Cocktail Bar in Sakata


In business for decades, Kerun is run by an octogenarian Japanese man who whisks up frothy whisky sours from a well-stocked bar that's surrounded by lots of mirrors and booth seating. You can also get lovely filter …
Bar in Zaō Onsen


Oto-chaya is a hub for convivial pre- and post-ski rendezvous. Come for coffee, casseroles, Chinese tea sets, stews, sake and beer, and occasional live tunes, too. Look for the wooden sign with the teapot, on the ma…
Bar in Tsuruoka

High Noon Diner

Turning left from the train station, walk not even two blocks until you see the distinctive neon pink flamingo in the window of this cosy retro bar with Guinness on tap, popular with foreign visitors and locals alik…
Teahouse in Dewa Sanzan


Ni-no-saka-chaya is a charming teahouse marking the halfway resting place for hikers on Dewa Sanzan's three-mountain trek. Here you'll be greeted by marvellous views and smiling women selling refreshments.