This family run eatery serves no nonsense Akita cuisine in a simple setting that is more like your aunt’s kitchen than a temple to fine dining. If you are hungry, iconic Akita dishes such as the Kiritanpo Set Meal is available at 1950 yen. It is an unique way to try Akita’s famous komachi rice on a stick. I tried another iconic local dish called Inaniwa Udon at 950 yen. Until the modern era in the late nineteenth century, Inaniwa Udon was quite rare, being consumed mainly by the Imperial Household and it can be difficult to buy in the markets at that time. Being flat and rectangular, it looks a bit like Vietnamese pho noodles.
Ippei Soba is a noodles restaurant at the heart of Koganei, twenty minutes away from Shinjuku. They cook Soba and Ramen ippei style with a homemade, delicious sauce, and are dedicated to work with only the freshest ingredients. Ippei Soba is cheap, healthy and delicious!
An absolute must for seafood lovers (and a recommendation for all) is a visit to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market. If you’re eager and up early, you can catch the tuna auction; otherwise, visit the many stalls and restaurants for some delicious, fresh seafood.