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Please note that Okinawan restaurants are listed in a separate section, because there are so many of them.

There is also now a separate category for notable sake lists and sake specialists.
Please note that Okinawan restaurants are listed in a separate section, because there are so many of them.

There is also now a separate category for notable sake lists and sake specialists.
Date no Gyutan Honpo - Japanese regional: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Located on the second floor of a Miyagi prefectural antenna shop, this casual cafe-restaurant serves a wide variety of beef tongue dishes, a local specialty. Teishoku-style meals with oxtail soup,...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Ikebukuro
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
At first glance it looks like just another cheap and cheerful budget izakaya - unpretentious rustic decor, bouncy J-Pop background music, enthusiastic young staff and boisterous after-work drinkers. ...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Sekai no Yamachan - Izakaya: Ikebukuro
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
One of Nagoya's most popular izakaya chains, Yamachan serves regional delicacies such as spicy fried chicken wings and miso-based stews, all at very reasonable prices.
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
HaruKor - Ainu: Okubo
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Ezo venison, salmon, scallops, potatoes and mountain vegetables - all freshly imported from Hokkaido - are prepared in simple fashion to bring out their wholesome, natural flavors here at Tokyo's...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Kurawanka - Kyushu: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Japanese regional dishes from various parts of the country. Lunch from Y700, full-course dinners for Y5,000-Y10,000. There's also an a la carte menu, and many regional sake brands.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kita-Kyushu Sakaba - Japanese regional: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 4-11:30pm daily.
This lively after-work izakaya specializes in the cuisine of Kita-Kyushu, with an emphasis on seafood. It's a great place to try out interesting regional dishes like seared mackerel sashimi,...
Open 4-11:30pm daily.
Sangokuichi Island Tower - Udon: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -10, Sun -9:30) daily.
Houtou is a hearty winter udon-noodle dish from the mountainous Kofu area of Yamanashi Prefecture, and this is one of the few places in Tokyo where you can find it. The houtou served here is quite...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sat -10, Sun -9:30) daily.
Kyushu - Kyushu: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO; Sun -10) daily.
This long-established izakaya mini-chain serves excellent Kyushu cuisine and a good assortment of sake and shochu from the southern island. Especially recommended are the Kagoshima-style tonkotsu...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO; Sun -10) daily.
Gyossantei - Kyushu: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:50-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gyossantei is a great place to sample the regional cooking of Miyazaki Prefecture, along with good sake from around the country. The dining space is comfortable and informal, and large windows on...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:50-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Tamoiyanse - Kyushu: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-2am (-midnight Sat, Sun) daily.
Excellent southern Kyushu specialties made from freshly flown-in ingredients. The tonkotsu-ni, chunks of pork stewed in shochu overnight, was especially outstanding, as was the chawan-mushi. The bar...
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-2am (-midnight Sat, Sun) daily.
Ima mo Mukashiya - Japanese regional: Shibuya
Open 5:30-1:30am (LO) daily.
The warm, cozy atmosphere and friendly service are the draw at this casual Hokkaido-inspired izakaya. The cooking is home-style and simple, - some highlights have included smoked salmon with a...
Open 5:30-1:30am (LO) daily.
Bakuro - Kyushu: Ebisu
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
If you're not well acquainted with the subtleties of horsemeat cuisine, Bakuro can be a revelation. The food here is fantastic, showcasing a surprisingly wide range of flavors and styles. The...
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Wattaribozu - Japanese regional: Gotanda
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1am daily.
Akita Prefecture is famous for its excellent sake, but its regional cuisine isn't as widely known. Wattaribozu, a cozy little basement izakaya near Gotanda Station, is a great place to explore both...
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-1am daily.
Kaba - Japanese regional: Shinagawa
Open 11am-2, 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The specialty of the house here is seafood from the San-in region of Western Honshu, flown in daily and served grilled and as sashimi. There's also an excellent selection of sake from the region,...
Open 11am-2, 4-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Toritei - Japanese regional: Shirokane-Takanawa
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Kyushu-style charcoal-grilled chicken is the tasty specialty here. It's well charred and a bit chewy, just like it's prepared in Miyazaki, and there's also an impressive extra-garlicky version. If...
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Warayakiya Ryouma Tower - Japanese regional: Hamamatsucho
Open 4-10pm (LO) daily.
Tosa cuisine from Shikoku is the specialty at this comfortable, stylishly appointed izakaya. Salt-baked bonito (katsuo), heirloom-breed chicken, premium-grade pork and other local ingredients are...
Open 4-10pm (LO) daily.
Hachibei - Yakitori: Nogizaka
Open 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Despite its prime location one minute from Tokyo Midtown, this stylish, relaxed basement izakaya feels far removed from the hubbub of Roppongi nightlife. Kyushu-style yakitori is the centerpiece of...
