Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Kumamoto

Good Time Charlie

Charlie Nagatani is a living legend, the 'Johnny Cash of Japan', the founding figure behind the country's entire country music scene, and an accomplished musician and songwriter. He earned the rank of Kentucky Colon…
Top Choice Bar in Kagoshima

Honkaku Shōchū Bar Ishizue

This chic, amber-and-wood shōchū (potato vodka) bar has everything going for it, and is considered one of the finest places to drink Kagoshima's prefectural liquor, with over 500 different bottles available, each wi…
Top Choice Cafe in Kumamoto

Andcoffeeroasters

Delightful boutique coffee shop with freshly roasted beans and a 'tart of the day', such as persimmon or Earl Grey. Coffee nerds will feel right at home with the rich lattes, creamy cappuccinos and other speciality …
Top Choice Cafe in Beppu

Real Point

If a tepee in the middle of Beppu's urban sprawl doesn't pique your curiosity, nothing will. This eclectic cafe has hand-brewed coffees, soy lattes, teas, occasional barbecue parties, and even ukulele lessons. This …
Bar in Miyazaki

Igokochiya Anbai

Tucked away on Chūō-dōri, Anbai is a sophisticated izakaya with more than 350 varieties of shōchū, well-chosen local dishes and cool background music. It's across the street from the Onishi Clinic. The 'mama-san' (h…
Bar in Kumamoto

Bar Rose

Bar Rose (not to be confused with Rose Bar, nearby!) is a quiet, polished-wood place with rows upon rows of liquor glowing on glass shelves. Stools are plush and comfy, and it's where you come to have a relaxing cou…
Bar in Kagoshima

Recife

This arty, mellow three-floor shop-bar-restaurant also has DJ decks and hosts occasional parties. It's popular with expat groovers and Japanese English-speaking locals, and it offers Latin-American eats before turni…
Teahouse in Shimabara

Shimabara Mizuyashiki

Off Shimabara's central arcade, this delightful, Meiji-era teahouse features a lovely garden, a spring-fed pond and an obsessive collection of maneki-neko (lucky cat) figurines from all over Japan, some for sale. Th…
Bar in Kumamoto

Rock Bar DAYS

Recently celebrating its 20th year, this dark bar caters to the grunge crowd. Request a tune and they will dutifully find it in the vast library of over 6000 primarily foreign CDs that adorn the walls. Dance if you …
Bar in Nagasaki

Bar IWI

Owned by Brynn, a friendly Kiwi, this cosy one-coin bar has ¥500 drinks and stays open to the wee hours, with an ever-changing mix of foreigners and primarily English-speaking locals. It's steps away from the Shianb…