In terms of dining, Tokyo has a lot to offer. If you want to experience high-end Japanese cuisine, one strong option to consider is Nihonryori Ryugin run by chef Seiji Yamamoto. This upscale restaurant is nicely hidden in the residential side of trendy district Roppongi and awarded with the maximum 3 Michelin stars.
Unless you are already in Japan and speak fluent Japanese, you will have to ask your hotel to make the table booking for you as they only take reservations by phone and from within Japan. RyuGin‘s well-designed entrance doesn’t feature any menu or even anything indicating a restaurant. It’s likely all tables are booked far in advance and this isn’t the kind of restaurant you stumble upon. The dining room itself is small and without any windows. Atmosphere is felt and noiseless. At time of visit (April 2015), the staff was a mix of Japanese and French waiters and the unique menu had 10 refined courses. You are strongly advised to have the very original tea pairing to go with the dishes, instead of the usual wine pairing! Some of the teas are quite sophisticated and accompany food surprisingly well. Most of them are served cold, in beautiful wine glasses. If you are revolted by raw fish, prepare to be astonished. When carefully selected and prepared, it turns out to have a very delicate and fine taste (far from the strong smell cooked or fried fish often has).
Nothing disappointing in this state-of-the-art Japanese restaurant, besides a certain stiffness. Prices are reasonable, especially if you choose the tea pairing (again, very recommended). RyuGin means “the dragon’s voice” and offers a great Japanese gastronomical experience in Tokyo.