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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!

Otoshi: Izakaya's Compulsory Appetizer

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

54 Fun Things to Do in Japan!

Japan is filled with quirky and fun bucket-list-worthy things to do, with countless sights, shrines, parks, gardens, restaurants, museums and neighborhoods to explore. Here are the 54 fun things to do in Japan!

What to Expect at a Japanese Baseball Game

Professional baseball has deeply rooted popularity in Japan, with fans keen to cheer their favorite team's unique fight song. It's an experience not to be missed!

The Dinosaur Kingdom in front of Fukui Station

The West Exit of Fukui Station is home to the Dinosaur Plaza, where life-sized dinosaur replicas await every visitor.

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?

Step into a Japanese Classroom at This Izakaya

With themed rooms and waiters who act as teachers and nurses, you’ll never want to leave elementary school again!

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!

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!

Do Japanese Businessmen Really Drink a Lot?

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

Japanese Alcohol: From Hokkaido to Okinawa

There are more than 1,800 sake breweries and shochu distilleries in Japan. Highlighting Japan has profiled nine leading representatives from Hokkado to Okinawa.

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!

8 Unique Rules of Japanese Public Spaces

While breaking these rules won’t send you to jail, you should know what behavior to avoid before bringing it to Japan.

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!

6 Things You Need to Know About Izakaya

Offering multiple rounds of small dishes, Japanese-style pubs, or 'izakaya,' are a little different from their Western equivalents. Here are six things you need to know to navigate them with ease!

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.

A 13-Point Guide to Japanese Alcohol

Walk through 13 of the most fundamental types of alcohol in Japan. You know what's at the top of the list—but do you know the other 12?

5 Famous Izakaya Chains

Izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) are deeply entrenched in Japanese culture. Great for meeting friends, after-work drinks and client socializing, here are five of the major chains you can find across the country.

Train & Station Transform into Temporary Pub

Love beer? Love trains? Here’s your chance to combine the two for four special nights!

'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.

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