Tokyo Food Guide: Three days Tokyo Itinerary for Foodies
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Japan is every foodie’s dream destination. There’s nowhere else you can taste the best dishes than here in Tokyo—the most Michelin-starred city in the world. With over 160,000 restaurants (230 of which boast a Michelin star or more), it’s a given for Tokyo to be included in every foodie’s bucket list. You no longer have to visit every prefecture of Japan just to sample their local food because Tokyo practically has it all. How about a Tokyo Food Trip? Let’s go!
If you’re planning to visit Japan soon, then you’re in luck: With Agoda’s Tokyo travel guide, we picked out the best food spots in the city and mapped them out neatly for the ultimate 3-day food trip. Now all you have to do is follow the happy foodie trail below and tick them off one by one!
Day 1: Shinjuku Station
Hailed as the world’s busiest hub, Shinjuku Station is a major railway station in Tokyo, Japan catering to more than 2 million passengers daily and is amongst the top favorite districts in Japan.
You’re gonna love it here because dining places at Shinjuku ranges from high-end restaurants to affordable Michelin meals!
How to get to Shinjuku
From Tokyo Station
If you’re coming from Tokyo Station, you need to take the 15-minute ride on the orange trains JR Chuo Line. This will only cost you 200 yen.
Take note that Shinjuku Station has 3 separate areas; South, East, West. East where you can find well-established department stores, then South for shopping facilities, and the highway bus terminal. Lastly, the Western part for luxury hotels and government buildings.
Places to eat at in Shinjuku
Visit the Omoide Yokocho
Located at the west gate of Shinjuku station, here you’ll find an array of soba shops, cheap drinks, fancy cocktails, good sashimi, and of course, their famous yakitori. Explore its web of narrow alleyways and you’ll feel the authentic ‘old Japan vibe’ which will make your whole foodie experience a memorable one!
Stroll along Golden Gai or Kabukicho
Most people don’t know it, but Kabuchiko is best explored at night with its rows of hole-in-the-wall eateries and drinking spots.
Some of the top restaurants you can check out includes the Robot Restaurant–a truly unique restaurant/bar with cool robots and laser displays that come together for psychedelic performances on a nightly basis. The restaurant also features a magnificent décor to complement the whole festive vibe. It is only a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station of Tokyo metro.
Enjoy some skewers at Tori-Shige
Only a 10-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station south exit, Tori-Shige takes pride in their skewers crafted by their owner who comes from a long generation of chefs. This restaurant is perfect if you’re craving grilled meat. The staff here are great English-speakers, so you won’t have a hard time conversing and asking for the menu. It’s also closed on Sundays so make sure you schedule your visit on weekdays.
Things to do in Shinjuku
Bring out those eco bags and shop ‘til you drop here in Shinjuku. A lot of department stores and shopping malls offering big brands for discounted shoes are located directly in the station.
First to check out is the Isetan (East), known for its grandiose interior and exterior. From perfumes to high-end bags, you’re sure to find something to delight your fancy.
If you want to upgrade your OOTDs, then head over to the 10-storey Lumine EST department store which focuses on street fashion and younger styles. Other than clothing, this place also has restaurants and gift shops perfect for your pasalubong needs.
In case you’re on the prowl for a new camera, you can visit Yodobashi Camera with its remarkable tech offerings from various brands.
Visit the Shinjuku Gyo-en
One of the best things to do in Shinjuku is to visit the Shinjuku Gyoen. The land used to belong to one of the “daimyos” (feudal lords) of the Edo era and was reconstructed to become a national park. It’s home to flowering cherry trees, an art gallery, and a wonderful greenhouse, and features three different types of gardens: the Japanese landscape garden (composed of large ponds, several pavilions, and well-manicured trees), the French Garden, and the English landscape garden.
This garden is definitely a must-visit especially if you want to take a break from the busy shopping and eating galore!
Recommended Hotels in Shinjuku
Located near the Yotsuya metro station lies Eishinkan Hostel, home to 15 well-furnished bedrooms with internet access, each with working desks and televisions. This is the perfect hotel if you’re on a budget and want a close spot to the city’s local attractions. Here, you can enjoy their own coffee shop and restaurant. Nearby landmarks include Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Meiji Shrine, and Roppongi Hills.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
If you have an extra dime to spend and you’d like to treat yourself or a loved one to a relaxing stay in Shinjuku, then the best choice would be booking at Park Hyatt Tokyo. The hotel is equipped with top-class recreational facilities including a fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, and spa. Guests can also enjoy a great view from their New York Bar located on the 52nd floor. Order some fancy cocktails and fine wine, and you’re all set to have a great time here.
Day 2: Shibuya
Another way to enjoy yourself in Tokyo is by visiting the exciting district of Shibuya. It’s most famous for the Shibuya Crossing with its neon signs and crowds of people—which has provided the perfect time-lapse shot for many a movie. It is also known for being a commercial and business center and houses two of the busiest railway stations in the world: Shinjuku Station and Shibuya Station.
How to get to Shibuya
If you’re coming from Shinjuku, take the Yamanote line direct for 11 minutes, which will only cost 160 yen.
