Never! Either in a fancy restaurant or in a casual food cort, you never get charged for drinking water. Although there are some places that serves hot tea as a welcome drink, such as Soba restaurant, it is specialised at Izakaya, Japanese-style tavern or at Sushi restaurant, that you can get free hot tea after meal.
How much does water cost in Japan?
The average cost for utilities for one person is just under 10,000 yen a month: about 4000 yen for electricity, 3000 yen for gas and 2000 yen for water.
Is water free at restaurants in Japan?
In Japan, you are served water as soon as you get seated. This water, called ohiya, is always free. Some travelers are surprised to get it, especially when they receive cold water in the winter. Though, if youre lucky, you might receive hot tea instead of icy water.
Can I drink water in Japan?
Japans tap water is drinkable and safe. The national water infrastructure is reliable, and purification facilities are well-maintained, so the tap water is good quality and easy on the stomach. Japan is one of only fifteen or so countries in the world with clean water.
Why do Japanese people drink cold water?
Because Japanese will drink the water directly (without boiled), unlike we have to boil. Japanese always feel that there is some wierd taste in tap water, but it will be gone if the water is iced. So they can drink cool water at home. This is the main reason.