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OHAKO's 5 Best Food Recommendations in Japan of 2023

At Ohako, we've had the privilege of exploring so many restaurants all across Japan. From Sushi, Wagyu, Desserts and more, its safe to say that our taste buds are well versed in Japanese cuisine. That being said here are 5 places that stood out to us throughout our travels in 2023 (so far)!

1.Hozenji Yamakazu

Hozenji Yamakazu is home to an unagi master that has been grilling unagi for over 30 years and serves the best eel bowls! They have different bowls ranging from the full eel bowl to the eel and salmon roe combo. Our personal favorite was the eel and uni combo. In addition to the masterfully crafted food, Yamakazu is located in the Hozenji shrine so you can truly immerse yourself in the culture of Japan. Definitely a must try if you’re in Osaka!

Location: Hozenji Yamakazu 1 Chome-1-16 Nanba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0076

Number: 06-6211-5800

2.Yakiniku Mafia

Yakiniku Mafia Ikebukuro serves the freshest Wagyu beef in Tokyo, Japan! Here, they serve the rare "Ozaki" beef. Ozaki beef is an exclusive Wagyu variety from the Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan. Named after the dedicated farmer, Mr. Muhenaru Ozaki, these Japanese black cattle are raised using cutting-edge techniques, resulting in beautifully marbled, light, and sweet meat that's simply irresistible.

On top of the quality Wagyu, this isn't your traditional Yakinuku spot. Here, the lively staff will theatrically guide you through the course that you pick! If you want amazing quality Wagyu and a genuine experience to go along with it, this place is a must visit.

Location: 〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima City, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−26−6, The Sh One, 7F

Number: 03-3981-1129

3.Gion Wagyu Ryotei Bungo

Gion Wagyu Ryotei Bungo in Kyoto, Japan offers a rare experience to be able to hang out with a Maiko and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity! A "Maiko" is an apprentice Geisha, meaning they're trained to showcase traditional Japanese instruments such as the shamisen, along with captivating songs and dances. On top of the incredible performance they serve an amazing full course wagyu meal. A must visit if you want to experience the cultural arts of Japan.

Contact: @Gion.wagyu_ryotei_bungo on Instagram for more information and booking!

Location: Gion Wagyu Ryotei Bungo, 〒605-0087 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Motoyoshicho, 56

4.New York Dou

New York Dou has been run by a family in Nagasaki, Japan for four generations. Here, they've been making the best castella for nearly 100 years! The first generation master learned his craft in New York in the early 1900's and brought his skills back home to Japan. In addition to honing their renowned castella craft, they also created a new Castella Ice Cream dessert that you have to try in their store! This place is a must visit for those with a sweet tooth.

Location: 3-17 Furukawamachi, Nagasaki, 850-0851

5.Sushi Sakaba Teppei

Sushi Sakaba Teppei is an Omakase sushi experience for the insanely affordable price of 30 USD. Located in Osaka, Japan, they have a wide variety of great quality sushi options. However, in addition to being an affordable Omakase place, we recommend stopping by here to experience their innovative seafood dishes developed by their sushi master. This isn't an experience you would be able to get anywhere else! Definitely a must try if you’re in Osaka!

Location: Japan, 〒530-0002 Osaka, Kita Ward, Sonezakishinchi, 1 Chome−5−18 零北新地ビル 6F

Contact: 050-5589-4709

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