Senbero: Get Drunk in Tokyo Izakaya for Just ¥1,000!
Have you ever heard the Japanese word senbero? It’s a combination of the words sen meaning ‘1000’ and berobero meaning ‘drunk.’
Recently, izakaya in Japan, especially in the Tokyo area, have been offering senbero services that let you get drunk for just ¥1,000. Let’s take a look at some of the best cost performance locations in Tokyo so you can get your money’s worth!
Motsuyaku Ban (Yutenji)
This place is known for having invented lemon sour, a standard Japanese cocktail made with shochu, soda and syrup. The lemon sours here cost ¥300 while the motsuyaku, or grilled giblets cost just ¥100. They serve a range of other items too such as innards stew, pig tail and more. You can get full quickly with just ¥1,000 here. We recommend this place if you want to eat a lot while drinking.
This yakitori restaurant is can be found in Kichijoji. You’ll know it by the red lanterns that dangle around the outside of the building. It’s famous with both locals and those outside the neighbourhood. You can enjoy grilled chicken skewers from ¥80 each. A lot of izakaya sell skewers in sets of two, but Iseya offers a range of sets. The cheapest alcohol they sell is shochu at ¥220, so this place it for those who wants to drink little by little while enjoying some delicious yakitori.
Sakaba Fukuro (Ikebukuro)
This famous pub has been open for more than 50 years. Their lemon highballs are ¥200 each and their Hoppy are ¥220 each. They serve izakaya classics like innards stew and chicken cartilage karaage as well as other dishes like whale. Food prices range from ¥300 to ¥800 so it might be a good idea to order several dishes with people and share.
This place is popular for its super thick cut ham cutlet. Food and drink both average at around ¥300. You can also get shochu highballs and sours for ¥300 each too, making this easy on the wallets of those who want to drink a lot. If you make this your second stop on your drinking crawl you can make drinks within ¥1,000 easily!
Sake Tachinomi Kitaya (Akabane)
You’ll spot Kitaya by its deep blue entrance curtain and glowing red lanterns. They offer plates upon plates of creative dishes at the first floor counter. The food menu changes daily too, so you can look forward to enjoying a different experience each time. They sell fresh tuna straight from the famous Tsukiji fish market every morning at a mind-blowing ¥160!
Senbero isn’t only cheap, it also offers up a very satisfying izakaya experience. Be sure to try out lots of different izakaya while in Japan while looking for the best value for your money.
Cafe Hohokam – A Hamburger Shop Recommended by the Harajuku Tourist Information Center Staff
Hi, everyone! I’m Midori Blackmore and I work at MOSHI MOSHI BOX, the Harajuku Tourist Information Center.
Today, I went to Cafe Hohokam with fellow MOSHI MOSHI BOX colleague Ellie, so I wanted to share my experience with you all.
Hohokam is located behind MOSHI MOSHI BOX and can be found up the staircase past FABIUS Cafe.
Head up these stairs to find the entrance.
Hohokam is decorated to look like a motel you would see in Arizona. I’ve never been outside Japan before so I had to look up what exactly they’re like. Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the US. It’s bordered by Mexico to the south, is very hot, and is home to the Grand Canyon. It also has the largest Native American population.
*We have blurred the faces of the people inside to protect their identities.
‘I see,’ I said to myself and looked around. So that’s the atmosphere they’re going for. It’s very stylish but also feels incomparable to anything else.
We both ordered an orange cream soda with a Hohokam burger and French toast that comes topped with Nutella, bananas and whipped cream.
How amazing does this look? It looks like the cream soda you only see in manga. I was really surprised. It’s tall and the colour is gorgeous. Really just the best. This must be the proper way to make it in the cream soda industry. When you drink your cream soda, don’t you think to yourself, ‘Summer has arrived,’ too?
It’s strange when you first take a sip because although it’s blue it has an orange flavour. The soft serve cream on top is also sweet and really delicious!
There’s four cream soda flavours to choose from: melon, raspberry, lemon and orange, and they’re all supposed to be colourful and taste good. It might be a fun idea to order different coloured drinks with your friends.
Next up is the Hohokam burger! The menu said it has chili beans, cheese and a jalapeno patty.
The flag on top is cute, isn’t it? You can wrap the burger with the napkins provided on the table before biting into it, but we both shared it.
This is how it looks cut in half. The red part is the chili beans. It’s spicy when you take a bite, but it’s not overly spicy at all! For me I thought it was a refreshing kind of spiciness like that of Mexican cuisine. I’m no good with spice and even I could eat it.
The meat inside was made very well. It was just the kind of hamburger you’d expect at a hamburger shop.
There’s a bunch of other burgers to choose from too, like the mozzarella burger, barbeque burger, cheeseburger and more.
Last up is the French toast with Nutella & Banana & Whip cream!
Something looking like this has got to be delicious.
The burgers at Hohokam are of course delicious, but I personally want to give the nod to their desserts. They’re seriously something else!
The fluffy French toast is topped with sweet Nutella and whipped cream, but it’s not heavy at all. We were already quite full but we were able to lap it up easily.
They also have a terrace smoking area. The atmosphere there was fairly nice too! Dining outside can make eating your food taste good too, can’t it?
Another great thing is that everything at Hohokam can be ordered for takeout! We recommend getting a delicious burger and having a picnic in Yoyogi Park!
So, do you like the sound of Cafe Hohokam? It’s great for lunch or dinner, and we also recommend using it as a café to stop by when you’re out shopping.
If you’re in Harajuku and have an empty stomach, or you’re in need of a dessert, then please try Cafe Hohokam for yourself.
Making good summer vacation memories! 6 recommended events which will be held in July 2018 in Tokyo
Summer vacation starts in July and many kinds of events for both children and adults will be held in the Tokyo area. In this article, we will introduce to you some recommended events which will be held in July.
Vinyl Museum―a participation-based art exhibition―will make its return at BALLY Ginza, running from July 21 to August 5.
We previously covered the first holding of this event which brings together a variety of art displays specifically intended for people to take photos of for their Instagram pages. Last year’s event in Omotesando drew in 5,500 people and over 7,000 posts were posted on Instagram.
It’s been 15 years since Roppongi Hills first opened, which is set to welcome summer again this year with exciting events running from July 14 to August 26. Look forward to live music performances, shows, food, VR sessions, photo spots, exhibitions and more. The popular life-sized Doraemon will make a return at 66 Plaza where there’ll also be artists performing as well as anime inspired food.
Edo Neko Chaya is a new Edo-style cat café opening in Tokyo on June 15 for a limited period (until August 31) where you can enjoy the world of ukiyo-e while playing with real cats. The café is located at “Ryogoku Station Hirokoji.” Ukiyo-e paintings and models will decorate inside and bring to life the street and atmosphere of the Edo period. There will be several zones inside building, including the cat tea room, cat ‘red light district,’ cat bath, cat nagaya, and cat plaza. Each area will be furnished with ukiyo-e that fit the scene, bringing to life the world of Edo.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless will open on June 21 (until August 31) and is co-managed by Mori Building Co., Ltd. and teamLab. This never-before-seen new world is created in an expansive and complex three-dimensional 10,000 square meter space by 520 computers and 470 projectors. Dive into a mesmerising 3D world and get lost amongst the borderless art.
Aqua City Odaiba is set to welcome the summer with a host of exciting events, including Jump Shop 2018. Jump Shop 2018 will stock a heap of merchandise from some of the most popular manga series out there from Shonen Jump’s arsenal, including One Piece, My Hero Academia, Haikyu!!, Gintama, and more. This event is held every summer and brought in around 20,000 attendees in 2017. Mark your calendars for the upcoming events happening in Aqua City Odaiba this summer, from anime to food.
An event will be held at Tobu Zoo from July 22 with popular anime series Attack on Titan, which will enter its third season on July 14 and air to October 8. The theme of the event is Survey Corps members from the series taking on the role of biological researchers to conduct biological research. Giant life-sized panels of familiar faces from Attack on Titan will be displayed, in addition to animal panels with original designs. Two of the show’s main characters, Eren Jaeger and Levi, will make an appearance dressed as animal handlers.
How did you like our article? Why not participate in some of these events with your family and friends?
Kacey Musgraves Delves into the Kawaii World of Harajuku
Kacey Musgraves is a Grammy Award-winning American singer and songwriter. In preparation for her highly-anticipated Japanese debut, the country music star took a trip to Japan. A self-described lover of Japan, the artist took to the country’s hub of pop culture―Harajuku―and strolled around its endless list of hot spots. We trailed behind to document her ingenuous experience of Japan’s center of youth culture.
If you can go sightseeing wearing something Japanese, then you’ll enjoy Harajuku even more. That being said, the first place Kacey headed to was the MOSHI MOSHI Kimono Salon. This tourist facility is a combination of the Taisho Roman aesthetic and Harajuku’s kawaii culture to create an entirely new concept: ‘Harajuku Roman.’
The American star stood before the colorful kimono spoiled for choice on which to pick out. The kimono on display are abundant in different design designs, including material shimmering with glitter. They’re perfect for the colorful town of Harajuku!
Kacey reached for a vibrant green kimono with tree peonies and peafowls on it.
