The capital of Japan has more Michelin stars than any other city in the world. With a total of 234 stars in 2017, there’s no shortage of incredible Japanese flavors to sample and unique dishes to feast on. From the contentious pufferfish to omakase sushi and Tokyo-style ramen, this city’s fare will wow your taste buds in ways you never knew possible. Book a table at any of these top Tokyo restaurants to see for yourself.
East meets West at this seafood fusion spot in Shibuya. Fresh seafood is sourced daily from Sagami Bay and prepared in a variety of ways. Choose from sashimi, sizzling hot plates, stir-fried noodles, and much more. Make a reservation at Kaikaya.
Shinsen Kappo Sanoya
Book in advance to score one of just eight seats at this elegant Shibuya restaurant. The tasting menu is made up of seasonal, local ingredients for 64 USD. There is also an optional sake pairing for each course. Make a reservation Shinsen Kappo Sanoya.
Itamae Sushi Edo
Transport yourself 200 years back in time to the Edo period when sushi was invented. The restaurant’s classic decor is the perfect setting to don one of their kimonos to dinner; just ask. When ordering, pick an ingredient and a cooking method from the period. Make a reservation at Itamae Sushi Edo.
Kamon-Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Inside the famously chic Imperial Hotel is the crowd-pleasing style of cuisine known as Teppanyaki. Make a selection from a variety of fresh proteins and watch as it’s cooked in front of you with veggies and rice. The restaurant has just undergone a complete renovation to match its luxury hotel. Make a reservation at Kamon-Imperial Hotel Tokyo.
This tiny Michelin-starred omakase sushi house serves up some of the best in the city. The omakase offering features sashimi, grilled fish, 10 pieces of sushi, and miso soup; the sushi course includes 13 pieces of fresh sushi. Make a reservation at Sushi Fukumoto.
Come here to feast Kaiseki-style with a traditional, multi-course Japanese dinner. There are dozens of dishes to try, but this spot specializes in eel or unagi served over a bed of rice. Make a reservation at Akasaka Fukinuki.
TORAJI PARAM Shiodome
The incredible panoramic views of the Tokyo skyline are enough reason to book here. Pair that with thick cuts of high-quality meat served barbecue- or yakiniku-style and it’s a must-visit destination. Make a reservation at TORAJI PARAM Shiodome.
Zauo Fishing Restaurant Shinjuku
You can catch what you eat at this fun chain of seafood restaurants. There is no fishing for lunch unless you booked a full-course meal in advance. So cast your line out for dinner, see what you catch, and let the staff know how you’d like it prepared. Make a reservation at Zauro Fishing Restaurant Shinjuku.
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Katie Lockhart is a Brooklyn-based food and travel writer. When she’s not writing, she’s eating her way around the world and posting it all on her Instagram @findyourhappyplate and blog findyourhappyplate.co.