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Please note that Okinawan restaurants are listed in a separate section, because there are so many of them.

There is also now a separate category for notable sake lists and sake specialists.
Please note that Okinawan restaurants are listed in a separate section, because there are so many of them.

There is also now a separate category for notable sake lists and sake specialists.
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Ikebukuro
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
At first glance it looks like just another cheap and cheerful budget izakaya - unpretentious rustic decor, bouncy J-Pop background music, enthusiastic young staff and boisterous after-work drinkers. ...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Sekai no Yamachan - Izakaya: Ikebukuro
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
One of Nagoya's most popular izakaya chains, Yamachan serves regional delicacies such as spicy fried chicken wings and miso-based stews, all at very reasonable prices.
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
HaruKor - Ainu: Okubo
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Ezo venison, salmon, scallops, potatoes and mountain vegetables - all freshly imported from Hokkaido - are prepared in simple fashion to bring out their wholesome, natural flavors here at Tokyo's...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Kurawanka - Kyushu: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Japanese regional dishes from various parts of the country. Lunch from Y700, full-course dinners for Y5,000-Y10,000. There's also an a la carte menu, and many regional sake brands.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Suishin - Japanese regional: Shinjuku
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Seafood from the Hiroshima area is the specialty here, including oysters in season. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime, Y1100 for lunch.
Open 11am-9:15pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Sangokuichi Island Tower - Udon: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -10, Sun -9:30) daily.
Houtou is a hearty winter udon-noodle dish from the mountainous Kofu area of Yamanashi Prefecture, and this is one of the few places in Tokyo where you can find it. The houtou served here is quite...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -10, Sun -9:30) daily.
Kyushu - Kyushu: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO; Sun -10) daily.
This long-established izakaya mini-chain serves excellent Kyushu cuisine and a good assortment of sake and shochu from the southern island. Budget around Y4000-5000 for dinner with drinks.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO; Sun -10) daily.
Oshima - Japanese regional: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
A great place to explore Kaga-ryori, the regional cuisine of Kanazawa, on the Sea of Japan coast. Lunch from Y1,800, dinner from Y2,800, and special Kaga kaiseki from Y6,500. They...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Kyushu - Kyushu: Shibuya
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; -11pm Sat, Sun) daily.
This long-established izakaya mini-chain serves excellent Kyushu cuisine and a good assortment of sake and shochu from the southern island. Especially recommended are the Kagoshima-style tonkotsu...
Open 5pm-1:30am (LO; -11pm Sat, Sun) daily.
Gyossantei - Kyushu: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:50-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gyossantei is a great place to sample the regional cooking of Miyazaki Prefecture, along with good sake from around the country. The dining space is comfortable and informal, and large windows on...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:50-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Tamoiyanse - Kyushu: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-2am (-midnight Sat, Sun) daily.
Excellent southern Kyushu specialties made from freshly flown-in ingredients. The tonkotsu-ni, chunks of pork stewed in shochu overnight, was especially outstanding, as was the chawan-mushi. The bar...
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-2am (-midnight Sat, Sun) daily.
Nana - Japanese regional: Shibuya
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Obanzai-ryori (Kyoto-style home cooking) is the main draw here; budget around Y4000 for dinner.
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Ima mo Mukashiya - Japanese regional: Shibuya
Open 5:30-2am (LO) daily.
The warm, cozy atmosphere and friendly service are the draw at this casual Hokkaido-inspired izakaya. The cooking is home-style and simple, - some highlights have included smoked salmon with a...
Open 5:30-2am (LO) daily.
Bakuro - Kyushu: Ebisu
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
If you're not well acquainted with the subtleties of horsemeat cuisine, Bakuro can be a revelation. The food here is fantastic, showcasing a surprisingly wide range of flavors and styles. The...
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Toritei - Japanese regional: Shirokanedai
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Kyushu-style charcoal-grilled chicken is the tasty specialty here. It's well charred and a bit chewy, just like it's prepared in Miyazaki, and there's also an impressive extra-garlicky version. If...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Nichinanshi Jitokko Kumiai - Japanese regional: Meguro
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
An izakaya specializing in charcoal-grilled chicken, nabe-style stews and other regional dishes from Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Kyushu. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime.
