Now that Japan is open to tourists again, it’s time to make a beeline for all that Tokyo has to offer. And if you happen to be visiting the capital this autumn, you’re in for a treat as chefs pull out all the stops to tantalise your tastebuds.
Pull up a pew at one of these (pre-booked) top tables with a leafy view:
Tucked away near Aoyama Park is a tiny, eight-seat Takumi Shingo. The out-of-this-world omakase spotlights rarely featured autumn ingredients. Chef Shingo Takahashi once worked in a sake brewery, so expect a deep knowledge and solid use of sake in the kitchen and dining room.
1F / Win Aoyama / 2-2-15 Minami Aoyama Minatoku / +81-3-6434-0074 / Two seatings, 6pm and 9pm Thu-Tue
Kagurazaka Maeda Hoshun-an
Kaiseki is a menu of seasonal pre-ordained dishes largely dependent on seasonality – in this case, regional Kaga cuisine from the Hokuriku region, enjoyed amid the Imperial Gardens.
2F / Japan Life Marunouchi Garden Tower / 2-1-1 Marunouchi / Chiyoda-ku / +81 3-6457-5020 / kaga-ya.com
With soaring views of the immaculate Imperial Gardens, this is the second offering from sushi master Rei Masuda, whose eponymous restaurant holds two Michelin Stars. Flip-fresh seasonal ingredients are sourced through long-held and trusted connections at Tokyo’s Toyosu Market.
4F / The Peninsula Hotel / 1-8-1 Yurakucho / Chiyoda-ku / +81 3 6270 2990 / sushiwakon-tokyo.com
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