Tokyo Dining Guide: 17 Restaurants & Izakayas Tailored for International Entertaining

Mayumi Folio
Mayumi Folio

Entertainment plays an important role in facilitating business.

Even in international transactions, isn’t it the “dinner entertainment” that has a major impact on the client relationship?

The choice of restaurant is especially important when meeting with international business partners.

It is important for international businesspersons to know a few restaurants that are not rude to guests, that can help negotiations go well, and that can be appreciated by foreign guests.

This article introduces 20 Japanese-style restaurants and izakayas in Tokyo that are very popular with foreign guests.

– We want to know which restaurants in Tokyo will please our VIP foreign guests who are Japan connoisseurs.

– Are there any manners to be aware of at a dinner?

– What are the advantages of preparing a Japanese cultural experience for the dinner?

We will introduce restaurants and izakaya (Japanese style pubs) based on the following information, and also provide tips to solve questions that may arise when dining with foreign guests.

Choosing a Japanese restaurant for a dinner can be a must, but it is not necessarily limited to traditional Japanese specialty restaurants.

For example, if a guest has been to Japan many times, sometimes it is a good idea to take him or her to a restaurant with an unusual flavor to leave a lasting impression.

This is because foreigners’ sense of “Japaneseness” ranges from traditional Japaneseness to current pop culture.

Whether it’s a recent hot concept restaurant or a nostalgic dubatayaki restaurant used to entertain former U.S. presidents, Tokyo has many restaurants with a Japanese feel, so choose the one that best suits your guests’ tastes and experience.

Therefore, we recommend that restaurants that will please foreign guests are those with a high quality Japanese feel and a space where they can experience Japan.

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5 Japanese Restaurants in Tokyo Perfect for Entertaining VIP Foreigners

As a business dinner, you want to plan a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. We often think, “I want to plan a quiet and calm atmosphere for a business dinner.

Here are five Japanese restaurants in Tokyo that we recommend for entertaining VIP foreigners.

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Kyoto Hyoki Ginza Main Store

You can fully enjoy Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine in a private room with a pure Japanese style and dignified atmosphere.

You can enjoy the hearty hospitality of Japanese cuisine, where the chef’s outstanding skills shine through.

We can also change the contents of the dishes upon request. This is a reassuring ally for dinners with people who are particular about their religion or food philosophy.

Chinese available, private parties available, vegetarian menu available.

For important guests, all private rooms are furnished in the Kyoto style with sunken kotatsu. For important business entertainment or dinners, we also recommend a special private room in a detached house.

[Store Facts.]

– Dedicated reservation phone number: 050-5263-8072

– Dedicated number for inquiries: 03-6228-4313

– Address: Ginza East Bldg. 1F and 2F, 7-16-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

– Official website: “Kyoto Hyoki Ginza Main Store

Blue sky (Harutaka)

Among the many sushi restaurants in Ginza, Aozora (Harutaka) is currently attracting a lot of attention, and is recommended for those who want to enjoy authentic Edomae sushi.

Aozora’s unique vinegared rice is balanced with the finest ingredients that are purchased daily.

The basic course is omakase, starting with snacks and ending with nigiri, but requests for nigiri only are also accepted.

The restaurant offers about 15 to 16 types of nigiri served in a course, and is recommended for dinner receptions as the rooms are completely private.

The restaurant focuses on sake, so it is perfect for dinners with foreigners who want to enjoy sake and sushi.

[Store Facts.]

– Address: 6F Ginza Tokifu Building, 8-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

– Phone number: 03-3573-1144

– Nearest station: 8 minutes walk from Ginza Station on Tokyo Metro Lines, 5 minutes walk from Shimbashi Station on JR Lines

– Hours: [Weekdays & Saturdays] 17:00 – 00:00 (can enter after 22:00)

– Closed: Sundays and holidays

– Payment information: Credit card accepted

– Fully private rooms available

Official website: Aozora (Harutaka)

Roppongi Saryo Miyasaka

Kaiseki Restaurant Saryo Miyasaka is located in Roppongi Hills.