She looks just like a doll as she gets her kimono fitted. The obi belt she opted for is seriously eye-catching!
The obi’s silhouette is made to look like bunny ears. This way of tying is an original method by the store staff. She looks perfect from behind too.
Kacey’s eyes sparkle as if to say, ‘Look! This is the most beautiful fan I’ve ever seen!’
She looks like a real princess!
She’s now off to Takeshita Street while looking up at her folding fan.
Takeshita Street is bustling with people shopping and looking for the latest fashion items. There’s a lot of foreign tourists there too.
“America is very neutral with its clothing, but Japan is very colourful. I really like that freedom,” said Kacey.
In that case, she absolutely has to see the giant cotton candy you can get at TOTTI CANDY FACTORY.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call TOTTI CANDY FACTORY the hottest spot for sweets in Harajuku. It enjoys a countless number of customers every single day.
The shop’s interior can be called a candy dream world, packed to the brim with colorful treats. Kacey made up her own bag of candy from the clear cases which are overflowing with candies, gummies and much more.
How many Kacey faces would it take to fill the size of one of these? This light rainbow coloured cotton candy was a dream to eat.
Next on the list was a bit of window shopping. From one end of the street to the other the fun never stops at Takeshita Street, lined with clothing stores and general good stories which Kacey perused with great interest.
At this point, Kacey is all about Takeshita Street and everything it has to offer. To finish up, she takes a commemorative photo at the street’s entrance.
Now to hurry along to THAT restaurant, where all the monsters come out!
You guessed it, the KAWAII MONSTER CAFÉ Harajuku. Acting as navigators in the café were Ooyama Mio and MIOCHIN who are popular for their creative fashion sense. They leave an impact lined up next to a Kimono-donned Kacey and the café’s kitsch design. The three of them hit it off and started taking selfies!
After that they had a girl’s chat! They talked openly about their mutual fashion interests and Kacey’s impression of Japan.
Of course, she enjoyed the photogenic food too, with both her tongue and her eyes. The table was filled with food straight out of Wonderland, like the rainbow coloured pasta (¥1,300) and makizushi (¥1,150).
We lost count of how many photos the three of them took together! The last thing to do at the café now was experiencing the show which takes place at the central ‘Sweets Go Round,’ a symbol of the café.
They were invited up by the monsters and dance to the music!
Kacey was completely enveloped in Harajuku culture.
The final photo of the day! Kacey’s love for Japan increased during her time here. She will return in July to perform at Fuji Rock Festival. Be sure to stay up to date to see her Japan debut and what she has planned for afterwards.
Popular Character Cafés in Japan: July 2018
The popularity of character cafés in Japan never lets up, where cafés transform their menu and interior design to fit the theme of popular characters from anime, games and so on.
Here are some of the best character cafés hitting Japan in July 2018.
Gudetama Café x Keroppi
The Gudetama Café is a character café themed on the hugely popular Sanrio character Gudetama. To celebrate his 5th anniversary, Keroppi is stopping by too, another character from the franchise. The menu will be transformed into kawaii dishes inspired by the two lovable characters, something fans absolutely can’t afford to miss out on.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/110060
Gudetama x Pom Pom Purin Café
The Yokohama and Nagoya branches of the Pompompurin Café―themed on the popular Sanrio character Pompompurin―is teaming up with Gudetama to introduce a collaborative cute summer menu. It includes lots of kawaii dishes like the ‘Wahhoi! Summer Festival Bibimbap Don’ which features Pompompurin surrounded by beef karubi, kimchi, three kinds of namul, and a soft boiled Gudetama egg for a perfectly complete bibimbap don.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/111621
Keroppi x Pompompurin Café
This is a collaborative menu being introduced at the Harajuku and Umeda branches of the Pompompurin Café. The menu is a revamped version of a menu that was seen back in March which was praised as being ‘way too cute.’ There’s plenty to choose from, like the adorable ‘Sleeping Together♪ Keema Curry’ which has both characters sleeping soundly under a bed made of egg.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/110315
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Café
Based on the internationally beloved children’s picture book of the same name, this café in Ginza has introduced all-new menu items. Everything on there is refreshing and perfect for the season. Not only is it all delicious, they really went far to get every little detail on the plate. Once you see the menu you’ll become very hungry yourself!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107654
Gudetama Café – 5th Anniversary Space Theme
Gudetama is celebrating his 5th anniversary by launching into space. The menu and décor at the café will take on this theme, offering plenty of great photo opportunities for Instagram. There’s so many fun things on the menu. Better yet, customers who dine in the café will receive presents. Those who eat there will get a fan, and those who order a drink will get a coaster. Be sure to get yours quick as they won’t be available again!
