Kitayama is five stops on the subway from downtown Kyoto, but it might as well be a million miles away for the tourists who trudge around the city in search of Kyoto tropes: temples, shrines, teahouses and geishas who are more than likely tourists ...

Inakatei is a gem of an izakaya. Obansai (Kyoto home-style cooking) features heavily, but not exclusively, on the menu. And if it’s fish you’ve come in search of, then you won’t be left wanting.

In addition to being the capital’s longest running Israeli restaurant, Shamaim is also a fantastic deal: The all-you-can-eat dinner course is just ¥2,100 per person.

Run by a longtime Israeli expat and his wife, David’s Deli is part Israeli restaurant and part Jewish deli — the only place in town that serves hummus and p’tcha (calves’ foot jelly, full of collagen!), baba ganoush (mashed eggplant) and kasha varnishkes (buckwheat ...

The Israeli owner turns out tasty versions of such classics as falafel, hummus, baba ganoush and matbucha (stewed tomatoes and peppers), mixing imported seasonings with locally sourced veggies.

Tonino was set up by (and named for) a trained pizzaiolo of considerable skill from Ischia, in the Gulf of Naples. Although he has left now, his influence lingers in the quality of the pizzas.

This smart but self-effacing little Italian just a minute’s stroll from the park’s tranquil rear exit (on the opposite side from Harajuku Station) is a bit special. No ordinary neighborhood ristorante, it is one of the few in Tokyo to specialize in the hearty ...

The chefs at Tepparnya make good use of the teppan, the hot plate that dominates the kitchen counter, and so should you. We had a rump of tender beef steak served on a chopping board with Dijon mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper ...

Chankonabe is wedded to sumo in the same way as whiskey is to the Wild West and cowboys; they’re both fuel for fightin’. Terao Tsunefumi, the man behind this eponymous restaurant, is a well-respected sumo wrestler who had a career in the ring spanning ...

Saru calls itself a “fresh bistro.” That means comfortable, confident cuisine blending farmhouse French and trattoria Italian, based around quality ingredients all sourced from within Japan, especially from Nagano, the home prefecture of owner Nobuyuki Saruta.

It’s not just that owner-chef Shinichi Araki has a hotline to the best and freshest in nearby Tsukiji market. He understands exactly what’s at the peak of its season, and how to prepare it.

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