The space is decorated in a modern Japanese design with black tones, interspersed with traditional Japanese beauty that evokes the spirit of Zen and makes the wonderful cuisine seem even more sophisticated.

The course menu is a traditional Japanese meal that emphasizes the season of the day and the season of the year.

It is said to be a restaurant where one can experience the “spirit of Japan,” something that is becoming increasingly difficult to experience in Japan today.

The “Hachisun” is a dish that makes the most of seasonal ingredients and is carefully crafted to be not only tasty but also pleasing to the eye with a beauty that is almost like a work of art.

This is a restaurant that you should know about when entertaining your loved ones from abroad, as you can experience the richness of Japanese food culture in a relaxing atmosphere.

[Store Facts.]

– Address: 3F Roppongi Hills Roppongi Keyakizaka Dori, 6-12-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

– Phone number: 050-5384-5542/03-6447-1160

– Access: Keyakizaka [MINI], take the elevator on the right hand side to the 3rd floor, it is on the left hand side.

– Hours: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, Holidays] 12:00 – 20:00

– Nearest Station: Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Roppongi Station

– Payment information: Credit card accepted

– Average budget: [Dinner] 17500 yen [Lunch] 4500 yen

Official website: Saryo Miyasaka, Roppongi

Nakameguro Iguchi Azabujuban

A variety of Japanese delicacies centering on the finest yakitori to be enjoyed at the beautiful counter with its luxurious atmosphere. The restaurant has no signboard, making it a charming hideout for those in the know.

The beautiful one-panel counter with its symbolic bonsai tree spotlighted gives a sense of realism, and you will be able to feel the special Tosa-binchotan charcoal fire right in front of you.

The distinctive counter is highly recommended, but the restaurant also offers a full range of private rooms, including four private rooms for two persons and one private room for four persons, making it perfect for a dinner party.

This restaurant is recommended for entertaining foreigners who want to enjoy authentic yakitori in a relaxed atmosphere.

[Store Facts.]

– Address: FI Plaza Bldg. 4F, 1-6-7 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo

– TEL: Reservation number 050-5263-8638 Inquiry number 03-6455-4557

– Nearest station: 3 minutes walk from Azabu-juban station on Toei Subway Oedo Line

– Access: 3 min. walk from Exit 7 of Azabu-juban Subway Station

– Hours: Dinner 17:00-00:00

– Closed: Open every day

– Payment information: Credit card accepted

– Average budget: [Dinner] 8,000 yen

Official website: Nakameguro Iguchi Azabujuban


High-grade Japanese wagyu beef is now attracting attention overseas, and is a coveted ingredient among Western celebrities.

For entertaining gourmet foreigners, we recommend Yoroniku, a representative of “Japanese Yakiniku” that is a favorite of even the most gourmet foreign executives.

The restaurant’s attention to detail is thorough, and the meat is carefully selected and delivered by Nissan, a long-established source of premium Japanese beef that meat lovers have heard of.

The “Hojicha Shaved Ice” is a must enjoy for dessert. The thick hojicha tea syrup is topped with gold dust, creating a truly elegant and Japanese sweet.

From the beauty of the space you feel as soon as you enter the restaurant, you will enjoy the thorough hospitality from appetizers to desserts. We hope you will plan a wonderful dinner reception.

[Store Facts.]

Address: B1F Luna Rossa, 6-6-22 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

– tel: 03-3498-4629

– Nearest station: 10 minutes walk from Omotesando station on Tokyo Metro lines

– Access: 10-minute walk from Omotesando Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line, and Chiyoda Line.

– Hours: [Weekdays] 17:00-00:00 [Sundays and holidays] 17:00-00:00 [Saturdays] 17:00-00:00

– Closed: Sun. Open only at the beginning of the year

– Payment information: Credit card accepted

– Average budget [Dinner] 12,000 yen

– Official website: Yoroniku

3 Tokyo Concept Restaurants Popular with Foreign Guests

Currently popular among foreigners, concept restaurants are crowded with foreigners because they allow visitors to fully enjoy the Japanese cultural experience inside the restaurant.

