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Japan Beer Breweries List (regularly updated!)

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Micro Breweries List (Prefecture Geographical Order North to South)

北海道 Hokkaido (19)

オホーツクビール Okhotsk Beer
大雪地ビール Taisetsu Ji-beer
ノースアイランド North Island
開拓使麦酒 Kaitakushi Beer
小樽ビール Otaru Beer
鬼伝説地ビール Onidensetsu Ji-beer
大沼ビール Onuma Beer
網走ビール Abashiri Beer
釧路サンセットビール Kushiro Sunset Beer
富良野地麦酒 Furano ji Beer
帯広ビール Obihiro Beer
石狩番屋の麦酒 Ishikari No Banya Beer
月と太陽BREWING Tsuki To Taiyou BREWING
野地麦酒 Susukino Jibiru
ピリカワッカ Hokkaido Beer Pirkawakka
小樽麦酒 Hokkaido Brewing
おたるワイナリービール Otaru winery Beer
ニセコビール Niseko Brewing
はこだてビール Hakodate Beer
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青森県 Aomori (2)

バイコードリンク Baiko Drink (麦雫 Mugi Shizuku)
奥入瀬ビール Oirase Beer
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岩手県 Iwate (6)

ベアレン Baeren
銀河高原ビール Ginga Kogen Beer
いわて蔵ビール Iwatekura Beer
ステラモンテ Stella Monte
夢花まき麦酒醸造所 Yumehanamaki Brewery
Iwate ken, Hanamaki City, Azuma Cho, 5-3, 2F
Tel: 0198-29-5840 (no site)
遠野ビールZUMONA ZUMONA BEER
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宮城県 Miyagi (4)

仙南クラフトビール Sennan Craft Beer
鳴子の風 Naruko No Kaze
やくらいビール Yakurai Beer
松島ビール Matsushima Beer
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秋田県 Akita (3)

あくらビール Aqula Beer
田沢湖ビール Tazawako Beer
田沢湖湖畔の杜ビール Tazawako Koran no Mori
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山形県 Yamagata (3)

地ビール月山 Ji Biru Gassan
将棋のさと果実むら Shogimura
天童ブルワリー Tendou Brewery (桜桃ビール sakura Momo Beer)
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福島県 Fukushima (3)

みちのく福島路ビール Michinoku Fukushima Ji-beer
ななくさビーヤ Nanakusa Beer
猪苗代地ビール Brewery Inawashiro
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茨城県 Ibaraki (4)

常陸野ネストビール Hitachino Nest Beer
牛久ブルワリー Ushiku Brewery (Chateau Kamiya)
やみぞ森林ビール (大子ブルワリー) Yamizo Mori No Beer (Daigo Brewery)
しもつまビール Shimatsuma Beer
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栃木県 Tochigi (6)

那須高原ビール Nasu Kogen Beer
プレストンエール Preston Ale
Kawachi-gun Kaminokawa-cho Oaza Nakahara 421 Joyful Honda 2F
TEL: 0285-55-2259 FAX: 0285-55-2265 (no site)
うしとらブルワリー Ushitora Brewery
ロマンチック村 Romantic Village Brewery
栃木マイクロブルワリ Tochigi Micro Brewery
宇都宮ブルワリー Utsunomiya Brewery
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群馬県 Gunma (7)

オゼノユキドケ Ozenoyukidoke
川場ビール Kawaba Beer
月夜野クラフトビール Tsukiyono Craft Beer
呑龍夢麦酒 Daniel House
赤城高原ビール Akagi Kougen Beer
四万温泉エール Shima Onsen Ale
嬬恋高原ビール Tsumagoi Kougen Beer
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埼玉県 Saitama (7)

こぶし花ビール Kobushi-hana Beer
麦雑穀工房マイクロブルワリー Mugizakkoku Kobo Microbrewery
COEDO(コエド)
氷川ブリュワリー Hikawa Brewery
ベルビア Bell Beer
発泡酒 武蔵野 Happoshu Musashino
小川地ビール Kogawa Jibiru
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千葉県 Chiba (4)

ロコビア Loco Beer
ハーヴェスト・ムーン Harvest Moon
九十九里オーシャンビール Juukuri Ocean Beer
安房麦酒 Anboo Beer
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東京都 Tokyo (17)

隅田川ブルーイング Sumidagawa Brewing
Tennoz Ale (T.Y. Harbor Brewery)
NIDE BEER
多摩の恵 Tama no Megumi
スプリングバレーブルワリー Spring Valley Brewery (Kirin C. Craft Brewery
宮多麦酒 Miyata Beer
ストレンジブリューイング Strange Brewing
ヴィルゴビール Virgo Beer
CAMPION ALE
十条すいけんブルワリー Jujosuiken Brewery (Berr + +)
赤坂ビール Akasaka Beer (Hoppy)
MT Craft Brewery
羽田ブルワリー Handa Brewery
中野ビール工房 Nakano Brewery
うしとら Ushitora (Tochigi Prefecture Ushitora’s Pub House in Tokyo)
高円寺麦酒工房 Kouenji Brewery, 阿佐谷ビール工房 Asaya Brewery, 荻窪ビール工房 Ogikubo Brewery (all under 麦酒企画 Beer Kikaku, Kirin Company
KAMIKAZE BEER

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神奈川県 Kanagawa (13)

横浜ビール Yokohama Beer
BAY BREWING YOKOHAMA by Yokohama Brewing Co.
ヨロッコビール Yorocco Beer
湘南ビール Shonan Beer
鎌倉ビール Kamakura Beer (also includes 江の島ビール Enoshima Beer, Hayama Beer and 横須賀ビール Yokosuka Beer
サンクトガーレン Sankt Gallen Brewery
厚木ビール丹沢のしずく Atsugi Tanzawa no Shizuku
さがみビール Sagami Beer
箱根ビール Hakone Beer
ブリマー・ブルーイング Brimmer Brewing
クラフトビア ムーンライト Craft Beer Moonlight
THRASH ZONE
足柄ハッピーモルト Ashigara Happy Malt
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山梨県 Yamanashi (5)

富士桜高原麦酒 Fujizakura Kogen Mugishu
アウトサイダー・ブルーイング Outsider Brewing
ふじやまビール Fujiyama Beer
甲斐ドラフトビール Kai Draft Beer
タッチダウンビール Touchdown Beer
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新潟県 Niigata (9)

胎内高原ビール Tannai Kogen Beer
スワンレイクビール Swanlake Beer
エチゴビール Echigo Beer
日本海夕陽岬ブルワリー Nihonkai Yuhi Misaki
八海山泉ビール Hakkaisan Izumi Beer
妙高高原ビール Myoko Kogen Beer
新潟麦酒 Niigata Beer
薪小屋ビール Makigoya Beer
ホクセツラガー NOBUスペシャルリザーブ Hokusetsu Lager NOBU Special Reserve by Hokusetsu Brewery
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富山県 Toyama (5)

オオヤブラッスリー Ohya Brasserie
城端麦酒 Johana Beer
宇奈月ビール Unazuki Beer
銀盤酒造 Ginban Brewery
北陸発酵工業(株) 立山エール Hokuriku Brewery Tateyama Ale
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石川県 Ishikawa (3)

奥能登ビール 日本海倶楽部 Okunoto Beer Nihonkai Club
白山わくわくビール (有)農業法人 わくわく手づくりファーム川北 Shirayama Wakuwaku Beer by Wakuwaku Tezukuri Farm Kawakita
加賀地ビール Kaga Jibiru
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福井県 Fukui (3)

越前福井ビールDIOS Echizen Fukui Beer Dios
若狭ビール Wakasa Beer
三方地ビール Mikata Jibiru by PAMCO
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長野県 Nagano (12)

