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Amazing tiny foodie restaurant in Kyoto- Nakamura

There are hundreds of restaurants called Nakamura in Japan (not a surprise given it's like Smith or Jones). I'm not sure I'd call the one you linked to an "imposter" given it's a very highly regarded kaiseki place with a couple of centuries of history ;)

But it's a good point - name alone is not enough.

about 4 hours ago
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Tokyo sushi recommendations

Btw, Tokami is one of the shops featured in a nice recent publication called 寿司のこころ that surveys various styles and their representative shops (Tenzushi for Kyushu style, Kimura for aging, Tokami for tuna, one of the Sho shops for its gigantic meal and sake recommendations, etc.) as well as the central ingredients and techniques.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%AF%BF%E5%...

about 7 hours ago
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3 Michelin stars fusion in Sapporo Picchu or Moliere,

At the high end it is.

about 10 hours ago
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3 Michelin stars fusion in Sapporo Picchu or Moliere,

Then have a concierge call. If you don't have one, then you could also try gurunavi - I've never had any luck with them when I tried a while back, but some people claimed to have had success:

http://r.gnavi.co.jp/h882100/lang/en/...

Finally, consider learning some key phrases and make a cheat sheet with times, days, etc.

1 day ago
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3 Michelin stars fusion in Sapporo Picchu or Moliere,

They have a reservations phone number. +81 50-5570-4514

1 day ago
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Craft beer bars in Tokyo

Mikkeller is opening August 22. Disturbingly close to my office.

Mikkeller.jp

1 day ago
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Sushi Meal during Obon Week

I personally didn't think Ichinayagi merits its high score, but I think it's a legitimate option and I'd still rank it above Kyubey, can't say if you'll like it or sushi shin better.

That Omae thing seems all wrong.

Aug 01, 2015
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Amazing tiny foodie restaurant in Kyoto- Nakamura

I don't know if you can edit the title of the post, but the restaurant is called Nakamura.

Jul 28, 2015
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Hotel concierge for restaurant booking

It's not a problem at all, unless you're Abe.

Jul 25, 2015
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Where to dine if Jimbocho Den is closed?

Equilibrio closed about a month ago.

That said, it's a bit of a head-scratcher to figure out how you came to the conclusion that a white tablecloth Italian in the sticks is similar to "creative" kaiseki in Kanda.

Jul 25, 2015
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Hotel concierge for restaurant booking

Sorry, but for the Tokyo restaurants you mention, there is no need for someone in Japan to call on your behalf, except Jiro. There's no reason to post incorrect information.

Jul 24, 2015
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Hotel concierge for restaurant booking

Considering that the Tokyo restaurants you've listed are all easy to book and all have English speakers on staff except Jiro, that sounds like a pretty wasteful way to make some phone calls :)

Jul 23, 2015
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Discussion about Tablelog

It's all been going downhill since the government shut down Oishinbo.

Jul 17, 2015
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Discussion about Tablelog

Tabelog ratings are based solely off of public reviews.

However, there is some clever engineering behind assigning weights to these reviews and preventing fraud. For a while they were tweaking it so it ended up produced results biased towards a few super-eaters, but I think now it's a pretty good ranking, certainly better than Michelin and no comparison with Yelp. This is due both to the weighing system and to the public being better informed, more honest, and less likely to dish out extremely high or low scores due to some personality issues that are less common here.

p.s. of course some biases exist - great prices can impact more than just the cost performance aspect, trophy bookings lead to higher scores and more reviews per diner, etc.

Jul 16, 2015
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Sushi Saito and Sawada questions from first-time traveler to Tokyo

Sawada isn't that hard to book. Dining alone is not unusual at all.

Jul 16, 2015
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Sushi Saito and Sawada questions from first-time traveler to Tokyo

The way it works is that regulars get to book their next visit (or sometimes multiple visits), and there are more regulars than covers, so your only hope of getting in is if there's a cancellation or you get really lucky. Considering Saito is consistently one of the highest rated restaurants in all Japan on tabelog, and not nearly as expensive or daunting as other contenders (Matsukawa, Quintessence), you can see how you'd be unlikely to get a reservation.

Jul 15, 2015
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Sushi Saito and Sawada questions from first-time traveler to Tokyo

You can find up to date price information here:

http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A13...
http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1301/A13...

You probably won't be able to get into Saito.

Iirc, Sawada charges 100% cancellation fee a few days in advance, and you can only book via your hotel concierge (not a credit card concierge). I assume the hotel will require a credit card to complete the booking on your behalf.

Jul 11, 2015
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? Status of Dons de la Nature in Tokyo

When one restaurant was running very late (not even their fault, just people who wouldn't get up) they comped us a round of cocktails at the bar next door, and two glasses of Krug before dinner. :)

Jul 03, 2015
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? Status of Dons de la Nature in Tokyo

Incredibly.

I hope they at least comp the meal.

Jul 01, 2015
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? Status of Dons de la Nature in Tokyo

That's weird. I assume you went to the right place, down the basement?

Jun 29, 2015
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Help with Japan Trip, Osaka or Kyoto!

Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe are very close together, so there's no reason for you to spend all 5 nights in one place. (alternatively, if you don't want to move around too much, you can take day trips from wherever you choose as your base)

eta: to give you an idea - it's less than 30 minutes from Osaka Station to Kobe or Kyoto.

Jun 17, 2015
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Eel in Asakusa - which of these restaurants?

I don't know Maekawa but the other two are fine. Also Obana is a short train ride (and not too much of a walk) away.

Jun 17, 2015
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Japanese Whiskey Shops: Tokyo or Kyoto

You're not going to like this answer, but:

http://auctions.search.yahoo.co.jp/se...

or

http://item.rakuten.co.jp/fiveneeds/1...

I don't remember if liquors hasegawa has the more frivolous Suntory bottlings but it's worth a stop in any event.

Jun 02, 2015
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Frequent cheap chains?

Get more junk for less...

... give up some freedoms.

http://blogs.timeout.jp/en/2015/05/28...

May 28, 2015
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Roysen

Passed away late last month, in his home in Norway.

May 13, 2015
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New Taco Bell in Shibuya

This is really exciting news. How do they get their "meat" past Japanese customs?

May 09, 2015
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Looking for a Traditional Soba or Udon Shop in Kagurazaka (near Iidabashi)

Teuchi (手打ち) soba refers hand made soba. (but teuchi isn't that commonly used for other hand made things, so don't generalize).

May 09, 2015
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Question on Sushi Reservations

Yeah

Apr 18, 2015
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Question on Sushi Reservations

I'd skip Kanesaka for sure. In keeping with Robb S's comment - this seems like a rather silly dining itinerary unless you have some academic interest in sushi.

Apr 17, 2015
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Good source for tofu making ?

Yes, I only mentioned them because they carry this tofu :)

They've recently changed one of their places into a hawaiian themed joint, which proudly features what seems to be an array of turds for sale (glazed poi, apparently). Better yet, the name of the place is Kaka something...

Apr 14, 2015
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