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Chiba-ken

Ikea - Swedish: Minami-Funabashi
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Ikea's in-store restaurant is a great place for an authentic, inexpensive Swedish meal. They also have a pretty well-stocked Swedish food section next to the exit, carrying Swedish breads, jams and...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Minami-Funabashi
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Gourmet Hawaiian-style burgers and mahi-mahi sandwiches, plus Kona beers.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Minami-Funabashi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Good, all-you-can-eat kushiage from this very popular Osaka-based chain. Pick your own skewers of fish, meat and vegetables from the counter and deep-fry them yourself at your table. Y2500 for two...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Monsoon Cafe - Misc. Southeast Asian: Minami-Funabashi
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-11pm (LO) daily.
This ethnic-style izakaya chain serves Asian-inspired dishes from Thailand, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-11pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi - Yakitori: Funabashi
Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties.
Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
Arrows - British pub: Funabashi
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sat -3am) daily.
Located in the middle of an entertainment zone a few minutes from Funabashi Station, this spacious British-style pub offers a handful of American and Japanese craft beers on tap as well as more...
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Sat -3am) daily.
Kushi Hageten - Kushiage: Funabashi
Open 11am-10pm daily.
This tiny shop adjacent to the Hageten tempura restaurant serves decent kushiage at quite reasonable prices - ten deep-fried skewers of seasonal seafood and vegetables, along with rice, soup, salad...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Gastro Pub Arrows - British pub: Motoyawata
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
A British-style pub, Arrows serves London Pride on tap along with a rotating selection of Japanese and US craft beers and simple pub food like fish and chips. Located a few minutes from Moto-Yawata...
Open 5pm-1am (LO; Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
Outback Steakhouse - Steak house: Kaihin Makuhari
Open 5-11pm daily.
An Austalian-themed American steakhouse. Budget around Y2500-3000 at dinnertime. Lunch is served on weekends only.
Open 5-11pm daily.
Costco Makuhari - Retail: Kaihin Makuhari
Open 10am-8pm daily.
The American big-box retailer stocks a lot of imported goods as well as local produce and packaged foods. They also sell wines and liquor at discount prices. Individual membership is Y4200 per...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Sawasdee - Thai: Urayasu
Open 11am-4:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Authentic and tasty Thai cooking from the small (five-shop) Asagaya-based chain.
Open 11am-4:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.

Saitama-ken

Costco Iruma - Retail: Saitama-ken
Open 10am-8pm daily.
The American big-box retailer stocks a lot of imported goods as well as local produce and packaged foods. They also sell wines and liquor at discount prices. Individual membership is Y4200 per...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Costco Shinmisato - Retail: Saitama-ken
Open 10am-8pm daily.
The American big-box retailer stocks a lot of imported goods as well as local produce and packaged foods. They also sell wines and liquor at discount prices. Individual membership is Y4200 per...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Ikea - Swedish: Saitama-ken
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Tasty meatballs, almond cakes and other Swedish delights are served in the restaurant, at quite reasonable prices. The food department also sells an interesting selection of imported Swedish food...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Craft Beer Baby - Beer bar: Saitama-ken
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
If you find yourself in Urawa thirsting for a craft beer or two, this small, ten-tap counter will be a welcome site. The tap list represents a well-chosen lineup of (mostly) small Japanese craft...
Open 5pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Barbee's - Belgian rest/beer bar: Omiya
Open 5pm-12:30am (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
A cozy Belgian beer bar-restaurant, Barbee's eight taps include a few unexpected choices like Mikkel's Dream (from Danish brewery Mikkeller) and De Ranke XX Bitter. There's a reasonably large...
Open 5pm-12:30am (LO; Sun -9:30pm) daily.
Kyomaru - Japanese regional: Omiya
Open 11:30am-11:05pm (LO) daily.
Casual Kyoto-style banzai-ryori, with appealing original dishes like fried spring rolls with shrimp and rice croquettes stuffed with foie gras. You can even get set teishoku meals in the Y1000...
Open 11:30am-11:05pm (LO) daily.
Hikawa Brewery - Brewpub: Omiya
Open 5:30-10:30pm (Sat 4pm-, Sun 4-10). Closed Tuesdays.
Saitama's first brewpub, open since Spring 2014, serves up ten different varieties of freshly made craft beers, including several Pale Ale variations. The food menu offers typical pub fare, with a...
Open 5:30-10:30pm (Sat 4pm-, Sun 4-10). Closed Tuesdays.
Cafe Salvador - Cafe: Omiya
Open 7am-9pm (LO) daily.
The second branch of this upscale all-day cafe features gourmet single-origin coffee and fancy sandwiches, desserts and cocktails. Open from 7am.
Open 7am-9pm (LO) daily.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Koshigaya Laketown
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Nice charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi and nearby...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Shamoroku - Yakitori: Koshigaya Laketown
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Shamo, a type of chicken that was originally bred in Thailand for cockfighting, is prepared here using the traditional "warayaki" cooking method, where meat and fish are quickly seared over burning...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Village Vanguard Diner - Burgers: Koshigaya Laketown
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Good American-style gourmet burgers are served here, with original variations like "pepper and wild bacon," "quattro formaggio and honey," and "basil, tomato, mozzarella." Burgers start from under...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Koshigaya Laketown
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
American-style sandwiches and burgers are the draw here, along with Hawaiian beers.
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
To The Herbs - Italian: Koshigaya Laketown
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Interesting and entertaining pizza and pasta variations and inexpensive wines are on offer at this all-day Italian-style cafe-restaurant.
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.

