Indulge in Tokyo: Elite Restaurants and Attractions for Hosting Your Guests
There are many restaurants in Tokyo, but what exactly are the best upscale Tokyo restaurants for entertaining non-Japanese?
Also, if we were to come up with an entertainment plan that would please our special foreign guests coming to Japan, what would it be?
This article provides information on Tokyo’s fine restaurants and Tokyo sightseeing experiences that will delight foreigners.
If you decide to entertain foreigners, please take a look at the contents you will want to read.
5 Tokyo Fine Dining Restaurants Recommended for Entertaining Foreigners
Here are five fine restaurants in Tokyo that will please foreign VIPs.
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Kaiseki Cuisine “Kitaoji Akasaka Saryo
With 28 rooms and 240 seats, all of which are completely private rooms, this restaurant is truly suitable for a dinner party.
All rooms are beautiful Japanese-style rooms, so foreigners can enjoy Kaiseki cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
Seasonal Japanese cuisine, prepared with expert skill, combines the beauty of Japanese tradition and modernity, and is available in a choice of five kaiseki courses.
Vegetarian kaiseki is available and recommended for vegetarian foreigners.
Vegetarian kaiseki is made without any animal products, down to the broth, so vegans can enjoy authentic kaiseki cuisine.
Basic store information:
Official website: https://kitaohji.co.jp/akasakasaryo/
Address: Akasaka Eight One Building B1F, 2-13-5 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0014, Japan
Phone number: +81 3-5512-3737
Open: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sushi “Sushi Tatsumi
For authentic Edomae sushi entertainment, we recommend Sushi Tatsumi in Roppongi.
The reason why this restaurant is recommended for entertaining and dining with foreigners is that in addition to enjoying authentic sushi in an elegant Japanese setting, the restaurant offers a large selection of sake and wine, which are the owner’s specialties.
This restaurant is perfect for those who also want to enjoy sake, and you can enjoy the seasonal flavors of Japan with the skill of a master chef.
Basic store information:
Official website: https://gf11425.gorp.jp/
Address: Marusho Kobayashi 6-chome Bldg. 5F, 6-1-4 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Reservation number: 050-5384-9926
Inquiry number: 03-6804-5327
Wagyu Kaiseki Japanese Beef Kaiseki in a private room & Shochu Dining “Ginza Take no An Honten”.
Recommended for foreigners who want to enjoy Wagyu beef is Ginza Take-no-an, which has the atmosphere of a hideout.
Recommended for small group entertainment.
The courses are suitable for important dinners, and since it is a shochu dining room, you can enjoy delicious shochu from all over Japan.
Especially recommended for foreigners is the “Luxury Kaiseki with A5 Japanese Black Beef Sirloin Charcoal Grill or Lobster Main Course”.
This is a luxurious course with a choice of A5-rank Japanese black beef sirloin or lobster.
The restaurant is registered as a smoking purpose store, so smokers will be happy to know that smoking is allowed in all rooms.
Smoking in the restaurant is not allowed in Europe, so smokers will appreciate it.
Basic Store Information
Official website: https://takenoan-gotyoume.com/
Address: Nishi-Gobangai Bldg. 4F, 5-6-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Reservation number: 050-5871-2757
Inquiry number: 03-5537-0388
Business hours: [Weekdays, Saturdays, holidays, and before holidays] 17:00 – 20:00 (L.O. 19:00) [Weekdays, Saturdays, holidays, and before holidays] Lunch 11:30 – 15:00 (L.O. 14:30) Monday – Saturday / L.O. 14:30
Yakitori Akasaka Zanmai
Akasaka Zanmai, a yakitori specialty restaurant where you can enjoy the taste of fresh ingredients such as the finest Akita Jidori chicken, fresh seafood directly delivered from Choshi Port, and organic vegetables, is also recommended for its upscale yakitori.
Kushiyaki skewers and chicken sukiyaki, both prepared over charcoal, and course meals that allow you to enjoy all the fresh ingredients are also attractive.
It is perfect for foreign customers who want to enjoy Japanese sake with more than 70 carefully selected varieties of sake, and the relaxed, modern Japanese space is very stylish and Tokyo-inspired.
Basic Store Information
Official website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1308/A130801/13004955/
Address: Akasaka Alt Building 6F, 3-8-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Reservation number: 050-5232-8640
Business hours: [Monday-Friday] Lunch 11:30 – 14:00 (13:30), Dinner 17:30 – 23:00 (22:00), [Saturday] Dinner 17:30 – 21:00 (20:00)
Robatayaki Kappou Roppongi Inakaya Higashi Branch
Robatayaki Roppongi Inakaya was the choice of the late former Prime Minister Abe when he entertained former President Trump.
