No visit to Tokyo is complete without a night out at a friendly local izakaya. Basically Japan's answer to a pub, these boisterous venues are the best place to get a crash course on Japanese cuisine and spirits. So the best way to do it is order a few dishes to share, be it sashimi, yakitori (read our guide on how to order) or karaage (deep-fried chicken), and wash it all down with sake, shochu or highball.
Granted, izakaya can be a bit intimidating for first-timers, but we've found a few places that are equally as welcoming to travellers as they are to local regulars. Get ready to explore Tokyo's wonderful izakaya while having great food, drinks and just a jolly good time.
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