Did you enjoy this list? There’s lots of fun character cafés to stop by in Japan this July, so pick your favourite and go!
5 Tokyo Hotels a Little Different From the Rest
Do you ever first yourself stuck for choice when it comes to choosing a hotel to stay at during your trip? Since you’re making the effort to travel, you want your hotel destination to be an enjoyable experience too, right?
We’ve compiled a list of hotels in Tokyo that are a little different from the rest and opened, or are set to open in 2018.
At OMO, they focus on tourism, offering not simply rooms, but a travel experience. They focus on elevating the excitement of travel for its guests by giving them the chance to fully enjoy towns and cities and the tourist spots connected to them. The hotel offers a service that helps guests discover the entertaining opportunities available to them all within walking distance of the hotel, allowing a deepening of knowledge of the city.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/107128
Compared to existing capsule hotels, MAYU TOKYO HOTEL has simplified the administration process, reduced the noise level, and is committed to efficient operation. It has considered the current image of capsule hotels and changed the design process in order to increase the private atmosphere. To ensure that guests can enjoy peace of mind, their design changes started from the stairs. MAYU TOKYO HOTEL only employs female staff, which is a large change from the conventional style, and being a female-exclusive hotel, also makes is a great option for women looking to stay somewhere.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/105495
Henn-na Hotel in Ginza incorporates robots and the latest cutting-edge equipment around. Two humanoid robots are installed at the front desk. A bar is also situated on the first floor that serve 300 types of alcohol including the rum produced at Bar Lamp in Ginza. During the daytime, the bar transforms into a lounge where guests can chat casually. The hotel is very comfortable to stay in, offering equipment such as the iRemocon, ChromeCast and mobile devices, and the rooms are even cleaned by an auto cleaning machine. Why not experience the latest in technology with robots while in Tokyo?
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/91425
This hotel fuses retro tastes with modern elements. The reception area features an old 1926 Victrola Credenza gramophone by JVC USA, giving the room a nostalgic and retro feel. Rooms come with big bathrooms, high quality mattresses co-manufactured with Simmons that promise a peaceful sleep, beauty products, massage chairs and more. Consider this hotel―with its nostalgic atmosphere―if you’re looking for some real relaxation.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89240
This hotel is truly Japanese, with ‘tea’ as its core theme. Opening later this year, there will be four types of rooms to choose from, each of which are inspired by Japanese tea shops. The first floor will be home to a restaurant/delicatessen offering dishes and desserts made using tea. The second floor is where the reception will be, and the third floor upwards will be the guest rooms. At the front will be a counter where you can taste test teas, and there’l even be a shop selling tea-related products. The hotel is about a 20-minute taxi ride from Haneda Airport which is super convenient for when you land in Japan.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/79790
We hope this list proves useful when considering your accommodation opens when travelling to Tokyo. Be sure to enjoy your Tokyo trip to the absolute fullest.
5 Day-Trip Sightseeing Spots Close to Tokyo
For this article, we’ve compiled a Top 5 list of great places to visit in Japan within just one hour of Tokyo. The commute is short, so they’re perfect locations for day trips if you’re staying in Tokyo. We’ve also included the easiest routes to get to them.
Nikko (Tochigi Prefecture)
Nikko is a popular site for tourism, home to the famous Toshugu Shrine which is a registered World Heritage Site. It has great access with Asakusa, making it a perfect location for shrine visits.
Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/nikko
Mount Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture / Yamanashi Prefecture)
Mount Fuji was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2013. Its graceful, sempiternal beauty has made it an unmistakable symbol of Japan throughout the world.
Be careful when traveling there, as the closest station to the mountain isn’t Fujisan Station (‘Mount Fuji Station’), but Kawaguchiko Station. There is also a direct bus there to and from Shinjuku.
Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87612
Kamakura is famous for its old-fashioned streetscape and shrines. It’s also close to other popular tourist spots such as Enoshima, a small island off the coast, so you can have a lot of fun there with plenty of things to do no matter how many times you visit. If you’re a travel lover, then we also recommend boarding the hugely popular Enoshima Electric Railway.
Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/kamakura
Hakone—Japan’s leading onsen, or ‘hot spring’ spot. Hakone Shrine is known for the red torii archways which sit on the bank of Lake Ashi. The town is also known for being home to countless nearby ryokan with hot springs, so you can enjoy hopping from one to the other. And to get there, you can take the direct Romancecar train from Shinjuku which goes straight to Hakone Station.
Recommended Spots: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/tag/hakone
Chichibu (Saitama Prefecture)
Chichibu is appealing for its rich natural environment. Those who love the outdoors will be enticed by this city. As will anime-lovers, since this is the place where Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is set. They even sell maps of where all the places in the series are located, as well as souvenirs of the characters.
