Good Eats: Akasaka Tantei (Tokyo)

UPDATE: Although Akasaka Tantei is still in business at the same location, they no longer offer the fantastic lunch deals they once did. Lunch now begins around ¥4000, while dinner runs at least ¥10,000 per person. Although I have spent three of my five years in Japan on the island of Okinawa, I must admit... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Waentei-Kikko (Tokyo)

Asakusa is such a well-trampled neighborhood (and deservedly so, it's one of my favorite in Tokyo) that it's difficult to find an eatery off the beaten track. Yet that's exactly the description I would apply to Waentei-Kikko, my choice for lunch on one of my recent weekend trips to Tokyo. Waentei-Kikko sits far enough off... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Ryokan

When most travelers come to Japan, they don't necessarily envision themselves bedding down in the nearest Best Western. Yet ryokan (Japanese inns) may seem a bit mysterious and intimidating. So, what exactly goes on behind the curtain? Here's a quick look at what staying in a ryokan entails. Ryokan came to prominence in the Edo Period (1603-1868), when... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Grotto (Kyoto)

UPDATE: Grotto has since closed. I'm fairly certain that the tiny culinary outpost of Grotto (in Kyoto's Northern Higashiyama district) would be welcoming on any evening - seeing as how it was downpouring the night that I had my reservation, the warmth of the restaurant was especially appreciated. Grotto is definitely not on the tour... Continue Reading →

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