Review excerpt: If you’ve just dropped by Siam Shokudo for a Singha or two, there’s a good selection of light starters, including freshly made spring rolls with extra coriander, in deference to Japan’s current infatuation with the fragrant green herb. If you’re having dinner, ...

This old-school unagi (eel) specialist stands in the heart of Ueno Park, just steps from the zoo and the historic Toshogu Shrine, surrounded by a sea of sakura (cherry blossoms). That’s the view from the upstairs dining room, if you are lucky (or patient) ...

With a basic, no-frills vibe, Anhdra Kitchen is a great place to grab lunch. The set course for ¥1,290 gets you two curries as well as a vegetable poriyaru (stir-fry), a side of rasam, chapati, rice, poppadum and pickles, and a glass of lassi, all ...

Once a tradesman’s store, this two-story timber-frame house has had new life breathed into it, reincarnated as an izakaya tavern. Unlike its neighbors, many of which offer boisterous carousing and entertainments of a rather more dubious nature, Tamayura is quiet, wholesome and entirely welcoming.

At Kamachiku the excellent noodles are prepared fresh each day, rolled out and cut by hand in the age-old way, and brought to the table with absolutely no nonsense or pretension. That’s the way they do it in Osaka, the udon heartland, where Kamachiku ...

Innsyoutei (pronounced “Inshotei,” which means “Rhyme of the Pine Cottage”) has to be one of the most picturesque dining spots in Tokyo in any season. When the trees are covered with clouds of blossom, it is outstanding. And so are the lines by the ...

Unlike the sake list, the food menu has evolved over the years, blending basic izakaya staples with numerous touches of creative flair.

The oldest zoo in Japan, Ueno Zoo (also known as Ueno Zoological Gardens) was founded in 1882 and built on what was once part of the Imperial estate. It now covers 35.2 acres of land, houses more than 2,600 animals of 464 different species, ...

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