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You might enjoy stretching your legs and branching out to see what else Japan has to offer during your time in Tokyo.
Shonen Jump Izakaya: Dine Like a Hero in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho District
Otona no Jump Sakaba (“Grown-Up’s Jump Bar”) is an izakaya-style eatery which opened in the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump.
Every week, kids and adults alike anticipate the release of their favourite manga series in the serialised magazine. The adults who grew up with the classic series get to eat like a hero at the bar, with meals and decorations inspired by various series including Dragon Ball, Kinnikuman, Fist of the North Star, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac, Sakigake!! Otokojuku, Rokudenashi Blues, City Hunter, and more.
The bar has now announced its plans for an end-of-year party, with tickets going on sale on December 2, 2019 for the first 1,000 people who sign up.
The New Year party plan comes with a choice of two different small pot meals.
Fans can also get their hands on a 2020 schedule book featuring designs of the series characters for different celebratory days throughout next year. This is the only chance to get this exclusive item.
©Yude Tamago/Shueisha ©Akira Miyashita/Shueisha ©Tsukasa Hojo/NSP 1985 ©Masami Kurumada/Shueisha ©Bird Studio／Shueisha ©Buronson・Tetsuo Hara/NSP 1983 ©Masanori Morita/Shueisha ©Ryūji Tsugihara/NSP 1982 ©Koichi Endo/Shueisha ©Masaya Tokuhiro/Shueisha
Inside the bar you’ll find wall posters, giant figurines, treasured items of manga artists, and more. You can even read actual Jump manga from the 80s.
©Bird Studio/Shueisha ©Buronson・Tetsuo Hara/NSP 1983
As well as the above-mentioned New Year meals, there are lots of dishes inspired by various Jump series too. Those who purchase one of these Jump meals will receive a free exclusive sticker.
End Of Year Plan
Includes: 2 hour time slot. Choice of either a seafood salt dish or beef sukiyaki dish. Includes 10 side dishes and all-you-can-drink line-up of 54 beverages
Price: ¥3,500 per person (Tax Included)
Bonus Item: 2020 Schedule Book
Booking: Via the online website
・People in groups must order the same course
・Last orders are 30 minutes before your slot ends
Otona no Jump Sakaba
Address: WaMall Kabukicho 5F, 1-18-9 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Weekdays 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30) / Weekends & Holidays 14:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30)
*Hours change weekend hours from December 28-31, 2019
Official Website: https://otonano-jumpsakaba.com/
Enjoy Kumamoto Food at the New ZENON SAKABA Opening in Kichijoji
27.November.2018 | FOOD
ZENON SAKABA is a new restaurant that will hold its grand opening in Kichijoji, Tokyo on November 28. It is managed by Zizoya, a sister company of the manga and anime production company Coamix, where they aim to “express manga through spaces.” This is done through setting up restaurants, bars and other establishments based on manga, such as Fist of the North Star and City Hunter.
It has already been 9 years since CAFE ZENON opened, a famous cafe in Kichijoji that brings to life the world of manga magazines. It is a bustling place that the Kichijoji-based manga publishing group opened at the underpass on the JR side of the station.
All drinks are served in wine glasses, and there’s even merchandise featuring original illustrations of Kenshiro and Raoh from Fist of the North Star and Ryo Saeba from City Hunters toasting at ZENON SAKABA.
Food includes red cattle from the city of Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture which is a very hard to come by red meat packed with the flavour, giant chicken which was at one point extinct, agar leek, pork from Amakusa and more. Each item on every plate has been carefully selected from Kumamoto and has a delicious story behind it. A proud line-up of other Kumamoto drinks and ingredients you don’t often encounter in Tokyo will also fill bellies including alcohol from Aso, highland vegetables, citrus fruits and more. An exquisite alcohol selection will also be available.
There’s even a charcoal grill where customers can cook and eat their own food. A highlight of the restaurant is how reasonable the prices are. You might even make some friends while cooking your food. The restaurant is also the proud owner of Kichijoji’s first alcohol vending machine. As well as all of this, there will be a limited-edition food sold each day by staff walking around.
There is manga, anime, jazz, a variety of troupes, performers from Inokashira Park. It’s a chance to fully immerse in Kichijoji’s culture. Expect exhibitions from a variety of performances as well as workshops, schools, lectures and more.
The staff at this restaurant aren’t just ordinary staff either. They consist of aspiring performers, comedians, actors, musicians and more.
Aso Red Beef: ¥1,300 (+Tax)
Agar Leek Ii Tokoyaki: ¥980 (+Tax)
Amakusa Pork Soup: ¥380 (+Tax)
Whether you’re looking for delicious food, want to experience something new, love amusing things―anything at all―look no further than ZENON SAKABA.