信濃ビール Shinano Beer
志賀高原ビール Shiga Kogen Beer
オラホビール OH!LA!HO BEER
ヤッホー・ブルーイング Yo-Ho Brewing (Yona Yona and 信州ナチュラルビール shinshu Natural Beer)
軽井沢高原ビール Karuizawa Kougen Beer (owned by ヤッホー・ブルーイング Yo-Ho Brewing)
南信州ビール Minami-shinshu Beer
木曽路ビール Kiso Ji-beer
AJBブルワリー AJB Brewery
穂高ビール Hotaka Beer
塩嶺麦酒 Enrie Beer by チロルの森 Tyrol Forest
地ビール白樺・蓼科 Jibiru Shirakaba.tateshina
諏訪浪漫ビール Suwa Roman by 麗人酒造(株) Reiin Brewery
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岐阜県 Gifu (3)

飛騨高山麦酒 Hida Takayama Brewing Agriculture Corporation
博石館ビール Hakusekikan Beer
地ビール飛騨 Ji Biru Hida (古里古里の国 Korikori no Kuni, 下呂麦酒 Gero Gensen, 宮川朝市 Miyakawa Asa Ichi)
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静岡県 Shizuoka (13-1)

御殿場高原ビール Gotemba Kogen Beer
米久(株) 森のビール工場 Yonekyu Mori no Biru
バイエルンマイスタービール Bayern Meister Beer
反射炉ビア Hansharo Beer by 蔵屋鳴沢 Kuraya Narusawa Brewery
ベアードビール Baird Beer
浜松天神蔵 Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Beer (ceased production on march 31st, 2015)
Aoi ブルーイング社 Aoi Brewing
マイン シュロッス Mein Schloss
サムライ サーファー ビア Samurai Surfer Beer
オラチェ ウインド バレー ビア Orache Wind Valley Beer (includes 熱海ビール Atami Beer and 箱根七湯ビール Hakone Shichitoo Beer
宇佐美 Usami (includes 伊豆の地ビール Izu no Jibiru and defunctヨーロピアン地ビール European Jibiru)
伊豆高原ビア Izu Kogen Beer
伊豆の国ビール Izu No Kuni Beer by 時之栖 Toki No Sumika
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愛知県 Aichi (8)

盛田金しゃちビール Morita Kinshachi Beer
ワイマーケットブルーイング Y-Market Beer
Hyappa Brews
安城デンビール Anjo Den Beer
知多マリンビール Chita Marine Beer
ローレライビール Loreley Beer
一宮ブルワリー Ichinomiya Brewery
かいぶつ島ビール Kaibutsushima Beer
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三重県 Mie (8)

モクモク地ビール Mokumoku Ji-beer
伊勢角屋麦酒 Isekadoya Beer
長島地ビール Nagashima Jibiru
馬上ビール Ageuma Beer
かめやま地ビール 乾杯のうた Kameya Jibiru Kampai no Uta
伊勢ポートビール Ise Port Beer
火の谷高原ビール Hi no Tani Kougen Beer
エール工房de伊賀 Ale Kobo de Iga
三重県伊賀市山出920 Mie Prefecture, Iga City, Yamade 920
Tel.:0595-21-3606 (no site)
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滋賀県 Shiga (3)

長浜浪漫ビール Nagahama Roman Beer
びわこいいみちビール Biwako Iimichi Beer
近江ブルーメンビア Oomi Blumen Beer by Blumen No Oka

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奈良県 Nara (1)

曽爾高原ビール Soni Kougen Beer
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京都府 Kyoto (6)

Kyoto Brewing
黄桜ビール Kizakura Beer
京都府周山街道 Kyoto-Fu Shusan Kaido
京都町屋麦酒 Kyoto Machiya Beer by キンシ正宗 Kinshi Masamune
一乗寺ブリュワリー Ichijyouji Brewery
丹後地ビール Tango Jibiru
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大阪府 Osaka (5)

大阪國乃長ビール Osaka Kuninocho Beer
箕面ビール Minoh Beer
道頓堀地ビール Doutonbori Jibiru
市岡ビール工房 地底旅行 Ichioka Beer Brewery Chitei Ryoukou by ニックタナカ Nick Tanaka
堺収穫麦酒 Sakai Shukaku Beer
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和歌山県 Wakayama (1)

ナギサビール Nagisa Beer
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兵庫県 Hyogo (9)

白雪ブルワリービレッジ長寿蔵 Shirayuki Brewery Choushukura
揮八郎ビール Kihachirou Beer
六甲ビール Rokko Beer
スターボードブルーイング Starboard Brewing
丹波篠山ジグザグブルワリー Tanba Sasayama Zigzag Brewery
兵庫県篠山市福住191-1, Hyogo Ken, Sasayama City, Fukusumi, 191-1
Tel.: 079-557-1263 (no site)
明石ビール Akashi Brewery
出石城山ビール Izushi Shiroyama Beer
城崎ビール Shirozaki Beer
あわぢびーる Awaji Beer
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鳥取県 Tottori (1)

大山Gビール Daisen ‘G’Beer
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島根県 Shimane (1)

松江地ビール ビアへるん Matsue Beer Hearn
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岡山県 Okayama (6)

独歩ビール Doppo Beer
Dream or Real Door
作州津山ビール Sakushu Itsuyama Beer
吉備土手下麦酒 Kibidote Sagaru Beer
真備竹林麦酒 Mabi Takebayashi Beer
吉井高原ビール Doi Kougen Beer (formerly Doitsu Mori Kronenburg)
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広島県 Hiroshima (1)

海軍さんの麦酒 Kaigun San no Beer
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山口県 Yamaguchi (2)

山口地ビール Yamaguchi Jibeer
山口萩ビール Yamaguchi Hagi Beer
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香川県 Kagawa (1)

<strong>さぬきビール Sanuki Beer
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愛媛県 Eihime (2)

梅錦ビール Umenishiki Beer
道後ビール Dogo Beer
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高知県 Kochi (0)

None
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徳島県 Tokushima (1)

Awa新町川ブリュワリー Awa shin Cho Kawa Brewery
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福岡県 Fukuoka (5)

門司港レトロビール Mojiko Retro Beer
オークラブルワリー Okura Brewery
ブルーマスター Brewmaster
博多地ビール杉能舎 Hakata jibiru Suginoya
ジ・ビール矢部川 Ji Biru Yabegawa
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佐賀県 Saga (1)

有田麦酒 Arita Beer
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熊本県 Kumamoto (3)

阿蘇ビール Aso Beer
熊本クラフトビール Kumamoto Craft Beer
熊本県熊本市東区御領6丁目8-32 Kumamoto Ken, Kumamoto City, Goryou, 608-32
Tel.: 096-389-0722 (no site)
不知火海浪漫麦酒 Shiranu Ikai Roman
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宮崎県 Miyazaki (3)

ひでじビール Hideji Beer
綾の地ビール Aya no Beer
霧島ビール Kirishima Beer
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鹿児島県 Kagoshima (5)

城山ブルワリー Shiroyama Brewery
薩摩ビール Satsuma Beer
<strong>霧島高原ビール Kirishima Kougen Beer
伝兵衛ビール Denbe Beer
濱田酒造(株)鹿児島県いちき串木野市湊町4-1 hamada Brewery, Kagoshima Ken, Ichikikushikino City, Minato machi, 4-1
Tel.: 0996-36-5771 (no site)
サツマゴールド Satsuma Gold
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大分県 Oita (2)

ゆふいん麦酒 Yfuin Beer
油屋熊八麦酒 Yuyanohachi Beer
大分農業文化公園 Tel.: 0977-28-7111 大分県杵築市山香町大字日指1-1
Oita Nougyou Bunka Kouen (no site)
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長崎県 Nagasaki (0)

None
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沖縄県 Okinawa (5)

ヘリオス酒造 Helios Brewery
コザ麦酒工房 KOZA Brewery
ニヘデビール Nihede Beer
宮古島の地ビール miyakojima no Jibiru
石垣島ビール Ishigaki Beer
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Shizuoka Prefecture Bars & Pubs Recommended List (updated!)