The number of foreign visitors to Japan who want to enjoy both dining and Japanese cultural events at the same time may be much larger than we Japanese think! The number of foreign visitors to Japan who want to enjoy both dining and Japanese cultural events at the same time may be much larger than we Japanese think.

Here are three concept restaurants in Tokyo.


Based on the concept of a ninja mansion, NINJA TOKYO is a complete replica of a ninja mansion inside the restaurant, where customers are guided through a ninja path and into a private room while experiencing training.

The menu is also full of ninja-related items that will make you feel like a ninja.

In between meals, senior ninja perform ninjutsu (ninja techniques). This is an entertainment restaurant that embodies the “What would happen if ninjas really entertained!

[Store Facts.]

– Address: Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 1F, 2-14-3 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

– TEL: 03-5157-3936

– Closest station: Akasaka-mitsuke station

– Hours: 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 22:00, open Sundays

– Closed: Please inquire for irregular holidays.

– Budget:¥10,000~¥14,999 ¥10,000~¥14,999

– Payment method: Credit cards accepted, electronic money not accepted, QR code payment accepted

– Charge: 5% service charge

Official website: NINJA TOKYO


If you want to feel the “now” of Tokyo, we recommend “Sanagi” located at Shinjuku South Exit.

Sanagi” is a fusion of “events, food, and culture,” and is also noted for its kotatsu, tatami mats, lanterns, and other items that brightly decorate the interior of the restaurant.

It is popular among foreigners as an izakaya where you can fully enjoy Japanese pop culture, and you can enjoy a cutting-edge creative space unique to Shinjuku.

[Store Facts.]

– Address: Ginza First Building B2F, 1-10-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

– Phone number: 03-3563-3033

– Access: JR Shinjuku Station, 2 minutes walk from Toei Shinjuku Line / Shinjuku Sanchome Station, 2 minutes walk from Fukutoshin Subway Line / Shinjuku Sanchome Station, 2 minutes walk from Marunouchi Subway Line

– Hours: Lunch 11:00-15:00, Cafe 15:00-17:00, Dinner 17:00-23:00

– Payment Method :Credit Card accepted

– There is a charge

– Budget sense: around 3,000 to 4,000 yen

-Reference site: “Sanagi

Shibuya candy bar

The restaurant is reminiscent of the 30s and 40s of the Showa period, and the all-you-can-eat candy course is very attractive.

Small banquets can be planned, and box seats are available for a more relaxed dining experience.

You can savor drinks while reminiscing about the tastes of the candy you ate as a child, and the food, many of which are associated with candy, is also a great source of excitement as you eat it.

[Store Facts.]

– Phone: 050-5285-4368

– Address: 26-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

– Access: 2 min. walk from Exit 3a of Shibuya Station on the Subway Hanzomon Line 2 min. walk from Exit 3a of Shibuya Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi Line

– Open Mon-Fri, eve of national holidays: 16:00-23:30 Sat, national holidays: 15:00-23:30 Sun: 15:00-23:30

– Request Reservations Accepted up to 3 days prior to your visit

– Closed New Year’s Holidays 12/31,1/1,1/2,1/3

– Average budget 2,500 yen

– Payment Information: Smart Payments Not available, Credit Cards Available, Electronic Money Not available, QR Code Payments Available: PayPay, LINE Pay

Reference site: Shibuya candy bar

Why do foreign guests like Izakaya?

What is the appeal of izakaya?

The variety of dishes at izakaya is astonishing, and it is only at izakaya that you can close the door on a variety of different types of meals.

Each izakaya has its own personality, and many foreigners say, “I enjoy visiting izakayas! Many foreigners say, “I enjoy visiting izakaya!

In some areas, you can also enjoy local ingredients and cuisine, which is very popular among foreigners who want to try a variety of Japanese foods.

