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33 Survival Kanji for Japan First-Timers

Coming to Japan, but don't know any kanji—or what kanji even means? Take a deep breath, relax and we'll get you started along the way!

4 Weirdly Themed Tokyo Izakaya

Looking to change things up for your next pub crawl? Why not grab your drinks in Japan's Warring States Period—or an elementary school classroom?

Top 5 Osaka Izakaya

Want a local watering hole in Osaka? As there are so many choices, each of them famous for something different, it can be difficult to narrow them down. We've done the hard work for you—here are our top picks!

7 Cheap Izakaya Chains

Want to go to an 'izakaya' but your wallet's as dry and empty as the Sahara Desert?! No worries, you can still enjoy the atmosphere of Japanese pubs on the cheap!

Edamame: Japan's Favorite Snack

Did you know that even edamame have a season in Japan—and that it changes based on the region? And have you ever wondered how to make edamame at home? Read on!

12 of the Best Dishes in Shikoku!

Savor the freshest ingredients and culinary highlights from Shikoku, featuring the best from all of its four prefectures.

Do Japanese Businessmen Really Drink a Lot?

For such a buttoned-up country, Japan's corporate drinking tradition is really something to behold.

Otoshi: Izakaya's Compulsory Appetizer

Before heading out to an Japanese pub, you might want to read up on the infamous 'otoshi.'

'Shinya Shokudo' Finds the Heart in Izakaya

Every day after midnight, different motley crews of characters enter a tiny eatery called Shinya Shokudo, where they share their life stories. Yet the takeaway message from each episode of this manga and TV show can be remarkably profound.

Become an Izakaya Guru with These 6 Videos

Impress your friends with your knowledge of the ins and outs of Japanese pubs and the drinks and food served at them!

Izakaya: What to Eat If You're Vegetarian

Don't let those meat-packed menus scare you! There are several tasty choices for the herbivores and health conscious out there.

10 After-Midnight Time Killers Around Tokyo

There are many ways to spend time in the never-sleeping city of Tokyo. But what happens when you have too much fun out and miss the last train home? We've got some ideas!

Top 10 'Izakaya' Foods You Need to Know

If these foods aren't on the menu, you're probably not at an 'izakaya!'

Prepared to be Terrified While Drinking a Brew

With its frightening interior and nail-biting ghost stories, this is one Japanese pub thrill seekers and horror enthusiasts, won't want to miss!

8 Key Phrases for Navigating 'Izakaya'

Don't speak Japanese? Walk into a Japanese-style pub and order with ease using these eight key phrases!

Enjoy an Aomori Izakaya in Tokyo

If you are only in Japan for a limited amount of time and you can't head up to Aomori Prefecture, but are dying for a taste of the region's music and food, then head over to Haneto Izakaya in Tokyo!

12 Vegetarian Dishes Served at Most 'Izakaya'

For vegetarians, finding a meatless meal when dinning may seem tough, but these 12 dishes are so common that they are served at almost any Japanese pub!

These Baths Are So Clean You Can Eat Off Them

Japan has no shortage of unusual or unique restaurants, and this izakaya that used to be a bathhouse is no exception!

This 'Izakaya' Truly Is Stranger than Fiction!

Read only if you're up for a wacky 'izakaya' experience.

Diving Deep into the Nightlife of Hachinohe

Join our writer Nick as he goes headfirst into the vibrant nightlife of Hachinohe with the help of the travel app YORIP.

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