Cultural Rules When Dining With A Baby In Japan

Are there any cultural rules when dining with a baby in Japan?

Dining with a baby, or even a young child can be a challenge anywhere, let alone Japan where you probably can’t read the signs around you. Are there any specific rules when dining in Japan with a baby? Here’s a nice simple answer for you: No. Not really. But… you will need to be careful of a couple things: Smoking — there are still a lot of restaurants in Japan that allow for smoking and often don’t really offer good separation from patrons who don’t smoke. You’re probably going to want to avoid them with your baby. Update 2019, smoking restaurants are being less and less, but there are often closed off smoking sections to be aware of.Pubs — many “restaurants” are izakaya (Japanese pubs) and can have loud, boisterous, fun, amazing atmosphere — but not suited for babies, unfortunately. Though I highly recommend finding a sitter and enjoying an izakaya when you can. Try…