Can you suggest any non-smoking or not very smoky izakaya in Shinjuku or Hatagaya area?

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I've been to Japan several times, but this time I will be 6 months pregnant. It is my younger brother's first trip and he is very excited to eat at izakaya. I don't mind a little smoke, but I don't think I've ever been to izakaya with just a little smoke.
Also, in US/Europe, it is acceptable for pregnant woman to order an alcoholic drink. Is Japanese people also okay with this? I do not want to create any discomfort.
Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Answered over 3 years ago

It is still hard to find non-smoking Izakaya in Tokyo. 
I'm not sure this is the type of Izakaya you are looking for, but I went there few month ago and atmosphere was very quiet and nice:

Chachahana is near Golden Gai and specializes in Kyoto style homemade dishes. You can enjoy plenty of Japanese food and Japanese sake. They separate smoking and non-smoking seats. When I went there, I did not feel any smoke. 

Another one is cocona:

They specialize in fresh vegetables but they also have wide range of meat and seafood menu. 

In terms of culture, it is considered to be not good for a pregnant woman to drink alcoholic drinks. It is safe to go with non-alcoholic drinks if you want to avoid creating discomfort to other customers or Izakaya staffs. 
Ming He

Commented over 3 years ago

Thank you for your advise. Chachahana looks very nice. I will try to send my brother by himself to some of the places he wants to go (that he has seen from my photos). I think part of the fun of travel is to explore by your self, and he is already 28 years old so he should not need his big sister to tag along everywhere. I am a little sad as I think it would be inappropriate for me to visit some of my favorite restaurants (especially favorite yakitori places) on this trip, but I guess it also forces me to explore new places to eat.

leo leo, Living in Japan

Answered over 3 years ago

I recommed Kakurebo ( which is along side of Yasukuni Street and on the 7th floor of comic annex of Kinokuniya book store. They separate the tables for  smorking and non-smorking. The atmosphere is quiet and you can enjoy the night view of Shinjuku, if you chose the seat besides the window.   

Ming He

Commented over 3 years ago

Thank you for the recommendation :)