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Wattaribozu - Japanese regional: Gotanda
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1am daily.
Akita Prefecture is famous for its excellent sake, but its regional cuisine isn't as widely known. Wattaribozu, a cozy little basement izakaya near Gotanda Station, is a great place to explore both...
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1am daily.
Kaba - Japanese regional: Shinagawa
Open 11am-2, 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The specialty of the house here is seafood from the San-in region of Western Honshu, flown in daily and served grilled and as sashimi. There's also an excellent selection of sake from the region,...
Open 11am-2, 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Hachibei (Roppongi) - Yakitori: Nogizaka
Open 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Despite its prime location one minute from Tokyo Midtown, this stylish, relaxed basement izakaya feels far removed from the hubbub of Roppongi nightlife. Kyushu-style yakitori is the centerpiece of...
Open 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Fujitohachi - Japanese regional: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
This comfortably casual izakaya showcases the food of both Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, with some nicely prepared local dishes that are usually hard to find in Tokyo. At the top of our list...
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Den Den Den - Kyushu: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Free-range chicken dishes and other specialties from Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Kyushu, plus shochu and microbrew beers from down there. The atmosphere is funky-casual izakaya-style.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Mimiu - Japanese regional: Shimbashi
Open 11:30am-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Udon-suki from Osaka is the specialty of the house (Y3,500 per person); they also have seasonal dinners priced at Y5,800-7,800, and their own house brand of sake.
Open 11:30am-8:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kago - Kyushu: Shimbashi
Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
The regional specialties of Kagoshima (southern Kyushu) are served, including tonkotsu (pork stewed in shochu) and chicken sashimi. They also have a selection of southern Kyushu...
Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Ayumasa - Japanese regional: Shimbashi
Open 5-10pm (9pm Sat). Closed Sun; 2nd, 4th Sat.
This Tokyo branch of a Shimane-based kappo restaurant serves exquisite seasonal seafood - including fugu - from that region. Full-course dinners range from Y7,000-17,000.
Open 5-10pm (9pm Sat). Closed Sun; 2nd, 4th Sat.
Hakobune - Japanese regional: Shimbashi
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Charcoal-grilled fish and seafood from the Hokuriku region of northern Honshu are the specialty at this robata-style izakaya. They also stock more than 100 kinds of sake. The food is good, but the...
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hyakumangoku Monogatari - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 10am-9pm daily.
A huge selection of craft sake from Ishikawa Prefecture is sold in the basement of this three-story shop - well over 100 varieties, including some two dozen sakes in convenient one-cup serving sizes....
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Oshima - Japanese regional: Ginza
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Nicely prepared kaga-ryori -- the seafood-based cuisine of Kanazawa, on the Sea of Japan coast. Lunch from Y1,800, dinner from Y2,800, and special Kaga kaiseki from Y6,500.
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Igarashitei - Japanese regional: Ginza
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Swan Lake is one of Japan's best microbreweries, and their Tokyo outpost serves most of their beers (varying with the season) along with excellent high-end regional cuisine and sakes from Niigata. ...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Yosso - Kyushu: Ginza
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm daily.
Kakuni stewed pork, champon fried noodles, and other Chinese-influenced Nagasaki specialties make up the menu at this friendly and popular regional izakaya.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm daily.
Fujitohachi - Japanese regional: Higashi-Ginza
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Delicacies from the Shizuoka region, including oden, gyoza and houtou noodles, are showcased at this small after-work izakaya. No lunch on Saturdays.
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Nana - Japanese regional: Marunouchi
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Banzai-ryori, the homestyle regional cuisine of Kyoto, is the specialty here, served with a nice assortment of craft sake from around Japan. Beautiful Kyoto heirloom vegetables are featured in many...
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushiro - Japanese regional: Marunouchi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This gorgeously appointed izakaya serves Hokkaido cuisine - top-grade charcoal-grilled seafood, meats and vegetables as well as assorted sushi. Pretty much everything we've tried has been excellent,...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Date no Gyutan - Japanese regional: Marunouchi
Open 10am-9pm (LO; Sun -8pm) daily.