TWO BASE in Shizuoka City!

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Service: a bit shy but very friendly
Equipment & facilities: overall very clean. Excellent washroom if a bit small
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Great list of sake. Stand bar with seats on pavement

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Just discovered a new bar cum izakaya cum standing bar in an unusual location at the very crossing of Egawa Street and Showa Street!

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The place is called “Two base”, not because of baseball but because it is the sister bar of another place called KODONA!
The concept is quite practical with the possibility to sit or stand at the counter or at a table on the pavement!

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Looking at the small refrigerator at the entrance you soon find out that sake is a staple there!

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Have a good look at the board outside before entering!

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The bar which Manager Yoshimi Mochizuki/望月良美さん also calls an izakaya offers quite a nice ever-increasing range of sake from the whole country!

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But it does offer more including shochu from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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And don’t worry, there are also plenty of snacks!

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Now, what did I have for my first visit?

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A celebrated sake from Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City: “Onna Nake/making a woman cry” junmai daiginjo!

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But I couldn’t take my leave before sampling this exquisite junmai ginjo by Ippaku Suisei Brewery from Akita Prefecture!

lright, you understood this is only the start of another long story! LOL

TWO BASE

Manager: Yoshimi Mochizuki/望月良美さん
420-0033 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Showa Cho, 8-1
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00 (and beyond!)
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Bar: 13 Anchorz in Shizuoka City!

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Service: very easy–going and friendly.
Equipment & facilities: Very clean overall. Superb washroom. 2 floors
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Better than average pub/bar food. Drinks, of course!

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The “drinking scene” in Shizuoka City has been changing pretty quickly recently and an area worth a second and third look is a new alley tucked on the first floor of a building called Imakoko in Shichiken Cho Aoi Ku) in the a street just parallel to Showa Street.

Among the bars, restaurants and izakaya you will discover a quaint place with an even stranger name, “13 Anchorz”!

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With a sign like that you can’t go wrong! LOL

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The place was open on January 11th this year as indicated on this sake bottle!

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You can’t miss it with such a view inside!

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Written in English!
Reasonable drinks and food.
Opened late ad closed late!

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The young owner, Kyoken Sugiyama/杉山陽平さん, after a stint in the Japanese Self Defense Army did spend quite some time in Ireland before deciding to open his impossible to classify establishment as it is a combination of a bar and izakaya!

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One can sit at bar, especially welcome when you are on your own!

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Or you can sit at a table with company, or on the 2nd floor for more privacy!

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As for the drinks, you may choose your own bottled beer or bottle of wine and open it yourself or order it (you might have to wait some time though as Kyoken’s food is quite popular)!

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Have a good look at the drinks and their “companions” at the bar!

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I had a menacing Mexican IPA for a start!

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Have a good look at the menu!
The ladies will love this soft blue cheese called Fourme D’Ambert (France) served with honey nuts and bread!

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Now, this the dish I would recommend to all (coming into 3 different sizes!)!

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Fish and chips made with mahi mahi fish from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Arguably the best fish and chips in Shizuoka City!

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Great when washed down with American Anchor Steam Beer!

Expect me to visit the place again soon as the music is also terrific!

13 ANCHORZ

owner: Kyoken Suzuki/鈴木洋平さん
Shizuoka City, Aoi ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, Imakoko Bld., 1F
Tel.: 090-8452-4503
Opening hours: 19:00~27:00 (from 15:00~ on Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday
FACEBOOK
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Hug Coffee Cafe & Bar in Shizuoka City!

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Service: easy-going and smiling
Equipment & facilities: All a bit narrow but very clean. Excellent washroom shared on 2nd floor of same Sunrrose building. Non–smoking
Prices: reasonable~ a little expensive
Strong points: 34 coffees and teas, craft beers, light food and bagels

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Hug Coffee Company in Shizuoka City has three cafes/shops/bars in town, all different in style and concept.
They are increasingly becoming popular with all genders and ages for their convenience.
My favorite is the one called Hug Coffee Espresso Rosters (also called “sangouten”, meaning “3rd shop”!) between Cenova Department Store 109 Building for many reasons.

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It reminds me of my psychedelic years and the staff is cool and sometimes outright zany.
Actually the Lady In Charge, Miyako Suzuki/鈴木京さん is a god friend of mine.
First of all smokers are kindly asked to pry their trade far away for the shop!

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All drinks are made on site to satisfy all cravings!

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But the main attraction is their beers including no less than 9 brews by Baird Beer, the most famous craft beer Company in Shizuoka prefecture!

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They even serve a very limited (hurry, as it is only seasonal, although they plan to serve it every year!) Moening Coffee Stout made in collaboration with Bryan Baird and their own coffee!
Tasting report coming soon!

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Bryan Baird’s recent visit to Hugs Coffee Espresso Roasters!

You will surely understand why you can expect many craft beer tasting reports in the near future!

HUG COFFEE ESPRESSO ROASTER

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenma Cho, 8-1-1, Sunrose Bldg., 1F, No. 1-2-8
Tel.: 080-1609-5869 (Miyako Suzuki Manager)
Opening hours: 12:00~24:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Non-smoking!
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
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“Beer Junkie MOTEL” Bar in Shizuoka City!

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Service: very friendly and smiling! Some English spoken!
Equipment & facilities: Very clean overall. Superbb washroom
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Own craft beers and foreign brews on the tap. Traditional beer hall/pub food

I finally managed to visit Shizuoka City’s newest bar,namely Beer Junkie Motel the other day!
It is Beck Co. Ltd’s fourth establishment with Growstock, AOI BEER STAND, Beer Garage on top of Ai Brewing!

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It is located in a side alley fo Shichiken Cho between Aouba Park Street and Shichiken Cho Street, an area which is witnessing a booming rebirth this year.

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It consists on the first floor of two bars, one along the open kitchen, the other facing the bay window.
There is a special space on the 2nd florr exclusiely for two small groups (maximum 4 each).
The counter is equipped with a state-of-the-art beer tap system serving 4 or 5 beers brewed by Aoi Brewing and two foreign craft beers changing regularly.

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Manager Koji Yamamaoto/山本剛史さん and his charming staff, Miss Ayasa Mitsui/三井彩裟さん!

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It will often include Aoi Brewing’s latest brew sold only there!

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Aoi Brewing’s latest craft beer: “Grass Wheat Ale”, a Belgian-style Wheat Ale concocted with lemon grass! Report coming soon!

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Apart of great beer, wine and soft drinks including home-made ginger ale and lemonade are also available.
Traditional and home-made food is served aplenty but bear in mind that the menu will be changed regularly!

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Home-made meat pie!

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Made on site, it is already proving very popular!

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Grilled lamb chops!

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Special plate! Not in the menu!

expect more reports soon as some of Aoi Brewing’s craft beers will only be served there!

Beer Junkie MOTEL

420-0035 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, IMAKKOKO Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-253-6558
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00, 17:00~26:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesday
Parties welcome
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No Smoking Cocktail Bar: Gravity in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Shy but very friendly and caring
Equipment & Facilities: Overall spotless clean. Small but superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Seasonal fruit cocktails and classic cocktails. Excellent range of spirits. Light food available.

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Naoko Hirano/平野直子さん opened her bar about 4 years ago after having learned her trade in two similar establishments in Tokyo for no less than 14 years!
This is only the third no-smoking bar I know of in Shizuoka City!

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Interesting name!

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Not only it is unequivocally non smoking, but you will not be extra charged! Only prices announced will be accounted for!

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Great range of spirits!

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This was only my second visit but that sole sign will encourage me to come more often!

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The menu in Japanese but drinkers speak a universal language, don’t they?

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My first drink was a tonic made with local “ama natsu” ornages and rum!

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Extremely refreshing!

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last nigh I needed a second drink before going back into the cold!