When it comes to drinking establishments abroad, they are basically patronized as places to drink only alcoholic beverages, although some, like tapas in Spain or fish and chips in a British sports bar, are more like hors d’oeuvres than light meals or snacks.

And of course, there is a wide variety of alcoholic beverages, including Japanese sake and beer, which can be enjoyed at a reasonable price. Many of the restaurants also offer a wide variety of non-alcoholic drinks, so even those who do not like to drink can enjoy themselves.

You can relax and spend time with friends and colleagues.

And the appeal of izakaya is that you can enjoy talking with the wait staff and interacting with the people sitting next to you, and discussing various topics such as Japanese culture, customs, and topical news.

In this way, izakaya is gaining popularity among foreigners as a space where they can experience a wide variety of items that allow them to casually enjoy Japan.

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9 Izakayas by area of Tokyo for foreign guests

Here are 10 izakayas (Japanese style pubs) recommended for foreigners (Ginza, Asakusa, Ueno, Shibuya, Shinjuku) in the Tokyo area for around 5,000 yen.

Ginza Area

Dofuro Ginza 1-chome

The interior of this restaurant has a very Japanese feel to it, with a vermilion-lacquered bridge welcoming you from the entrance, stirring up images of Japan.

The menu includes not only seafood, but also soba noodles, freshly made tofu, roasted vegetables, gyoza (Chinese dumplings), and yakisoba (fried noodles), making it easy for foreigners to try the menu. There is also a wide variety of drinks, mainly sake, but also shochu and cocktails.

There is a large room for up to 96 people, making it fun to use for large parties.

[Store Facts.]

– Address: Ginza First Building B2F, 1-10-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

– Access: Direct connection from Exit 10 of Ginza 1-chome Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line / 5-minute walk from Exit A13 of Ginza Station on the Ginza Subway Line / 8-minute walk from Kyobashi Exit of JR Yurakucho Station

– Phone number: 03-3563-3033

– Hours: Monday – Friday, the day before national holidays: 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00 Saturday, Sunday: 11:30 – 23:00

– Payment information: Credit cards accepted

– Budget: 5,000 yen, with charge

Reference site: Dofuro Ginza 1-chome Branch

Private Room/Robata Cuisine Kakoiya Ginza 7-chome

One of the largest izakaya (Japanese-style pub) in the Ginza area for adults, in a revitalized old private house, under the supervision of the world’s best sake brewer.

There are several types of all-you-can-drink courses, with fresh seasonal ingredients, luxurious flavors, and superbly delicious sake.

Because of its location, there seem to be many foreign customers, and English explanations are provided on the menu, and the waitstaff can speak simple English. The popular private rooms in the old private house can accommodate from 2 to 40 people, including a private room with a kotatsu (a table placed over a sunken kotatsu), a private room with a night view, and a private room with a table.

[Store Facts.]

– Address: Ginza Lion Building 3F, 7-9-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

– TEL: 03-3571-5607

– Nearest station: 3 minutes walk from Ginza station on Tokyo Metro Ginza line, 7 minutes walk from Shimbashi station on JR lines

– Access: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line “Ginza” station, exit A5, go straight and turn right.

– Business hours: [Weekdays] 17:30-23:00 (L.O.Food22:15, Drink22:30) [Saturday, Sunday] 12:00-22:00 (L.O.Food21:15, Drink21:30)

– Closed: Open all year round, Year-end and New Year’s holidays

– Payment information: Average budget [Dinner] 5,000 yen [Lunch] 2,000 yen

– Credit card accepted

Reference site: “Private Room/Robata Cuisine Kakoiya Ginza 7-chome Branch

Shinjuku Area


This restaurant is an izakaya with a retro Showa-esque atmosphere. It is especially recommended for Japanophiles.

This izakaya is very popular for its fresh seafood and fresh vegetable dishes that make the most of the quality of the ingredients.

Of course, we are particular about our sake, and you can also enjoy delicious sake paired with delicious food.

