Bungalow in Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto

Bungalow Outside

Walking from Karasuma station is a funny experience; bright lights punctuated by traditional Japanese style buildings and then Bungalow pops up on the corner. You can’t miss it as it looks out-of-place as the plastic sheet that both covers the front area and protects you from the elements is unique in the area. Bungalow is a cross between a standing …

Hops and Herbs in Kofu, Yamanashi

Hops and Herbs Logo

Hops and Herbs One Paragraph Review If you’re ever in the Kofu area and looking for some craft beer, then look no further. Hops and Herbs is definitely on the list of places you should visit, besides the temples and waterfalls in the area. The bar has free wifi, no table charge, all prices include tax, and is non-smoking. What …

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Baird Bashamichi Taproom in Kannai, Yokohama

Baird Bashamichi Taproom Front

Baird Bashamichi Taproom One Paragraph Review Baird Bashamichi Taproom is another great place by Baird Beer to try some of their craft beers on draft, along with some delicious food. It can get a bit pricey if you are not careful but as tax is included in the price and no table charge is added on, then that gives you a …

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Baird Nakameguro Taproom in Nakameguro, Tokyo

Nakameguro Taproom

Nakameguro Taproom One Paragraph Review Nakameguro Taproom is well worth visiting if you’re in the area, with good beer at reasonable prices and a decent atmosphere conducive to a fun night out drinking. Paired with pizza, Nakameguro Taproom is a viable alternative for other pizza places in Tokyo, as long as you can get over the amount of wood in the …

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Craft Beer Bar Kannai in Yokohama

Craft Beer Bar Kannai

Those lazy Saturdays when the kids are at the in-laws lend themselves perfectly to some early afternoon drinking. Craft Beer Bar Kannai has been on my list of places to go for the last few years; however, whenever I have gone there, it’s either been closed, full up, or they’ve run out of beer. Luckily, the last time I went …

Campion Ale in Asakusa, Tokyo

Campion Ale Shop

Campion Ale, located three minutes from Tawaramachi on the Ginza line, one stop before Asakusa, is an example of a new breed of brewpubs opening up across Tokyo. These brewpubs make and serve their own beer on the premises, allowing thirsty drinkers to see the whole process of milling the malt through brewing and fermentation, right up to serving the …

CLOSED: Beer Republic in Yokohama

Beer Republic

Editor Note:Beer Republic has closed down. This review has been kept for posterity’s sake Opened in April 2011, Beer Republic is situated in a nondescript area about 5 minutes north of Yokohama station. The bar serves only Japanese craft beers from their 14-tap system, which also includes two hand pumps. The beers are strictly curated by the owner, who constantly …