Hand-Picked Eats & Sights in Tokyo

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My latest Japanese food guides:

TokyoSpark Wagyu/Japanese Beef Guide

The Last Guide to Japanese Wagyu Beef You'll Ever Need

Wagyu is the stuff of legends. Magnificent, purebred, meticulously raised Japanese beef.
Sushi in Tokyo

The Incredible Price of Sushi in Tokyo: High and Low

You’ve probably heard Tokyo is super expensive. And you’re right, it sure can be. Sushi in Tokyo can either be incredibly expensive, or remarkably cheap.
what is sushi

What Is Sushi? At Least 12 Awesome Things You Didn't Know

Sushi doesn’t mean raw fish like you probably imagine anytime you hear the word. That sushi chef in white with that cool hat masterfully crafting the perfect piece of sushi.
Where to Eat Ramen in Shinjuku

Where to Eat Ramen in Shinjuku; 7 Remarkable Ramen Shops to Discover

I often get asked where the “best” places to eat ramen in Tokyo are. This question is impossible to answer because the best is different for everyone.
Soba Noodles

What are Soba Noodles? Japan's Traditional Noodle Dish

What if I told you there is a noodle dish in Japan that is probably one of the healthiest, but more unknown noodle dishes in the world?
Shabu-shabu

The Complete Guide to Shabu-Shabu: Yes, Delicious Boiled Meat

What is shabu-shabu? A hot pot dish where you swish very thinly sliced meat in near boiling hot broth -- instantly cooking the meat while you swish it around.

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My recent dining recommendations:

Yoroniku yakiniku Tokyo Japan

Yoroniku: When You Just Have To Have the Best Yakiniku There Is

Yoroniku is an award-winning A5 wagyu yakiniku restaurant with a pure focus on impeccable atmosphere and unbelievable Japanese BBQ flavor.
kitakata bannai ramen, Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Kitakata Bannai: A Meat Lover's Dream Bowl of Ramen

Kitakata Bannai is a tonkotsu ramen chain specializing in thick noodle ramen topped with yakibuta chashu in clear soup and a surprisingly deep, hearty flavor.
Imafuku, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

Imafuku: A5 Wagyu Shabu-Shabu & Sukiyaki Absolute Perfection

Imafuku is a Michelin-starred wagyu shabu-shabu and sukiyaki restaurant specializing in top-notch quality dining in Minato, Tokyo.
Sumibi Yakiniku Nakahara, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Sumibiyaki Yakiniku Nakahara: A5 Wagyu Grilled to Perfection

Sumibiyaki Yakiniku Nakahara is a top-end A5 wagyu yakiniku restaurant specializing in perfecting the yakiniku grilling experience in Chiyoda.
Ushisuke Yakiniku Tokyo Japan

Ushisuke: A Yakiniku Restaurant Even Your Dog Can Enjoy With You

Ushisuke is a yakiniku restaurant with multiple locations in Tokyo, where -- yes -- you can actually bring your pet dogs along to enjoy delicious grilled meat.
Torisoba Kotobuki, Ikebukuro, Tokyo

Torisoba Kotobuki: Yes, Lemon Ramen is Actually a Real Thing

Torisoba Kotobuki is a unique ramen shop in Ikebukuro with a zingy twist on the menu: ramen made with loads of citrusy lemon.

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