Performances in which food is served with giant rice scoops are popular among foreign celebrities.
The restaurant, where former President Trump, Tom Cruise, Beckham, and other foreign celebrities are often seen, has something that attracts people from overseas.
I recommend it to those who are looking for a lively place for a dinner, not a quiet one.
Official website: http://www.roppongiinakaya.jp/
Address: Arrow Building 1F, 3-14-7 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Reservation number: 03-3408-5040
Business hours: [Monday-Sunday, holidays]17:00-23:00 Open Sundays
Tokyo sightseeing experiences that will delight foreign business guests
Entertaining foreigners with pleasure is not only about food and drinks.
Most foreigners, even if they are visiting Japan on business, would like to do some sightseeing in Japan.
Here are some recommended sightseeing options.
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trying the food at various restaurants
Eating and tasting Japanese gourmet food while strolling around Tokyo is actually highly recommended for business entertainment, as the relaxed atmosphere will deepen communication.
You can talk about many things while walking and see a different side of the person than you normally see.
Tokyo is a great city for food sightseeing.
You can spend a very fulfilling time if you focus on the points you want to explore.
If you are planning an eating tour, it is advisable to preplan the course and the spots where you can eat in advance.
If I don’t know much about it myself and have to guide them, I will have a very difficult time on the day of the event.
Motenas Japan is happy to consult with you about eating courses, so please feel free to contact us.
5 Tokyo Art Museums Popular with Foreigners
Many of our overseas VIPs and wealthy clients are interested in culture.
Guiding them to museums and concerts is also recommended, as they will be very happy to visit museums.
If you are interested in art, you will enjoy Japanese art as well as contemporary Japanese art.
Tokyo is a great place for culture lovers, as there are many wonderful museums and you can also enjoy contemporary architecture unique to Japan.
Below is a list of museums in Tokyo that are popular among foreigners.
Mori Art Museum, Mori Arts Center Gallery
MORI ART MUSEUM and Mori Arts Center Gallery are located on the 52F and 53F of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.
Although genres vary, contemporary art is the main focus of the program.
The museum is attracting attention from art collectors from home and abroad, so it will be a great pleasure to show it to those who are wealthy and have art collections.
Basic information about Mori Art Museum:
Official website of the Mori Art Museum: https://www.mori.art.museum/jp/
Hours: Monday, Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 – 22:00 (last admission 21:30), Tuesday 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Admission: Varies on the day or online
Closed: Outside of exhibition periods
Access: Approximately 3 minutes on foot from Exit 1C of Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (directly connected by concourse); approximately 6 minutes on foot from Exit 3 of Roppongi Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line; approximately 9 minutes on foot from Exit 7 of Azabu Juban Station; approximately 12 minutes on foot from Exit 4 of Azabu Juban Station on the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line; approximately 10 minutes on foot from Exit 5 of Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line “Nogizaka Station” Exit 5, approx. 10 min. on foot.
The National Art Center, Tokyo
The National Art Center, Tokyo, located in Nogizaka with its very beautiful modern architecture, is a spot where you can always enjoy special exhibitions.
The space of the museum is wonderful, and you can appreciate national and international art.
The location is also good for taking a break from strolling after a long day in the heat or cold.
The National Art Center, Tokyo Basic Information
The National Art Center, Tokyo Official website: https://www.nact.jp/exhibition_special/2023/cai/
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (admission until 30 minutes before closing) *Open until 20:00 every Friday and Saturday during the exhibition period
Admission: Varies with each exhibition.
Closed: Tuesdays *If Tuesday falls on a national holiday or substitute holiday, the museum will be open on Tuesday and closed on the following weekday.
Access: Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line “Nogizaka Station” Aoyama Reien direction ticket gate Exit 6 (directly connected to the museum), Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line “Roppongi Station” Exit 4a, 5 minutes walk, Toei Subway Oedo Line “Roppongi Station” Exit 7, 4 minutes walk
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo reopened in 2019.
With a focus on contemporary art, this museum is a must-visit destination for many art-loving visitors from abroad.
The permanent exhibition, consisting of 5,000 items from the collection, can be enjoyed in a spacious exhibition space, providing you with a peaceful time.
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo basic information:
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo official website: https://www.mot-art-museum.jp/exhibitions/
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Admission: Varies for each exhibition/screening
Closed: Mondays, Year-end and New Year holidays
Access: 9-minute walk from Exit B2 of Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, 13-minute walk from Exit A3 of Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Toei Subway Oedo Line
Located in Minami-Aoyama, the Nezu Museum is in a quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, and is a great place to visit on a walking tour of Aoyama and Harajuku.
