Satisfy Your Thirst Like a Local

Enjoy bar-hopping in Yamagata

A few short hours north of Tokyo lies Yamagata Prefecture, where the rivers flowing down from the mountains provide the clear water necessary to produce high-quality local sake. If you have ever wanted to sample some sake in an authentic Japanese drinking establishment, here is your chance.

This guided tour supports overseas visitors by introducing three locations, including a lively cocktail lounge, charming traditional Japanese bar, and a local izakaya (Japanese-style pub). Imbibe upon a variety of drinks and delicacies that change with the seasons, from locally-produced sake and whisky highballs to cocktails made by hand, accompanied by a carefully chosen menu showcasing the fresh produce, seafood and meat of Yamagata.

Arrive at Yamagata Station about 6 pm for a 3-hour pub crawl, stopping for about an hour in each location. Your English-speaking guide will let you in on what you need to know to eat and drink like a seasoned pro in these authentic establishments, where the guide will order for you and explain what is on the Japanese menu. If you have just arrived in town, you can even ask the guide about the best places to visit in Yamagata.

Visitors over 20 are welcome to join this tour, and non-alcoholic beverages are also offered. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated with advance notice, and menu items besides those offered on the set menu may be available at an additional price. Access to each of the 3 bars is on foot, with a 10-minute walk from the station to the first establishment. Inquire at The Hidden Japan for more information and to make your reservations.

Gourmets and sake lovers alike will not want to pass up this unique gastronomical experience, offered in all seasons, on a flexible schedule.

Access: From Tokyo Station, it’s about 170 minutes by Shinkansen bullet train to Yamagata Station.