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Yakitori Alley

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For a nice change from the bustling pace of Ginza’s shopping district head for Yakitori Alley under the JR train tracks off Harumi-Dori. The many small yakitori stalls are housed in tiny old shops in old buildings that are slowly being renovated into more trendy outlets. Friday night is the best time to go to spend time with local Tokyoites, drink some well priced beer and sake and enjoy the succulent yakitori.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00, closed Sundays and holidays
  • Location: Under the JR train tracks off Harumi-Dori
  • Subway: Hibiya station, Mita, Chiyoda and Hibiya lines
  • Cuisine: Yakitori
  • Price Range: Budget
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Sushi Karaku

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This clean, simple basement-level restaurant offers delectable Edo-mae sushi made by chefs who have a strong commitment to the traditions of Japanese food craftsmanship. With the best and freshest fish including tuna from Oma in the Tsugaru Straits area, choice sea bream and salmon Karaku sushi is mouth-watering. There is an English menu and the head chef knows all of his fish in English as well. Try to be seated at the counter for an interactive experience with the chef.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30-15:00, 17:00-23:00; Sat-Sun 11:30-21:30
  • Subway: Ginza station, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Ginza lines
  • Address: Nishi-5bankan Bldg. B1F, 5-6-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: 03-3571-2250
  • Cuisine: Sushi
  • Price Range: Lunch: budget, Dinner: luxury
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Sankame

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Serving superior Kansai-style Japanese food since 1946 this one-star Michelin rated restaurant is popular with famous authors, businesspeople and politicians. Seasonal items including blowfish, trout and eel keep the menu dynamic while other favourites are available year-round. There is both an a la carte menu and a tasting menu if you can’t decide what to choose.

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 12:00-14:00, 17:00-22:00
  • Subway: Ginza station, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Ginza lines
  • Address: 6-4-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: 03-3571-0573
  • Cuisine: Traditional Japanese
  • Price Range: Lunch: budget, Dinner: luxury
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Kosetsu

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Kosetsu was awarded one Michelin star in the 2009 Tokyo guide for its excellent soba. The main concept of the restaurant is to present soba in many different delicious varieties. Set meals available at lunch time feature two servings of soba, each very different from what other establishments serve, plus an assortment of appetizers and dessert accompanies the set. 

  • Opening Hours: 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:30; Closed on Sun
  • Subway: Higashi-Ginza station, Asakusa and Hibiya lines
  • Address: 2F, 2-13-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: 03-3543-6565
  • Cuisine: Soba
  • Price Range: Lunch: budget, Dinner: luxury
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Kanda Kikukawa

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This vibrant restaurant is one of Tokyo’s hidden gems and the long lines at lunch time are evidence of this. Located under the National Theatre Kikukawa is famous for unagi, eel. Boasting picture-perfect servings of the sweet glazed eel, the restaurant is also known for its generous serving sizes. Special soup called osuhimono accompanies the eel and Japanese tea is the perfect way to wash it all down. Regular table seating and tatami rooms are available. 

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-21:00; Sat 11:00-20:00; closed Sun
  • Subway: Hibiya station, Mita, Chiyoda and Hibiya lines
  • Address: 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
  • Tel: 03-3211-4939
  • Cuisine: Unagi
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Dorobushi

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For an all-organic, naturally-seasoned meal of healthy Japanese food try Dorobushi in the FANCEL Square Building. The stylish interiors complement the precision with which all the dishes are served mostly vegetarian with some meat offerings as well.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-15:00, 17:00-22:30; Sat & Sun 11:00-15:00, 17:00-22:00
  • Subway: Ginza station, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Ginza lines
  • Address: 8/9F FANCEL Square Bldg., 5-8-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: 03-5537-3930
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Organic
  • Price Range: Lunch: budget, Dinner: pricey
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Nabezo

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Big appetites will be satisfied at Nabezo, a well-known all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu and sukiyaki restaurant. Very affordable 90-minute courses are available or alternatively you can choose the ‘mixed course’ and enjoy both shabu-shabu and sukiyaki, provided you have at least two people in your party. Rice bowl refills are free to please hungry diners.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch only
  • Subway: Ginza station, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Ginza lines
  • Address: B2F Diamond Bldg., 5-9-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: 03-5537-2010
  • Cuisine: Shabu-shabu / Sukiyaki
  • Price Range: Budget
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Sukiyabashi Jiro

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Visit Sukiyabashi for some really special sushi. This tiny restaurant with only 10 counter seats, located in the basement under a flourishing Ginza business building was awarded three stars in the 2009 Tokyo Michelin Guide distinguishing it as one of the absolute best sushi restaurants in the world! Prime ingredients are sourced from Tsukiji market daily and are then kept in separate refrigerators at different temperatures to best preserve the freshness and delicate flavours.

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30-14:00, 17:00-20:30; Sat 11:30-14:00; Closed Sun
  • Subway: Ginza station, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Ginza lines
  • Address: B1F. Tsukamoto Sogyo Bldg. 4-2-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: 03-3535-3600
  • Cuisine: Sushi
  • Price Range: Luxury
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Rengatei

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For more than one hundred years Rengatei has served its special variety of western influenced dishes including tonkatsu and omlette-rice. Hailed as the inventor of tonkatsu, fried foods are suitably well represented on the menu but there are a number of other well proportioned dishes to choose from. You will feel like you have stepped back into the 1920s when you enter this quaint and cozy restaurant. 

  • Opening Hours: 11:15-15:00, 16:40-21:00; Closed Sun
  • Subway: Ginza station, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Ginza lines
  • Address: 3-5-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: 03-3561-3882
  • Cuisine: Teishoku, Yoshoku
  • Price Range: Budget
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Kondo

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With two Michelin stars this restaurant is recognized as an excellent venue for enjoying fresh crispy tempura. The owner chef imports his vegetables from all areas of the country and then preserves them in ice to lock in their moisture. The tempura is lightly fried in the chef’s own special blend of sesame oil. Enjoy the delicious tempura at a counter table in one of the two small dining rooms.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00-15:00, 17:00-22:30; Closed Sun
  • Subway: Ginza station, Marunouchi, Hibiya, Ginza lines
  • Address: 9F, Sakaguchi Bldg., 5-5-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku
  • Tel: 03-5568-0923
  • Cuisine: Tempura
  • Price Range: Lunch: pricey, Dinner: luxury
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