Nightlife in Iwate
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Top Nighttime Hangouts in Japan
- Bars and izakayas, Japanese style pubs, have been around since the fermentation of alcohol in Japan. There are so many places that each new establishment gets competitive, creating better menus and more diverse drink choices. From the large chain city izakayas to the smallest hole in the walls in rural towns, Japan knows how to spend a night out. There are many contenders throughout Japan for the best night hangouts but these places are the perfect spots to grab a quick drink, chat with friendly locals and try a taste of Japan’s smaller nightlife outside of Tokyo. Drink a Corona in Kumamoto Drink a Corona in Kumamoto Kumamoto, down southwest in Kyushu, is known for its castle and warm weather. Bar Corazon is a cozy bar right in the heart of Kumamoto’s nightlife center and attracts a fair amount of both locals and foreigners. The outdoor patio space resembles a beach shack which helps diners relax like they are on the beach. Bar Corazon specializes in Mexican food and drinks, serving burritos, guacamole, and Corona and Tecate beer. The bar is very English friendly with a large expat crowd, and the host, Hillary, helps strangers become friends. Mingle with local farmers in rural Jumonji Mingle with local farmers in rural Jumonji Jumonji, located in Yokote city in Akita, is a small farming village best known for its fresh produce and apples. The owner, Madoka san, is determined to spread the beauty of her hometown through the travelers traveling through Akita. She has since opened Camosiba Hostel and Bar, where visitors explore the farm during the day and mingle with locals in the evening. The bar serves Akita sake and homemade dinners, sometimes made from the produce picked that day. Camosiba encourages conversation between the local farmers and visitors, blending country and city life. The local farmers are friendly and enjoy talking about their hometown. The ambiance is mellow and cozy, perfect for a relaxing evening in the countryside. Make friends with locals in Morioka Make friends with locals in Morioka Sundance is a two story pub popular with both travelers and locals. Located in Morioka, the capital of Iwate Prefecture, Sundance not only provides good drinks and food, it is also one of the friendliest places in the city. The owner is friendly and the staff can speak some English.The bar occasionally hosts live shows by local artists, a great way to see how the locals spend their evenings in Morioka. The food is an eclectic selection, as Sundance calls itself an Irish Pub with Tex Mex food. From fish and chips to tacos to Guinness, Sundance truly has everything to offer. Drink an IPA in Sapporo Drink an IPA in Sapporo In need of some hops? Beer Inn Mugishutei in Sapporo has everything a craft beer lover needs, practically everything. The walls are covered in both domestic and imported craft beers from around the world and the English speaking owner is very friendly and happy to provide recommendations. There are six taps all providing craft beer along with hundreds of bottles of craft beer from all around the world. Feeling hungry? Be sure to try the house made American style burgers, some of the best in Japan. Mexican and Okinawan themed fusion food in Borrachos Mexican and Okinawan themed fusion food in Borrachos For a colorful night out in the warm city of Naha stop by Borrachos for Mexican and Okinawan themed fusion food. One of the popular dishes is the Mexican soba, a blend of Mexican spices with Okinawan soba and vegetables. Borrachos occasionally hosts live shows with local bands that draws in crowds from all over the city. The restaurant closes at 5AM which gives ample time for drinking margaritas and enjoying the warm island air. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 21. June. 2018
A Night Out in Morioka City
- Although Morioka is not your typical party town, there is most certainly no shortage of places to enjoy an evening out whether you’re looking for live music, a place to make friends, or a trendy spot to wind down at the end of a long day touristing. Nakadori Area Nakadori Area Ask any local to point you in the direction of the nightlife and they’ll have you heading straight towards Nakadori, a large, lively street that runs through the center of Morioka. The area’s vibrant atmosphere and plethora of eateries and watering holes invites a mixed crowd of both locals and tourists, Japanese and international alike. Dine like a local at an izakaya, a tapas style eatery which doubles up as a pub, or hit some of the smaller bars before dropping in at one of the numerous karaoke boxes which is sure to keep everybody going all night. Looking for something a little less crowded? Drop back off the main street to hunt out some of the more quiet and unique establishments. Nikkatei Piano Bar Nikkatei Piano Bar Tucked down a little side street of central Morioka is Nikkatei piano bar. As the name suggests the bar’s main draw is its live piano music which continues all night until the bar closes at 3am. Though the vibes are on the whole pretty chilled, customers often grow a little more frisky when the pianist starts taking song requests. With a table charge to cover the musician’s fees and drink prices reflecting the fairly upmarket feel of the bar, you can expect to spend a few thousand yen on a night at Nikkatei. Sakurayama Shrine Izakaya District Sakurayama Shrine Izakaya District Though Nakadori is still the most frequented part of the city at night, the Sakurayama Shrine district is increasingly competing for business. Originally known as one of the more sleazy areas to spend an evening in Morioka, the narrow streets leading up to Sakurayama Shrine have been gradually filling up with stylish izakaya and Japanese-style bars in recent years. As a hidden pocket of the city, a night out here is sure to have you escaping the international crowd and carousing with the locals. Sundance Sundance Sneaking down a side street away from the bright lights of Nakadori brings you out at the Sundance pub. If your idea of a good night out involves friendly faces and a buoyant atmosphere you’ve come to the right place. Set out over two floors, this pub fills up with regulars and newcomers brought together by live music, trendy vibes, and the irrefutably friendly owner who manages the bar. In need of a midnight snack after all those local craft beers? Grab a taco from the stand just outside the pub before stumbling home. Sundance ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 22. October. 2017
A Taste of Iwate’s Craft Beer
- Make a trip around Iwate and you soon realize, that alongside its sake tradition there is also a new found passion for craft beer. From Ichinoseki up to Morioka City, you can stop along the way and add the taste of Iwate’s craft beer to the journey. A Taste of Iwate’s Craft Beer The Brewers of Hiraizumi is the new kid on the block. A collaboration between Kura Beer of Iwate and Anchor Coffee of Miyagi, this stylish cafe is a great addition to the restaurant square packed with soba shops just outside Chuson-ji temple, and is the go-to place in the area for craft beer. A Taste of Iwate’s Craft Beer Kura Beer is a cooperative brewery offering a tasty range of brews including Ales, Pilsner, and Stouts. If you want unpasteurized and unfiltered beer, then this is it. A pint at The Brewers tastes even better when you pair it with their succulent beer-glazed pork, the curry, or their grilled sausages. A Taste of Iwate’s Craft Beer ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 20. October. 2017
- Club Faces
- Live House / Club
- Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Odori 2-4-22 Nikkatsu Golden Building 3F
- Live House / Club
- Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Odori 1-6-19 Odori Building B1
- Tachinomi Ebisuke
- Other Izakaya Pub
- Iwate Morioka-shi Moriokaekimaedori 1-44 Fesan B1F
- Bar / Western Bar / Dining Bar
- Iwate Morioka-shi Nakanohashidori 1-8-4
- Tubohachi Ichinoseki Inter
- Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Akogi Tsukimachi 204-3
Iwate Main Areas
A northern Tohoku prefecture promising peace and quiet, Iwate is sparsely populated, replacing people with snow-capped mountains, history-rich sites, and fields of crops that are to thank for the region’s delicious local cuisine. Meander along the three-city Golden Route, where you’ll visit the grand Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi and the Tono folk villages before tasting the three famed noodle dishes of Morioka.
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