We’ve Found the 5 Best Izakaya in Tokyo!

But first, what is an izakaya?

Izakaya are where bars and restaurants meet in the middle, think a tapas place, but Japanesey. They serve pre-dinner bites like tempura and sashimi, but the focus is on alcohol. Some of these places have all-you-can-eat or all-you-can-drink deals too. When in Tokyo, most people come straight from work to wind down over drinks and food after a long day. Join in, and you’ll see why izakaya evenings are a huge part of the Japanese lifestyle.

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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