Nightlife in Akita
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Crafty Brews: 10 of the Best Craft Beer Bars in Japan
- Sake is the nation’s most well-known alcoholic drink internationally, but beer is one of the country’s most widely enjoyed. Due in large part to difficult to attain beer brewing licenses, which previously required brewers to have a capacity to brew 2,000,000 liters a year, the small batch craft beer scene in Japan is a late blossoming one. However, many bar owners and brewers are making up for lost time and thankfully there are now plenty of artisinal brews to enjoy, and places to enjoy them, here are some of the best. Koenji Craft Beer Market, Tokyo Koenji Craft Beer Market, Tokyo Over the years, this humble bar has become so popular that it now has outposts in Shinbashi, Jimbocho, Awajicho, Mitsukoshimae, Kichijoji, and Koenji. It’s a one-stop shop for all those who want to start exploring the world of Japanese craft beers but don’t know where to begin. You’ll find around 30 domestic brews available on tap as well as an extensive food menu offering hearty western style dishes. Wakayama Tanabe Voyager Brewing Wakayama Tanabe Voyager Brewing Thanks to its lush mountain ranges, picturesque castle, and gravity-defying waterfalls, Wakayama is rapidly gaining in popularity among adventurous travelers as a must visit destination. However, there’s plenty to explore in-town too. After a day admiring the stunning natural beauty, visit Voyager Brewing in Tanabe City for a well-deserved drink. Brewing since 2016, Voyager uses locally sourced pure ‘Kishu Kumano’s Life Water’ with the internationally found malt and hops from America, Germany, and the Czech Republic to create a line of beers that are truly special. Kitakami Pub Robin Hood Kitakami Pub Robin Hood Carrying on from the area’s rich sake tradition, Iwate Prefecture is also becoming one of the country’s most passionate craft beer hubs. Pay a visit to Robin Hood Pub in Kitakami to experience a unique blend of cultures. A British pub, run by Stephen Butland - a British brewer who lives in the area, Pub Robin Hood serves up a flavourful cross-section of brews including red ales, stout, honey ales, and the distinctly Japanese sakura (cherry blossom) beer. Yokohama Spring Valley Brewery Yokohama Spring Valley Brewery The Kirin Beer Factory is a must visit for any beer lover visiting Yokohama, especially because nearby sits the Yokohama Spring Valley Brewery, the city’s most extensive craft beer hangout. The brewery offers a broad selection of tap beers and international cuisine including full meals and snacks. But if you can’t choose, the beer flight tasting set is highly recommended, it features local beers expertly paired with interesting bite-sized dishes, like Jazzberry beer with brie cheese and pickles. Kyoto Beer Pub Takumiya Kyoto Beer Pub Takumiya From the outside, this quaint little blue pub looks like it’s been plucked from the back streets of a London and plopped right here in Kyoto. Inside, Pub Takumiya is a meld of local and foreign influences. International menu, friendly local staff and a cross-section of customers. The pub’s specialty is draft beer, and it regularly features a selection of around eight craft beers predominantly sourced from companies found on the western side of Japan. Kyoto Before 9 Kyoto Before 9 Kyoto is a definitely a beer-loving paradise. Perhaps its obsession for small batch brewing came from the city sake-soaked history of the city. An excellent example of this crossover-brew love is Kyoto bar Before 9, a craft beer bar whose owner is a former sake brewer. With its rustic machiya townhouse ambiance, and modern, minimalistic interior Before 9 is a beer hall with one foot deeply rooted in the past and the other firmly planted in the future. Kyoto Beer Komachi Kyoto Beer Komachi A cozy, casual bar tucked just a few steps away from Kyoto’s bustling Komachi shopping street, Beer Komachi is all about cross-cultural fusion and showcasing the country’s incredible local brews to the world. With around six to eight beers always on tap, and on constant rotation, it’s a home away from home for every and any weary traveler looking to unwind after a day exploring Kyoto. Akita Beer Flight Craft Beer Pub Akita Beer Flight Craft Beer Pub Up north in Akita, they love beer so much that in late August the city is home to one of the nation’s best craft beer festivals. If you’re not in town in time for the celebration, then be sure to visit the subtly aviation-themed Akita Beer Flight Craft Beer Pub. With western style pub snacks and a broad selection of small-batch beers, it’s sure to satisfy your craft brew cravings. Abashiri Yakiniku Abashiri Beer Kan Abashiri Yakiniku Abashiri Beer Kan Sitting along the Abashiri River in Hokkaido is where you’ll find one of the stranger beer experiences in Japan. Yakiniku Beer-kan is a bar whose specialty is colored beer. It may not look like the most natural drink, but the bright blue Ryuhyo Draft, is made from a non-artificial mix of melted sea ice and natural colorings from the sea, so for the most adventurous of beer drinkers, it’s worth a try! Beer Inn Mugishutei Sapporo Beer Inn Mugishutei Sapporo Sapporo is famous for whiskey and its namesake, Sapporo beer, but there’s a vibrant little craft brew scene happening in town too. To experience the city’s love of international micro-brew beers, visit Beer Inn Mugishutei. Founded by an American in 1980, the bar is now famous for its US-centric drink menu featuring hard-to-find small run beers from all over the country. They also serve American style cuisine to match. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. 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- 14. January. 2019
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
Stay at Camosiba Hostel & Bar in Yokote
- Camosiba Hostel & Bar is a charming hostel offering shared accommodation in an old “kura” (warehouse building) in the village of Jumonji, part of Yokote City. A stay here is not only about enjoying low cost accommodation in a picturesque setting, it’s also a chance to join the local community of creatives and farmers who are looking to put this region of Akita on the map. Stay at Camosiba Hostel & Bar in Yokote Madoka-san, the owner and operator of Camoshiba, decided to get back to her roots after living in the big city and restored a historical warehouse a short distance away from Jumonji Station. The result is two beautiful and cozy areas; on one side a hostel area, and a bar on the other. Stay at Camosiba Hostel & Bar in Yokote The hostel accommodates up to 15 guests at a time in three shared rooms equipped with comfortable bunk beds. Guests share the a dining room and kitchen which lends easily to morning conversation and practical shower rooms. The bar area, which is without a doubt the best part of Camosiba is open to both staying guests and locals who come to wind down mainly at the end of the day while enjoying some of Akita’s best sakes and delicious food prepared with locally grown produce. Stay at Camosiba Hostel & Bar in Yokote ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 19. October. 2017
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- Akita Pref. Akitashi Nakadori 4-5-9 within Martroyville 2 Fjamhouse
- Other Izakaya Pub
- Akita Senboku-shi Kakunodatemachi Shimonakamachi 30
This restaurant’s building fits in with the old samurai buildings around town. The food is good. They have many selections on the food and drinks menus. They also have an English menu which helped...
- Tazawako Beer Restaurant
- Beer Hall / Beer Restaurant
- Akita Senboku-shi
We went to the tazawako beer brewery and the adjacent Yupopo onsen with family, and had a really wonderful time. The food was delicious, and perfect for the cold winter day that we went on, and they...
- Beer Hall / Beer Restaurant
- Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakotazawa Haruyama 37-5
I guessed ORAE stands for Organic Rural Akita Eatery but actual means our house or home in local dialect. you can enjoy good local beers and tasty western style dishes but the volume is rather small...
- Beautiful Sake Kingdom Akita Sake-navi
- Bar / Western Bar / Dining Bar
- Akita Pref. Akitashi Omachi 5-2-1
I stumbled upon this place in the early evening as I was waiting for the kiritampo restaurants to open for the evening. Since it was early, I was the only one in there. At first, I thought it was a...
Akita Main Areas
Famed for its sake and samurai, Akita prefecture offers quintessential Japanese culture in a non-touristy setting. Alongside the celebrated rice paddies and historical sites of the region lies dramatic natural scenery in the form of the rugged coastline of the Oga Peninsula and the Dakigaeri Gorge, best visited in autumn, when the leaves begin to change color.
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