Yamanashi-ken

Fuefukigawa Fruit Park - Attraction: Yamanashi-ken
The main attraction here is the fascinating Fruit Museum, where you can explore the history of fruit through the centuries, with particular emphasis on the role of fruit in the history of Yamanashi...
Budo-no-oka Center - Attraction: Yamanashi-ken
While few connoisseurs would rate Japan one of the world's great wine-producing countries, there is a thriving domestic wine industry, with several dozen major vineyards nestled in the mountains of...
Hops and Herbs - Brewpub: Kofu
Open 5-11:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
Up-and-coming craft beermakers Outsider Brewing run this brewpub twelve minutes away from Kofu station. There are six taps, and prices range from Y450-550 for a 300ml glass, and Y750-900 for a 500ml...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
Kosaku - Izakaya: Kofu
Open 11am-10pm daily.
This down-to-earth izakaya is best known for their hoto - flat udon noodles served with pumpkin and other vegetables in a buttery miso-based broth. While you can find hoto noodles in a few spots in...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Kosaku Honten - Izakaya: Kofu
Open 11am-9:20pm (LO) daily.
Hoto noodles, horse meat and other local Yamanashi delicacies are served at this popular izakaya.
Open 11am-9:20pm (LO) daily.

Tachikawa

Toriyoshi Tachikawa #2 - Yakitori: Tachikawa
Open 4-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties at this popular Kichijoji-based chain.
Open 4-10:30pm (LO) daily.
My TaBReW - Eclectic: Tachikawa
Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
With its wildly multinational food menu and over-the-top ethnic-restaurant decor, My TaBReW (aka "My Table") is a fun spot to grab a bite and a drink. And if you're a fan of craft beers, the tap...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Rose Hogs - Grill: Tachikawa
Open 5:30pm-midnight (LO) daily.
The main attraction for craft-beer fans here is the tempting selection of more than thirty US bottled beers, from breweries like Fish Tale, Lost Coast and Lompoc. There are also around a dozen...
Open 5:30pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Wagaya - Kushiage: Tachikawa
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Deep-fried kushiage skewers go wonderfully well with beer, so the combination of kushiage plus craft beer is an appealing alternative to the insipid mini-pizzas and sausages found at so many bars. ...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Tachikawa
Open 4-10pm (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. ...
Open 4-10pm (LO) daily.
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Tachikawa
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000...
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Basel - Deli salads: Tachikawa
Open 10am-11pm daily.
The deli counter at Station Cafe Basel was an unexpected discovery - an appetizing selection of around twenty vegetable-centric (but non-vegetarian) light dishes that you can mix and match, for here...
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Kurobutaya - Izakaya: Tachikawa
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Gourmet pork from Kagoshima is the specialty here - charcoal-grilled, and served as shabu-shabu, dumplings and cutlets. The drinks menu includes a good selection of shochu from that part of Kyushu...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
To The Herbs - Italian: Tachikawa
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Wired Cafe Lumine Tachikawa - Cafe: Tachikawa
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Katsukura - Tonkatsu: Tachikawa
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Besides the usual tonkatsu they offer variations like deep-fried shrimp and scallops, yuba (tofu skin) croquettes, and nice side dishes like chawanmushi, tofu salad and kakuni stewed pork. The...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Sign Tachikawa - Cafe: Tachikawa
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Coffee, drinks, music-listening stations and free wi-fi access.
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Kyoka - Ramen: Tachikawa
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Excellent shoyu ramen with thick noodles is the draw at Kyoka, along with a pleasant setting with dramatic lighting.
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Ramen Square - Ramen: Tachikawa
Open 11am-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Seven famous ramen shops are gathered together in a NY Times Square-themed food court.
Open 11am-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Ikea - Swedish: Tachikawa
Open 9:30am-9pm (Sat, Sun 8:30am-) daily.
Swedish meatballs, sweet pastries and seasonal special dishes are served in Ikea's cafeteria-style restaurant, all at very reasonable prices. The restaurant also features a wide-screen...
Open 9:30am-9pm (Sat, Sun 8:30am-) daily.

