • Other options are Sansada, which has 150+ years of history (no English menu) or Tempura Daikokuya
  5. Cake and Tea @ Harbs3F, Yokohama Landmark Plaza 2-2-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-city
    • Dessert is a must in Tokyo, the giant parfaits you see in anime? All real