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Wine grog!

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With cinnamon stick, fresh orange slices and raisins!
I needed a spoon to finish it!

Naoko agreed to share her cocktail recipes so keep tuned!

GRAVITY

420-0033 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Showa Cho, 4-2, 1F (along Egawa Street, left hand side a short distance before Showa Street crossroads)
Tel.: 054-221-7820
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00
Closed on Sundays
Cash only
Entirely non-smoking!
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Fruit Cocktails by Masayoshi Tainaka at Bar Le Refuge

Service: Pro and very friendly, if a bit shy
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great Fruit Cocktails. Very quiet and relaxing bar. Difficult to find liqueurs.

Shizuoka Prefecture is actually the third producer of kiwi fruits in Japan way ahead of the rest!
It is full season for all kind of varieties during the winter and here is another basic recipe for any kind of this exquisite fruit!

INGREDIENTS:

Kiwi fruit: 1
Sugar (if possible “wasanbon satou/和三盆砂糖”): 2 small teaspoons
Bacardi white rum: 30 ml
Crushed ice
Mint leaves

RECIPE:

Put the cut kiwi, sugar, Bacardi white rum in a blender and blend roughly.
Taste and rectify with a dash of rum if necessary.
Add crushed ice and blend again until smooth.
Pour into an elegant cup glass.
Decorate with a half slice of kiwi fruit and a sprig of fresh mint.
Provide straws.

Very sophisticated and satisfying freshness.
A lady’s favorite, but as a man I was extremely pleased!
A very healthy cocktail actually!

BAR Le Refuge
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenma-cho, 9-15, Ribelute-Hirano 1F-B (within walking distance from Cenova)
Tel.: 054-221-0339
Opening hours: 18:00~02:00
Closed on Sundays
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Irish Pub: Beer House Tirnan-Og In Hamamatsu City by Guest Blogger Matthew Davis!

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Tirnan-Og is the Hamamatsu outlet for the now famous Baird Beer. A 10-minute walk from JR Hamamatsu Station, between the Daiichi-Dori Station (Enshu Railway Line) and the lively Sakana-machi area of downtown Hamamatsu.

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Tirnan-Og currently carries all 12 of the Year-Round Beers and seasonal selections.
I have been lucky enough to live in Hamamatsu for 1.5 years and I have tried all 12 of the Year-Round Beers and now focus my visits around the seasonal beers.

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The shop seems to attract a variety of clientele; ex-pats, business travelers, and dedicated locals. What I enjoy most is that there never seems to be an overly boisterous group. Although laughter and mixed conversation are always present, the atmosphere reflects the fact that people are there to enjoy the finely crafted beer, and the behavior reflects likewise.
The shop is also completely non-smoking (small smoking patio is available), there is no table charge, and payments are cash only.

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The shop will hold approximately 10 people at the bar, 10-12 at small crowded tables and 3-4 more in a small corner. As you would expect weekends can be crowded so it’s always best to call ahead and check on the seating and make your reservation as necessary.
The room is lined in a light colored wood paneling and gives a very warm crafted and quite feel. The front of the shop looks out and up to the lively street above.
The tables and bar are always clean as well as the small kitchen that is visible from the bar. Single restroom for both men and women is well maintained.

Food

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Although the menu has quite a few snacks I would not consider this a “dinner” spot.
I would typically eat Tandoori Chicken although on my last few visits they have been sold out.
Again with plenty to choose from so you will certainly not be disappointed if you need a quick snack.

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Karaage – Hot Crispy and served with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.
Sandwich – Two Small Sandwiches. A straight-forward Ham and Cheese, and next is a cream cheese, nut and dried fruit spread. I must say I am in love with the cream
cheese spread.
Pizza – Maghretti style pizza with a tortilla crust.

Again the food is simple, light, and prepared to order.

Beers

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You will find all 12 of the Year-Round Beers available as well as the seasonal selection. There is simply no way to rank these selections, or make strong recommendations. My advice would be to start with your preferred beer style, then try something you typically don’t drink. I tend to drink more IPA and wheat beers, and shy away from porters and dark stouts. Although when I tried the Kurofune Porter and Shimaguni Stout I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how light it was, although it maintained all the flavor and richness you expect from these styles.

As for this visit I again focused on the two seasonal and ended the night with a familiar favorite.

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Mikan Ale (seasonal)

Served: Draft
Unfiltered
ABV: 7% Alcohol
Clarity: smoky, with a dull yellow and orange color
Aroma: Over Ripe Musky Mikan and Citrus (Bittersweet Peel)
Taste: More hoppy than expected (I have not seen a published IBU value for Baird Beers). Mikan hints, but the bitter sweet of the peel was most noticeable. Not a sweet fruity beer at all.
Overall: Excellent Seasonal, but would not be a daily drinker.

Spiced Amber Ale (seasonal)

Unfiltered
ABV: 7% Alcohol
Clarity: smoky, with a brown and amber color
Aroma: Winter spices (Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove)
Taste: Spot on Amber Ale with a nice helping of the Winter Spices. Less hoppy than the Mikan Ale.
Overall: Excellent Seasonal, and I was tempted to order another.

Wabi-Sabi Pale Ale (regular offering)

Filtered?
ABV: 6% Alcohol
Clarity: Golden and non-intimidating
Aroma: Lightly hopped.
Taste: I have tried to better understand the Japanese meaning of wabi-sabi and I think this beer sums it up. It is likely the most balanced beer in the Baird Beer line-up.
Overall: Daily Drinker. Can’t go wrong.

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Article and all pictures are copyright belonging to Matthew Davis.

BEER HOUSE TIRNAN-OG

Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, Ta machi, 329-8, Maruman Bldg, B1F
Tel: 053-450-6006
Opening hours: 18:00~ (15:00~ on weekends and National Holidays)
Closed on Tuesdays
〒430-0944静岡県浜松市中区田町329-8マルマンビル B1F
HOMEPAGE
(Very Good Pictures and Description)
FACEBOOK
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BEER GARAGE

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Service: Very friendly and easy-going
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Sapcouos and excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable~slightly expensive
Strong points: Aoi Brewing craft beers on 6 taps. Pub food

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At long last the first true Brew Pub in Shizuoka City has opened: BEER GARAGE!
I had the occasion to take part in their opening party and report!

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It is located in the same building as Aoi Brewing Company, the latest craft beer brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture.
It stands away from the busy center in a quiet spot parallel to Sengen Street leading to Sengen Shrine.

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They presently serve on tap 6 different beers, all from the brewery at the back.

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Although the craft beers are bound to change regularly, they presently serve English Pale Ale, Litbitter Stout, Alt, Pale Ale, Golden Ale and IPA.
Beers come at 750 yen the glass, 950 yen the pint and 1,700 yen the jug
Soft drinks are available at 400 yen apiece.

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Party food!

As for the food, the menu includes marinated vegetables, fried potatoes, German potatoes, cheese plate, raw ham, Roast lamb, Buffalo chicken, Nankotsu age, Smoked beef tongue, garlic shrimps, Fish & chips, Chorizo rolls (from Beer Yokota), Farmer’s market salad, cob salad, Grilled lamb chops, Lamb susages, Lamb steak, Cajun chicken, Stripped loin steak, Club sandwich, Suruga Gyu beef burger SPDX, Sakura shrimps fish burger, Teriyaki chicken mayo pizza, Jambalaya rice, Classic brownies and Old fashion cheese cake!

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Expect regular reports!

BEER GARAGE

Aoi Brewing Co.,Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyagasaki Chyo, 30
Tel.: 054-294-8911
Opening hours: 17:00~23:00 (Monday~Friday), 15:00~23:00 (Saturday), 15:00~22:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Tuesdays
COD, Cash On Delivery only for all orders.
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Wines & Sake Bar: La Sommeliere

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Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment and facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Local sake by the glass. Extensive wine list by the glass. Bottles on sale. Great local bread and pastries. Home-made light food

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!
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Shizuoka Wine Bar & Shop: A Votre Sante!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Overall very clean. Computerized washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Superb wine list. Shizuoka sake and shochu, foodstuffs, clothing, etc. Space usable for parties, etc.

