We are finally in Tokyo and are anxious to try some of great places recommended on this board. We just had a light dinner at Shousuke, an izakaya in Shinjuku. We didn't order much, but what we did order was quite good (I'll write a more detailed description when I post a write up of our trip). We were, however, surprised at how steep the table charge was -500 yen per person. (Our bill was about 3000y, one- third of which was table charge!) Is this a pretty typical table charge for izakaya in Tokyo? We were hoping to try several izakaya in Ebisu tomorrow night (like 3 or 4) but might alter this plan and hunker down at one place if each izakaya we visit charges about 500 yen per person.