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Where to eat in Japan: 5 restaurants in Tokyo

Christmas is over, 2017 is now here and we all had our share of food, am I right? Well, instead of talking you about gym, and how to lose those extra-pounds, I am here to talk about where to eat in Japan, with some of my favorite Tokyo restaurants. These are a mix of traditional japanese food, italian and mexican cuisine that I came to love during my stay in Tokyo, so I hope you may love them too!


Namahage Ginza
Tokyo city, Chuo-ku, Ginza 8-5-6, Nakajima Shoji Building 9F
How to get here:
Tokyo Metro Asakusa Line, Shinbashi Station, 5 minute walk
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Shinbashi, 5 minutes walk
Price range:
From 3500 yen, middle range

I went there for my Christmas Eve 2012, waiting for my boyfriend to come and visit me in Tokyo. The place offer a very traditional interior design, and some very traditional japanese dishes like nabe, a hot pot where you let your food cook. Your dinner will be probably interrupted by some demon walking around, just so you know!


Arata Roppongi
Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi, Roppongi Hills,6-10-1, B2F Hillside
How to get here:
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Roppongi Station, 6 minute walk
Toei Oedo Line, Roppongi Station, 6 minutes walk
Price range:
From 2500 to 4500 yen, middle-high range

One of the most stylish places I’ve ever been to. Traditional Japanese food in a very elegant and modern location “designed in the image of Japan seen through Western eyes”, as they advertise on the website. A little expensive for my possibilities, sadly, but an interesting place in the middle of Roppongi neighborhood, definetly to experience.


Ajito Roppongi
Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi, Roppongi 4-5-2, U building 2F
How to get here:
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Roppongi Station, 3 minute walk
Toei Oedo Line, Roppongi Station Exit 7, 2 minutes walk
Price range:
From 850 to 3000 yen, middle range

Without any doubts, one of my favorite place to eat in Tokyo. I went there several times, and I celebrated there my 29th birthday (how young…), and I have never been disappointed. The restaurant offer delicate and interesting italian food (I could also have a delicious “bagna cauda”, a typical piedmont traditional dish), and with satisfying red and white wine. The atmosphere too is cozy and welcoming, and you can experience a good deal of italian tradition for a reasonable price.


Avocado Shinjuku

Photo from the website Tabelog

Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-9-4, 2F, 4F
How to get here:
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Shinjuku Sanchome Station, 3 minute walk
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, Shinjuku Sanchome Station, 3 minute walk
Toei Shinjuk, Shinjuku Sanchome Station, 3 minute walk
Price range:
From 1000 to 3000 yen, middle range

Well, not much to say here; it’s delicious, mexican food, with delicious mexican drinks, in a modern and cozy interior. In the heart of Shinjuku, perfect for a drink before dinner, or for a full mexican night.

JS Burgher

js burger Shinjuku

Foto from the website Tabelog

Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 4-1-7, 2F
How to get here:
From Shinjuku Station (any line), New South Exit, 3 minutes walk.
Price range:
From 1000 to 2000 yen, low-middle range

My go-to place whenever I wanted to eat a peaceful, fulfilling burger by myself. Close to Shinjuku Station, in the heart of the commercial area, you can find this little quiet spot with nice music, free wi-fi, a wide selection of burgers and drinks, alongside with healthier food such as salads and vegetables during lunch hour. Worth a try, and a second try. Plus, it’s close to a very small Starbuck to enjoy a warm coffee on your way home!

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