Open 6pm-12:30am (LO). Closed Sundays.
Den Den Den - Kyushu: Akasaka
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Free-range chicken dishes and other specialties from Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Kyushu, plus shochu and microbrew beers from down there. The atmosphere is funky-casual izakaya-style.
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5:30-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Kago - Kyushu: Shimbashi
Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
The regional specialties of Kagoshima (southern Kyushu) are served, including tonkotsu (pork stewed in shochu) and chicken sashimi. They also have a selection of southern Kyushu...
Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Eight Base - Japanese regional: Hibiya
Open 11am-10pm daily.
At first glance Eight Base looks like your typical prefectural antenna shop. There's a retail section up front selling crafts, produce and drinks from Aomori Prefecture, with a small dining area in...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Hyakumangoku Monogatari - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 10am-9pm daily.
A huge selection of craft sake from Ishikawa Prefecture is sold in the basement of this three-story shop - well over 100 varieties, including some two dozen sakes in convenient one-cup serving sizes....
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Oshima - Japanese regional: Ginza
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Nicely prepared kaga-ryori -- the seafood-based cuisine of Kanazawa, on the Sea of Japan coast. Lunch from Y1,800, dinner from Y2,800, and special Kaga kaiseki from Y6,500.
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Igarashitei - Japanese regional: Ginza
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Swan Lake is one of Japan's best microbreweries, and their Tokyo outpost serves most of their beers (varying with the season) along with excellent high-end regional cuisine and sakes from Niigata. ...
Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Fujitohachi - Japanese regional: Higashi-Ginza
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Delicacies from the Shizuoka region, including oden, gyoza and houtou noodles, are showcased at this small after-work izakaya. No lunch on Saturdays.
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Nana - Japanese regional: Marunouchi
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Banzai-ryori, the homestyle regional cuisine of Kyoto, is the specialty here, served with a nice assortment of craft sake from around Japan. Beautiful Kyoto heirloom vegetables are featured in many...
Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kushiro - Japanese regional: Marunouchi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This gorgeously appointed izakaya serves Hokkaido cuisine - top-grade charcoal-grilled seafood, meats and vegetables as well as assorted sushi. Pretty much everything we've tried has been excellent,...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Date no Gyutan - Japanese regional: Marunouchi
Open 10am-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm) daily.
Charcoal-grilled beef tongue is the specialty at this branch of a Sendai-based chain. You can choose from miso or salt-grilled, or you can get a combination of the two - we recommend the salt as it...
Open 10am-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm) daily.
Daedoko - Japanese regional: Marunouchi
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
The cuisine of Yamagata Prefecture is the specialty at this stylish upscale izakaya, accompanied by a nice selection of local craft sake. The sake is served in your choice of tasting flights or full...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.
Yabaton - Tonkatsu: Yaesu
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
One of Nagoya's most famous tonkatsu shops, Yabaton is known for their tasty miso-slathered cutlets and their cute pig-sumo wrestler mascot. The teppan tonkatsu (Y1365) is their best-selling dish - a...
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Sekai no Yamachan - Japanese regional: Kyobashi
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
A branch of the very popular Nagoya izakaya chain, Yamachan is a great place to sample local Nagoya delicacies in Tokyo. Recommendations include the awesome spicy chicken wings (we prefer the...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Mondo - Japanese regional: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
You'll find exceptionally good regional cuisine from Shimane Prefecture at very reasonable prices at this old-fashioned izakaya. The menu showcases fish and seafood flown in from the region as well...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ringo no Hana - Japanese regional: Yotsuya 3-chome
Open 11:30am-1, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Aomori Prefecture in Northern Japan produces some very nice sake, and Ringo no Hana is a good place to try it out. Some twenty different types of local craft sake are served either in ichi-go flasks...
Open 11:30am-1, 5:30-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bakuro - Kyushu: Kanda
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
The food menu at this casual izakaya is built around horsemeat - you can enjoy it raw, grilled yakiniku-style, stewed, smoked or served as sausages. There's also standard Kyushu-style izakaya fare -...
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Sekai no Yamachan - Japanese regional: Okachimachi
Open 4-10:15pm (LO) daily.
One of Nagoya's most popular izakaya chains, Yamachan serves regional delicacies such as spicy fried chicken wings and miso-based stews, all at very reasonable prices.
Open 4-10:15pm (LO) daily.
Iwateya - Japanese regional: Ueno
Open 4-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Reasonably priced food from Iwate Prefecture, along with local sake and shochu brands.
Open 4-10pm. Closed Sundays.
See also our separate listings for Okinawan restaurants, and for regional izakaya with notable sake lists.
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Updated 2023-10-29