1. We will go to three different styles of izakaya* on this tour: standing bar style, snack bar* style, and public style. These each have different purposes, and in visiting them we can feel the change in atmosphere between each, and fully understand the concept of the key aspect of the Japanese lifestyle known as the izakaya.2. This is probably your only chance to drink ‘koshu’, aged Japanese sake!!3. These are all regular bar hopping stops for us. They are not made to cater to tourists, but have their own style maintained for years.4. We want to help you share a common friendly atmosphere with regulars and locals at the places we visit, and create a local bridge so you can be a participant, not an observer in the action.5. We’ll analyze the night town of Shinbashi from a sociological perspective, and draw a full understanding of Tokyo nightlife as a whole.*Izakaya: Japanese traditional style pub.*Snack Bar: Tiny bar focused on hospitality and communication.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Kanto【Explore the Town】The salaryman’s town is DEEP. For the office workers who built Japan’s economy with long days on the job, a veritable night playground has emerged to satisfy all their needs. Tokyo's kings, the salarymen, won't settle for anything less than the best. While walking around you’ll start to get a sense for what kind of town this is, and the local feel of Shinbashi bars will start to catch our eye.【Snack Bar】In the legendary “Old Man Building” a whole floor is dedicated to tiny, intimate snack bars packed from wall to wall. This is a world where the 80’s never ended, the oasis of the true salarymen. We’ll visit a snack bar, where we can experience vintage Japanese sake tasting, and you’ll be amazed how you can tell the difference just by the year. You'll see why locals love snack bars for their small spaces where communication is key, and the bar master there can provide the hospitality and friendly banter Japanese bars are known for.【Public Bar & Grill】The usual favorite for groups of coworkers coming out to drink together after work. We can take an observer’s view and witness the excitement and furor they let out when freed from the strict work environment. Let’s also try the izakaya food so dear to their hearts.【Standing Bar】The social spot for salarymen. People can forget about social status and share the night as equals, and many come alone hoping to meet others in the same boat. Your stereotype of the shy Japanese will go out the window. With no separation of tables, any conversation partner is fair game.Duration: 3 hours