[Store Facts.]

– TEL: 03-3352-7646

– Address: B1F, 3-12-12-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo View map

– Hours: Monday through Saturday 16:00-23:45 (Sunday and holidays 16:00-23:00)

– Closed: December 31 through January 4

– Payment information: Average budget [Dinner] 6,000 – 7,999 yen [Lunch] 1,000 – 1,999 yen

Reference site: “Kanae

Asakusa Area

Asakusa Tokyo Sake BAL Shiobai Asakusa

A restaurant where you can enjoy delicious local sake from all over Japan. For foreigners who want to enjoy sashimi, we recommend salmon roe and squid somen.

The restaurant can accommodate from 2 to a maximum of 24 people, and can be used for a wide range of occasions from small drinking parties to large banquets.

The popular chabudai-ozashiki horigotatsu complete private room with a little staircase is chic and popular with 3 to 5 customers.

[Store Facts.]

– Address: B1F, Hirotaka Building, 1-1-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

– Phone number: 03-5830-2501

– Nearest station: Asakusa station

– Open 11:30-14:00/17:00-23:30 <Sat, Sun, Holidays >11:30-23:30

– Closed all year round

– Payment information; Credit cards accepted Budget 3000-5000 yen

Reference site: “Asakusa Tokyo Sake BAL Shiobai Asakusa

Ueno Area

Shoya Ueno Honten

Many Japanese people may answer “Shoya” when they think of izakaya. The most popular menu item is the sashimi platter, which can be ordered in portions of several people, and is served in a tub with freshly cut sashimi.

In terms of alcoholic beverages, hoppies, highballs, and other uniquely Japanese alcoholic beverages are popular, and they will also make suggestions if you have a preference for dry sake or sake for women.

Hi! Yorokonde” is the watchword of this restaurant, and you will receive pleasant service, so why not extend your visit?

[Store Facts.]

– Address: 3F New Ueno Building, 7-2-5 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

– Phone number: 03-3843-6454

– Business hours 11:30~14:00/17:00~23:00 <Saturday and holidays> 16:00~22:00

– Closest Station: Ueno

– Payment information: Credit cards accepted

– Budget sense: 5,000 yen

Reference site: Shoya Ueno Honten

Private Izakaya Ino Ueno

Private room Izakaya Ino Ueno branch boasts authentic Hakata-style “Chicken Mizutaki” and a wide variety of izakaya menus including “Chicken Mizutaki” to be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere in a private room with a Japanese flavor.

With fresh morning-caught seafood delivered directly from the production area, a casual izakaya menu, and a wide variety of creative dishes, the restaurant can be used for a wide range of situations.

The restaurant is conveniently located just a short walk from Ueno Station, and the Japanese atmosphere overflows with a variety of private rooms that can be used according to the number of people, from 2 to groups of 50 or more, making large banquets of up to 180 people possible.

[Store Facts.]

– Address: 2F New Ueno, 7-2-5 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

– Phone number: 050-5571-2299/03-5830-7315

– Nearest station: 1 minute walk from Ueno Station

– Business hours: 16:00~23:00

– Closed: No regular holidays (in accordance with building closing days)

– Budget: 2000-5000 yen

– Payment Method : Credit card accepted

Reference site: “Private room Izakaya Ino Ueno

Shibuya Area


You can enjoy dishes using “Nagoya Cochin,” a brand-name local chicken, in a completely private room with a Japanese taste.

The “Nagoya Cochin Yose-nabe” using brand-name jidori chicken and the “Kodawari Yakitori” made from Japanese domestic chicken, each skewered with care, are gems that are filled with the chef’s passion for food.

In this relaxed adult space, every seat is comfortable for stretching out your legs, and completely private rooms are available for groups of two or more.

[Store Facts.]

