Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Hiroshima

Organza

Bookshelves, old-fashioned furniture, a piano and a stuffed deer head all add to the busy surrounds at this smoky lounge-bar. Organza hosts an eclectic schedule of live events (from acoustic guitar to cabaret), some…
Top Choice Bar in Hiroshima

Koba

It's bound to be a good night if you drop into this laid-back place, where the friendly metal-loving musician owner 'Bom-san' can be found serving drinks and cooking up small tasty meals. There is occasional live mu…
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 …
Cafe in Hagi

Cafe Tikal

Through the old gate of the Kogawa family residence is this small cafe with large windows overlooking a pleasingly unkempt garden. Sit among the games and books at one of the wooden tables and choose a coffee (from …
Izakaya in Hiroshima

Ninjō Ganko Yatai

Six small izakaya (Japanese pub-eateries) squeezed into one large room make up this convivial spot, where beer and sake come with the usual izakaya fare, as well as some local-style okonomiyaki. Look for the lantern…
Bar in Matsue

Cafe Bar EAD

Low lighting, sofas and a broad terrace with a river view make this relaxed cafe-bar a pleasant place to end your evening. Snacks include homemade pizzas. It's on the 3rd floor of a building just near the bridge.
Bar in Shiraishi-jima

Moooo! Bar

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

Cinquecento

This small corner bar near the station is called '500' in Italian because most glasses of wine here cost ¥500, creating a convivial local atmosphere indeed. The relaxed owner serves Japanese, Italian, French and Chi…
Cafe in Onomichi

Miharashi Tei

The views from this 100-year-old house perched on the hill overlooking Onomichi are exceptional, making it a great coffee or mojito stop just downhill from Senkō-ji…or a pit stop heading up the steep hill, just afte…