Tokyo and Yokohama
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If you're looking for sake, wine or specialty foods from Nagano Prefecture, you'll find an impressive selection here at this well-stocked antenna shop. There's a small bar area at the front of the shop where you can try local wines (from Y500 per glass) and sake (Y1000 for a three-glass tasting flight) along with sake-friendly snacks like miso-marinated cheese and horsemeat sashimi. .... [Continue reading]
This is the first Japan venture from a beloved LA-based fast-casual burger chain, and the burgers here live up to their stellar reputation. Properly juicy and packed with deep meaty flavor, they're made from Australian beef with a substantially higher fat content than your typical burger. Thinly sliced pickles are applied sparingly, providing good balance for the fat with their tangy.... [Continue reading]
Hearty German food and a roster of reaonably priced German-style draft beers are the draw at this popular German chain restaurant. The eight beers on tap are priced at Y650 and Y950 for small and large sizes, and include five of Schmatz's original beers plus brews from Bitburger, Erdinger and Sapporo (Edelpils). You can also opt for a tasting flight of three beers of your choice. The.... [Continue reading]
The decor is elegant and understated, and the 42nd-floor views of Tokyo Bay and Ginza are impressive, but we keep coming back to Washoku En for the excellent food. The kitchen turns out creative, seasonal Japanese cuisine, tending towards simply prepared dishes that showcase high-quality ingredients. There's a decent sake list, split between well-known breweries and more unusual labels,.... [Continue reading]
While fondue and raclette specialty restaurants are popping up all over Tokyo, Tensai takes a unique approach, supplementing those cheesy staples with unusual Japanese-influenced fare such as cheese tempura and cheese-based tofu dishes. The setting is comfortably casual, with mostly counter seating and a handful of small tables. At the heart of the menu is a big selection of both cheese.... [Continue reading]
With its wide selection of sake, its excellent otsumami snacks and its very affordable prices, Furumaiya is a great place for a quick drink or a more extended sake-tasting adventure, as long as you don't mind standing while you drink. Most bar customers purchase small-size (180ml) bottles from the retail section of the shop and then drink them in the standing-bar area, but there's also a.... [Continue reading]
Tokyo's premier Bhutanese restaurant offers an exciting menu of exotic dishes from the mountainous kingdom, most of them incorporating a hefty dose of chili peppers. The national dish of Bhutan is a chili-cheese stew called Ema Datshi, and the version here is simply fantastic. They serve a few different variations - plain, with potatoes or with seasonal vegetables - and the blackboard.... [Continue reading]
This relaxed dining bar offers a good selection of izakaya fare along with sake, shochu and wine in a comfortable and stylish setting. The sake list is small but well balanced, with around twenty small breweries from around the country represented. Tasting flights are priced at Y1400 for three relatively voluminous glasses, and are a good way to sample several different sake with your.... [Continue reading]
This popular neighborhood burger joint offers a number of spicy burger options, livened up with chili beans, jalapenos and home-made salsa. The chili bacon cheeseburger is fairly typical, bringing together a combination of distinctive flavors that work well together, with raw onions adding some bite and the chili providing a spicy kicker. The patty is firm and more well-done than average,.... [Continue reading]
Standing out from the ever-growing crowd of Tokyo cheese-specialty restaurants, Cheese Tavern Cascina takes a more sophisticated approach than average, supplementing the usual fondue and raclette dishes with creative starters that showcase their impressive cheese selection. The menu also features cheese-enhanced fresh pasta dishes and a serious main-dish section that focuses on.... [Continue reading]
The huge breakfast menu here (served all day long) covers everything from buttermilk waffles and brioche french toast to a hefty cornbread plate with chili con carne, smoked bacon, onion soup and cole slaw. The classic American breakfast (Y1700) comes with excellent home-made sausage and perfectly crisp hash-brown potatoes, paired with a nice mini mesclun salad to balance the fried.... [Continue reading]
With its well-assembled sake list, solid food menu and comfortable setting, Rakuan is a great evening destination for both sake lovers and sake novices. Around thirty craft sake breweries are represented, with multiple labels per brewery and a good number of limited-edition seasonal specials. The reasonably priced half-size 90ml glasses make it easy to put together your own tasting.... [Continue reading]
Best of Tokyo
More than 100 bars with good craft beers on tap
Tasting bars and izakaya with exceptional sake
Japan's most popular comfort food
Espresso, drip and siphon coffee shops
Our noodle-shop picks
Fondue, cheese platters and grilled-cheese sandwiches
Seasonal produce straight from the farm
Explore regional delicacies and sake without leaving the city
The best burger joints in town
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Craft Beer Bars Japan
The latest listings from our sister site Craft Beer Bars Japan.
Izakayas with great selections of both sake and craft beer aren't all that common in Tokyo, so Bakushuan is worth knowing about for that reason alone. But even without drinks, the excellent food stands on its own merits. ...
New opening - Beer Ma: Kanda
One of Tokyo's larger craft-beer retail shops, Beer Ma has expanded from their original locations in the Kita-Senju area with a spot in the heart of Kanda's craft-beer zone. The second-floor retail area offers a fairly...
New: Antenna America: Yokohama Sta.
Located inside the Isetan food court in Yokohama Station's Joinus department store, this combination bottle shop and bar offers an impressive selection of US craft beers by the bottle or can, to drink here or take home. ...
World Beer Museum: Yokohama Minato-mirai
This massive 200-seat bar-restaurant serves more than 200 beers from all over the world - including 19 beers on tap - along with an international food menu. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a classic Japanese beer hall,...
Spatzle serves modern German cuisine along with German wines and beers in a casual, stylish dining room. Their namesake spatzle egg noodles come in tempting variations like uni-cream sauce and cheese-cream sauce with black...
Eitai Brewing: Kayabacho
With its waterfront location looking out over the Sumida River, this brewpub's ten-seat second-floor terrace is an especially pleasant spot from which to watch the parade of passing boats when the weather is nice. The bar...
Where in Tokyo
Find fun things to do between meals, from our sister site Where In Tokyo.
Petit-Escalator, the shortest escalator in the world, is located in the basement of Kawasaki More's Department Store, across the street from Kawasaki JR station. Five steps and 83.4 centimeters in height, the escalator...
Kawasaki Warehouse: Kawasaki
Kowloon Walled City - once known as the most densely populated spot on earth - was a massive, extremely crowded Hong Kong housing settlement with more than 30,000 residents. Although the original complex was demolished in...
Police Museum: Tokyo Kyobashi
Aimed primarily at school-age children, this specialized museum focuses on the history and operations of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, exploring the topics of crime-scene investigation and disaster response in...
Animal Cafes - Mocha: Koshigaya Laketown
It isn't every day that we get invited to a cat's birthday party, so when the staff told us that one of the residents was having a celebration, we knew we had to check it out. It was a surprisingly elaborate affair, with...
Nagasakikan: Tokyo Nihonbashi
Nagasaki Prefecture runs one of the largest prefectural antenna shops in Tokyo, selling a wide range of regional food items that are otherwise hard to find. There's quite a bit of Nagasaki-made shochu (and a smaller amount...
Orbi: Yokohama Minato-mirai
Operated by Sega in conjunction with the BBC Earth video production company, Orbi is a mini-theme park aimed at both children and adults. The main attractions are a series of slickly produced nature and animal videos, shown...