Address: 2-11-1 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Weekdays 17:00-00:00 / Weekends 15:00-00:00
Closed: New Year’s Holidays
Official Website: https://zenon-sakaba.jp
Top Places to Drink in Japan: 2018 Ranking Announced by HOT PEPPER
18.May.2018 | SPOT
HOT PEPPER is a coupon magazine packed full of information on where to get the best for your money in Japan.
The magazine held a survey on locations through the Kanto and Kansai regions of Japan that people most want to drink at. The results are finally in―here’s the list for 2018.
Top 10 – “Top Drinking Locations – 2018: Kanto Area”
1st Place: Shinjuku – 768 votes
2nd Place: Ginza – 736 votes
3rd Place: Ebisu – 489 votes
4th Place: Ikebukuro – 475 votes
5th Place – Shimbashi – 472 votes
6th Place: Yokohama – 449 votes
7th Place: Kichijoji – 407 votes
8th Place: Around Tokyo Station – 405 votes
9th Place: Ueno – 376 votes
10th Place – Roppongi 370 votes
The top batter this year in the Kanto area is Shinjuku. Since the opening of NEWoMan ni 2016, Tokyo’s special ward has built a stylish image for itself, and its level of convenience has upgraded with the introduction of quadruple tracks on the Odakyu Lines. These are some of the causes for its first place ranking. Shinjuku also boasts a wide range of shops from high end expensive stores to more affordable and reasonable ones. Its ability to be a place where people of any age and gender can enjoy themselves is the secret to its popularity and success.
Several places from last year ranked again which are known for being cheap to get drinks, including Ebisu in 3rd place, Ikebukuro in 4th place and Ueno in 9th place. It’s not just the cool and hip places to drink that are popular with people – the more old-fashioned ones are popular too, and the wards and towns listed are home to them.
Top 10 – “The Places I Want To Drink At – 2018: Kansai Area”
1st Place: Umeda – 1066 votes
2nd Place: Around Sannomiya Station – 526 votes
3rd Place: Namba – 371 votes
4th Place: Kawaramachi – 341 votes
5th Place: Ohatsu Tenjin – 243 votes
Joint 6th & 7th Place: Shinsaibashi / Tenma – 227 votes
8th Place: Kyobashi – 213 votes
9th Place: Gion – 186 votes
Joint 10th Place: America Mura / Nishi-Shinsaibashi – 184 votes
Umeda has consistently ranked 1st place every year since the survey began in 2015. Shinsaibashi has moved up to 6th place from 11th place last year. This district has shops of all kinds and gets particularly high support from women in their 20s.
In the Best Cost Performance Location Ranking for Tokyo, Shimbashi took the top spot, a district very popular with salary men. Coming in a close 2nd was Akabane, then Ueno in 3rd.
On the other hand, in the best cost performance locations for Kansai, Kyobashi ranked 1st place, also popular with salary men. In 2nd place was Shinsekai. Both places are popular areas for their large number of ‘B-grade gourmet’ restaurants.
If you’re considering going for drinks in Japan then be sure to reference the Top Drinking Locations survey for 2018.
Drink Sake in a Café Setting at Kuranoya in Shimbashi
Japanese sake bar Kuranoya held the grand opening of its second branch at the Karasumori exit of Shimbashi Station on May 15, 2018.
The main components of Kuranoya are sake and meat. Drinks are their forte, and they offer up a wide variety along with the perfect meal to match. They clear away stereotypes and confidently serve up food with a Western essence along with Japanese sake.
Their beverage line-up includes amino acids and is recommended to those who are looking to take care of their health and beauty. The café interior is stylish with the colour white as the base.
Drinks range from affordable prices such as ¥299 (pre-tax) for one cup of sake to more premium brands. There are high table counter seats which make for the perfect date setting, or even customers on their own.
There’s even an all-you-can-drink plan with close to 30 brands of sake which can be enjoyed either across a two-hour period or an unlimited period. As well as their stock of highly valuable premium sake, the café even offers a sangria made using Japanese sake.
Whether you’re going on a date or having a girl’s get-together, Kuranoya can be used for numerous settings and promises delicious food and drinks.
Travel Q&A: 10 Rules & On-the-House Services at Japanese Restaurants
Restaurants in Japan have a very different list of rules, on-the-house services and etiquette standards compared to other countries. If you enter a restaurant when in Japan without knowing some of these things you might make a mistake!
We’ve put together a list of 10 important points to learn before dining out in Japan.