The museum has a collection of over 7,000 works of art, including national treasures and important cultural properties, and a lovely serene Japanese garden.
The collection of tea ceremony utensils is particularly impressive, and is recommended for foreigners interested in Japanese culture.
There are many Japanese paintings and Yamato-e projects, and the modern Japanese architecture will allow you to fully enjoy Japan, so if you are guiding a foreigner, this is the museum in Tokyo that we recommend.
Basic information about Nezu Museum:
Official website of the Nezu Museum: https://www.nezu-muse.or.jp/jp/exhibition/next.html
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Admission (Special Exhibition): [Online reservation by date and time: Adults 1,500 yen, Students 1,200 yen, Same-day ticket (sold at the counter): Adults 1,600 yen, Students 1,300 yen,
Admission (special exhibition): [Online reservation] 1,300 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for students, 1,400 yen for adults, 1,100 yen for students.
Closed: Mondays, exhibition change periods, year-end and New Year holidays, (if Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday)
Access: 8-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Subway Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line, Chiyoda Line), Exit A5 (stairs)
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is located in the Midtown Garden in Tokyo Midtown.
Among the best points cited by foreign countries as Japan’s attractions, Japanese design is also attracting attention.
Even those who feel that museums are a bit inaccessible can enjoy this spot, so if you are looking for a unique way to explore Tokyo, we are sure you will be pleased to show them around.
Basic information about 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
Official website of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT: https://www.2121designsight.jp
Opening hours: 10:00-19:00 (admission until 18:30)
Adults: 1,400 yen, college students: 800 yen, high school students: 500 yen, junior high school students and younger: free
Closed: Tuesdays, year-end and New Year holidays, exhibition change periods
Access: 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo Line, 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, 5-minute walk from Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line
4 Popular Tokyo Shrines and Temples for Foreigners
Touring shrines and temples is also popular among foreign visitors to Japan.
Here we introduce some shrines and temples in Tokyo that are especially popular among foreigners.
Shrines and temples across Japan are visited daily by foreign tourists as spots where they can experience the Japanese sense of thought.
Asakusa is a town that retains a strong downtown atmosphere.
Senso-ji Temple, located in the center of the city, is the oldest temple in Tokyo, founded in 628.
Many festivals and events are held throughout the year, making it a great place to enjoy Edo culture.
Foreigners wearing kimonos and yukatas can also be seen.
The approach leading from the Kaminarimon is lined with restaurants and souvenir stores, making it a pleasant place to walk and admire.
Basic Information on Sensoji Temple
Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
Access: Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line / Tobu Isesaki Line (Tobu Skytree Line) / Tsukuba Express) 5 min. walk
Meiji Jingu Shrine in Shibuya is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Dowager Shoken.
Surrounded by nature so rich that it is hard to believe that it is in the middle of Tokyo, the 700,000-square-meter site is home to a forest of approximately 100,000 trees donated from all over Japan, allowing visitors to enjoy nature in all four seasons.
The number of visitors to the temple for Hatsumode is usually the largest in Japan, with more than 3 million people visiting the temple each year.
It is especially popular among Westerners.
Information on Meiji Jingu Shrine
Address: 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8557
Closest Station: Sangubashi Station (Odakyu Odawara Line)
After enjoying a pop culture stroll in Akihabara, be sure to visit Kanda Myojin.
Kanda Myojin is an old shrine with a history of about 1,300 years, and is said to be beneficial for luck in victory and sports, since warlords prayed for victory and united Japan under one roof in ancient times.
The temple is also famous for the devotion of Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic Corporation.
Kanda Myojin Information
Address: 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
Nearest station: Suehirocho Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line), 5 min. walk
With a history of about 1,900 years, beginning with the establishment of the shrine in Sendagi by Nippon no Musunoto, Nezu Shrine is an important cultural asset that is mentioned in Japanese mythology.
The grounds of the temple are home to a 2,000 tsutsuji (azalea) garden, where 3,000 azaleas of about 100 varieties are at their best in the latter half of April.
During this period, amazake tea houses, tree fairs, and stalls are lined up, and you can really feel the Japanese atmosphere.
The Senbon-torii, a tunnel of bright red torii gates, is quite a sight for foreigners.
Nezu Shrine Information
Address: 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0031
Nearest station: Nezu Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line), 5 min. walk
Japanese Pop Culture Experience
What is popular among foreigners is not only traditional Japanese culture, but also pop culture.
We also recommend that you consciously guide your visitors to Japanese pop culture during your visit to Tokyo.
For example, it is exciting just to experience the hustle and bustle of the city as you stroll through Akihabara, where you can enjoy anime, idols, and other culture.
It is also nice to stroll around Harajuku to see the various fashion cultures.
