Izakaya in Okayama

Izayoi no Tsuki

A convivial atmosphere (though it's fine to sit at the counter solo), walls decorated with sake labels, and an enormous drinks menu – just what you want from a local izakaya. There are numerous sakes from Okayama Pr…
Bar in Okayama

Saudade na Yoru

This 2nd-floor lounge bar overlooking the Symphony Hall building makes all the right retro-chic moves, with mismatched furniture, ornate-glass lighting, eclectic background music and and sometimes live jazz. It has …
Bar in Shiraishi-jima

Moooo! Bar

A popular bar on the beach, run by resident expat Amy Chavez, which only operates during summer.
Bar in Kurashiki


After the Bikan area closes down, relax with the mellow retro tunes and friendly staff at the slightly scruffy SWLABR. By day it serves as a cafe with light meals and cakes; by night it's a bar. It's the green weath…
Pub in Okayama

Aussie Bar

This casual expat-run watering hole is popular with the city's English-speaking population. Alongside Aussie beers such as VB (of course), pub grub is served, from the range of Aussie-themed burgers (including kanga…
Juice Bar in Okayama

Marugo Deli

Cute pantry-styled juice bar (with a couple of seats outside) serving fresh juices (¥420) and an interesting range of hot cuppas (¥320 to ¥540) – soy latte, chai, cafe matcha and honey-ginger cocoa. Its sign is a nu…
Cafe in Kurashiki

Kurashiki Coffee-Kan

The low-ceilinged, wood-and-brick interior of this canal-side caffeine lovers' paradise is thick with the aroma of freshly roasted beans. The menu features coffee and coffee only (¥500 to ¥850), though you can choos…