– Phone number: 050-5594-7287

– Address: 1F Trunk Hotel, 5-31 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

– Access: 6 min. walk from Exit 7 of Meiji-jingumae Station / 3 min. walk from Exit B1 of Shibuya Station on Hanzomon Line, Fukutoshin Line and Toyoko Line 522m from Meiji-jingumae Station

– Hours: Weekdays 12:00-3:00 KUSHI 5:00 P.M. – 11:00 Weekends & Holidays Lunch Drinking & Set Meals 12:00 – 3:00 KUSHI 5:00 – 11:00 Open Sunday

– Closed: 3rd Monday of each month (if the 3rd Monday is a national holiday, the following Tuesday)

– Budget:¥3,000~¥5,000

– Payment Method :Cards accepted, QR code payment not accepted

– Service charge: Charge

Reference site: TRUNK(KUSHI)

Nana Shibuya Mark City

Located just a minute walk from Shibuya Station, Naodenya Rokeikan boasts an iron pot and a full lineup of alcoholic beverages.

A distinctive feature of this restaurant is the iron pot dishes prepared using “Nanbu-tekki” pots, a traditional handicraft of Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, which bring out the best flavor of the ingredients and provide excellent stewed dishes.

The restaurant offers fresh fish dishes using seasonal vegetables and seafood shipped directly from Tsukiji, along with sake selected by a wine sommelier and a sake connoisseur (a sommelier specializing in Japanese sake).

[Store Facts.]

– Phone: 03-5428-8127

– Address: Shibuya Mark City RESTAURANTS AVENUE 4F, 1-12-5 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

– Access: 1 minute walk from JR Shibuya Station / 1 minute walk from Keio Inokashira Line / 1 minute walk from Ginza Line Shibuya Station

– Business hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:00 – 22:00

– Closed on national holidays and the day before national holidays

– Average budget 4,500 yen (regular average)3,500 yen (banquet average)1,080 yen (lunch average)

– Smart payment not accepted, credit cards accepted, electronic money not accepted, QR code payment not accepted

Reference site: ” Nana Shibuya Mark City Store

Azabu Area

Gonpachi Nishiazabu

Gonpachi became world famous for the historic “Izakaya meeting” between former President George W. Bush and former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, and for being the model for the scene in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”. Known as the “Kill Bill Izakaya,” Gonpachi is visited by many Hollywood celebrities when they come to Japan.

As a Japanese restaurant serving soba, kushiyaki, tempura, and other dishes, it is crowded with customers from all over Japan and the world.

The restaurant also offers a full course menu, and vegetarian course meals are available to satisfy vegetarians.

[Store Facts.]

– Phone number: 050-5571-2171

– Address: 1-13-11 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo

– Access : 10 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Roppongi, Nogizaka or Hiroo Sta.

– Hours: 11:30 – 3:30 (last order Food 2:45 / Drink 3:00) Lunch (weekdays) 11:30 – 15:00 Open Sunday

– Closed: Open every day

– Budget:¥4,000~¥5,999 ¥1,000~¥1,999

– Payment Method : Credit cards accepted, electronic money not accepted, QR code payment not accepted

Reference site: Gonpachi Nishiazabu

Manners and things to keep in mind when entertaining a VIP foreigner at a dinner party

Know their preferences and food culture.

Aside from food preferences, it is also important to know if there are foods that cannot be eaten due to health conditions, food philosophy or religion.

Vegetarians and Muslims should be especially careful when choosing a restaurant. Even if you go all the way to a nice restaurant, you will be in trouble if you can’t eat all the food you want.

The question is how to do the research. Of course, you can ask him or her directly, but if it is difficult, it is important to communicate well with those around you other than your guests, your secretary, and your subordinates, even on a regular basis.

Manners for dining with foreign guests

What about the pouring?

In other countries, especially in Europe and the U.S., there is no culture of pouring drinks for each other, but it is part of respectable business etiquette for Japanese to pour for the glass of the other person’s drink.

Therefore, since the manner of offering a glass of sake differs from country to country, the simplest and most natural way is to begin by offering a glass of sake in the Japanese style, with a few words such as “I beg your pardon in the Japanese style.

