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Restaurants Japan : 541 Results

Practical information : Eating out Japan

TimetableTimetable

The hours are random. While some restaurants serve continuously from 11am to midnight, the smaller ones have reduced hours: 11am-2pm for lunch, 6pm-10pm for dinner. Others remain open but do not serve lunch after 2pm and offer a different menu.

Budget & TipsBudget & Tips

Expect to pay ¥800-1,000 for a bowl of noodles or a small platter of sushi. There are water vending machines everywhere, but it is much cheaper to have a reusable bottle that you fill in parks, shopping malls or train stations. Water is safe to drink everywhere (unless otherwise stated). The tax is 8% on takeaway orders and 10% on the spot.

What costs extraWhat costs extra

Prices are usually quoted with and without taxes (10%). There are no nasty surprises at the checkout and no tipping is tolerated. A glass of fresh water or barley tea is always offered on arrival, as well as a small towel to dry your hands. Payment is made at the cashier's desk when you leave. In small restaurants, a machine allows you to choose your dish and pay at the entrance. You then receive a ticket which you give to the waiter.

The local wayThe local way

The type of cutlery in Japan depends on the menu. Most restaurants serving Japanese food will have only chopsticks, but a curry restaurant will have spoons. The portions can be quite small. Sometimes there is the option of getting a free refill of rice or taking the oomori option, which is a larger portion of rice or pasta.

To be avoidedTo be avoided

A few rules about using chopsticks: don't stick your chopsticks in your dish, don't point your chopsticks at someone or something, and don't cross your chopsticks with another person's.

KidsKids

Smaller restaurants may not allow children to enter, but most welcome them. Chairs and children's menus are often available.

SmokersSmokers

The law has recently changed. As of April 2020, smoking is prohibited inside restaurants, except for small bars and gargotes run by a single person or family, which have a small footprint. Until the law is enforced, restaurants sometimes have smoking areas.

Tourist trapsTourist traps

In busy areas, restaurants are often upstairs. Hustlers call out to passers-by on the street to invite them upstairs. It's best to check the menu and prices before being taken up.

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