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Japan’s vast number of long-term singletons regularly makes global headlines. But as politicians fret about the resulting decline in birth rate, Tokyoites are out enjoying a host of eateries, bars and leisure facilities created especially for lone customers, while lifestyle magazines encourage them with buzzwords such as soro-katsu (solo activity).
While it's true that much of Tokyo's cafés and restaurants are perfect for solo diners, what with their cramped spaces and single-file counter seats, certain food-types such as yakiniku (DIY grilled meat) and shabu-shabu (hot pot) are more of a group activity – until recently. So whether you’re an independent traveller, or just wish to break away from friends or family for a bit of me-time, here are some of our favourite places in Tokyo for singletons.
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