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post #61 of 79
Try the B Akasaka. Nice for a business hotel and not much coin. I like the lunch set with tempura at Kazahana, the Japanese restaurant inside the Conrad. There's also a good bar on one of the top floors of this nearby building to the Conrad. Japanese style floor seating with a pit for the legs, and you nudge up to an insane live-edge Bubinga slice of a counter. Bartender is there usually chipping away at ice, making ice balls.
post #62 of 79
Hotel will be tough with golden week... Good luck!
post #63 of 79
Oh, no.. Trip isn't until summer, the other posts just made me remember to ask
post #64 of 79
Wow Mcdonald's here actually taste like fresh good Mcdonalds!

So I'm really close to shinjuku station.

Any good specialty cocktail boozing places around here?
post #65 of 79
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Wow Mcdonald's here actually taste like fresh good Mcdonalds!

So I'm really close to shinjuku station.

Any good specialty cocktail boozing places around here?

Check out the Golden Gai - not sure if there is specialty booze, but if you want to drink some beers, it is a great place. I'm SURE that with 300+ bars in 2 blocks, there IS a good cocktail place, just not sure which one and if outsiders are welcome.
post #66 of 79
Golden Gai bars aren't gonna have the kind of bottle selection or the kind of staff to make a mixologist-type drink, but they are fun to drink at. I have a friend who owns a few places in the Golden Gai and his are mostly staffed by cute girls and are meant to be quirky.

There are bars all over Shinjuku though, so finding a drink isn't a problem. Real cocktail bars with the skills are concentrated more towards Ginza, though there are serious bars smattered all over. Few are bad, but I think the guys with the magic mix skills are probably tending bar in Ginza.
post #67 of 79
Thread Starter 
Hey guys!

Glad this thread is active smile.gif

So I managed to finalize my planning in Japan.

We'll go first to Nara for three days.
Then Kyoto for 4 days (we'll hit Chihana, the three star restaurant).
Tokyo for 9 days (we'll try to go Mizutani)

But a break in Hakone for 2 days in the middle of Tokyo, to relax smile.gif

Any reco in these cities?
Hakone for food? I'm a bit worried :P
post #68 of 79
I'm actually in Hakond right now. Stayed in miyanoshita, did the whole ryokan hog springs thing. Umm.. The private springs was dope but my spot was right on the river. Really creepy at night.
post #69 of 79
Thread Starter 
I tried to book a ryokan but damn pretty much everything is booked lol. frown.gif
we actually saved up money actually going to the hyatt. Ah well... not the same but I'll take it.

So where do you eat?
post #70 of 79
In miyashoita. The sushi restaurant and the tempura spot. I forgot the names but those are the only places in that small town anyway.
post #71 of 79
any good Soba spots in shinjuku?
post #72 of 79
I tried Blacow in Ebisu last night.

Damn good burger.

Only lowlights ( and these are spoiled lowlights ) were meat was a bit too done (i like mine medium rare) and it was smart to get all the sauces on the side.
post #73 of 79
I'm sure there is great soba in shinjuku. I don't know it though. I do know a great place on the 5th floor of the shin maronouchi bldg across from my fave tonkatsu place
post #74 of 79
Thread Starter 
I got a reservation at Chihana in Kyoto and Sushi Saito in Tokyo!
Leaving in twelve days !!!
post #75 of 79

So how was the trip? I absolutely love traveling in Japan. 

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