Inakatei is a gem of an izakaya. Obansai (Kyoto home-style cooking) features heavily, but not exclusively, on the menu. And if it’s fish you’ve come in search of, then you won’t be left wanting.

Sake is the raison d’être of Nozaki Sakaten— not the cheap mass-marketed version of Japan’s national tipple made by the major sake companies, but jizake, quality brews crafted on an artisan scale by smaller regional kura (breweries), especially limited-edition versions that are often hard to get hold of beyond their ...

For hardcore fans — and they are legion — Kaikaya is the ultimate izakaya. They love the scruffy, unkempt look, the laid-back vibes, the cheerful welcome.

There is no imperative to order oden — nor to have a whole meal, although there are set courses if you don’t want the hassle of thumbing through the Japanese-only menu in the very dim light. Most people just take a dish or two ...

Galali neatly straddles the divide between the traditional izakaya and the modern dining bar. But the architecture and menu are unmistakably Japanese.

Takara is a stylish, contemporary izakaya in the basement of the Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho. While the main focus is on quality sake from noted kura around the country, it also purveys shochu and wine — and a good selection of foods that ...

There are several reasons why Adan is invariably full every evening, despite such an unpromising location. There’s the setting, an unusual old redbrick kura storehouse, beautifully refurbished and decorated with boldly colored wood carvings. But most people are there because Adan exudes the kind ...

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