Information about things to do in Japan, restaurants, films, destinations and more.
Review excerpt: Rakushin — the austere Michelin-starred kaiseki restaurant that opened in 2018 — chef Katayama’s saba-zushi is a perfect balance of salt, vinegar and rice.
Review excerpt: Kurasuno is a small izakaya bar-restaurant near Taisho Station on the Osaka Loop Line and beloved neighborhood treasure in the hearts and minds of residents since it opened in 1949.
Review excerpt: Calayer has become a popular destination for heavy metal fans and musicians in Kansai. Where else can you enjoy a meal and a cold beer while listening to Slayer in the background?
Review excerpt: Although there are a handful of good burrito joints in the Kansai region, Kyoto's Que Pasa ranks near the top of any list of restaurants serving up good Mexican food.
Review excerpt: Sato no Ie Hanase is a kaiseki (multicourse) restaurant in Osaka’s white-collar neighborhood of Honmachi.
Review excerpt: Hasao Tanaka, at Osaka Hanten, charges only ¥200 for a bowl of ramen, but knows it has to be of the highest quality, otherwise his customers would never come back for a second serving.
Review excerpt: Kyoto's Pop! Pizza has awesome pizza, beer, movies and music.
Review excerpt: A Peu Pres has a whimsical easygoing charm. And chef Mizuho Takemura’s take on French food is wholesome, without fanfare or drama.
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