Machida

Ippudo - Ramen: Machida
Open 11am-2am (Fri, Sat -3am, Sun -1am) daily.
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
Open 11am-2am (Fri, Sat -3am, Sun -1am) daily.
Kurobutaya - Izakaya: Machida
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Gourmet pork from Kagoshima is the specialty here - charcoal-grilled, and served as shabu-shabu, dumplings and cutlets. The drinks menu includes a good selection of shochu from that part of Kyushu...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Village Vanguard Diner - Burgers: Machida
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
American-style diner burgers are the mainstay here, with lots of original recipes and seasonal variations like camembert-pepper and basil-mozzarella burgers. They also serve chicken- and fish-based...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
No No Budo - Buffet: Machida
Open 11am-3, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
The "natural foods buffet" here includes organic fruit juices and fresh-brewed espresso as well as a big selection of Japanese home-style dishes. The price is Y1730 at lunchtime and Y2100 for dinner....
Open 11am-3, 6-9pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi - Yakitori: Machida
Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties.
Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Machida
Open 5pm-1am daily.
First-rate Miyazaki chicken dishes, regional Kyushu fare and local shochu brands are the specialties at this reasonably priced, unpretentious Miyazaki-based izakaya chain. Budget around Y3000-4000...
Open 5pm-1am daily.
Oyaji - Ramen: Machida
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Oyaji's miso ramen uses imported Dutch lard to brew a rich, creamy soup.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Neko no Mise - Cat cafe: Machida
Open noon-10pm daily.
Run by a cat-welfare organization, Neko no Mise is a pleasant and reasonably priced place to drop by for a short coffee break or a relaxing afternoon. There are plenty of comfortable seats in the...
Open noon-10pm daily.
Red Lobster - Seafood: Machida
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
A suburban branch of the popular American seafood chain, this is a convenient place to stop for a meal before or after a shopping trip to the nearby Costco.
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Costco Tamasakai - Retail: Machida
Open 10am-8pm daily.
The American big-box retailer stocks a lot of imported goods as well as local produce and packaged foods. They also sell wines and liquor at discount prices. Individual membership is Y4200 per...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Hanamasa (Tsurukawa) - Retail: Machida
Open 24 hours a day.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Open 24 hours a day.
Wired Kitchen Minami-Machida - Cafe: Machida
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Outback Steakhouse - Steak house: Machida
Open 5-10pm daily.
Reasonably priced steaks and signature deep-fried onions are served at this aggressively Australian-themed, American-based chain. Budget around Y2500 at dinnertime. Lunch is served on weekends...
Open 5-10pm daily.