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On June 1st, Atsuyoshi Uchibori/内堀敦よしさん and Hirotaka Sato/佐藤大高さんentered in a collaboration ad opened A VOTRE SANTE, the latest wine bar in Shizuoka City!
But you will soon understand it is far more than a wine bar!

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if you get a good look at the blackboards erected outside you will understand they sell all kinds of products including cakes and biscuits cooked by local confectioners!

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You can also obtain coffee, tea and superb sake from Takashima Brewery (Numazu City) and Sugii Brewery (Fujieda City)!

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Right at the entrance you will find Japanese sake, shochu and rare liqueurs and Japanese wagashi cakes!

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Very rare yamamomo and loquat liqueurs standing beside superb shochu!

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The place used to be a soy sauce shop closed for the last two years!. Great interior!

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Some of the local wagashi cakes!

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More than 200 wines, mostly organic on sale!

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More shochu, mirin, wine, soy sauces, olive oil, and so on!

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Standing bar where you can drink wine by the glass anytime of the day!

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Purchases can be beautifully wrapped on order!

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More great sake in the fridge!

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Great cheese and cold meats that can either be bought and taken out or consumed onsite!

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Of course, there is a special wine cellar!

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The hoard of wines!

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Even clothing, utensils, objets and what else are on sale!

Last but not least, the whole place can be rented for seminars and parties!

A VOTRE SANTE/ア・ヴォートル・サンテ

Shizuoka city, Aoi ku, Cha Machi, 1-25-9
Tel.: 054-255-6007
Opening hours: 11:00~20:00 (until later depending on remaining customers)
Closed on Tuesdays, 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
Credit cards OK
FACEBOOK
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AOI BAR STAND in Shizuoka City

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Baird Beer Rising Sun!

Service: Easy-going and smiling. Very hospitable and friendly
Facilities: Very clean overall. Washroom inside Den Bldg, extremely clean and modern
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive (but craft beer is never cheap!)
Strong points: All micro brewery craft beers!

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After the recent complete overhaul of Den Building in Aoi Ku a few minutes walk form Shizuoka JR Station North exit, the large street and its pavements were also remade and now we find ourselves with a new space downtown which is slowly starting to attract a new crowd.

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The latest addition is a minuscule standing bar called Aoi Beer Stand which opened on the 1st of July!
It is the last addition to Beck Co. Ltd which already owns Mando and Growstock bar/restaurants in Shizuoka City.
To start with the opening hours are a bit unusual: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm every day!

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The name Aoi is fairly easy to explain as this bar is located in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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But there is another reason. Mr. Mando, who I should interview soon, is planning to start a brewery of the same name in the very city of Shizuoka! I know where but as this is still confidential you will have to wait until next year for more information! Just know it will become the 11th craft beer brewery/microbrewery in the Prefecture! Whereas the average number of microbreweries in Japan is 5~6 per Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture is simply becoming a major area!

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Ever-smiling Ryousuke Ono/大野良輔さん is looking after the place in day time whereas Mr. Mando take things in charge in the evenings.

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Now, they serve only craft beer and absolutely nothing else!
For the mement they serve 6 craft beer from all over Japan (changing regularly), including 2 from Shizuoka prefecture.
When the new brewery starts they will probably serve only Shizuoka craft beer!
Note that the prices are for large glasses. Add 200 yen for a pint-sized glass.

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Although the place can sit 6 people on high stool, the moment you have reached 7 guests the stools are pushed under the bar counter and you drink standing. on some crowded nights patrons can be seen drinking standing on the pavement!

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The door inside on the left does not lead to a washroom (which is located inside Den Den Building) but a minuscule cellar for the beer kegs as all beers are served draught!

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The two Shizuoka craft beers presently on offer are from Baird Beer Co. in Numazu City!

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Baird Beer Red Rose Amber Ale!

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There is some food available though, but the accent is definitely on the beer!

Will come back with another interview of the owner and of his projects soon!

AOI BEER STAND
420-0847 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Gokoumachi, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK
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The Ale House in Fujieda City (Summer 2013-revisited)

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Service: Friendly and smiling, all in a very quiet atmosphere (when not full!)
Facilities: Overall very clean. Clean washroom
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: Shizuoka Micro breweries’ beers on tap, Belgian beers and pub grub.

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There are very few pubs, I mean real pubs, British or Irish, worth noticing in our Prefecture.
But I surely don’t mind traveling all the way from Shizuoka City to Fujieda City and come back with the last train back home under the questioning looks from commuters going back to their sleeping town! Fortunately The Ale House is only less than 10 minutes away from the south exit of the JR Station!

It has become one of those “kakureya” (“hidden spots”) that a lot of residents expats talk about, and deservedly so.
Would you believe it I visited it for the first time again in 6 years with a motley of friends! They stille remembered me, though! LOL

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At least it looks like a real pub!

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But I let my English friend Patrick of Think Twiceguide me along and introduce me to the matser of the Place, Mr. Masayuki Saitou
Mr. Saitou explained us he opened his Pub in 1995 out a search for a new challenge away from the dreary life of a typical Japanese “salaryman”, and indulge in his hobby, namely whisky.
Talking of whisky, he does have an impression collection, but you will have to ask him to show it as it is protected from the spotlights inside wooden cabinets!
Now, if you are a beer lover, he has an extra treat for you, a proof of his dedication: baird Beer from Numazu City and Bayern Meister Bier from Fujinomiya City on tap!

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The only problem is that it is really tough to take clear pictures in the very dark lounge bar!

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Some of the beers available with their country of origin clearly marked. Don’t worry Mr. Saitoh will somehow explain everything if you don’t read Japanese!

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Some of these are actually sometimes available!

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The food menu ( a lot of typical pub grub) is in Japanese but the master will gladly help you read it!

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the same for the drinks!

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Interestingly enough, people here do not know we do have quite a few notable “jibiru”, microbreweries, in Shizuoka Prefecture!
Now if you are into cocktails, no worries, the Ale House has more than you can drink.

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Beers come in all kinds of sizes, shapes, colors, on the tap and in bottles!

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Long ones, too?

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These beer coasters were everywhere! Now, who is this guy?

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A very dark beer in a very dark place! LOL

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there is plenty of grub (foods) to choose from:
Cheese assortment.

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Fried potato wedges with their skins.

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Pickles.

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Sausages.

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Spicy potatoes.

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Keema pizza!

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Skillet-fried chicken and vegetables.

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Spicy mushroom noodles.

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And even desserts such as this pear tart!

I won’t want 6 years till my next visit, I can assure you!

The Ale House
426-0061 Fujieda City, Tanuma, 1-4-12 (JR Station South Exit, take second on left)
Tel. & Fax: 054-6362889
Opening hours: 18:30~25:00
Closed on Mondays (Tuesdays are open, even in the case of a National Holiday)
Blog/Homepage (Japanese only)

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GROWSTOCK

Service: very lively and friendly.
Facilities: great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Beer from all over the world. Outside terrace. Local microbrewery beer available in some quantities.

Grow Stck is the second establishement of the company running Mando tapas Bar and Cherry Beans diner in Shizuoka City.
It was open in March 2009 and has since become one of the most popular bars ofits kind in town

Although the place can be really crowded at times, it is not that easy to find if it is your first visit in town. Located on the 5th floor of Koyama Naka Building in Koyamachi, one of the drinking areas in Shizuoka City, it is worth exploring the vicinity as they have the advantage of offering a real otdoors terrace:

I took the pic in day time and it does really does it justice. It is a great site to lounge around in the summer (not on rainy or cold days, mind you as it is not covered!) in happy company!

