15 Nov The best secret restaurants in Tokyo
There’s only one country in the world where you get historic and culturally rich temples, beautiful cherry blossoms, wondrous scenic views and some of the best technology in the world: Japan.
And at the heart of the country lies the unmissable city of Tokyo. No matter where you journey around the country, from the heights of Mt Fuji to the peaceful and serene Koya-san Temple, no journey is complete without a tour of this sprawling metropolis.
One thing that cannot be missed while in Tokyo is the food. With the best Japanese cuisine in the country, there are literally thousands of options for you to choose from and you will never be disappointed.
But if you’re really looking for the best of the best, you will want to try five of the city’s most hidden gems.
1. Ninja Akasaka, Chiyoda
Secret restaurants don’t get more hidden than a secret entrance guarded by ninjas. At Ninja Akasaka, this is exactly what you’ll get.
The front door is pure black with no markings. If you enter, you’ll see nothing but black walls. But don’t worry, once you’re inside, black-clad ninjas will escort you to the entrance of a secret fortress, which contains an impressive waterfall and semi-separate rooms to dine.
It’s a spectacle, topped with world-class cuisine. No wonder the likes of Lady Gaga and Steven Steilberg have chosen to dine here.
2. Kissa Sakaiki
Love live entertainment? The Kissa Sakaiki is right up your street.
Hosting local artists and actors, the Kissa Sakaiki is an independent Jazz cafe that you’ll adore spending the evening in. That’s if you can find it, of course. The cafe is completely unmarked and located in a residential area, making it a true hidden gem.
3. Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant, Shinjuku
Step right into wonderland, with the Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant in Shinjuku.
And when we say themed, we mean themed. As soon as you go through the book-shaped front door, you won’t be able to move for wonderland memorabilia. This includes a huge central blood-red heart table, full-scale murals and, of course, employees in full costume.
If you want a feast for your eyes, this is worth a visit. But if you’re more interested in your food, maybe give this one a miss.
4. Aoyama Flower Market Tea House
Luscious, vibrant and breathtaking. Those are the words you’ll use to describe this tea house combined with a florist.
If you’re looking to catch a break from busy Tokyo, this is the perfect stop to clear your mind and take a breath.
5. Aronia de Takazawa, Minato
Exclusive isn’t the word for this restaurant. There are only two tables and a stainless steel kitchen, where renowned master Chef Takazawa will personally prepare some of the best food you’ve ever tasted.
Book early though. This restaurant is highly sought after, and the waiting list goes on for six months.
Tuck into the city These are our choices for Tokyo’s five hidden dining gems, with something in the list to suit every taste. That’s part of the city’s beauty – it has something to offer everybody.