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Japanese restaurants have taken so long to be English friendly. Guests staying with Airbnb who has no concierge must be finding it very difficult to book restaurants.
Here I will give you a tip on how to reserve the best restaurants in town. Hopefully this helps you when you make your itinerary.

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Ishikawa (Kappo)
Reservations are accepted by phone only. Phone number: +81-3-5225-0173. Call between the hours of 12:00pm to 12:00am. English available.
http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1309/A130905/13004079/

about 6 years ago 1474167600

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For foreigners, they will now only allow reservations to be made online, not even from a hotel concierge. There are 2 booking sites: Omakase and Tableall. The booking fee is less with Omakase. Reservations can be made starting 2 months before the month in which you hope to dine.

https://www.omakase-japan.jp/en/stores/10993

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Matsukawa (Kappo)
By referral only (name of referral will be asked at the time of reservation). Reservations are accepted by phone only. Phone number: +81-3-6277-7371. English available. Reservation is only available for 2 or more guests, except for lunch. ※Lunch is only served on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1307/A130701/13124391/

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Referral does not have to be a regular; anyone who has been to Matsukawa once can be a referral.

about 6 years ago 1474167600
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Tabiko advised that you need to speak Japanese in order to dine there, is it true?

over 3 years ago 1551686035
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tanseaway

They have at least one English speaking staff who will assist you during your meal - so it's not necessary to speak Japanese.

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localtaste

This info was accurate at the time this article was written, two years ago. In 2019, I believe booking by new clients for dining at the counter there, unfortunately, would be impossible.

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Viv

@localtaste, is lunch booking possible for first timers?

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localtaste

@viv I have to let Leo / others correct me if I am wrong. But lunch booking at the counter isn’t even possible for first timer. Personally, I prefer Kimoto and a number of people I know agree. (But some disagree though.)

over 3 years ago 1554142006
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Matsukawa is introduction only regardless of lunch or dinner. Kimoto is bookable by omakase, though one has to engage in internet warfare.

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it's still relatively easy to book kimoto on omakase. definitely not an amamoto situation where everything is gone within seconds.

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Viv

thanks localtaste! loved kimoto too, it is probably the best kaiseki i've been to so far.

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localtaste

@viv u r always welcome. As u got lots of dining experience at so many top restaurants, I don’t think u would miss as much as u thought without visiting Matsukawa. I know how u feel, especially it’s on the top of the list everybody is talking about. Some of any top of these restaurant lists could be disappointing. They are subject to lots of factors including culinary politics. There are so many great restaurants out there which yet unknown and not too difficult to book.

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@localtaste I hear you. I recently been to a top rated french restaurant in Tokyo and felt underwhelmed. The restaurant was so hard to get into but is ordinary at best in my opinion. Sometimes things are just overhyped, especially by SNS. So thank you for sharing your honest opinions of restaurants here. I used to want to go to every highly rated restaurant but now more of going with the flow. 一期一会 it is!

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Sushi Saito (Sushi)
Reservations are accepted by phone only. Phone number: +81-3-3589-4412. Reservation available for the following month on 1st of every month at 9am. However, no one I know has been successful at calling to make a reservation. English availability unknown. Reservations for 2016 is closed already.
http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130802/13015251/

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Kenji

Have you had any luck getting in here?@Leo Saito

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Yes, I've been there a few times after being taken by a friend who is a regular. It's the top sushi in Japan. It seems that it's easier to get a reservation in the separate room held by the second-in-command, Shunji-san.

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Kenji

@Leo Saito I read about that room. When somebody takes you to Saito, are you able to make a reservation after your dinner? I suspect that even on the first of the month, they don't even bother picking up the phone. When I do get through, it's usually an answering machine.

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Yeah it seems like they don't accept new reservations over the phone anymore. Even if you do manage to get through you only get an answering machine. It's a waste of time and effort...
But if you go there even just once, you should be able to make the next reservation at that time. Apparently there is a waiting list about 6 months to 1 year long though.

almost 6 years ago 1482976032

Kengo Yamada

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Yoroniku (Yakiniku)
Reservations are accepted by phone only. Phone number: +81-3-3498-4629. English available. https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1306/A130602/13042979/

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Leo Saito

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Jimbocho Den (Kappo)
Reservations are acceted by phone only. Phone number: +81-3-3222-3978. Call between the hours of 11:00am to 4:00pm. It may be difficult to establish phone connections in the earlier hours. We recommend calling after 2pm. English available.
http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1310/A131003/13046855/

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