When talking about izakaya or Japanese pubs, what comes to mind? Delicious skewers and beer, a smoky environment, and loud people… Most of you may not link it with underage high school girls, but dining in an izakaya has become the latest trend among them! So what attracts them to this type of restaurant and which izakaya is the most popular? Let’s find out!
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An “izakaya” is a Japanese-style pub offering a wide range of alcohol and dishes. If you have visited an izakaya in Japan, you would know that it is always noisy, as the customers talk and laugh clamorously while enjoying their food – an environment perfect for boisterous high school girls. No complaints will be made against them even if they make loud noises.
Another contributing factor to the rising popularity of izakaya among Japanese high school students is the fact that restaurants offer a range of inexpensive dishes. It also seems like going to an izakaya is an interesting topic to share on social media nowadays.
In Japan, people under the age of 20 are not allowed to drink alcohol and can only stay outside until 10 PM. Therefore, the izakaya will confirm the ages of customers and only offer non-alcoholic drinks (e.g. soft drinks) to high school students.
To cater to the taste of teenagers, some izakaya offer special dishes such as takoyaki skewer, maple sweet potato dumplings, and desserts like pancake or tiramisu, which cannot be found in a usual izakaya. These dishes are good for taking photos and sharing online, making more high school girls visit izakaya.
Do you also want to try these special izakaya menus? Here are two popular izakaya with all-you-can-eat courses in Japan!
Tori Houdai is a chain restaurant with more than 50 shops in Japan, offering all-you-can-eat courses. The most popular one is their 35 Dishes Course (限定35品コース) wherein you can order from 35 kinds of dishes, like yakitori, fried chicken, fries, etc., for only 1,680 yen per person.
For drinks, you can pay 880 yen for all-you-can-drink soft drinks, and adults can add 1,980 yen for alcoholic drinks.
Note that the time limit for dining is 120 minutes. Each person can only order two yakitori and two side dishes every time. And if there are too much leftovers, you will have to pay a fine.
Toribe attracts many high school girls with their cheap all-you-can-eat karaage (fried chicken) course! The course is only 100 yen for 30 minutes, and each person can order up to three times. If you are a karaage lover, you must not miss this!
Toribe also offers other dishes such as Korean spicy chicken with cheese, lemon motsunabe (hot pot), etc.
Note, however, that you must order at least one drink with the all-you-can-eat karaage course and pay for an appetizer. All-you-can-drink alcoholic drinks are also available for 1,500 yen.
Since this is the latest trend in Japan, don’t be surprised if you see some students in an izakaya. And even if you are not in high school anymore, feel free to visit the abovementioned restaurants to enjoy cheap and delicious food!