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tip
Tsukiji Yajima's flavorpacked oyster ramen.

Cult Following

RAMEN JIRO
With 30-plus stores in the
Tokyo area, Ramen Jiro has
garnered generations of
devoted aficionados since
opening its original Mita shop
in 1968. The chain uses bread
flour for its noodles, which
makes them chewy and extra
filling - and also addictive,
since their sturdy consistency
holds up better as you slurp.
The shoyu pork broth is tothe-last-drop delicious, with
slabs of sliced pork that taste
almost bacon-y. Bowls come
topped with a healthy dose of
chopped garlic, bean sprouts,
and grated cabbage. The large
portions are huge; select the
smallest servings or risk being
overwhelmed. The Shinjuku
Kabukicho location is one block
west of Seibu-Shinjuku Station.
Sea Change

TSUKIJI YAJIMA
Tokyo's densely packed fish

"Ramen is considered fast
food in Japan - albeit gourmet
fast food. When your bowl
arrives, it's customary to take
a few sips using the spoon before
you dig in, to show deference
to the chef, kind of like tasting
fine wine for a sommelier
before you drink it down."
- Aaron Nir, Virtuoso travel
advisor, New York City

market, Tsukiji, has many
ramen-ya serving seafoodbased soups. On the market's
edge, ten-seat Yajima offers
wonderfully briny oyster
(kaki), clam (hamaguri), and
wonton options. The soups
taste more Chinese, with thinner noodles and seafood broths
that are lighter and less caloric
than pork-soy concoctions, and
most come topped with garlic
scapes or leeks and other
greens. Like many of Tsukiji's
food vendors, this one runs on
a fishmonger's schedule and is
open from 4:30 am to 1 pm. Southeast corner of Tsukiji Market.

TOKYO TASTEMAKERS
How to enjoy the best of Japan's capital city.

STAY At the 177-room Park Hyatt Tokyo, Kozue serves 40th-floor views
along with exquisite tuna sashimi, an entire range of blowfish options
(from sashimi to deep-fried), and noodle dishes such as soba in a duck
broth with sliced duck breast and leeks. Doubles from $655, including
breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
The 387-room Grand Hyatt Tokyo tempts travelers with ten restaurants and bars, including Shunbou. Don't miss its seasonal signature
tsukemen soba noodles, made with a blend of buckwheat created
exclusively for the restaurant and served cold on a traditional cedar
plank with a soy-based dipping sauce. Doubles from $400, including
breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
Travelers praise The Peninsula Tokyo for its 314 spacious guest
rooms across from the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park, but the
hotel is also known for some of the best Cantonese cuisine outside
China at Hei Fung Terrace, home to excellent dim sum and wonton

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noodle soup. Doubles from $495, including breakfast daily and a
$100 dining credit.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo features 200 rooms with views of the
Imperial Palace or Tokyo Bay, as well as Nadaman, one of the city's
top restaurants, which serves both a traditional kaiseki menu and
à la carte options. A favorite: Inaniwa udon, a thick style of noodle that
hails from Japan's rural northwest Akita prefecture and is painstakingly made by hand over several days. Doubles from $690, including
breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.

GO Eatwith arranges private dinner parties with locals in their homes,
culinary walking tours, cooking classes, and other custom gourmet
experiences in more than 130 countries. One option in Tokyo: a twohour tour through inner Tsukiji Market, complete with sushi and seafood ramen tastings. Private Tsukiji Market tours through September
30; from $100.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018

Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Seat at the Bar
On the Table
Style & Design
Well Traveled
Port of Call
Greater Good
Dossier
In My Bag
My Town
When in Rome
Noodle on This
Interview
Need to Know
Souvenir
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Intro
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Editor’s Note
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Contributors
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - The Virtuoso Life
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Bon Voyage
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Suite Talk
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Inspired By
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Seat at the Bar
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - On the Table
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Style & Design
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Well Traveled
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 73
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Port of Call
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Greater Good
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 83
Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Dossier
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - In My Bag
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - My Town
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - When in Rome
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Noodle on This
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Interview
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Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - Need to Know
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