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TripAdvisor's Best Restaurants in Japan 2018

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Every year, TripAdvisor publishes lists to help travellers find some of the best hotels, restaurants and sightseeing spots around the country. Their latest collection of the best of the best focuses on Japan’s best restaurants, as chosen by foreign visitors. Check out the top ten (out of 30!) of some of Japan's best culinary offerings!

10. Izakaya High Spirits (Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture)

If you’re looking for a bite to eat while in the Mount Fuji region, this is the place to go! Reviewers praise literally everything on the menu, from the fresh sashimi to the succulent braised pork braised pork.

9. Matsukiya (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)

This restaurant specialises in Omi beef, which is said to be the top wagyu beef brand in Japan, boasting the longest history of more than 400 years. The low melting point of Omi beef fat means it renders even at the relatively low temperature of the human body, creating a rich, delicious flavor when cooked.

8. Steak Aoyama (Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture)

Another restaurant that specializes in wagyu beef, this family-owned business is renowned for its mouth-watering Kobe beef.

7. Ise Sueyoshi (Minato-ku, Tokyo)

With only six tables and five seats at the counter, this is one of the harder kaiseki (Japanese meals served in courses of small plates) restaurants to get into. But those who do get to dine here will be able to enjoy beautifully prepared seasonal dishes from a highly respected Japanese chef.

6. Okonomiyaki Katsu (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)

Although not typically associated with Kyoto, this small, family-run restaurant serves up some okonomiyaki that diners say is utterly delicious. It has a very homely atmosphere thanks to its charming staff.

5. Nino (Nara, Nara Prefecture)

According to diners, the husband and wife duo who run this restaurant are incredibly kind, with a life philosophy to “smile and be kind to people ,and let other people smile." They also dish out some delicious Italian fare too, as chef Nino spent time honing his cooking skills in Milan.

4. Sakurajaya (Takayama, Gifu Prefecture)

Visitors have been heaping praise on this restaurant for years, calling it Takayama’s best. Not only do chef Hiroshi and his mother create spectacular Japanese meals, they also take the time to explain each dish to diners so they can understand exactly what makes it so delicious.

3. Hamburg & Steak Pound Umekoji (Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)

If you’re craving a good burger or a meaty steak in Kyoto, this joint has what you’re looking for! It uses top ingredients like aged Kobe beef for an unforgettable dinner.

2. Nabezo (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)

Nabe hot pot dishes like shabu-shabu are the specialty at this restaurant, and with all-you-can-eat deals offering up mouthwatering cuts of meat, this is an incredibly popular destination for diners.

1. Han no Daidokoro Kadochika (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

And finally, taking the coveted top spot on the list of foreign visitors’ favourite restaurants is this yakiniku grilled BBQ joint, conveniently located just a few minutes from Shibuya Station. Wagyu beef from Yamagata Prefecture is the star of the menu here, with diners raving about the top quality of the melt-in-the-mouth beef.

For the other incredible entries on TripAdvisor's Top 30 list, be sure to read the full article from our friends at SoraNews24 via the link below!

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