The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast

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  • 1. Dekonaru Yokocho

    Located in the Ichibangai bar and restaurant district, this cluster of a dozen covered food stalls, each with counters that barely seat six or seven people, is a great place to try Hida-gyu beef, Takayama ramen, yakitori, and other dishes that pair well with Takayama's sake. You'll probably end up chatting with locals too.

    4--2 Asahi-machi, Takayama, Gifu-ken, 506-0017, Japan
  • 2. Eonta

    This jazz bar has been popular with locals since the 1970s. Sit at the bar or on the corner sofas and choose from the extensive list of cocktails. Eonta is in a quasi-dilapidated two-story building a few blocks southeast of the castle.

    4--9--7 Ote, Matsumoto, Nagano-ken, 390-0315, Japan

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    Rate Includes: Closed Wed.
  • 3. Matsumoto Brewery Taproom Media Garden

    Founded in 2016, the Matsumoto Brewery makes a great selection of pale ales, bitters, and stouts, which you can try, along with guest beers, at this taproom in the sleek Media Garden complex, halfway between the station and Nakamachi. They also have a smaller taproom in an old kura in Nakamachi (closed Tues.), although that closes by 7 pm.

    2--20--2 Chuo, Matsumoto, Nagano-ken, 390-8585, Japan

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    Rate Includes: Closed Wed., Open until 10 pm
  • 4. Oriental Brewing

    Kanazawa’s first craft brewer when it launched in 2016, Oriental Brewing has three small pubs in the city, one in Higashiyama, one by the station, and this one in Korinbo. The eight taps here always include a mix of domestic guest brews and Oriental’s own creations—things like wheat beer with spicy sansho pepper and stout using locally roasted tea—all served in 350 ml glasses. Come 4 to 6, Monday to Friday for the ¥500 happy hour.

    2--4--26 Korinbo, Kanazawa, Ishikawa-ken, Japan
  • 5. Pole-Pole

    Pronounced "po-ray po-ray," this reggae bar is run by the same jolly owner as the restaurant Legian, which sits next door. If you want to sit, arrive before midnight. The two dark, cramped rooms get so full that the crowd spills out into the hallway. Pole-Pole is open until 2 am on weeknights and until 5 am on weekends.

    2--31--30 Kata-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa-ken, 920-0981, Japan
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  • 6. Red Hill

    Two blocks east and one block south of the city hall, you'll find this bar, popular with the foreign locals.

    2-24 Sowa-cho, Takayama, Gifu-ken, 506-0007, Japan

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