Jiyugaoka

Kosoan - Cafe: Jiyugaoka
Open 11am-6:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
This charming little cafe occupies a traditional Japanese garden on a quiet Jiyugaoka side street. The menu offers green tea, coffee, and traditional Japanese sweets. Note the early closing time...
Open 11am-6:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Onibus Coffee - Coffee shop: Jiyugaoka
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Another entry in the wave of serious new coffee shops in Tokyo, with great espresso and drip coffee and friendly service. There's ample seating for five people at the shop's two and a half tables,...
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Kushinobo - Kushiage: Jiyugaoka
Open 5-9:30pm daily.
A branch of one of Tokyo's best kushiage chains. (Kushiage is deep-fried meat, seafood and vegetable morsels served on skewers.)
Open 5-9:30pm daily.
Zanmai - Sushi: Jiyugaoka
Open 24 hours a day.
Reliable budget sushi from the popular Zanmai chain, and a welcome addition to the late-night dining options in Jiyugaoka.
Open 24 hours a day.
Le Temps - Wine bar: Jiyugaoka
Open noon-3, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
There's a bar menu of simple pastas, terrines and salads, plus a more elaborate French menu if you want a full meal. Wines range from Y3,800-32,000, with eight served by the glass.
Open noon-3, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Potato Cream - Cafe: Jiyugaoka
Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Mashed potatoes topped with pasta-style cream sauces - that's the rather unique offering at this tiny food stand. There are five choices of sauce, in variations like seasonal-vegetable curry and...
Open 11:30am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Ra.a.g.f - Rabbit cafe: Jiyugaoka
Open noon-7:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-8pm). Closed Thursdays.
The larger of the two branches of this popular rabbit cafe, Ra.a.g.f Jiyugaoka has around two dozen rabbits of various breeds for visitors to play with and feed. Seating is on cushions on the floor,...
Open noon-7:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-8pm). Closed Thursdays.
Monsoon Cafe - World cuisine: Jiyugaoka
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
An interesting assortment of Asian dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and China are served all day and night (until 5am) at this branch of the casual "ethnic-style" izakaya chain.
Open 11:30-3am (LO) daily.
Speyside Way - Bar: Jiyugaoka
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays.
This Jiyugaoka whiskey specialist boasts an astounding list (around 800 varieties), with new bottles arriving almost daily. The bar also features a different "guest beer" on tap weekly. Old-fashioned...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays.
Sabalan - Middle Eastern: Jiyugaoka
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
A charming little shop serving Persian and Turkish cuisine, including various kebabs, at reasonable prices. Open all afternoon.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Country - Hungarian: Jiyugaoka
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Hungarian cooking; full-course dinners are Y3000-5000.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Aeon Liquors - Liquor shop: Jiyugaoka
Open 10am-11pm daily.
The flagship for Aeon Liquor's craft-beer sales, the Jiyugaoka branch of this nationwide chain offers an impressive selection of both bottled and canned imported beers. They also host a number of...
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Toriyoshi - Yakitori: Jiyugaoka
Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
The Jiyugaoka branch of a popular Kichijoji chicken specialty shop.
Open 4-11pm (LO) daily.
Aen - Japanese: Jiyugaoka
Open 11am-5, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Good, healthy cooking based on organic vegetables and high-quality seasonal ingredients. The menu ranges from vegetable sushi on brown rice to parma ham and rucola pizzas; they also serve a number...
Open 11am-5, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Mardi Gras - Cajun: Jiyugaoka
Open 7pm-1am (LO). Closed Mondays.
This basement bar and live-music spot offers a menu of Cajun-style dishes, including gumbos and jambalaya.
Open 7pm-1am (LO). Closed Mondays.

Setagaya-ku

Ippudo - Ramen: Setagaya-ku
Open 11am-midnight daily.
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Bassanova - Ramen: Setagaya-ku
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
A Thai-influenced green-curry ramen is the specialty here, although they also do nice versions of more ordinary ramen styles. Near Shin-Daita station, one stop from Shimo-Kitazawa.
Open 6pm-1:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Spice Magic - Indian: Setagaya-ku
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Excellent curries and tandoori items and fantastic nan.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Saigon - Misc. Southeast Asian: Setagaya-ku
Open 11:30am-2:45, 5-11:30pm daily.
A very relaxed, funky bohemian hangout, Saigon offers a tasty Japanese-ethnic menu with various Asian influences - Vietnamese, Thai, and Indian in particular. Drinks include a big shochu menu and...
Open 11:30am-2:45, 5-11:30pm daily.
Kurobutaya - Izakaya: Kyodo
Open 5:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Gourmet pork from Kagoshima is the specialty here - charcoal-grilled, and served as shabu-shabu, dumplings and cutlets. The drinks menu includes a good selection of shochu from that part of Kyushu...
Open 5:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Paxi House - Eclectic: Kyodo
Open noon-1:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Yes, it's Tokyo's only coriander-themed restaurant, serving dishes from Thailand, China, Korea, Vietnam, Mexico - all flavored with coriander. There are even coriander desserts and coriander-based...
Open noon-1:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Kyodo406 - Italian: Kyodo
Open 11am-10pm daily.
A casual Italian-themed cafe-restaurant with a big outdoor terrace. They also run a wine shop just next door (03-3425-1136), so the wine selection is bigger than average.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Ippudo - Ramen: Meidaimae
Open 11am-2am daily.
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
Open 11am-2am daily.
Aglio - Bar: Shimo-Takaido
Open 6:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Aglio is a cozy neighborhood bar with a nice selection of Belgian beers and frites. They also serve several wines by the glass.
Open 6:30pm-1am (LO) daily.
Zucchero - Italian: Shimo-Takaido
Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Good neighborhood Italian cooking, with a nice selection of daily specials. Y3000-5000 per person.
Open noon-2, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.

