Izakaya (居酒屋) is a Japanese style gastropub where people enjoy drinking and eating. It’s similar to bar/pub but more like a casual restaurant. There are numbers of Izakaya in Japan as many as restaurants, and it’s where people especially gather for after-work or weekends catch-up. Most of Izakaya are very cozy and casual, and some of them are tiny, non-franchised and long-established with very rustic and old-fashion atmosphere.
Nowadays, those down-to-earth style Izakaya have been attracting foreign visitors as an interesting tourist attraction in Japan. Here, I’m going to introduce some of famous Izakaya alleys in Tokyo where numbers of small Izakaya gather and visitors can experience the real drinking life of common people.
If you wish to explore Tokyo’s Izakaya culture deeper, I highly recommend you to join Izakara tours guided by locals! 🙂