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Savor the sense of liberty. Daytime izakaya

Indulge in broad daylight and savor the sense of liberty. Daytime drinking is an emerging trend among Tokyoites. Here are some of the busiest places.

* The information given is as of December 2016.

Cheers! at Asakusa Hoppy Street

Motsukushi (Area: Asakusa)

Lined with izakaya from end to end, Asakusa Hoppy Street attracts crowds from early in the day. Motsukushi is one of the homiest establishments that welcome beginners. The signature menu item is a set of three assorted stews: soy sauce-flavored beef tendon, salt-flavored beef giblets, and miso-flavored pork giblets. If you’ve never tried giblets before, try these. There is no unpleasant smell, and the more you chew, the more the flavor oozes out.

Address 2-3-16 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 03-3847-4333 (Japanese only)

Delicacies from Hachijojima Island to pair with liquor

Izakaya Hachijojima (Area: Ikebukuro)

Izakaya Hachijojima opens each morning at 10 o’clock. Known as the place to go for “booze before noon,” it also serves rare delicacies from Hachijojima Island. Must-try dishes include grilled kusaya, a special style of dried fish with a distinct pungent smell; sashimi of flying fish; and tempura of ashitaba leaves with a habit-forming fresh, bitter flavor.

Address Kinzanen Bldg. 1F, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 03-5391-5810 (Japanese only)
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A space epitomizing the bustling Ameyoko

Motsuyaki Daitoryo (Area: Ueno)

Motsuyaki Daitoryo opened shop in 1950 in Ueno Ameyoko Shotengai, the vibrant shopping street bustling with retailers of food, clothing, and sundries. On weekends and holidays, the izakaya attracts a crowd before noon. Regulars here are happy to mingle with first-timers. They might even offer advice about recommended dishes, like the Daitoryo special stew that preserves its flavor since the shop’s founding.

Address 6-10-14 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Contact information 03-3832-5622 (Japanese only)
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