Check the board at the entrance for events and good deals.
Although it is written in Japanese, the Manager, Mr. Ryousuku Ono and his staff will be only too happy to oblige and answer your queries!
The clientele is a good mix of Japanese, young to old, local foreigners who know their beer and guests from both genders who want to enjoy themselves!

As its name clearly indicates, it is a place to savour beer.
And they have loads of it:
More than a 100 from all over the world in bottles.
7 draft beers.
Local microbrewery beers! Bryan Baird from Numazu City, and as guests (depends on your lucky day!) draft beer from Bayern Meister in Fujinomiya City, Hansharo Beer from Hirayama in Izu Peninsula and Kaze no Tani/Windy Valley by Oratche in Kannami (Misj\hima City)!

Baird Beer come in bottles!

But there is plenty of other drinks for everyone from Scotch/Bourbon, wine/Jizake (Kikuyoi from Fujieda City!) to cocktails and soft drinks!

Sit at the counter and try to recognize the beers!

That is unless you want to hang onto the draft beer handles!

Peruse through the beer book! They even have Pietra beer from French Corsica!

As for the food, no worries whatsoever!
You can either choose it a la carte such as the fish and chips above or as a course.
Apart of the fish and chips, they serve interesting Belgian mussles steamed in Beer, Beef Carbonade, German Pork and Buffalo Chicken Wings.
Check the pasta, pizza and paella of the day.
Vegetarians can order vegetarian salads!

The place can also be parially or completely reserved for parties as it can provide for up to 100 guests! And TV screens will show big events if you are short of reasons to patronize the establishment!

GROW STOCK
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
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COCKTAIL BAR: BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar)


Haaru Lemon Cocktail
(Courtesy of Yoko Kosugi)

Service: very professional and friendly.
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Fruit cocktails. Cozy and a comfortable, for ladies and gentlemen alike.

After having established a solid reputation as one of the best bartenders in Shizuoka City for quite a few years in a cocktail bar called Yasougin, Wataru Matsumoto decided it was about time to open his own in July 20009 to the pleasure of his customers who just “moved” to his new place called BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar) without batting an eyelid (or eyelash for some).

Contrary to many similar bars, you do not need a guide to take you up dark stairs and through involuted passageways to find it. It stands right along the street behind Isatan Department Store next to a renown ladies fashion shop. One can see the inside through windows, very much in with the new concept to show as much interior as possible to passers-by and eventual customers. No wonder ladies feel comfortable sipping their favourite nectar in peace and quiet with similarly-minded guests.

Even so at night, it is all soft light and soothing background music.
Customers do enjoy casual conversations with unknown (until then) individuals or keep to themselves in a very laid back manner.


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A good dozen guests can sit at the bar or sit at one of the small tables by the window.
Wataru Matsumoto caters for many tastes with his own very precise selection: 30 Scotch Whiskies, 10 Bourbons, 20 Liqueurs and even unknown shochu from Shizuoka Prefecture.
French Mumm Champagne is available by the glass.
But his forte is definitely seasonal fruit cocktails. Just ask what fruit is available and how sour, sweet, flat or petillant you like it and expect a marvel to stand in front of you after a great demonttrations of his art!


“Kinkan” Fruit Cocktail (Kumquat、Cumquat)

I actually plan to run a special series on Mr. Matsumoto fruit cocktail creations as he is more than happy to share his recipes!

Incidentally prices are very reasonable for this type of establishment in Japan. Count 1,800 yen for the first cocktail (with obligatory snack) and 800 yen from the second one. Light food is also available as well as soft drinks, beer and coffee.

A superb place to visit on your own, with a grteat friend or your special guest”

BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar)
420-0082 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-13, Shade Bldg, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-8686
Opening hours: 17:00~01:00
Closed on Mondays.
Credit Cards OK
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New Pub in Shizuoka! Beer No Yokota serving Baird Beer!

Service: very friendly
Facilities: very clean
no-smoking-logoNon-smoking!
Strong points: The beer!

I finally managed to find the time to visit Beer No Yokota Pub twice since its opening last Sunday!
It was not easy to do a proper interview as the place gets crowded very quickly as the word has spread in town like a bush fire!

As I said before, it is located in Gofuku-cho behind the City Hall, only 10 minutes walk away from Shizuoka JR Station, making it a very practical place to meet and enjoy true beer!

True beer, you said?

Yep, true beer as the owner, a very easy-going gentleman, Mr. Fumitake Yokota worked for Bryan Baird at the Numazu Fishmarket Taproom for 4 years before looking after the Nakameguro Taproom in Tokyo, is serving no less than 7 beers concocted by Bryan Baird on the tap and 5 more from other breweries. more are bound to come soon as there 15 taps!


Suruga Bay Imperial Stout

Alright you want to know about the beer menu already in place?
Here you are:
-PROMPTON ALE: Y700 (473ml), Y500 (300ml)/original!
-BAIRD BEER: Y800 (473ml), Y550 (300ml)
RISING SUN PALE ALE
RED ROSE AMBER ALE
NUMAZU LAGER
TEIKOKU IPA
ANGRY BOY BROWN ALE
MIDNIGHT OIL EXPORT STOUT (+Y50)
SURUGA BAY IMPERIAL STOUT (+Y50)
-YOKOHAMA BEER PILSNER: Y800 (420ml)
-ATSUGI HONEY ALE: Y900 (420ml)
-HATSUISHIKAN BEER WINTER SMOKE: Y900 (420ml)
-EDELWEISS (AUSTRIA): Y900 (420ml)
-WESTON CIDER: Y600 (300ml)

The pub can seat around 40 guests at tables, a counter along the kitchen or counters running along the wall and window.
My favourite spot is definitely at the counter at the window!
Don’t worry, there is still more space for standing guests who pefer wandering between tables and customers!

Don’t steal these!

Note that Yokota san is using a very clever on the tap draught system taking only minimum space thanks to Japanese technology!

Sports buffs will be glad to discover a screen with Sky TV Sports!

Toilets are are both for ladies (seat) and gentlemen (standing). Very clean for such an establishment! Always good to know!

Apart of the beer, cocktails and whisky are available.
As for food, expect pub grub! Spicy fried potatoes, snacks, simple pasta…
Alright, here is the present food menu (bound to change!):
JAPANESE PICKLES: Y 400
COLESLAW: Y 500
STEAMED CHICKEN & VEGETABLES SALAD: Y 500
ROASTED MUSHROOMS: Y 500
SQUID FRITTERS: Y 600
SPICY FRIED CHICKEN WINGS: Y 600 (3 pieces)
JAPANESE-STYLE FRIED CHICKEN LEG MEAT: Y 850
STEWED MINCED CHICKEN & LIVER SAUCE PASTA: Y 900
ROSEMARY POTATOES: Y 500
SIMMERED JAPANESE SMELT/WAKASAGI: Y500
MIXED NUTS: Y 300
MATSUURA SWEET POTATO CHIPS: Y 300
CREAM CHEESE & HONEY DESSERT: Y 600
SALAMI: Y 600

Drinks may be paid COD (cash on delivery) at the counter.
If you take food as well, you will be asked to paid a bill instead of COD.

Beer No Yokota
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku-Cho, 2-5-22, Social Kadode bldg 2F (behind the City Hall)
Tel.: 054-255-3683
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00 (15:00~24:00 on Saturdays)
Closed on Thursdays
HOMEPAGE

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SPEAK-EZ

By John Gooden

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Speak EZ Bar was established in 2000 by a young Canadian man named Brent. It is located in the centre of Numazu city. The bar is at the heart of the gaijin community in the city. It’s a popular watering hole where people come to enjoy draught kirin, imported bottled beers or cocktails. There’s also a food menu offering a range of delicious ‘pub grub’, such as pizza, hamburger, Mexican wraps, homemade chilli con carne and Aussie meat pies.

