7 Best Restaurants In Japan Where You Can Taste Its Rich Food Culture

Aside from cherry blossoms and scenic spots, Japan also boasts its unique cuisine.
Aside from cherry blossoms and scenic spots, Japan also boasts its unique cuisine. (Photo: Neilvert Noval/Flickr)

Aside from cherry blossoms and scenic spots, Japan also boasts its unique cuisine. The country is known for its diverse dining options, one of the best dining scenes, holds most Michelin-starred restaurants, and included on the list of the best restaurants in Asia. With hundreds of diners you can try, here are the seven best restaurants you can visit to have a taste of the nation's rich food culture.

Ginza Kojyu

Ginza Kojyu is known as one of the best places in Japan to experience kaiseki dining. The place features cozy interiors that will make you feel your food is prepared at the comfort of your own home.

The servers will describe each dish while they prepare it in front of you. Ginza Kojyu serves traditional Japanese cuisine and some experimental dishes, located at Carioca Bldg. 4fl., 5 Chome-4-8 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan.


Ishikawa will give you the all-around intimate dining experience in Japan. The staff will gladly assist you to look for your seat, while the chef will visit every table to ensure you enjoyed your meal, per the Culture Trip.

Ishikawa offers different fixed courses complete with appetizer, soup, sashimi, and a grilled main course. You can sit in their private dining areas or along the cypress-wood counter to have a good view of Chef Hideki Ishikawa while cooking. This restaurant can be found at 62-0825, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Kagurazaka 5-37 Takamura Building 1F -JR Sobu, Tokyo, Japan.

Joël Robuchon

Joël Robuchon is named after the world-famous chef Joël Robuchon. Japan's restaurants are not only limited to Japanese cuisine, as this place offers modern French cooking.

Joël Robuchon has several set menus with an option to go à la carte. You can visit this place at Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-1, Mita, Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.


Another restaurant that serves French cuisine in Japan is L'Effervescence, which means bubbles in English. True to its name, the place has a bubbly ambiance that makes people feel lively.

L'Effervescence is best known for its superb desserts like caramelized apple, and kuromoji ice cream served with muesli. To give the nod to the country it is in and to the people it serves, it is set in elegant Japanese style. You can find this place at 2-26-4 Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo, Japan.    

Il Ristorante - Luca Fantin

Chef Luca Pantin takes his take of Italian classics in Japan with his Il Ristorante restaurant. Although the dishes are made exclusively with the country's produce, he said, via Conde Nast Traveler, the flavors remain completely Italian.

"I don't put shoyu (soy sauce) on my pasta or use yuzu (Japanese citrus) on anything. I'm not interested in making fusion," he revealed. Pantin's cuisine is always focused and precise. This restaurant is located at 104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 2 Chome-7-12 Tower, Ginza.

Salmon & Trout

Salmon & Trout is like no other fancy restaurants in Tokyo as it maintains to have its classic shop look. It has hanging electric bikes on arch windows, complete with spare parts poking out of wire boxes.

Locals still often visit this place for Kan Morieda's unmatched modern and daring fusion cuisine. This eclectic, free-form dining can be found at 4-42-7 Daizawa, Setagaya 155-0032, Tokyo Prefecture.


Butagumi holds 50 varieties of different premium pork in Japan and Iberico Bellota from Spain. The restaurant is known for its golden crisp tonkatsu, breaded pork cutlets, served with sweet-and-spicy Worcester-style sauce and a mound of shredded cabbage that you can drizzle with homemade ponzu sauce.

The pig-pink snout stamps on its menu hold its daily offerings that locals and tourists alike can enjoy. Butagumi is located at 2 Chome-24-9 Nishiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan.

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