Review excerpt: Breakfast at Lorimer is the best Japanese-style breakfast in Kyoto. Then, in the afternoon after Lorimer empties out, the spaces doubles as a cooking school.

Review excerpt: Tokyo's Raku serves a longer, skinnier Kobe variant of dumpling, each just a single bite with more golden-fried wrapper than filling.

Review excerpt: More than just a grocery store, Akomeya is a treasured source of foodstuffs and cookware from around the country. It also has a superb little restaurant.

Review excerpt: At Aozora Blue, chef Hirofumi Matsui draws on his soba-making experiences to offer an exquisite, handmade udon noodle in an elevated setting.

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