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Reservation Is A Common Manner in Japan

When it comes to dining out, making a reservation is often the best way to ensure you get a table at your desired time and place. This is especially true when it comes to halal restaurants in Japan, where the availability of seats, and halal ingredients, especially luxury ones like Wagyu or Kobe beef are limited.
However, it’s important to understand the proper etiquette for making and canceling reservations and the consequences of not doing so.

Placing A Reservation

First and foremost, if you’ve made a reservation at a halal restaurant in Japan, it’s essential that you show up at the agreed-upon time. Reservation can be made in various ways, such as by phone call, inquiry/reservation form, or (in some cases) make an inquiry to the restaurant’s social media mentioning the date and time of your visit and the number of people. It will be very helpful for the restaurant if you mention the menu you are willing to have on your visit so that they can prepare everything smoothly in advance.

In making a reservation, it’s important to follow the restaurant’s guidelines. Some halal restaurants may require a deposit or credit card information to hold your reservation, especially during busy times or for large groups. Make sure to provide all necessary information when making the reservation, and be sure to confirm the reservation a day or two before your planned visit.

It’s also important to be punctual with your reservation. In Japan, being on time is considered a sign of respect for others’ time and a reflection of your own character. If you’re running late, be sure to call the restaurant and let them know. It’s better to be a few minutes early than to arrive late and cause unnecessary stress for yourself and the restaurant staff.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Reserving a Table (With Halal Kobe Beef!) and Accessing English Menus in Restaurants


“ドタキャン” or “dotakyan” in Japanese refers to the act of canceling at the last minute, which can be incredibly disruptive to the restaurant’s operations. Not only does it mean that the restaurant has held a table for you that could have been given to someone else, but it can also result in a loss of revenue for the restaurant.

If you need to cancel your reservation, it’s important to do so as soon as possible by contacting them by phone call. Most restaurants in Japan have a cancellation policy, and you may be charged a cancellation fee if you cancel within a certain timeframe. Some of the restaurants have their policy clearly stated on the restaurant’s website or in the confirmation email you received when you made the reservation.

When canceling a reservation, it’s important to do so in a polite and respectful manner. Call the restaurant and apologize for any inconvenience your cancellation may cause. If possible, give a reason for your cancellation, such as illness or an unexpected emergency.

The Importance of Etiquette

In conclusion, making and canceling reservations at halal restaurants in Japan requires proper etiquette and consideration for others. Remember to show up on time for your reservation, or cancel as soon as possible by phone call if you can’t make it. Be polite and respectful when communicating with the restaurant staff, and follow any guidelines or policies they have in place. By doing so, you can help ensure a positive experience for everyone involved.

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