1.Don’t give tips
The fact that you don’t need to give tips as restaurants in Japan can be bewildering to some foreign tourists. In Japan, there’s normally no service charge, unless it’s a high-end restaurant, in which case it’s possible that a service charge will be added. If you force a tip on the staff, they will get told off by their superiors later, so keep that in mind.
2.Watch out for ‘Otooshi’
Otooshi, also known as tsukidashi, are small appetizers served at bars and establishments that sell alcohol, particularly izakaya. They will be served event if you didn’t order them, and you can be charged for them. There are numerous reasons they give for serving ootoshi, such as ‘proof that we have taken your first order’ and ‘something to eat while you wait for the first food to come out.’ Lots of tourists not accustomed to this practice have felt cheated.
3.Water is free
When you sit down at a restaurant in Japan, you’ll be served water. Many tourists are surprised at the fact that cold water is served all year round the majority of the time in Japan. There are also establishments that serve free hot green tea instead of water.
4.The unexpected things are expensive (or cheap)
It’s not rare for things like delivery pizza or Korean pork belly BBQ, which are extremely cheap and common foods in other countries, to be expensive in Japan. On the other hand, you can eat Japanese foods like sushi, tempura and ramen at a very cheap price.
5.You order alcohol first at an izakaya
It’s not a set rule, but generally when you go to an izakaya, ordering a drink gives you plenty of time to read through the menu. Beer is often ordered before anything else. There’s even a set phrase for it, toriaezu biiru (‘[I’ll have] beer for now’). Try saying it in Japanese when you’re at an izakaya.
Restaurants in Japan often have all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink services. If you pay a set price, you can eat or drink as much as you like. Many places offer this service, including, but not limited to, izakaya, yakiniku restaurants, and sushi bars. We recommend this to people who want to pay a little to get a lot!
7.Oshibori are free
Oshibori, or moistened towels, are given for free at Japanese restaurants. They are wet towels used to wipe your hands and face before a meal. Depending on the restaurant, you may be given a cold or hot towel. Staff at izakaya will also hand them to you. A lot of tourists praise this service as high quality.
8.Rules and menus are different at fast food restaurants
International restaurant chains like McDonald’s and Subway are of course in Japan too. If you’re a tourist bored of Japanese food, you’ll probably want to eat something familiar like fast food. In those times, you’ll be baffled by the differences between a fast food joint in your own country and in Japan. For example, in the case of McDonald’s, the Japanese large-sized drinks are smaller than the medium-sized drinks in the US. There’s also no self-service. Instead, the staff will pour the drink for you.
9.You cannot take food into restaurants (though there are exceptions)
One rule that puzzles a lot of people from Asia that come to Japan is the rule that states you cannot enter a place with food or drink. However, select establishments, such as food courts in large shopping malls, will permit you to do so. Be sure to do some research beforehand.
10.Take your shoes off on tatami
At izakaya and traditional Japanese restaurants, they implement customary Japanese style seating and tatami flooring. If you’re dining at a place with tatami mats, you must take your shoes off before stepping on it. The table seats and tatami are split into different areas even if it’s the same restaurant, so even if it’s OK to wear your shoes at table seats, you’ll need to take off your shoes when using tatami in most cases.
Did you learn something new? Sit alongside the locals when you come to Japan and enjoy some delicious Japanese cuisine!
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Sushi izakaya “Sugidama” flagship store opens in Kagurazaka!
Sushi izakaya Sugidama Flagship store “Sushi, Sake, Sakana Sugidama Kagurazaka” has now opened!
“Sushi, Sake, Sakana Sugidama Kagurazaka” is a new line of business of Sushiro Group. Along with freshness and flavour, a lot of care has been taken for the presentation of the sushi which go perfectly with Japanese sake.
As the name implies, it is also possible to enjoy some side dishes with your drink rather than sushi.
Taking things a step forward, there is the “Kiwamizushi” luxury menu. You can also choose your favourite sushi and enjoy an assortment with the “Odozushi” menu. All sushi dishes on these two menus are ￥299+ tax. Besides this, you can also order items from the food menu that cost ￥399 and ¥499.
You can order alcoholic drinks for the reasonable price of ￥299. There are usually 15 varieties of Japanese sake available in half portions of 90ml – perfect for tasting and comparing!
You can also enjoy set meals and rice dishes during lunch!
Enjoy the flavours of Japanese food to your heart’s content at Sushi, Sake, Sakana Sugidama Kagurazaka!
Japanese model Yabe Yuna introduces “Bakkai” izakaya at the beachside in Thailand
Yuna Yabe here!
This is a continuation of my previous article where I showcased Si Racha in Thailand to everyone. Today I’m introducing you to a Japanese izakaya that you should definitely visit if you’re on holiday!