From Tokyo Station
Also, take the Yamanote line direct. It will take about 24 minutes for 200 yen.
Places to Eat at in Shibuya
Nanaya Aoyama, Shibuya
A Tokyo food trip will never be complete without sampling an authentic matcha ice cream. Just so you know, Nanaya’s Premium #7 gelato is said to have the world’s highest matcha content, so green tea lovers, you know where to go! Don’t miss the chance to sample this as well as their array mouthwatering gelatos and delights. Visit them at the upscale Omotesando district.
Eat Ramen at Nakamoto
A lot of people who have been to Shibuya have commended this place for their special spicy ramen. Originally put up as a Chinese restaurant in 1991, Nakamoto has now gained popularity for serving “Mouko Ramen” which you can personalize by choosing your preferred spiciness level from 0-10.
Enjoy Katsu Meals at Katsuya
A five-minute walk from Shibuya station, Katsuya is known to offer a range of crispy katsu meals you won’t be able to resist. Their bestsellers include their katsudon and tori katsu with Japanese curry served with steaming rice. Price ranges from 500 yen to 900 yen, depending on your order—which you place and pay for through a vending machine out front.
Things to do in Shibuya
Take a selfie at the Hachiko Memorial Statue
This is a popular meeting spot with a bronze statue honoring Hachiko, the famously loyal Akita dog.
Experience Shibuya Crossing
Rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world (and definitely in Japan), Shibuya Crossing is like a giant beating heart, sending people in all directions with every pulsing light change.
Recommended Hotels in Shibuya
Sleek, modern, and clean. That’s the best way we can describe this newly-opened hotel in Shibuya. It’s located near the city area which makes it a convenient place for you to stay. Mustard Hotel also has a restaurant serving vegetarian meals.
Hotel Emit Shibuya
The sophisticated Hotel Emit Shibuya is located at Jinnan Shibuya and is close to the Shibuya Crossing District and popular shopping and dining spots in the area.
Day 3: Ginza
With its plethora of shopping malls, sushi places, and cocktail bars, the famous Ginza Crossing, small souvenir shops, and network alleyways for interesting finds, there’s something in Ginza for every type of traveler.
How to get to Ginza
While you can ride a taxi from Shibuya to Ginza, you can also take the Japan Railways (JR) which run every 10 minutes. Tickets cost 180 – 260 or up to 500 yen. Travel time is around 30 minutes.
Places to Eat at in Ginza
Early Breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market
Though not specifically at Ginza proper, the fish auction at the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market or Tsukiji has always been a must-see attraction in Tokyo. Here, you’ll witness fishmongers display and auction out their freshest catch while customers go on a frenzy as they cast their bids. Make sure to be there early to see the spectacular show as restaurant owners practically wage war to get the best and biggest tuna of the day. After the auction, you can head towards any of the restaurants scattered around the area and treat yourself to some sushi that’s as fresh and authentic as it gets.
Mitsukoshi Food Hall, Ginza
An underground food hall in Ginza? Yes, please! Often referred to as the “Harrods of Tokyo”, Mitsukoshi Food Hall continues to awe locals and foreign guests with their wide range of products from Japanese sweets and pastries, fruits, Bentos, and more!
Sushi no Midori
No more roaming around Japan to find the best sushi place! Visit Sushi no Midori and satisfy those sushi cravings. It’s a popular restaurant with multiple locations in Tokyo (Ginza, Akasaka, and Shibuya etc). Their sushi is of great quality at a reasonable price. Just a heads up: It gets pretty crowded mostly on weekends for lunch and dinner time, so plan accordingly.
Michelin-star sushi at Tokami in Ginza
Sushi fans will surely love it here at Tokami. It’s located at the basement of the Seiwa Silver building in Ginza and known for sushi with great depth of flavor thanks to its shari (rice) seasoned with 2 different types of akazu or red vinegar. You can also try out their nama biru or draft beer to end the refreshing meal.
Things to do in Ginza
Relax at Hamarikyu Gardens
Escape the hustle and bustle of Ginza and go for a relaxing afternoon at Hamarikyu Gardens. It features a seawater pond with a quaint teahouse at the center where you can enjoy a calming cup of tea the Japanese way.
Recommended Hotels in Ginza
Tokyu Stay Ginza
If you’re searching for a cozy hub on a budget, then check out this hotel. Designed with both business and leisure travelers in mind, this place has free Wi-Fi in all rooms and offers plenty of services for their guests.
Hotel The Celestine Ginza
Located in Chuo, this hotel provides an exceptional stay for their guests ranging from locals to international travelers. They have a total of 104 spacious rooms, featuring stylish dark decor, and excellent amenities including Bulgari toiletries. The Ginza Casita, an Italian resto serving great cocktails is situated at the top floor of the hotel.
Instead of simply listing down various places around Tokyo, we’ve strategically made an itinerary based on location so you can make the most out of your visit in an area. But don’t let us stop you from creating your own Tokyo foodie tour! So, go ahead. Explore, sample as much as you can, and devour everything Tokyo has to offer!