Japan Has Reopened for Tourism—Here’s What to Know for Your Next Visit, from Visa Requirements to New Hotels

Irrespective of a tumultuous two many years of pandemic-induced dining restrictions, the foodstuff scene is flourishing with the arrival of a new wave of formidable, youthful chefs bringing refreshing standpoint and global aptitude to the Japanese money. British-born Daniel Calvert kicked off the craze with Sezanne, positioned in an art-loaded space inside the 4 Seasons Marunouchi. In its 1st yr, the location has now racked up a string of accolades—including a Michelin star and the variety 17 slot on the record of Asia’s 50 Ideal Restaurants—for impeccable signatures like a layered heirloom tomato tart with burrata cream and Calvert’s French riff on Shanghainese drunken rooster. 

At Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, head chef Antonio Iacoviello interprets Japanese components through the lens of Italian cuisine (believe eggplant Parmigiana-meets-spaghetti aglio e olio, in a smoky dashi of fermented eggplant). Iacoviello’s stunning shows match the interior outfitted with antique mirrors and tables established with Gucci cups and plates. A couple blocks away at Ginza Yuzan, Japanese-American chef Keiichiro Kurobe (of L.A.’s Hinoki and The Chook fame) features a style of California-style multiculturalism with dishes this kind of as claypot-cooked arroz con pollo and egg-stuffed arancini with umami sauce. Virgilio Martinez’s brand name-new Maz Tokyo, led by Santiago Fernandez, explores Peru’s various terrain and foods tradition in ingenious combinations like iwana river fish topped with watermelon granita and coconut-herb sauce, and desserts that use each part of the cacao fruit—from the fermented and roasted rind to a sweet-and-tart jelly manufactured from the pulp inside the pod.

Other notable additions include things like 3110NZ by LDH Kitchen area, an art gallery-cum-sushi joint collaboration in between gallery Nanzuka Underground and renowned Sushi Saito, set in a futuristic area with glowing recessed lighting slash into the white partitions. At Nine by La Cime, chefs Yusuke Takada (of Osaka’s two-Michelin-starred La Cime) and Toru Tokushima build provocative, seafood-centric tasting menus, and Ippei Hanten a hidden 6-seat counter devoted to Cantonese high-quality eating. Following 9:00 p.m., the restaurant transforms into the extra informal Ye Hong Kong, serving epic spouse and children-style feasts in two non-public rooms.

Seeking to indulge your sweet tooth? Head to Azuki to Kouri, a attractive shaved ice location specializing in fresh-fruit kakigori, or decide up one particular of Jerome Quilbeuf’s signature burnt Basque cheesecakes at the chef’s eponymous shop in Ginza’s new Exit Melsa. This summer, Quilbeuf will also roll out a 2nd branch of his well-liked Spanish gastrobar, Gracia, in a much larger space with terrace seating in Ichigaya.

Former Earth Barista Champion Cover Izaki creates “the final espresso break” with uncommon specialty brews, bespoke Japanese ceramics, and seasonal sweets prepared by restaurant Narisawa at Cokuun, which launches in early autumn. The knowledge marries coffee lifestyle with features of conventional tea ceremony and normally takes position inside a pod-like tea area, shaped like an iron pot, with seats for four guests.

A room at the new Ace Resort Kyoto

Ace Hotel Kyoto


The previous two a long time have found expansion in Kyoto’s luxury hotel place, beginning with Kengo Kuma’s lattice-protected Ace Hotel and the sophisticated Lodge the Mitsui, a 161-room assets designed on the grounds of the Mitsui family’s centuries-old former home opposite Nijo Castle. The just lately opened Shinmonzen in the historic Gion district blends the features of a Western boutique hotel with the hospitality and aesthetics of a standard Japanese ryokan. Made by Tadao Ando with interiors by Remi Tessier, the luxe 9-suite lodge options spacious rooms appointed with hinoki wood bathtub tubs and features an astounding assortment of up to date art. A cafe by Jean-Georges Vongerichten will launch in late autumn in the meantime, staying visitors can love delightful dinners that make outstanding use of organic and natural make from the mountains north of Kyoto, served in suite, and Provençal-inflected afternoon tea in the lounge overlooking the Shirakawa River.