It’s Andres, from Boutique Japan.

This month’s postcard comes from an izakaya in the boisterous Shimbashi neighborhood of central Tokyo.

What is an izakaya, you ask?

Izakayas are neighborhood establishments where people go equally for the food and the drink.

It’s usually translated into English as “Japanese-style pub”, “tavern” or “gastropub.” They’re lively places where you go to have a drink with friends or coworkers, while eating delicious Japanese-style tapas.

Izakayas exist throughout Japan (definitely not only in Tokyo) and, in addition to being the perfect place to sample a wide variety of Japanese dishes – from seafood to fried foods, tofu to vegetables – eating and drinking at an izakaya is a great way to mingle with locals.

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Japan Travel News & Insights:

If you’re still thinking about a trip to Japan for this summer, you may have missed the boat! At this point we’re only able to consider inquiries for travel in August and later.

On the other hand, if you’re looking at a Fall (Autumn) trip to Japan, you’d better get planning! Rooms are starting to sell out, especially in Kyoto, the most popular place for kouyou (autumn foliage viewing).

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Andres Zuleta
Founder, Boutique Japan

“I cannot recommend Boutique Japan highly enough! My partner and I travelled to Japan for two weeks in April 2014, during the height of the cherry blossom season. I am very grateful to Andres and Christina for going the extra mile to help us in a very short timeframe. They are knowledgeable, responsive, thorough and a pleasure to work with. Thank you!” – James & Oscar, London

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