Charcoal-grilled beef tongue is the specialty at this branch of a Sendai-based chain. You can choose from miso or salt-grilled, or you can get a combination of the two - we recommend the salt as it...
Open 10am-9pm (LO; Sun -8pm) daily.
Daedoko - Japanese regional: Marunouchi
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
The cuisine of Yamagata Prefecture is the specialty at this stylish upscale izakaya, along with a nice selection of local craft sake. A dozen or so special sakes of the day are featured on the...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Yabaton - Tonkatsu: Yaesu
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
One of Nagoya's most famous tonkatsu shops, Yabaton is known for their tasty miso-slathered cutlets and their cute pig-sumo wrestler mascot. The teppan tonkatsu (Y1365) is their best-selling dish - a...
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yamagata Sakanaichi - Japanese regional: Yaesu
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
This is a good spot to explore Yamagata's most famous product, craft sake, with over 100 varieties available. The food menu focuses on Yamagata beef and other regional dishes, but it's generally not...
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Sekai no Yamachan - Japanese regional: Kyobashi
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
A branch of the very popular Nagoya izakaya chain, Yamachan is a great place to sample local Nagoya delicacies in Tokyo. Recommendations include the awesome spicy chicken wings (we prefer the...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Nana - Japanese regional: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Nana is a slick, modern izakaya specializing in the regional cuisine of Kyoto, obanzai-ryori. Many of the dishes here incorporate or are built around lovely Kyoto heirloom vegetables, and the menu...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Mondo - Japanese regional: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
You'll find exceptionally good regional cuisine from Shimane Prefecture and very reasonable prices at this old-fashioned izakaya. The menu showcases fish and seafood flown in from the region as well...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ringo no Hana - Japanese regional: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 11:30am-1, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Aomori Prefecture in Northern Japan produces some very nice sake, and Ringo no Hana is a good place to try it out. Some twenty different types of local craft sake are served either in ichi-go flasks...
Open 11:30am-1, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Fuku no Hana - Japanese regional: Yotsuya
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:15pm (LO) daily.
Regional cuisine, local sake and shochu from Yamaguchi Prefecture are served at this friendly after-work izakaya. The menu features premium-quality heirloom-breed chicken, Takamori beef, locally...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:15pm (LO) daily.
Bakuro - Kyushu: Kanda
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
The food menu at this casual izakaya is built around horsemeat - you can enjoy it raw, grilled yakiniku-style, stewed, smoked or served as sausages. There's also standard Kyushu-style izakaya fare -...
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Bakuro Kanda South - Japanese regional: Kanda
Open 5-11:29pm (Sat 4-10). Closed Sundays.
Some of the best horse sashimi and grilled horse in town are served at this lively after-work spot, all at very reasonable prices. The assorted sashimi platter featuring five different cuts of meat...
Open 5-11:29pm (Sat 4-10). Closed Sundays.
Sekai no Yamachan - Japanese regional: Okachimachi
Open 4-10:15pm (LO) daily.
One of Nagoya's most popular izakaya chains, Yamachan serves regional delicacies such as spicy fried chicken wings and miso-based stews, all at very reasonable prices.
Open 4-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Hokuhan - Japanese regional: Ueno
Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Tohoku-style fish and other dishes. Prices tend to add up rather quickly, but the food is always top quality.
Open 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Iwateya - Japanese regional: Ueno
Open 4-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Reasonably priced food from Iwate Prefecture, along with local sake and shochu brands.
Open 4-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Kagaya - Japanese regional: Ariake
Open 11am-2:30, 5-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Kaga-style kaiseki service from Kanazawa. Kaiseki dinner from Y3,800, lunch from Y1,200. Regular set dinners from Y1500.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Kochi - Kyushu: Naka-Meguro
Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily.
This busy shochu specialist, with room for only 25 (including the outdoor seating that spills out onto the sidewalk), features over 100 varieties, along with Kagoshima style cooking. Nibble on...
Open 6pm-1am (LO) daily.
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