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Brent along with his dedictated and friendly staff are bi-lingual and always take the time to get to know the customers. During the week the bar has a laid back mellow feeling with a few regulars dropping in for a chat, a bite to eat and a drink. There’s a darts board and free internet for those looking for activities. There’s also a free library filled with interesting books for those who are in need of English reading matter. At the weekends the bar transforms into a lively venue for various events including live music, salsa nights, and DJ nights. On ocassion sports fans gather to watch soccer and American football on the big widescreen TV at the bar.

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The clientele is a refreshing mix of foreigners and local Japanese. The bar is not only popular with American, Canadian, Australian and British teachers but also attracts many South American and Middle Eastern patrons.

Speak EZ Bar is open from 6pm to late from Tuesday to Saturday. The website is updated every month and links sent to valued customers to keep everyone informed of upcoming events.

The Speak EZ address is:
410-0801 Shizuoka Prefecture, Numazu City, Nichome, 3-2, Yamaguchi Building, 2F
HOMEPAGE

Telephone number: 055 964 5131
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BAR NO’AGE

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After a grand dinner at Aquavite, the best Italian restaurant in Shizuoka City, I just could not resist my good friend, Mr. Naohiro Momose’s invitation to his favourite Cocktail Bar, NO’AGE.
As the name indicates, all customers of all ages are welcome. I’m sure that a certain Roaf in Yokohama would make it his personal lair as it is not only a great place with grand drinks, but is also very reasonable!

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For our first round Naohiro opted for Fennel Gin Fizz, our friend Mika chose a more feminine drink, Karien (Greek for chestnut Liqueur) including plenty of cream, while I went for a NO’AGE creation called Kinkan (small ornages) Vodka Gimlet.
To tell you the truth, these went down a bit too quickly!

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Poor Mika being left behind, Naohiro ordered a very classical (very) Dry martini, while I chose to check the Chestnut Liqueur (French) they used for our poor lass’ brew.

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While we nibbled on a welcome snack, we engaged into a serious conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Itani, the young owners who opened this cozy bar on the 21st of June 2007. Being a Monday, I noticed taht the place was quite busy for the beginning of the week, a sure sign of its popularity. Ladies and gents were equally represented, while I was the only old geezer on hand.

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Poor little Mika was still struggling finishing her own glass while the “men” were asking the one for the road:
Naohiro obtained “up to date”, a Bourbon based concoction while I asked something based on Mirabelle. I was served a succulent “Allegro” containing Mirabelle, Apricot and lemon juice (shaken).

It was about time to leave then as work was in wait for all of us the next morning.
But the place was undoubtedly too welcoming and knowledgeable to forget easily!
Especially when you consider we hadn’t been able to even scratch the menu, which by the way includes plenty for teetals!
Problem is that I will have to wait at least a week before my next visit as I promised my (???) half I would cook all week!

BAR NO’AGE
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-cho, 3-6, ACT-7, 2F
Tel. & Fax: 054-2536615
Business Hours: 18:00~02.00
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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LIFETIME

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On November 27th, 2007, Fugetsuro Hotel revamped their first floor completely to replace the simple cake-shop/cafe they previously had with a very much larger cafe bar in Koya Machi across Shizuoka JR Station.
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As far as the cafe itself, it is very probably the only decent Hotel Cafe Bar in town.
It is large, but not overwhelming, seating about 80 people. One can either choose a seat at the counter, inside the room or in one of the street-facing lodges. Excellent background jazz music and friendly staff.
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Do not be too harsh on the English written on the menu. The place does serve quite a few dishes apart of their cakes made on site that you can either savour inside or take home.
As for drinks, every taste is covered as they include very good coffees and a surprisingly long array of teas served in beautifull china.
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For the late drinkers (and their companions), malt whiskies, beer, wine, sake and even a kome/rice shochu by Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City called Saisuke!

Now the big plus is the regular Jazz Concert Programme every Thursday, but forthat you had better consult their homepage! (the list id simply too longand impressive for this posting!)

LIFETIME
Shizuoka City, Aoi-Ku, Koya machi, 11-1
Tel.: 054-250-0131
Business Hours: Tuesdays: 13:00~25:00
Saturdays: 11:00~24:00
Sundays & National Holidays: 11:00~19:00
Mondays: Off (except on National Holidays)

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“No Name Standing Bar”

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For all the aping of Tokyo trends, real standing bars are a scarcity in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Although the concept should fit within the heavy-drinking environment prevalent in our region, especially Shizuoka City, it does not seem to appeal.
True to say, people here are not in a hurry and prefer to stay long in their favourite dens instead of the frantic bar hopping in vogue in larger metropolises.
Now, would you believe that the only standing bar worthy of attention in Shizuoka City does not have a name or phone number despite the fact it has been in existence for more than four years?
It is located along the subterranean thoroughfare grandly called “Golden Chikakai” linking Gofukucho Street to the JR Station. Enter it near Parco Department Store and walk along the left-hand side passageway. You can’t miss as long as you keep your eyes open and take your time.
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Now, if you are somewhat of a voyeur or exhibitionist, this might be the place to patronize at all hours of long evenings, as all kinds of passers-by hurry past it with long side glances at the denizens ogling at them behind the illusory safety of large glass window/doors.
Interestingly enough, gents and ladies of all ages both patronize this waterhole. You might therefore discover another personal reason for stopping by as it is comfortably air-conditioned for all seasons.
The Manager of the place, Mr. Sumiteru Yamato is always ready to serve you with a smile and a chat. All drinks are standard 500 yen (900 yen for full pints of draught beer). Snacks are available (200 to 500 yen). All COD. No cover charge. No surprise.
But plenty of scotch (including single malts), bourbon, cocktails, liqueurs, bottled and draft beer. Enough for the true fans.

Business hours: 17:00~24:00

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White Ize Cafe/Bar

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Many of my friends, expats and Japanese alike had been telling me about this new sports bar opened in July 2006, so it was about time I visited it!
Interestingly enough, although Shizuoka City are blessed with a plethora of good Izakaya, simple, unpretentious and well-stocked bars are almost a rarity.
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The least I could say is that they are extremely well-stocked as far as bottled beers are concerned: no less than 96 brands and still looking for more!
I even had the occasion to taste a beer from the French Island Corsica called Pietra I had never heard of! (A fine beer, by the way!). There are varieties for everyone, including a whopping 14 degrees ale from Austria!
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White Ize has 3 screens for customers to watch all current sports. The coming Rugby World Cup will be shown live from France from September 9th. Ozzies and Kiwis had better reseve their seats!
Apart of beers, cocktails and other drinks are available. Food is Tex-Mex and reasonably priced.
The owner, Mr. Kazuyoshi Harazaki is an old hand at both fishing, boating and boozing and always keen to share a chat. He is known to go on boating excursions with his customers, so better keep your ears open!

White IZE
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki-cho, 7-2, Amano Bldg. 2F (near Den Den Building, a few minutes walk from Shizuoka JR Station)
Tel.: 054-2551336
Business Hours: 17:00~02:00
Closed on Mondays
Parties welcome
Homepage
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Hamamatsu Izakaya/ Shochu Bar: Nikomanma

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Last Friday (April 13th!), my good friend Bernard Heberle, the patissier at Abondance in Hamamatsu City, took me to one of his favourite “izakaya” called “Nikomanma” or “にこまん馬” in Japanese.
Mr. Michiaki Genma opened his very traditional looking resraurant near Wachiyama Park. The interior is the logical succession to the exterior in design with antiques eveywhere, wooden partitions you can open or close at will, parquet sitting room, dinin room and counter.
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Nikomanma specializes in shochu and has “Doman” kome (rice) shochu, a favourite of mine brewed by Tenjigura Brewery/Distillery in Hamamatsu City.
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But it also serves a very fine Junmai sake, “Shusseijyo”, from the same brewery.
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It is a very popular place and you definitely have to reserve on Fridays and Saturdays. Luckily we came very early, otherwise even Bernard’s persuasion would have been in vain.
The menu is of the better kind with some real finds such as the squid and its ink as tempura!
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Try the Japanese omelette and deep-fried chicken, but start your meal with a sashimi assortment of the day!
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The place definitely warrants a few more visits as I could not possibly exhaust the menu, even in the company of my bulky friend!

