With colorful upturned beer crates for seats (don’t worry, they’re padded), abundant faux cherry blossom, bamboo walls, and hanging Japanese lanterns, this is certainly one for the ‘gram. You can wash down a range of sushi, yakitori and tempura with an unusual lavender or tomato flavored beer, or a very reasonably-priced liter of Asahi—probably the source of the crowd’s boisterousness as the evening draws on.
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The biggest izakaya in Asoke pulls in the crowds with a charming courtyard shrouded in faux cherry blossom petals. The yakitori might not be in the same, charcoal-smoked big leagues as a place like Gen, but then neither are the prices. Pull up your seat alongside the after-work Japanese expat crowd, and don’t forget to order in the high balls.