This is the izakaya we went to – it’s called “Bakkai”.
It really is next to the ocean. No, in fact it wouldn’t be too much to say that it’s actually IN the ocean – that’s how close to the sea it is！
The fact that it’s by the sea just makes it the best location. The terrace area was seated by couples eating and in very good spirits…
I thought a lot about it, like how it makes the perfect spot for a date, and so on.
Gotta pull myself together… Moving on, I interviewed the staff working there!
That sashimi combination sure looks good… I want to eat it…
I was drooling the moment I was shown the menu!
It seems most of the sashimi is imported from Japan.
It cost 799 THB which would be ￥2,800 in Japan.
70% of the customers at this izakaya are Japanese people living in Si Racha.
Part of the reason there’s so many tourists is because there’s a lot of hotels nearby!
So I’m not the only one that misses Japanese food even when traveling.
“Bakkai” has been open for nearly 15 years. The lady started working here a year ago.
I asked her why she works at a Japanese izakaya, and she said:
“It’s fun talking with the Japanese customers. A lot of them can speak Thai and their mannerisms are good, so talking is fun.”
I got kind of happy like I was being praised a lot… (what am I saying).
It seems she likes Japanese people, so that made me really happy.
I took a photo with the staff to commemorate my visit 🥂 What a wonderful time…
The food line-up is faithfully reminiscent of Japan.
Tempura, California rolls, tekkamaki, yakitori.
Ooh, I wanna eat.
“Bakkai” is just like a real izakaya in Japan that you can enjoy at a beachside location.
And even though it’s in a place like Si Racha, I think it’s an especially good restaurant.
If you’re on a trip in Thailand and are longing for a bit of Japan, then please be sure to stop by Bakkai♩
Writer: Yuna Yabe(@yunaaay1030)
Japanese cheap snacks all you can eat! Retro-style “Dagashi Bar” will be opened in Shinjuku
An entertainment bar where you can eat dagashi as much as you want called, “Dagashi Bar” was opened in Shinjuku followed by the store in Shibuya.
Dagashi Bar has four chain bars in Tokyo and the new “Shinjuku Dagashi Bar” which was opened recently is the largest store out of the four bars. While listening to good old tunes of the Showa Period, you can drink alcohol and eat dagashi.
Dagashi is cheap snacks sold for kids. The price is 10 to 20 yen per item.
“Shinjuku Dagashi Bar” has a unique interior with retro city views and “Dagashi Store Hiyoko” in the center of the bar which was created under the theme of “a store located inside a store.”
Inside “Dagashi Store Hiyoko,” you can select dagashi from more than 100 items (including old/new dagashi) and eat as much as you want.
They also offer a wide variety of food items including good old meals, school-provided lunches, dishes using dagashis and izakaya (Japanese bar) dishes. They also offer unique “dagashi snacks” and “dagashi desserts.”
Kyushoku no Agepan (school lunch’s deep fried bread) 200 yen ～ (roasted soybean powder, cocoa, sugar, ice cream agepan, cinnamon, black syrup/roasted soybean powder)
Natsukashi Napolitano 780 yen ※All the prices noted in this article include tax
Many of you must have an experience where you could eat only a little dagashi. The dream you had in your childhood is most likely, “I want to eat more dagashi!” So, here your dream will come true!
Why don’t you visit Dagashi Bar where you can soak in the fun atmosphere of be a kid again?
Why don’t you go to safe bar that is owned by a beautiful lady chef?
It is good to go to the bar that is ran by a strict male chef, but the bar that is ran by a female with genuine hospitality is good as well.
This little bar is owned by the lady who wears a coverall apron with a kimono. You can drink at the counter table chatting with this lady. The food coming with sake is clear broth soup, local fish sashimi, and Japanese steamed egg custard. These foods made me feel so comfortable. This bar that you can enjoy drinking by yourself is called “Yushima Yamaguchi” located in the drinking district in Yushima. The lady from Yamaguchi prefecture will welcome you with great hospitality and food cooked with ingredients sent back from Yamaguchi.
The bar, which is primarily a wine bar, owned by the lady who also wears coverall apron with kimono where you can enjoy drinking by yourself called “Banzai Panda” in the site of the Japanese geisha district, Mitaka. Home-made thick omelet, potato salad, beef tataki and so on are lined up on the plain wood counter table. And there is a low dining table in the raised tatami-floored seating area. You can enjoy the Japanese wine in the Japanese style space. This is absolutely great.
Address: TS twin Bldg. 2F, 3-37-11 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Address: 1-19-11 Nakacho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo
Kiwako Kurashima (“The Classic Bar” Editor in Chief)