It is also important to know the culture of the guest’s country in advance.

Because in some Asian countries, it is impolite to drink alcohol in front of superiors, and in the West, drinking at one’s own rhythm is the basic rule, so some people feel stressed about having to keep on taking over.

It is also a good idea to ask the person you are dining with directly about the etiquette of drinking in their country before proceeding with the meal, as this will stimulate conversation.

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What kind of conversation do you want?

Before getting into business conversation, you still want to make time to relax because it is not a meeting, and it is also a dinner.

First, let’s mention what we see in each other’s eyes. This will naturally lead to a conversation.

Once the person you are meeting relaxes, you can start a conversation by gradually talking about yourself and asking them questions about their family, pets, school days, hometown, and so on.

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International protocols to be mastered

Knowing the international protocol is a reassuring preparation for a relaxed and challenging dinner with a VIP or VVIP foreigner or a meeting with someone important to the company.

International protocol is a common set of manners required for foreign dignitaries, including the order of seating at dinners and the order in which people board vehicles.

This rule may seem complicated at first glance, but once you learn it, you can freely entertain on top of the protocol because you can respond without rudeness, so even if you are not dealing with dignitary-level people, it is worthwhile to learn it.

There are many items, but just knowing the necessary parts in advance will give you more confidence in dealing with your guests.

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Reactions to the appetizer

When you are shown to your table, you will be offered a 300-500 yen appetizer along with oshibori (hand towels) and chilled drinks, and the cost of the appetizer will be automatically charged to your bill.

The “oshizashi” charge, which seems commonplace to Japanese people, is considered suspicious by foreign visitors to Japan, who wonder why they are served a dish they did not order, and why it is automatically added to the price. Some people are suspicious of such a practice.

If your partner is not happy with this, let him know that it is a rule at the pub, as it is an aspect of the charge that is incurred for the seat.

However, there are many people who do not have any doubts about it because French restaurants in France also offer amuse bouche, a dish similar to an entrée.

It is also a typical Japanese system to be able to choose a menu item while having a light snack, so there is a lot of talk about appetizers.

About Souvenirs

In recent years, there has been a trend to refrain from giving gifts, but there are still times when a souvenir is given, but if the guest is on a business trip or otherwise staying for a short period of time, there are some points to keep in mind when choosing a souvenir.

Points to keep in mind with souvenirs

– Select items that are not subject to customs duties when leaving the country.

– Avoid foods with a short shelf life, such as fresh pastries.

– Stop using items that are difficult to carry, for example.

– Sake, whiskey, and other alcoholic beverages are not allowed in carry-on luggage, so avoid delivering them on the last day when the trunks are likely to be fully packed.

– Wrap the sweets in a Japanese-style eco-bag or furoshiki cloth as a gift.

– Everyday items but with a Japanese touch.

– Small Japanese Traditional Crafts

– Confectionery and other products made from Japanese ingredients that will last for a long time.

– What your partner or his/her family likes or likes in Japan.

Japanese people tend to give sweets and other non-perishable items to each other, but foreign visitors to Japan are often happy to receive something that will be remembered for a long time. Since you are going to the trouble of giving them a Japanese souvenir, they will be happy to receive it.


How was it?

In this issue, we have introduced Tokyo restaurants and izakayas recommended for business dinners with foreign guests.

Izakaya is attractive to foreigners because of its comfortable space and rich Japanese food culture. Above all, it is the chance to meet people.

In addition, many restaurants in Tokyo have a variety of personalities, which will surely please your foreign guests.

Tokyo is home to many wonderful, world-class restaurants, where the Japanese spirit of once-in-a-lifetime encounters and the sincerity of hospitality can be found.

We would like our foreign guests to enjoy a relaxing moment while savoring Japanese cuisine.

We hope you will use this article as a guide to have a wonderful entertainment dinner.

*As of March 2023, there are rules against coronavirus infection prevention, so be sure to check them at the time of booking.