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Horse’s Mouth

Hidden beneath a ramen joint inside of a shopping mall, the Horse’s Mouth—once discovered—is relatively straightforward. Drinks served at the long, narrow wooden bar are simple, usually fruit-focused, packed with…

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Kudan

Upon being seated, diners at Kudan—a favorite among sake aficionados—select a sake cup from a colorful selection of options presented in a basket. Oden, a staple winter hotpot of fish…

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Kirakutei

The skilled chef Kotaro Asakura marries seasonal seafood and sake at this upscale izakaya in Kumagaya, a residential neighborhood near Shibuya. While there are seats at the counter where Asakura works his magic, his workspace…

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Yamariki Honkan

Yamariki, an institution dating back to 1924, is so popular that a line of hungry customers begin gathering outside about an hour before the shop opens. The signature dish here…

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Sasagin

Sasagin is an old-school izakaya joint popular with cigarette-smoking businessmen (a warning for any who are sensitive to smoke) nestled into bamboo-adorned space in a brick building that faces the train station.…