Downtown Yamagata Bar Hopping

Yamagata Prefecture

Going out for a bite to eat or a few drinks in Japan can be perplexing, if not a little downright intimidating.

Traditional Japanese izakaya (drinking and eating establishments) can be especially difficult, considering such buildings are often windowless with nothing more than a vertical curtain letting you know they’re in business. However, this doesn’t mean you settle for fast food or chain restaurants.

After all, one of the best parts about visiting Yamagata Prefecture is the vibrant and delicious culinary arts found across this mountainous region.

That’s where this tour has got you covered. This fully guided course will take you through the streets of downtown Yamagata city to three specially selected bars and venues frequented by regulars with an emphasis on delicious local food and friendly local owners.

Experience Downtown Yamagata Bar Hopping

What's Included

Guided tour to three local eating establishments.
At each location, a set of foods and drinks will be served.
A specially crafted course made with the restaurants of downtown Yamagata City.
A Self-Guided option is also available.


Guided Tour: 18,000 yen
Self Guided: 12,000 yen

Experience Availability

All-year round

Average Duration

Approximately 3 hours

Meeting Location

Yamagata Station

Important notes

This experience is only available to guests aged 20 and over.
It is around a 10-minute walk from the meeting place to the first bar. From there, it is round a 1-minute walk between bars.
Please let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions.
The set menu and drinks will be clearly outlined for guests at each place. Ordering additional food or drinks outside of the set course may incur additional fees.
Experience availability may vary. Reserve to confirm availability.

Experience Downtown Yamagata Bar Hopping

Starting from the front of Yamagata Station, your guide will walk you through the buzzing nightlife district and take you to three hand-selected eating and drinking establishments that represent the flavor of Yamagata city after dark. We’ll spend roughly an hour eating and drinking at each spot, so assured you’ll be stuffed by the end! From the cuisine to the establishments themselves this tour has been curated with foreign visitors in mind and showcases the best of Yamagata—from local specialties that change with the seasons to delectable hand-made specialty cocktails and locally brewed sake. Your first top also includes all-you-can-drink whiskey highballs!

From a cool modern izakaya atmosphere to a high-end cocktail bar to a homey, traditional hole-in-the-wall, this tour covers a ton of ground and you’ll soon be navigating Japanese nightlife like a pro! Your guide can also instruct you on the nuances of Japanese drinking culture, from how to Kanpai like a local to avoiding minor faux pas sometimes made by foreigners. They will also take care of ordering additional food and drinks for you, as all of these establishments do not speak English, nor include English menus.

Don’t miss out on this truly one-of-a-kind, authentic Yamagata dining experience! If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. You will also have a drink menu (non-alcoholic drinks included as well) from which to choose from.

Inquire about a bar hopping tour

You can send a booking inquiry for your experience below. After we receive your inquiry, we will confirm the booking with our partners and send you a booking confirmation email at least 3 days before your desired date.
Please note this form does not confirm the availability of an experience or reserves an experience straightaway.

Cancelation policy

Our general cancelation policy for our experiences is below. Cancelation fees may vary according to exceptional circumstances.

3 business days before date of experience


2 business days before date of experience

30% of total price

1 business day before date of experience

50% of total price

Same day

100% of total price