Side Trips from Tokyo Restaurants

The local specialty in Nikko is a soybean-based concoction known as yuba (tofu skin); dozens of restaurants in Nikko serve it in a variety of dishes you might not have believed possible for so prosaic an ingredient. Other local favorites are soba (buckwheat) and udon (wheat-flour) noodles—both inexpensive, filling, and tasty opt
The local specialty in Nikko is a soybean-based concoction known as yuba (tofu skin); dozens of restaurants in Nikko serve it in a variety of dishes you might not have believed possible for so prosaic an ingredient. Other local favorites are soba (buckwheat) and udon (w
The local specialty in Nikko is a soybean-based concoction known as yuba (tofu skin); dozens of restaurants in Nikko ser

The local specialty in Nikko is a soybean-based concoction known as yuba (tofu skin); dozens of restaurants in Nikko serve it in a variety of dishes you might not have believed possible for so prosaic an ingredient. Other local favorites are soba (buckwheat) and udon (wheat-flour) noodles—both inexpensive, filling, and tasty options for lunch.

Three things about Kamakura make it a good place to dine. It's on the ocean (properly speaking, on Sagami Bay), which means that fresh seafood is everywhere; it's a major tourist stop; and it has long been a prestigious place to live among Japan's worldly and well-to-do (many successful writers, artists, and intellectuals call Kamakura home). On a day trip from Tokyo, you can feel confident picking a place for lunch almost at random.

Yokohama, as befits a city of more than 3 million people, lacks little in the way of food: from quick-fix lunch counters to elegant dining rooms, you'll find almost every imaginable cuisine. Your best bet is Chinatown—Japan's largest Chinese community—with more than 100 restaurants representing every regional style. If you fancy Italian, Indian, or even Scandinavian, this international port is still guaranteed to provide an eminently satisfying meal.

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  • 1. Beer Mountain

    $$$ | International

    This beer hall is Mt. Takao's only full-fledged restaurant and serves a prix-fixe two-hour, all-you-can eat, all-you-can drink buffet meal that...Read More

  • 2. Bergfeld

    $ | Café

    This German bakery serves cakes and cookies that are surprisingly authentic—the baker trained in Germany. There are a few small tables outside...Read More

  • 3. Cafe Omnibus

    $ | Naka-ku | Café

    Omnibus serves up an impressive selection of gourmet sandwiches and deli plates in the airy lobby of Yokohama's Historic former Dai-Ichi Bank...Read More

  • 4. Chano-ma

    $$$ | Naka-ku | Japanese

    This stylish eatery serves modern Japanese cuisine that you enjoy while lounging on bedlike seats as a house DJ spins tunes. Make sure you try...Read More

  • 5. Gyoshintei

    $$$ | Japanese

    This is the only restaurant in Nikko devoted to shojin ryori, the Buddhist-temple vegetarian fare that evolved centuries ago into haute cuisine...Read More

  • 6. Hachinoki Kita-Kamakuraten

    $$$ | Japanese

    Traditional shojin ryori (the vegetarian cuisine of Zen monasteries) is served in this old Japanese house on the Kamakura Kaido (Route 21...Read More

  • 7. Kaiseiro

    $$$$ | Chinese

    This establishment, in an old Japanese house, serves the best Chinese food in the city. The dining-room windows look out on a small, restful...Read More

  • 8. Kaisen Misaki-ko

    $ | Japanese

    This kaiten-zushi (sushi served on a conveyor belt that lets you pick the dishes you want) restaurant serves eye-poppingly large fish portions...Read More

  • 9. Kamakura Udon Miyoshi

    $ | Japanese

    Serving up some of Kamakura's best handmade udon noodles and tempura, this unpretentious restaurant is a good bet for quick and satisfying lunch...Read More

  • 10. Kaseiro

    $$$$ | Naka-ku | Chinese

    Surprisingly, Chinese food can be hit-or-miss in Japan, but not at Kaseiro. This elegant restaurant, with red carpets and gold-toned walls,...Read More

  • 11. Kyorai-an

    $$ | Japanese

    A traditional Japanese structure houses this restaurant known for its excellent Western-style beef stew along with homemade cheesecake, pastas...Read More

  • 12. Meiji-no-Yakata

    $$$ | European

    Not far from the east entrance to Rinno-ji temple, Meiji-no-Yakata is an elegant 19th-century Western-style stone house, originally built as...Read More

  • 13. Motomachi Bairin

    $$$$ | Naka-ku | Japanese

    The area of Motomachi is known as the wealthy, posh part of Yokohama; restaurants here tend to be exclusive and expensive, though the service...Read More

  • 14. Nantai

    $$ | Japanese

    The low tables, antiques, and pillows scattered on tatami flooring make visitors feel like they're dining in a traditional Japanese living room...Read More

  • 15. Rinka-en

    $$$$ | Naka-ku | Japanese

    If you visit the gardens of Sankei-en, you might want to have lunch or dinner at this traditional country restaurant, which serves kaiseki-style...Read More

  • 16. Roma Statione

    $$$ | Naka-ku | Italian

    Opened more than 40 years ago, this popular venue between Chinatown and Yamashita Park is Yokohama's source for Italian food. The owner, whose...Read More

  • 17. Sawamoto

    $$$ | Japanese

    Charcoal-broiled unagi (eel) is an acquired taste, and there's no better place in Nikko to acquire it than at this small and unpretentious...Read More

  • 18. Scandia

    $$$$ | Naka-ku | European

    This Scandinavian restaurant near the Silk Center and the business district is known for its smorgasbord. It's popular for business lunches...Read More

  • 19. Seryna Romanchaya

    $$$$ | Naka-ku | Japanese

    The hallmarks of this restaurant are ishiyaki steak, which is grilled on a hot stone, and shabu-shabu —thin slices of beef cooked in boiling...Read More

  • 20. Yokohama Cheese Cafe

    $$$ | Nishi-ku | Italian

    This is a cozy and inviting casual Italian restaurant, whose interior looks like an Italian country home. There are candles on the tables and...Read More

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