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Entertainment in Tokyo: Bars and Izakaya

An Izakaya is a Japanese style bar, has all kinds of food and dishes are served in small pretty cheap portions so you can taste lots of different things. Izakayas are generally very loud places and you can often hear people playing drinking games with their co-workers. Maybe someone can think that the Izakayas are similar but each one has diverse menus and they specialize in different things.

Some bars and Izakayas in Tokyo:

  • Chacha Yufudachi: Kawano Bldg. 6F, 3-26-18Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-5368-6302.
    Description: Chacha Yufudachi is situated on the 6th floor of its multi-tenant building in Shinjuku. Dim lighting reflecting off of wood and rice paper doors produces a warm, relaxing mood where women will definitely feel at ease. Their healthy menu contains seasonal Kyoto vegetables and fresh food cooked by the charcoal grill. Because they specialize in healthy food, this restaurant is favored by Japanese women.

  • Gompachi: Nishi-azabu: 1-13-11 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-5771-0170.
    Description: At the corner of the Nishi Azabu crossing point, Gonpachi is an Izakaya that is often featured in foreign guide books. Although the hype may be a bit exaggerated, the interior looks like it could be the set of a Hollywood studio filming a traditional Japanese scene.

  • Gyozan Tei: TSM Bldg. B1F, 2-19-21 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-3400-2500.
    Description: This is an izakaya where you can get real cuisine from Miyazaki Prefecture. Miyazaki Prefecture is famous for its red pepper chicken and its cold soup, so make sure to order these two dishes. The interior of the shop is essentially wood, so it has a very “traditional izakaya” feel and a calming atmosphere. Their prices are comparatively reasonable.

  • Hokkaido no Aji Kitakura: Akasaka KT Bldg.4F, 3-16-7Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-3224-9298.
    Description: Literally "Taste of Hokkaido," Hokkaido no Agi is a seafood-themed izakaya. Fresh fish, crab, chicken, pork, and vegetables are cooked in different Hokkaido styles. Agi has 11 private rooms, capable of accommodating up to 35 people each. A wide selection of shochu, sake, wines, and other drinks are available to help the party.

  • Uoshin: Nogizaka: 9-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-3405-0411.
    Description: Uoshin is a chain of sushi Izakaiya, with 5 Tokyo locations, but the Nogizaka shop is the coolest. Built on the site of a Coca Cola shop, all of the original furnishings were left in place. The fresh fish you are about to consume are displayed in tanks and businessmen stream in after work. The food and drinks are good and the atmosphere lively.

  • New Torigin: 5-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-3571-3334.
    Description: Torigin's latest offering is on the same street as the one that has been in business since 1948. In addition to yakitori, Torigin is known for kamameshi, a rice dish cooked in an iron pot with many kinds of meat, seafood and vegetables added. You'll also be delighted by the traditional izakaya atmosphere in central Tokyo. Many varieties of sake and shochu are available. Lunch is only available on the weekends.

  • Tofuro: Roppongi: Haiyuza Bldg. 1F·B1F, 4-9-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Phone: 03-5410-4222.
    Description: Tohuro is a Japanese Izakaya chain that has tried to reproduce the feel of the streets of the Edo Period. Dimply lit small private rooms help to create a warm and intimate atmosphere. Tohuro tries to promote the simple, quiet and beautiful aspects of Japanese tea. The restaurant is quite large so they can handle large groups and parties to enjoy their yakitori, sashimi, and soba.
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