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  • This is what you need to know when going to a

  • restaurant in Japan with a baby.

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  • So, I wasn't planning on doing this video

  • at this time but i wanted to spend some

  • time with my son today, Wolfy, and

  • several viewers have asked me about

  • this video so here we are for all of you

  • travelers i'm going to show you my

  • personal tips on how you can bring your

  • kid or your baby to a Japanese

  • restaurant. But, like always if you guys

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  • Let's get Wolfy now and let me show you

  • my tips.

  • If you're traveling to Japan with kids,

  • dining out could be a little bit

  • intimidating when you don't know what to

  • expect. To be completely honest, it's

  • still tricky for us too even though i've

  • lived in Japan for many years, since it's

  • different from restaurant to restaurant

  • today though i'll share with you what

  • i've learned during the last year and a

  • half with my baby boy i'm sure some of

  • these tips i mentioned are common

  • knowledge worldwide but since i'm not

  • familiar with the standard in other

  • countries i'll simply share the

  • specifics about japan and you can let me

  • know how it compares to your country so

  • today we're doing a video at a japanese

  • family restaurant which is reasonably

  • kids friendly but these tips will apply

  • to most restaurants in japan oh damn i

  • should start by telling you that tokyo

  • and many of the other larger cities are

  • not the most kid-friendly places in

  • terms of stroller access as many of the

  • restaurants are tightly packed and only

  • accessible by stairs the first thing

  • that you need to know when coming to a

  • japanese restaurant is that the

  • strollers are sometimes accepted and you

  • can actually bring them to the table but

  • a lot of restaurants are a little bit

  • smaller so you won't be able to bring

  • the stroller in so before you're seated

  • make sure to ask what you should do

  • about your stroller same thing goes for

  • baby chairs some restaurants offer it

  • but many don't so you'll need to ask at

  • the front

  • if you do know before and that you're

  • going to a specific restaurant you can

  • check online to see what they offer and

  • if you can't read the japanese you can

  • always try google translate but it will

  • depend on the restaurant whether they

  • have kids related info or not

  • since a lot of the places make you check

  • the stroller in we usually pack things

  • that we often use at the table

  • separately in smaller bags the seating

  • will be smooth without making other

  • people wait we usually have two bags one

  • is a diaper bag while the other has

  • everything else this is what's inside

  • instant bento box fruit pack juice pack

  • utensils toys alcohol wipes and

  • non-alcohol wipes

  • also don't forget to bring some toys to

  • entertain them i often just use my phone

  • to let them watch netflix or youtube

  • while i eat my food i find that carrying

  • a little stand for the phone is also

  • useful ozaski style seating is also

  • available in japan a common style of

  • seating where you sit on the floor at a

  • low table since you don't need to worry

  • about chairs and parents can sit with

  • their children it's often preferred by

  • many japanese families so keep this in

  • mind when you're making decisions about

  • a restaurant one thing about japan is

  • that many restaurants offer private

  • rooms this is something we try to

  • request when we're with our son so his

  • so his beautiful antics don't bother customers

  • also it's probably worth noting changing

  • a baby's diaper in private rooms is

  • still considered unsanitary in japan

  • before going to a lot of these

  • restaurants if it's not like a family

  • restaurant then you might want to ask in

  • advance

  • whether or not you can go if you're

  • making reservations then that's probably

  • the best place to ask but if you're

  • gonna do a walk-in then i would suggest

  • just like asking them before you enter

  • and like take a seat just ask them are

  • kids okay or our baby is okay and if

  • babies are okay you want to say

  • or if you want to say our children okay

  • you would say

  • it's probably like the simplest and

  • easiest way to say it

  • now let's talk about what kids can

  • actually eat at the restaurant if you do

  • go to a family restaurant like the one

  • we're here today it's actually quite

  • nice because they do have a kids menu

  • but if you're not in a situation where

  • they have a kids menu you can simply ask

  • them if you can bring your own food it

  • it is polite manner to ask this shop

  • because what we couldn't eat a lot of

  • items on the menu even like especially

  • when he was a lot smaller you would ask

  • you know is it okay to bring in food at

  • the end of the day if you did bring food

  • you're inside before you start feeding

  • your kid nice to be able to say hey is

  • it okay to open up this food for my kid

  • or this drink

  • yeah you like it

  • you need to be careful sometimes and

  • just test the food to make sure it's not

  • too warm we often experience Wolfy's

  • food being extremely hot when served so

  • just be careful before feeding all right

  • so now we're going to feed Wolfy he has

  • hypoallergenic set it is curry it has

  • some broccoli it has some corn potato

  • and rice see if he likes it customizing

  • the menu or ingredients for your child

  • is more than likely going to be

  • difficult at a family or chain

  • restaurant whereas you may have a bit

  • more luck at a chef's own restaurant but

  • again this is not really part of

  • japanese custom so don't expect too much

  • now if you have a baby who's still

  • nursing the most polite thing to do is

  • find a nursing room but if not available

  • then using a bottle would be preferred

  • nursing at the table is still a bit

  • controversial in japan so it's best to

  • avoid it if you can asking staff for hot

  • water or to warm up bottles is also

  • something that most restaurants wouldn't

  • be expected to do in japan so quickly

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  • right let's continue on with my tips so

  • something that is interesting especially

  • with kind of like family geared

  • restaurants here in japan is that some

  • of them actually prepare food for kids

  • of them actually prepare food for kids

  • that are under one basically they're not

  • actually gonna like make any food but

  • they'll pretty much have the gerber like

  • bottled food for you ready so that you

  • can buy it and then serve it to your kid

  • some of these restaurants are royal host

  • fuji restaurant denny's kappa sushi coco

  • curry marugan ramen and ikea so another

  • thing that you should be aware of is

  • kids amenities now if you have a kid

  • that's over a year old then usually

  • they'll have kind of like the smaller

  • forks and the smaller spoons and you

  • know cups and stuff but if your baby is

  • under like one year old then they might

  • not have like the proper utensils or the

  • proper like baby spoons and forks so you

  • might want to prepare that just in case

  • they have these kid junior coins that

  • gives you free toys at the entrance so

  • we're gonna go cash them in right now

  • most family restaurants offer free toys

  • or something to play with so if you

  • forget to bring a kids toy and you

  • desperately need one japanese family

  • restaurants come and clutch

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  • one thing that's really interesting in

  • japan especially like in regular

  • restaurants or like regular typical

  • japanese restaurants is they don't offer

  • napkins they'll have like a wet towel to

  • start with but they usually don't have

  • napkins so Maiko and I bring kind of

  • like our own disinfectant napkins

  • one more um luckily like these like

  • family restaurants there are more like

  • freely to give like napkins

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  • this video is to be honest with you it's

  • probably harder than i expected talking

  • to you guys

  • okay okay

  • so i wanted to quickly talk about

  • diapers more specifically changing

  • diapers here in japan this one is like

  • you get kind of like controversial

  • points of view well the standard manner in

  • japan is that you don't change the

  • baby's diaper at the table for sanitary

  • reasons also a majority of the

  • restaurants don't have a changing room

  • so if you have a baby who needs a

  • changing table you'll again need to plan

  • for this one often times though you can

  • find a nearby changing room so in this

  • case you can let the staff know that

  • you're going to step out real quick and

  • then come back many parents use an app

  • called mama papa map to find nearby

  • changing and nursing rooms that are

  • available to the public it notes nursing

  • rooms and bottle warming facilities as

  • well we often use it ourselves as it's

  • very useful so i think it's worth

  • downloading before you start your food

  • adventure and if you're really in a

  • pinch it's kind of in a gray area but