5 Most Popular Izakayas in Japan - Experience the Japanese Night Culture!
Have you been to izakaya in Japan? It is a Japanese style casual bar where you can enjoy reasonably priced Japanese dishes, drinks, and nomihodai (all-you-can-drink). Izakaya is such common that there are many chains located near stations. Here is a list of the selected izakaya chains which feature different food and concepts. Check all and find the one that meets your need!
Their menu is extensive and reasonably priced. You can try many typical Japanese izakaya food which is considered to go well with sake, beer, and other drinks. The all-you-can-drink plan is popular too because they offer a nice selection of drink menu. You can drink various kinds of alcohol (also soft drinks available) by charging only 1000-1500 yen (varies in each shop)!
The 280 yen drink menu includes beer, whiskey, wine, sake, and cocktails. Their food menu is mainly yakitori (Japanese traditional grilled chicken on sticks), this is one reason why Torikizoku attracts foreign visitors. You can try a Japanese traditional dish while drinking without concerning money. They have various kinds of juicy yakitori and you can choose from three seasonings, salt, spices, and tare (sweet and savory sauce).
Isomaru Suisan (磯丸水産)
Their seafood, such as shrimp and scallops, is amazingly fresh. The flavors are enhanced by grilling. They also have fresh raw seafood like sushi and kaisen don (raw seafood rice bowl). The great thing is they are not expensive compared to other seafood restaurants and pubs. The drink menu is affordable too. If you are a seafood lover, you need to try Isomaru Suisan!
Kin no Kura (金の蔵)
What is great about this izakaya is you can order with the touch screen on the table. The menu is also written in English, it's such a foreigner-friendly and convenient system. Along with the cheap dishes, they offer all-you-can-eat plan starting from 2800 yen and it includes all-you-can-drink!
Although cheap izakaya chains tend to be lively and noisy, they have more calming and relaxing atmosphere. The interior decoration and food presentation are great too. You can have a nice time with your friends, family, or boy/girl friend while admiring delicious dishes like fresh sushi and crispy karaage (Japanese deep fried chicken).
When you plan to do, just google the name of the izakaya, and the shop near you will come up.
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