An izakaya is Japan’s answer to a tavern or a pub, a casual dining establishment with reasonably priced food and accompanying drinks that is best enjoyed in groups. Like Shibuya restaurants in general, izakaya run the gamut from short-sleeved to sophisticated. Nowhere is the diversity of izakaya more apparent than in Shibuya, the city center most clearly embodying Tokyo’s flawless synergy of commerce and entertainment. There are several top quality izakaya all located within walking distance of Shibuya Station, making them ideal for after-work libations or for leisurely unwinding following a day spent shopping and sightseeing. Whatever your journey, here are 7 Shibuya izakaya that are well worth your time.
Over 1,200 years old, Japan’s most historic city and former capital is a top travel destination not only for its UNESCO world heritage sites but also for its amazing culinary delights. Kyoto has a vibrant nightlife, and the gastronomically inclined on an evening outing should look no further than one of Kyoto’s many izakaya. An integral part of Japanese food culture both high and low, izakaya have long been the place where Japanese people go to unwind after a long day. For good food, good drinks, and a heavy dose of traditional Japan, here are 10 Kyoto izakaya that are sure to more than satisfy your epicurean desires.