How to enjoy Izakaya correctly?

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2 more questions here..
1. Is it rude to eat in izakaya style without alcoholic beverages?
2. What age to drink legally in Japan?
Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Answered over 2 years ago

It's not technically rude to eat without alcoholic beverages in Izakaya. They offer various soft drinks for those who do not prefer alcoholic drinks and my friends and I often drink soft drinks, too, from the beginning or after drinking few alcoholic drinks. However, usually at least a person in a group orders at least one alcoholic beverages. Depending on the places, staffs may get a little surprised if no one in your group orders alcoholic drinks because it is unusual.

As everyone said, legal drinking age is 20 years old. Underage drinking is strongly prohibited and those under 20 years old can't even purchase alcoholic drinks at stores like supermarkets, convenience stores, and liquor stores. 
Predy'zz Kraitus

Commented over 2 years ago

I’m gonna go to Tokyo next week with my friends, who are all college student. Some of us are over 20 (but not me). I’ll check it out later. Thanks a lot ! ?

Yoshie Yanagida Yoshie Yanagida, Living in Japan

Answered over 2 years ago

1 No, you can drink non-alcohol there.
   My husband & I often drink green tea at Izakaya.

2 Over 20 years old
Junya Sakamoto Junya Sakamoto, Living in Japan

Answered over 2 years ago

you can enjoy Japanese Izakaya without alcohols, Izakaya has all you can drink system,i mean you can drink alcohols or soft drinks for 90 min or 120 min, can drink alcohol in Japan up for 20 years old