Review excerpt: Located on the seventh floor of a swish, modern building looking out over the Ginza rooftops, Imari Roaji is the big-city branch of an equally sleek, contemporary restaurant based in Imari, Saga Prefecture, in the far west of Japan.
Review excerpt: Kokushu Sakaba seems incongruous among the scuffed, old-school drinking holes that are Oimachi’s calling card.
Review excerpt: Morimoto will offer diners the “Morimoto experience”: staff that are at ease when dealing with an international clientele and can speak Japanese and English — as well as other languages — and a menu that’s flexible and modern.
Review excerpt: Chef Taka Nishimura’s lively, homey and cozy tachinomiya (standing bar), Yanagi Koji Taka, in central Kyoto is crowded into an alleyway that’s only as wide as a vending machine.
Review excerpt: Wakon is the first offshoot in Tokyo of Sushi Masuda, whose chef, Rei Masuda, trained for nine years under legendary sushi master Jiro Ono — the eponymous star of that documentary.
Review excerpt: The specialty here is craft shōchū, from small companies that follow traditional methods of brewing and distilling.
Review excerpt: Takumi Shiraishi owns three lively craft beer pubs across Kyoto, including Beer Pub Takumiya, where he encourages customers to commune over a good pint and plates of locally grown food.
Review excerpt: Although Tokyo has one of the best restaurant scenes in the world, sometimes you’d rather eschew the high-end and complex for simple, nourishing dishes, the kind you’ll find at Tiny Peace Kitchen.
Review excerpt: Chef Akihiro Seto makes the most fragrant and punchy Japanese curry at Kyoto's Taiyo, dressed with a soaring combination of vegetables and delivering a symphony of taste.
Review excerpt: Tokyo's Aoyama Kawakami-an serves soba noodles by day but adds wine, wagyu and sometimes even a DJ.
Review excerpt: The noodles and clear broth are what set Ginzasa apart from other ramen shops in Tokyo.
Review excerpt: Shibuya's Utsura Utsura is a welcoming little izakaya tavern that has the warm feel of a local watering hole.
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