Bar Hopping in Downtown Yamagata City

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Experience Details
Experience Location
3 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 20 guests
Japanese, English
Free drinks
Venture into Yamagata nightlife with an expert guide, drinking and eating in Japan like a local! (Includes unlimited whisky highballs at the first stop!)
Guided bar hopping tour with stops at 3 local eating establishments
At each location, food and drinks are included
First stop includes all-you-can-drink whisky highballs!
Get a chance to experience authentic Yamagata nightlife off the beaten path
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
If you are hitting Yamagata City and you are on board for a food and booze-filled evening, this tour is all you could wish for. A skilled guide will lead you through Yamagata nightlife, covering different types of establishments, from high-end cocktail bars to fancy modern izakaya, to traditional Japanese watering holes. The common thread through the tour is the abundance of local food and drinks: velvety-smooth Japanese sake, whisky with a kick, and milky cocktails alongside mouth-watering izakaya food. If you consider yourself a foodie, Japanese gastropubs will be your paradise. This bar hopping tour includes three stops at Yamagata’s authentic and trendy izakaya, where you can truly get a grasp of Yamagata’s flavors after dark. Spending roughly an hour at each stop, you’ll have plenty of time to fill your belly and slake your thirst with traditional local specialties and novelty drinks. Always by your side, your guide will take care of your beverage and food orders and provide suggestions, as local owners and staff don’t speak English and there won’t be any English menus. You can be assured that these are all gastropubs frequented by locals, and not tourist traps like you might find in some of Japan’s larger cities. An authentic experience, during this bar hopping tour of Yamagata, you will rub elbows with local folks and dive into Yamagata’s scrumptious seasonal specialties, locally brewed sake, and specialty cocktails (with all-you-can-drink whisky highballs at your first stop). Food and beverages are an essential part of any culture. Learn about Japanese drinking etiquette from your guide, from faux pas to avoid, to perfecting the “kampai” cheers, and walk away at the end of the night with a clear picture of what it means “to eat and drink like a local” in Yamagata City.
Food and drinks at the three scheduled izakaya (non alcohol cocktails are also available)
English speaking tour guide
Ordering additional food or drinks outside of the set course may incur additional fees
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet your guide in front of Yamagata Station
It is about a 10-minute walk from the meeting place to the first bar. From there, it is only about 1-minute walk between bars.
This experience is only available to guests aged 20 and over.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

Yamagata City is the capital of the prefecture by the same name, home to the hot spring town of Kaminoyama Onsen and ski resorts like Zao Onsen (known for their famous snowscape of “snow monsters” - trees enrobed with a layer of snow, shaped by the strong chilly winds). The lands are fruitful, and Yamagata City hosts the annual Yamagata Cherry Festival in the summer to celebrate its abundance, while autumn is prime grape-picking season.
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Earliest available date: May 31, 2024
¥ 17,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals