BARS

BARS

Do you love a beer? Or perhaps you’re interested in trying some local fare? Regardless, you’re certainly in luck! There is such a wide array of bars in Japan to suit any taste. Visitors quickly discover that Japan is a great place to drink. You can enjoy the shoulder to shoulder experience of an Izakaya or a refined, exclusive jazz bar high in the sky. Most importantly, what would you like to drink? You can find local sake with a generations old recipe, a perfectly mixed cocktail or something from the burgeoning Japanese craft beer scene. So, here are some of our favourite bars in Japan for craft beer, cocktails and good old fashioned fun.

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