A bit of advice before we head to the form:
There’s two way to enjoy dining out in Japan. Either you wait in line for a ridiculous amount of time or you reserve a table.
It’s really common in Japan to make reservations by telephone or online and its expected that you actually show up — or at least have the decency to cancel well in advance
The reason why I mention that is because do kyan* (どキャン) is getting really common in Japan. So much so that there is almost always a monthly segment on the news about how unexpected cancellations are hurting the bottom line of restaurants and cafes.
*Do kyan (どキャン) is short for どたキャン (dota kyan), which in itself is the shorter version of 土壇場 キャンセル (dotanba kyanseru)
And what this also means is that a lot of time, foreigners get the blame, (but I’m gonna say that the mendokusai-ain’-nobody-got-time-for-that attitude of younger generations could be partially to blame).
With that said if you need to cancel your reservation at any time (but not on the day of) please be sure to follow how to cancel. It’s super easy, takes less than 2 minutes.
Before You Go
Here’s the text at the top of the form. Please don’t ignore it as it has plenty of information especially regarding cancellations.
Making Your Reservation
Confirm Your Reservation
Cancel Your Reservation
How To Make A Reservation For The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe