Nightlife in Shimane
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Nightlife in Matsue City
- Matsue is most famous for its historic castle but there is plenty more to explore in this beautiful lakeside city. Its nightlife, although quieter than in other prefectural capitals around Japan, is still appealing for those spending more than one night in town. Here are some of our recommendations to get the best out Matsue’s night scene. Hotel Knut Cafe and Bar Hotel Knut Cafe and Bar Matsue City is divided in two by the Ohashi River and so is its nightlife. On the south side, starting from Matsue Station and moving north towards the river, nightcrawlers can make their way through Asahimachi, Teramachi, and the Isemiyacho districts. Along the way you can hop in and out of an eclectic selection of bars and restaurants. Closest to Matsue JR Station in Asahimachi, Hotel Knut Cafe and Bar welcomes visitors with its giant tree trunk, high ceilings, and refreshing bar food and drinks. This is a good starting point to explore the city after dark. Kaya Kaya A block west from Hotel Knut and in the Teramachi district, you’ll find Kaya, unofficially Matsue’s only reggae bar. Inside this colourful hangout, as should be expected from any respectful reggae bar, music is not the only treat - one can enjoy Jamaican food classics like jerk chicken, meat pies, a bottle of Red Stripe beer, or some good old rum while the large selection of reggae records play till the early morning hours. On occasion, live bands take over adding even more spice to the night. Rerere Rerere Also in Teramachi and around the corner from Kaya, those who appreciate the small bars common in the yokocho districts found around Japan’s bigger cities can head to Rerere. From the outside, this bar seems like a hole in the wall, but once inside, the bilingual and sociable bartender keeps things very interesting and entertaining. Rerere is perfect for those who want to connect with the locals while enjoying a chilled pint of beer, local sake, good conversation, and a cozy vibe. Oideyasu Okiniya Izakaya Oideyasu Okiniya Izakaya Over to the north side of the Ohashi River and onto the Kyomise district is Oideyasu Okiniya, one of the best Izakayas in the city. Join many of the locals who make this their regular dining and drinking spot; you’ll get to enjoy the “omakase” sashimi platter, the recommended maitake mushroom tempura, and delicious Shimane sake that come either chilled or hot depending on the season you visit Matsue. Check with the chef about the daily specials which vary with the seasons. Bar EAD Bar EAD Before calling it a night in Matsue, a must-visit hangout along the Ohashi River is Bar EAD. This cool riverside hangout offers a comfy space where to enjoy a good drink while taking in the view of the city at sunset decorated with the city light. During the warm nights, the rooftop is open and from time to time, and live bands keep the crowd going until well into the night. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 20. January. 2018
Nightlife in Izumo
- If Izumo has been added to your travel plans, it is highly likely that you intend to visit Izumo Taisha, the second most important Shinto shrine in Japan, and a major pilgrimage stop in Shimane. Understandably so, the majority of travelers only visit the power spot and then move on to their next destination. However, for those that like to dig in further and spend a couple of nights in the city, there is mellow night scene worth exploring; Here are our recommendations, all in the Nakamachi District, to extend the fun pass the torii gates and into the night. Meat Shop Saitou Meat Shop Saitou To start off head to Meat Shop Saitou, a casual izakaya specializing in meat dishes and located on the west end of the Sun Road shotengai. The staff at Saitou take a few minutes to warm to new visitors, but once they do, they go all out to provide a memorable experience. This means cooking up mouthwatering dishes like their succulent miso oden and their juicy karubi beef. Weather permitting, the chefs also make good use of an outdoor grill to offer visitors the kind of grilled meat expected from a place branding itself as a meat shop. On our books, Meat Shop Saitou is an awesome place to get the night started and should not be missed. Meat Shop Saitou Tsubameya Tsubameya For those less interested in meat and looking for a more varied food menu, Tsubameya is another well-known izakaya in Izumo, also located along the Sun Road shotengai. As opposed to Meat Shop Saito, Tsubameya’s menu focuses more on seafood and visitors will find typical treats like deep-fried oysters, sashimi platters, and grilled fish, accompanied by a variety of pickled side dishes. There’s something for all tastes though, and meat dishes are also available. The minimalist design and an English menu round up the offering and make this a good bet to get the night going in the right direction. Culture Culture Another favorite local hangout within close distance of the spots mentioned above is Culture. Running the show here is Katsube-san, the bilingual and mellow bartender who just happens to be known by many of the locals in the area. The most coveted seats here are at the bar counter which starts to fill up as the minutes go by. The drinks at Culture are meticulously prepared by Katsube-san and his team and can be accompanied with nachos, sausages, and the like. The regulars here include a local bike shop owner, surfers, as well as some expats that contribute to making a Culture one of the best bars in the city. Katsube-san and his regulars also know a thing or two about spots off the beaten track around Shimane and picking their brain about local recommendations is a good idea. Guesthouse Itoan Guesthouse Itoan When looking for a low-key night out in Izumo where you can catch up on your reading while sipping on a drink, walk over to Ogimachi Shotengai opposite Sun Road, and visit Guesthouse Itoan. This is one of the more popular guesthouses in town and no doubt a good place to stay for those looking for budget accommodation. But if a quiet drink is all that is needed, Itoan’s Lounge Ro is the go-to place to pair that drink with one of the 1,000 comics on hand, enjoy an improvised piano session (amateurs welcome), or one of the cultural events held on occasion. Staying guests can consume their own food at Lounge Ro while visitors can sample a menu of healthy and locally sourced food available every night. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
- 19. January. 2018
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What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan’s oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.
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