There are no less than 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo, densely packed into the central districts. In many cases, the best selection is found in multi-story shopping centers, many of which boast food courts as well as dedicated restaurants.
English-language menus aren't always available. In lieu of this, many restaurants in Tokyo keep a display case stocked with plastic ‘sample' dishes and visitors can point to what looks good. Be advised that closing times indicate when the last customer is expected to leave rather than take a seat or place an order.
Places for Foods and Restaurants in Tokyo, Japan
Dining in Ginza
Along with its neighbour Hibiya, Ginza is Tokyo's most exclusive commercial district. The best selection is either inside of or attached to the large shopping complexes here. Budget diners needn't despair, as a string of yakitori (grilled chicken) stands congregate under the elevated commuter railway near the Imperial Hotel.
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International Cuisines in Shinjuku
Restaurants in Shinjuku, Tokyo cover all the bases. Visitors enjoy a pleasing mix of international and Japanese cuisine. The best selection applies to local cuisine, with plenty of mid-range and upscale options. Many of the high-rise buildings in Shinjuku boast restaurants with a view.
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Popular with Japanese teenagers, Harajuku also holds sway with adults because of its colorful café and shop district. Fashionable clothes are widely available at affordable prices. The local highlight is the twice-monthly Sunday flea market.
Shibuya targets commuters, especially students and middle-class office workers. Ticket prices average a little lower than in neighboring districts, but it's still possible to splurge. At the budget end are a few pizzerias, Mexican cantinas and Chinese restaurants.
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Known for its nightlife and bars, Roppongi caters to young partiers with noodles, pizza and pub fare. There aren't as many splurge options in Roppongi, as the party atmosphere keeps fine diners at bay.
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