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Top Choice Teahouse in Hakone-machi & Moto-Hakone

Amazake-chaya

This historic thatched-roofed teahouse, the last of several that once lined the Old Hakone Highway, has been relieving road-weary travellers with amazake (a sweet drink made from rice used to make sake) and seasoned…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Chōkoku-no-Mori & Gōra

Gora Brewery & Grill

Sup on a Gora IPA or a Black Belt stout, among other ales from this stylish brewery venue, run by the folk behind Itoh Dining by Nobu. Grill treats include house-made sausages, Peruvian style lamb and Nobu's signatu…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Kawaguchi-ko

Sky Bar Moon Dance

When conditions are just right at this open-air rooftop bar, lights twinkling on the far shore of Kawaguchi-ko and mighty Fuji-san swathed in evening mist, you wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world. Find it…
Pub in Yokohama

Bashamichi Taproom

Set over three compact floors, this Baird Brewing Company pub offers at least a dozen of its own beers on tap, from session JPAs (Japan pale ale) to smoky stouts and hand-pumped cask ales. Try a sampler set of three…
Cafe in Chichi-jima

USK Coffee

Out of an Airstream caravan on the road to Kominato-kaigan beach, English-speaking Ku and Yusuke serve thirst-quenching caffeinated drinks, made from beans grown on their adjacent plot, along with homemade cookies a…
Cafe in Yokohama

Bashamichi Jyuban-Kan

Soak up the old Yokohama vibes at this former trading company building turned cafe-bar and French restaurant. You can join the well-to-do regulars for tea and pastries at dainty tables, or seek out the clubby little…
Brewery in Yokohama

Yokohama Brewery

Heady with the malty aroma of beer-making, this is Japan's first craft brewery (c1995) in the modern sense , where you can sample around eight beers (¥800 for a 330ml pour) at the bar or grab a table at the upstairs…
Bar in Yokohama

Grassroots

Gigs, live art shows, DJ events and pop-up vintage shops are held in this psychedelically decorated basement space a short walk north of Yokohama Station. The cool staff are tuned in to what's on around town.
Craft Beer in Yokohama

Antenna America

Sup imported cans of American craft beer for just ¥500 at this showroom-turned-bar attached to a beer distribution company. Nerdy staff know their hops and the selection is impressive; the decor less so. A tiny kitc…
Bar in Narita

Jet Lag Club

Run by a former flight attendant and usually packed with a mix of flight crew and locals, this bar is a lively spot to get your bearings – or lose them. Plane spotters will love the array of aviation memorabilia – i…