Downtown Yamagata Bar Hopping

Going out for a bite or a beer in Japan can be perplexing, if not downright a little intimidating. Traditional Japanese izakaya (drinking and eating establishments) can be especially difficult, considering such buildings are often windowless with nothing more than a vertical curtain letting you know they’re in business. However, this doesn’t mean you settle for fast food or chain restaurants.

After all, one of the best parts about visiting Yamagata Prefecture is the vibrant and delicious culinary arts found across this mountainous region. 


That’s where this tour has got you covered. This fully guided course will take you through the streets of downtown Yamagata to three specially selected bars venues frequented by regulars with an emphasis on delicious local food and friendly local owners.


Experience at a Glance

  • Guided tour to three local eating establishments

  • At each location, a set of food and drinks will be served 

  • A specially crafted course made with the restaurants of downtown Yamagata City 

  • Self Guided option also available

Quick Info:

Event Date(s)                                                    Year round; for specific dates, please inquire below

Activity Length                                                                                               Approximately 3 hours

Activity Time         6:00PM-9:00PM, but we may be able to accommodate other starting times

Venue                                                                                          Various restaurants and bars  

Guided Tour                                                                                                                  from 17,000 yen

Self Guided                                                                                                                   from 12,000 yen

Starting from the front of Yamagata Station, your guide will walk you through the buzzing nightlife district and take you to three hand selected eating and drinking establishments that represent the flavor of Yamagata after dark. We'll spend roughly an hour eating and drinking at each spot, so assured you’ll be stuffed by the end! From the cuisine to the establishments themselves this tour has been curated with foreign visitors in mind and showcases the best of Yamagata—from local specialties that change with the seasons to delectable hand-made specialty cocktails and locally brewed sake. Your first top also includes all-you-can-drink whiskey highballs!


From a cool modern izakaya atmosphere to a high-end cocktail bar to a homey, traditional hole-in-the-wall, this tour covers a ton of ground and you’ll soon be navigating Japanese nightlife like a pro! Your guide can also instruct you on the nuances of Japanese drinking culture, from how to kanpai to avoiding minor faux pas sometimes made by foreigners. He or she will also take care of ordering additional food and drinks for you, as all of these establishments do not speak English, nor include English menus.


Don’t miss out on this truly one-of-a-kind, authentic Yamagata dining experience! If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. You will also have a drink menu (non-alcoholic drinks included as well) from which to choose from. 

Reservations and Important Notes

-This experience is available year-round and Activity Times are flexible.

-It is about a 10-minute walk from the meeting place to the first bar. From there, it is only about 1-minutes’ walk between bars.

-This experience is only available to guests aged 20 and over.

-Please let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions

-Please send us a reservation inquiry for availability

-Ordering additional food or drinks outside of the set course may incur additional fees

-The set menu and drinks will be clearly outlines at each place

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