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How to Enter
At evening, we say “Konbanwa” vo! in Japanese. Please try to say OSN this greeting when you enter a restaurant. Whenever you enter a room with tatami mats or a floor room called “Zashiki”, you are requested to take your shoes off. Please never enter those rooms with your shoes on.
How to Take a Seat
After you are guided to a table and seated, a wet towel and a glass of water will be served at free of charge. A towel offered before a meal is a towel to clean your hands with. Please refrain from bringing it home.
How to Select Menus
Please select a drink first from the menu since a staff will usually ask you a drink order first. All food menus are described in English so please be sure to check the ingredients to prevent allergen or anything you cannot eat.
How to Order
Please order using the number or the name of food. If nobody comes to your table, please call a staff saying “Sumimasen” in Japanese.
Drink and Appetizer
When drinks are ready for all the members, Japanese people make a toast saying “Kanpai” for cheers and clink glasses each other. Please try Japanese way. Also kindly understand the small appetizer dish called “Otoshi” includes the table charge.
When the food is brought to your table, start eating after saying “Itadaki-masu” in Japanese. If you cannot use chopsticks well, please do not hesitate to ask a staff to bring forks and spoons.
How to Make Additional Order
Feel free to call a staff whenever you want to order more dishes and drinks. You do not have to make a payment every time you place an order as you are requested to pay all the charges when you are leaving the restaurant.
How to Make a Payment
When you finish eating and drinking, it’s time to make a payment. Please call a staff and say “I am ready to pay” or “Okaikei wo Onegai Shimasu” in Japanese.
When You are Leaving
Please check that you have everything with you when you are leaving the table. If you leave something there, you will probably be able to get it back in Japan if you ask for lost and found afterwards.
How to Go Back
Please try to say “Gochiso-sama-deshita” in Japanese when leaving the restaurant.
Q ＆ A
Q. Can I exchange money or pay in my home currency at an Izakaya restaurant? •
Can I use my credit card?
A. In Beppu, you cannot get your money exchanged at a hotel, inn, bar nor restaurant. Payment can only be made in Japanese yen. Please check before entering a bar since only a few bars/restaurants accept credit cards.
Q. How can I pay Japanese consumption tax?
A. At Japanese restaurants & bars, there are two types of price indication for foods & drinks. One is a price including consumption tax, the other one is price not including consumption tax. If the price does not include the tax, you will be charged the total amount plus 8% of consumption tax. * Late at night, you might pay additional midnight charge.
Q. May I bring my kids to Izakaya to have dinner?
A. Yes, sure. No problem. But the minimum legal drinking and smoking age is 20. No alcoholic beverage can be offered to any underage customer.
Q. May I smoke everywhere?
A. In some restaurants & bars, smoking areas are separated from non-smoking • areas. Before smoking, please be sure to ask restaurant or bar staff to check non-smoking time. Smoking rules are described in the menu, too.
Q. We are not sure how to get back to our hotel after drinking alcohol. What do you recommend?
A. If it is too far to walk back to your hotel or inn, taking a taxi will be the best choice. Please do not hesitate to ask restaurant or bar staff to arrange a taxi for you. (Extra fare will be added after 22:00.) Drunk driving is prohibited by law. Never drive a car after drinking alcohol.
Q. Do we need to tip?
A. There is no tipping culture in Japan, so there is no need to tip in any occasion. When you receive good service, just tell them “Thank you” or “Arigato Gozaimasu” with a smile.