Nightlife

Top Choice Teahouse in Hakone-machi & Moto-Hakone

Amazake-chaya

This wonderful thatched-roofed teahouse has been serving naturally sweet amazake (a thick sweet drink made from the rice used to make sake; ¥400) and seasoned mochi (sticky rice cakes, ¥250 to ¥750) for more than 36…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Cafe in Nikkō

Nikkō Coffee

A century-old rice shop has been sensitively reinvented as this retro-chic cafe with a garden, where expertly made hand-dripped coffee is served alongside cakes and snack meals such as bacon, cheese and egg galette …
Pub in Yokohama

Bashamichi Taproom

Set over three floors with a rooftop beer garden, this Baird Brewing Company pub offers some 14 beers on tap, 10 of which are from the brewery itself, ranging from pale ales to chocolate flavours. Try a sampler set …
Bar in Yokohama

Thrash Zone

Stacked Marshall amps and walls covered with punk posters set the scene at this small bar popular with local beer-and-music fans. Knock back frothies from a choice of 13 craft 'extreme' beers (full body and high alc…
Bar in Kawaguchi-ko

Mt Fuji Base

While the army-base theme may not be your jam, all the camo decor here is balanced by petite potted plants on tables and the usual friendly Japanese hospitality you'll find in closet-sized cafes all over Japan. This…
Bar in Chichi-jima

Yankee Town

Follow the main coastal road towards Okumura for around 10 minutes east of the main pier to find this convivial driftwood bar run by island-born, English-speaking Rance Ohira. It's a great place to chill with a beer…
Bar in Yokohama

Grassroots

Gigs, live art shows and DJ events are held in this psychedelically decorated basement space a short walk north of Yokohama Station. They also serve a good selection of international beers and tasty pub meals (¥750 …
Cafe in Yokohama

Peace Flower Market

On the quieter road shadowing the main drag through Motomachi you'll find this convivial cafe and florist that also offers a variety of arty-crafty classes. It's hard to resist their gourmet selection of baked goods…
Cafe in Yokohama

Zō-no-hana Terrace

A life-size sculpture of an elephant (zō in Japanese) and baby elephants, plus food and drink with elephant-design themes, make this bayside cafe a delightful place for a refreshing drink. There are often art shows …