Sasazuka

Minatoya - Takoyaki: Sasazuka
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
This charming neighborhood shop serves takoyaki, akashiyaki, octopus okonomiyaki pancakes, and kakigori shaved-ice desserts. The takoyaki iss a fairly orthodox version, studded with big, tasty...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Tanaka - Kushiage: Sasazuka
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; Sat, Sun 4pm-) daily.
This budget-friendly izakaya chain specializes in Osaka-style kushiage. Individual deep-fried skewers are priced Y100-200 each, and there's a good assortment of small side dishes as well. Drinks...
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; Sat, Sun 4pm-) daily.
Taiwan Bussankan - Retail: Sasazuka
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Imported food and drink from Taiwan are sold here, with a tiny restaurant corner up front where you can order tea and dumplings or desserts. The freezer cabinets are well stocked with various frozen...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Himonoya - Izakaya: Sasazuka
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30pm-2am (LO; Sun -12m) daily.
Part of a popular izakaya chain, Himonoya specializes in himono (grilled dried fish), with a big menu of different varieties from around Japan. There are also around a half dozen good craft sake from...
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30pm-2am (LO; Sun -12m) daily.
Kaba - Japanese regional: Sasazuka
Open 11am-4am (Sun -11pm) daily.
This budget izakaya chain serves nice fresh seafood, flown in daily from the San-in region of Western Honshu, in some thirty or forty varieties, both raw and grilled. There's also a good selection...
Open 11am-4am (Sun -11pm) daily.
Doromamire - Yakitori: Sasazuka
Open 5:30pm-midnight (LO; Sun -10). Closed Mondays.
The yakitori here is made from premium Hinai-dori birds from Akita, and it's served both grilled and raw. There's also a decent selection of craft sake and shochu. The ground floor has a counter...
Open 5:30pm-midnight (LO; Sun -10). Closed Mondays.

Hatagaya

Gremlin - Beer bar: Hatagaya
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Six Japanese craft beers are on tap here, including three hand pumps. Prices are reasonable and there's no cover charge. The soundtrack tends towards rockabilly.
Open 3-11:30pm daily.
Gamushara - Ramen: Hatagaya
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm. Closed weekends.
The tasty ramen soup here is flavored with pork bones and sea bream. When you're done with your noodles you can ask for rice to go with your remaining soup (chazuke style), and a hot stone in your...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm. Closed weekends.
Hototogisu - Ramen: Hatagaya
Open 11:30am-3, 6:30-10pm. Closed Thu; Fri; Sun eve.
Hototogisu is a little hard to find. It's located in a suburb a few stations west of Shinjuku, down a local shopping street, and in a nondescript alleyway. They usually have a line, which is the...
Open 11:30am-3, 6:30-10pm. Closed Thu; Fri; Sun eve.
Malin's - British: Hatagaya
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Gourmet fish and chips are the specialty here, with boxed sets of cod, chips and mushy peas (or other side sauce) priced Y1300-1500. They also serve a variety of pies - beef and beer, chicken...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Torian - Chicken: Hatagaya
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-midnight. Closed 1st, 3rd Wed.
This popular local fried-chicken take-out shop also provides a few seats if you want to eat here. The chicken is on the juicy end of the scale and nicely seasoned; variations include nankotsu...
Open 11:30am-2, 4:30-midnight. Closed 1st, 3rd Wed.
Miu Bar - Bar: Hatagaya
Open 7pm-3am (Fri, Sat -4am). Closed Sundays.
A relaxed neighborhood hangout spot, Miu serves an interesting original cocktail made from home-made limoncello and home-made ginger ale, as well as the usual wine, beer and snacks. The soundtrack...
Open 7pm-3am (Fri, Sat -4am). Closed Sundays.
Miyazaki - Izakaya: Hatagaya
Open 7pm-5am daily.
Seating at this old-school izakaya may be a bit tight and the air smoky, but the grilled meats are quite tasty, the drinks are cheap and the hours are very, very late.
Open 7pm-5am daily.
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Explore the hidden side of Tokyo dining
Charcoal-grilled pork on skewers, udon noodles in curry-flavored soup, octopus dumplings, deep-fried beef cutlet -- there's a whole world of exciting food in Tokyo that food-loving visitors often miss out on.

This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.
 
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Animal Cafes
Cat, rabbit and bird cafe guide
Where in Tokyo
Fun things to do in the big city
Shinkansen.com
Popcult, design and cool stuff to buy
Barking Inu
Sushi dictionary and Japan Android apps
 
 

Updated 2017-05-15