Excerpt: Jinbocho's Hinomoto Beer Parlor also has a strong emphasis on sake, plus an excellent menu of Japanese food to go with it — just right for an after-work evening of sipping and nibbling.

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.

Review excerpt: Shibuya's Hiyori serves nihonshu and Italian wines alongside its signature oden.

Review excerpt: All the classic unagi dishes at Kurocyodo are offered, from simple unagi donburi rice bowls to unajū (served on rice in lacquerware boxes), and even cooked in donabe claypots or as shabu-shabu.

Review excerpt: At Tokyo's Sio, owner-chef Shusaku Toba is integrating strands into a cuisine that blends French and Italian with plenty of Japanese and other influences.

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: Harajuku's World Breakfast Allday’s aim has been to introduce the cuisines and cultures of countries that are less well-known in Japan. It might be Vietnam, South Africa or Israel, perhaps even somewhere in the Balkans.

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