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Ten-ichi lives up to its reputation. This classic tempura spot serves excellent food in a traditional but comfortable atmosphere. A counter seat is a must but there are larger rooms that also accommodate groups.
Okay Italian / Spanish spot. Serves a mix of pasta and a daily curry. The early 11 a.m. opening is a plus if you need an early lunch option but no real reason to pick this place.
This Korean spot is completely out of the way for most tourists but the food and service are good and the prices are very reasonable. The scallion and seafood piña cakes are delish.
This upscale traditional Japanese restaurant feels more Kyoto than Tokyo. Hidden in a small alley that is known for its Geisha, this is a great place to experience old world Japan. Service is kimono-clad impeccable. Food is primarily kaiseki with a focus on seafood but shabu shabu and other meat options are available on request. No English is spoken. If you decide to go, have a local call to prearrange your course. Prices run $100-$200 per person excluding drinks.
Baseball games in Japan are pure joy and the Yomiuri Giants are Tokyo's home team making a home game at Tokyo Dome especially enjoyable. Seats sell out but standing tickets are often available on short notice for only 1,000 JPY at the stadium box office. You may also try one of numerous ticket resellers located throughout the city and near the stadium -- despite a slight mark up, seats are still pretty reasonable.
Good no frills inexpensive sushi spot specializing in tuna. Very popular in the evenings. Great value.
The one stop shop for tourist kitsch / souvenirs. I'm not a huge fan but it is incredibly popular with foreign visitors. For something artisinal, there are much better places but this is THE souvenir supermarket.
Decent cocktail spot with a good view of Tokyo Dome. This is definitely a date place and wine and champagne carry a romance premium. Open until 3 a.m. The vibe is more tranquil than festive. Fine for a night cap if you are close by but I wouldn't seek it out.
This high-end sushi spot has a number of outlets throughout the city and quality is consistently good. The Keio Plaza Hotel location is lovely even though I'm not a fan of the hotel itself. A counter seat is a must. The chefs are true artisans and watching them is a highlight.
Accessible on a day pass for visitors for 2,100 JPY via the Tokyo Dome Hotel. Clean with good views and not crowded. Hours are a bit short to be practical -- closes at 6 pm on weekdays and doesn't open until 10 on weekends. You need to change between outdoor and indoor shoes (normal custom for Japan). If you don't have indoor workout shoes, clean up what you have and use them but be sure to go through the process of changing shoes as you move from the "outdoor" area to the inside workout space.
Last entry is an hour before close. Equipment is a little old and foreigners make the staff here very nervous so non-Japanese speakers may feel uncomfortable.
Very mediocre Chinese spot in Kanda. My sweet chili shrimp dish tasted like it had been squeezed out of a bag. The atmosphere is slightly better than the other Chinese spots on this strip but I'd gladly take my chances elsewhere next time.
Roller coaster with good views of the city -- if you aren't too scared to look. The only ride really worth rising inside Tokyo Dome City. You can buy an individual ticket for 1,030 JPY. No need for a day pass unless you are really bored or have small children.
This crappy little smoke trap is affiliated with Renoir (an upscale old- school crappy little smoke trap). Bad coffee. Firmly at the bottom of the Westernized Japanese coffee chains. Even Dotour is better.
Nice men's import clothing store with a good selection of J-Crew-esque styles. The selection of short sleeve shirts has to be among the most comprehensive I have seen anywhere though the emphasis on florals was a bit too much for me. A good option for residents. Visitors can probably find better prices by waiting until they are home.
This onsen (hot spring) complex is one of very few in central Tokyo and it is impressive. Complete with outdoor rotenburo and a variety of saunas and relaxation areas. About as close as you will get to the countryside equivalent in central Tokyo and it also has nice views of Tokyo Dome City.
The Healing Baden low temperature sauna is extra but I enjoyed it and thought it was worth the extra fee. This area has the best views and, even though it isn't a bath per se, the relaxation areas were pleasant and it was a good place to cool off after the onsen. The cool sauna with jellyfish aquarium was also really neat.
Read up on onsen etiquette before you go. You will not be allowed in if you have tattoos. There is good English guidance so this is a good place for a first-timer who doesn't speak Japanese and feels uncomfortable going with friends.
It is possible to spend the night by sleeping in the relaxation rooms -- which would make it a very cheap sleeping option for someone on a tight budget.
Open from 11 am to 9 am the following day. With an in-house restaurant, cafe, and numerous spa options, you really could spend most of a day here if that was your thing.
This tasty Szechuan spot has quaint atmosphere and good food. Off the beaten path but worth seeking out. Hand sliced noodles (Toshomen) are the specialty and the Mara Toshomen are delicious.