If you walk to Aoyama, you will find many stores where you can take a quiet rest, which is popular among VIP customers.
Many people think it is difficult to go alone, so they will be glad if you go around with them.
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High-end custom-made Japanese cultural experience recommended for entertaining foreigners
By planning a custom-made cultural experience that will delight your foreign guests, you can add a special touch to an otherwise stale entertainment experience.
If you are going to stay in Japan, we would like you to have a deeper experience of Japan.
Here are five Japanese cultural experiences that are especially recommended when entertaining guests in Tokyo.
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If you want to fully enjoy the spirit of Japanese hospitality, we recommend the tea ceremony.
Tea ceremonies are also held to entertain and welcome state guests, and foreign guests are treated with courtesy and respect.
The tea ceremony experience will be held in a tearoom with a tea ceremony service.
Omote-mae” means to serve matcha (powdered green tea).
Although the etiquette may seem difficult, you can do it slowly while explaining it to foreigners.
Although it has a stiff image, a special Japanese time spent in a quiet space is a uniquely Japanese experience.
The private room allows you to relax and unwind, and is also recommended for entertaining those who cannot drink alcohol due to religious or health reasons.
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The Sumo Experience is a Japanese cultural experience where you can learn about sumo while communicating with real sumo wrestlers.
The Sumo experience is especially recommended if you are entertaining foreigners in Tokyo.
After all, the sumo experience in Ryogoku, the home of sumo, is the most realistic experience in all of Japan.
Sumo, Japan’s national sport, attracts attention from abroad because of the fighting of large-bodied wrestlers.
The Sumo Experience includes a lecture by a sumo wrestler, a serious match, and a chance to challenge the sumo wrestler to a match.
It is facilitated in a congenial atmosphere, making it a very enjoyable experience.
The final course is still chanko-nabe.
Communication can be facilitated more and more as everyone gathers around a real hot pot prepared by wrestlers.
This is a Japanese cultural experience that is popular as a new type of Japanese sports entertainment.
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As the number of foreign visitors to Japan increases, foreign tourists can be seen strolling around Japanese sightseeing spots in rental kimonos.
As can be inferred from this, the appeal of the kimono to foreigners is very strong, and there are many people who would like to try it on.
In the Kimono Experience, the planning proceeds with the guests actually wearing the kimono, taking commemorative photos, strolling around, etc., while responding to their requests.
Custom-made is especially recommended for VIP clients because we can give them time limits and things they would like to do.
If you are looking for a more rare experience, we can prepare luxurious kimonos such as O-oku and Hanakai style! If you are interested in a more rare experience, we can prepare luxurious and gorgeous kimonos such as O-oku style or Hanairi style, or if you are a man, you can combine it with a sword fighting experience to feel like a samurai.
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Custom-made Kabuki viewing
Kabuki is a spectacular part of Japanese culture and is recommended for celebrations and other events.
You cannot see them abroad, and their unique makeup and kimonos attract attention from foreigners with their exotic atmosphere.
However, to appreciate kabuki, one must travel to a special theater such as the Gionza to watch it.
The language barrier, as well as screening time and time restraints, inevitably make it difficult for foreigners staying for a short period of time to get in.
We recommend a custom-made Kabuki viewing for entertaining important overseas guests.
The private room with a view of the Japanese garden allows guests to enjoy a Kabuki performance while dining in a relaxed atmosphere, which is very special and popular with our VIP guests.
Kabuki actors will explain directly to you, so you can deepen your understanding of Kabuki.
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Geisha are professionals in entertainment.
After all, they are very reassuring for entertaining important customers.
Although the number of geisha experiences for foreign tourists is increasing, the traditional style of geisha entertainment in which geisha are invited to the tatami room is not readily available because of the Ichigen-san no-go system.
Motenas Japan offers special foreign guests the opportunity to enjoy private geisha entertainment in a private room.
Geisha are the inheritors of Japanese dance.
Japanese dance, Japanese instrumental music, and games that will make your drinking more lively will make for a very enjoyable time.
Above all, the visual impact of the beautiful geisha attracts the interest of foreigners.
We can also provide private dinners for birthday parties and celebrations, allowing for a variety of planning options.
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Restaurants that delight foreigners are those where they can experience a uniquely Japanese atmosphere and enjoy meals that can only be had in Japan.
It is also important to choose a restaurant that can take into consideration the religious and cultural beliefs of the people you are meeting, as some foods may not be allowed.
If you have time, rather than ending the reception with a dinner alone, we recommend that you offer a unique Japanese experience, such as sightseeing in Tokyo or a Japanese cultural experience.
If you have come all the way to Japan, we hope you will enjoy the unique pleasures of Japan!