A stone-grilled fisherman feast, or the ishiyaki (stone-grilled), barbeque awaits at Nagasaki

Refinement and tradition at the reputable Iki shochu distillery

Make your own fresh Goto udon with traditional hand-pulling method at Funasaki Udon Establishment

Sakamichi Brewing recognizes that the journey is just as important as the destination. Before the first sip of delicious craft beer, there is a process that requires patience, craftsmanship, hard work, and attention to detail. Sakamichi Brewing is dedicated to brewing the finest beer in western Tokyo with ecologically responsible brewing methods and locally sourced organic ingredients whenever possible with the goal to create a modern and welcoming space in Tachikawa. Address: 103, 2 Chome-39-4 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa Website: www.sakamichibrewing.com

Kirishima Shuzo is a distillery in Miyazaki Prefecture whose first ever shochu back in 1916 was a satsuma imo (sweet potato) one made with black koji. Kirishima kept with tradition and continued this line of black koji shochu, which grew into their now nationally recognized Kuro Kirishima. At Kirishima Shuzo, they use 100 percent Japan-grown sweet potatoes, Japan-grown rice and pure Kirishima groundwater (from 100m underground). There are no hard rules on shochu drinking style – enjoy it on the rocks, mizuwari (with water), oyuwari (with hot water) or sparkling water. Best of all, shochu is a healthy choice that's low in calories and contains no purines (there are also gluten-free versions available). No wonder Kirishima’s tipples were served at the Academy Award’s Governors Ball for three straight years since 2018 – after being introduced by Wolfgang Puck. Price: Kuro Kirishima (25%), 900ml: ¥1,016 (tax incl.) Shiro Kirishima (25%), 900ml: ¥1,016 (tax incl.) Aka Kirishima (25%), 900ml: ¥1,293 (tax incl.) Website: www.kirishima-global.com/co/en/

From its original sapphire-tinted cocktails to its azure lighting, Eagle Tokyo Blue lives up to its cerulean name. This underground oasis is one of Japan's largest gay bars and is a hubbub of activity every night of the week. Weekends proffer special events with go-go dancers, drag queen shows and DJs. Address: B1F & 1F Casa Verde, 2-11-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Website: eagletokyo.com    Tel: 03-6876-8450

As the name implies, Trinity Oyster House bases its philosophy on the word trinity, bringing the restaurant, producers and customers together. They serve delicious fresh oysters and other high-quality dishes in an environment that feels like dining with friends and family at home. Address: 8-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku Website: trinity-oyster-house.com Tel: 03-6264-6858

Address: 2F Cascade Harajuku, 1-10-37 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Website: spontini.jp    Tel: 03-6434-5850

Address: 2-39-5 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku Website: twitter.com/mugi_hongo Tel: 03-3811-6315 ///trumped.sketches.rivers

Address: 2-48-11 Koenjiminami, Suginami-ku Tel: 03-3315-3310 ///purest.ketchup.charging

Mignon is a meikyoku kissa (masterpiece café) located on the Chuo line however, unlike most traditional meikyoku kissa, it feels clean and organized with purposeful decorations. Mignon is on the second floor of an unassuming building a few minutes from Ogikubo Station. Being on the second floor, Mignon is pleasantly bright and airy inside. The furniture and decor work to create a cohesive and well-conceived mid-century design. It is spacious and more akin to a modern café than the other meikyoku kissa. Enjoy the exceptional audio quality of the audio system while enjoy your cup of coffee and a piece of the shop’s fresh homemade cake. Address: 4-31-3 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku Website: cafe-mignon.sakura.ne.jp Tel: 03-3398-1758 ///boost.behaving.frizz

Address: 2-9-5 Asagayakita, Suginami-ku Website: meikyoku-kissa-violon.com  Tel: 03-3336-6414 ///sugars.securing.enacts