Local specialitiesPage: 1/23
Hibiya is a neighborhood in Tokyo known for its cinemas and theaters. In March of 2018, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya opened and I visited a Shanghaiese restaurant called Raika in this building. There are also Raika branches in Tokyo's Shinjuku Gyoen and Aoyama. All three locations are so popular that it's hard to get in without a reservation.
In Yamanashi Prefecture, there are 7 branches of a well-known sweets shop called "Say Gets".
At Say Gets, the sweets are not mass-produced. Instead, everything is made by hand with specially selected ingredients.
I'd like to tell you about what I ate there, a sweet called "Koshu Ichiryo Monaka".
In business for over 120 years, “Tsukiji Miyagawa Honten” is famous for its historic unagi (eel). This is the main location for the “Miyagawa” restaurants scattered across Japan. This is where I decided to enjoy a somewhat luxurious unagi lunch.
“Tomato no Sato Shinanoji” in Osaka is an unusual tomato ramen specialty restaurant.
The prices are a bit high, but the ingredients used are of great quality thanks to the craftsman-spirited owner. Other restaurants sell tomato ramen as well, but this restaurant is known as the pioneer of the dish and has many fans.
I’ve visited here before, but I remembered how much I loved the taste and came back!
「Menya An」specializes in Ramen and Okinawa style soba.
In a narrow alley in Ginza, there is a ramen restaurant called Kazami.
Here, you can try eating an unusual ramen soup made with sake kasu.
After opening in 2016, this place has become so popular that their ramen has been sold as a flavor of "cup noodles".
Jimi Kogetsu: Authentic Japanese cuisine so good there's a 2-year wait for a lunch reservation!Read Later
Yes, you read that right. You’ll have to book your lunch 2 years in advance here. And when I arrived, the restaurant was at full capacity with people who had done just that.
Ramen Hayato is a tremendously popular ramen shop in Osaka. It was also featured in the 2016 Michelin Guide Osaka’s “Bib Gourmand” section. Bib Gourmand is the name of a section of the guide that recommends high-quality foods at reasonable prices, for people who want to get more bang for their buck.