Nikomanma
432-8003 Hamamatsu City, Wachiyama, 3-4-3
Tel. & Fax: 053-4725558
Working hours: 18:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays
Homepage
Credit cards OK

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Sushi: Why You Should Eat It Away From Tokyo!

This is an article bound to tickle some into self-righteous reactions but it will help visitors to Japan to discover the genuine article if they have the will to delve into the true gastronomic culture of this incredible country instead of limiting themselves to clichés and preconceptions acquired back home!

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Home-made Taraba crab Chirashizushi.

Tokyo is Tokyo, and like Paris, London and where else, it might be a place where you can eat (up to a point) and enjoy great Japanese food but it produces next to nothing and is always unashamedly borrowing from the gastronomy of other regions.
It is particularly obvious when it comes to sushi.

Sushi was not invented in Tokyo, or Edo for that matter, as many tend to believe when they eat Edomae Sushi, which is only one form among a plethora of styles. To begin with, Edomae sushi/Tokyo sushi is made with little truly fresh fish. Actually Edomae sushi was a style created by stalls in the streets to be served at all times of the day and night with preserved fish or seafood. Even now the internationally praised sushi restaurants in Tokyo use few fresh ingredients. Almost all is arranged, albeit artistically, for best conservation while served with haughty pride and consequently impossible prices.

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Large rainbow roll at Sushi Ko in Shizuoka City.

But what about Tsukiji Market and its “great” sushi bars?
Unfortunately Tsukiji is only a market conceived for a sprawling metropolis, and while many a gastronome, reporters and critics included, falls into the touristic trap conscientiously organized with local and international media, it is devised first and all to feed untold numbers.
The “great” sushi bars serving “great” sushi at “great” prices are only cleverly making a mercantile use of leftovers.
There is also a misconception of tuna being all brought to Tsukiji Market before anywhere else. It is not. The greatest part of the Japanese tuna, and bonito, catch is first unloaded in the harbor of Shimizu in Shizuoka City. Actually Tokyo has first to wait that fish and seafood has reached a port somewhere else in Japan before even announcing availability on their stalls. Tujkiji Market is after all only a dealer/auction market!
Unfortunately for some the Tsukiji Market will be soon moved to a vastly different address and will consequently lose its interest!

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Flying fish sashimi in Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Island.

Why don’t you take your suitcase, camera and chopsticks and board a train, bus or ship (a plane will do, too) and start exploring the shores of this beautiful archipelago?
Obviously each region or island has its own unique products, notwithstanding the fact that all sea products have their own regional names. For example, “tachi” in many areas stand for Scabbard/cutlass fish, but in Hokkaido it means cod milt/male cod sperm sacs, a delicacy popular all over the country!
Frankly speaking, the choice of venues is an impossible embarrassment!

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Vegan sushi in Shizuoka City! You will not find it in Tokyo, unless you are either ready to fork out stupid prices or make it yourself!

Even in my own Prefecture of Shizuoka I would have to recommend you at least half a dozen establishments, all authentic, reasonable and serving sublime food. For example you would have to visit Yui (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku) for fresh sakura ebi/cherry shrimps, Kambara (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku) for aji/horse mackerel, Omaezaki City for fresh shirasu/sarine whiting, Numazu City for fresh katsuo/bonito, Sagara Cho (Makinohara City) for long and silvery tachiuo/scabbard fish (also called cutlass fish) and strange yagara/trumpet fish, Yaizu City and its fishing port Ogawa again for tuna and bonito, Shimoda City at the tip of Izu peninsula for kinmedai and all kinds of seabream, and Hamana Lake, Hamamatsu City, for conger eel, eel, and oysters. And I have only started!

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Another sushi millefeuille at Sushi Ko in Shizuoka City!

Any region with a shore in Japan has the ingredients and the skills to offer beautiful, tasty and reasonable creations without having to resort to dubious artifices.

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The real “oyakodon/parent and child sushi bowl” with fresh sea salmon and its roe in Wakkanai, Hokkaido Island!

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And do not expect to find fresh wasabi, root, stem, leaves, flowers and all as it is not grown in Tokyo!
You will find it there but for what prices and how fresh?
Most sushi restaurants izakaya/Japanese bistros will serve wasabi paste of various purity and quality in big cities, even in Kyoto.
But we are lucky here in Shizuoka as we witnessed its birth in Utogi, Shizuoka City in the 17th Century!
Not only the Bay of Suruga, the richest in Japan, will offer you a mind-boggling array of seafood but also the land and mountains of Shizuoka Prefecture produces the best wasabi in the world to accompany it!

Please note this is only a short essay to entice you into some delightful thinking and research!

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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Entirely Non-Smoking Restaurants (& Bars) in Shizuoka Prefecture (Amended regularly)

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Beautiful Vegetables at Tetsuya Sugimoto (unfortunately closed!) in Shizuoka City!

I agree that this particular article has been long overdue.
Not only my expats friends, but many Japanese friends have been at pains at finding restaurants, bars and cafes where they wouldn’t have to put up with the hazards and stink of smoke inhaled and expelled by uncaring customers.
Some time ago I mentioned partially non-smoking restaurants but I see little point to mention them unless the entirely non-smoking times are clearly announced and respected!

This is of course not an exhaustive list, but it will be regularly updated as I visit establishments for work!
There is no special order to this list, they come as they come!

One more important point: Non-smoking is not the only criterion, good food is, too!
If you are kind enough to recommend me restaurants not introduced here it will be my pleasure to survey them!
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SOLOIO Italian Restaurant in Shizuoka City

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable considering the quality
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

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Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん/Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さん

420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours:
Lunch: 11:30~13:30 (l.O.) (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Dinner: 17:00~22:00 (l.o.), 17:00~23::00 (Friday, Saturday)
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Entirely non-smoking!
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Hug Coffee Espresso Roaster in shizuoka City

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Service: easy-going and smiling
Equipment & facilities: All a bit narrow but very clean. Excellent washroom shared on 2nd floor of same Sunrrose building. Non–smoking
Prices: reasonable~ a little expensive
Strong points: 34 coffees and teas, craft beers, light food and bagels

HUG COFFEE ESPRESSO ROASTER

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenma Cho, 8-1-1, Sunrose Bldg., 1F, No. 1-2-8
Tel.: 080-1609-5869 (Miyako Suzuki Manager)
Opening hours: 12:00~24:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Non-smoking!
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
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CYOHACHI COFFEE/長八珈琲店珈琲店

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Service: Shy but very friendly and smiling
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Lunch cafe! very healthy lunches with local ingredients. Open as a cosy cafe all
day!

CYOHACHI COFFEE/長八珈琲店

420-0856 shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Sumpu Cho, 1-32
Tel.: 054-6591076
Opening hours: 11:30~20:30
Entirely non-smoking!
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Wines & Sake Bar: La Sommeliere

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Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment and facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Local sake by the glass. Extensive wine list by the glass. Bottles on sale. Great local bread and pastries. Home-made light food

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!
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SOLIO ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

SOLOIO

Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦さん/Sommelier Mieko Osawa/小澤三江子さん

420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Happy hour: 16:00~17:00: 1,000 yen set-3 appetizers plate and 1 glass of house wine!
Entirely non-smoking!
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Cafe Gallery Hiyori 日和

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Service: kind, elegant and attentive
Equipment & facilities: Spotless clean overall. Superb separate gender washroom. Entirely non-smoking. Garden, private room, gallery and parking
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: great coffee, light meals and drinks in a superb setting. Can be rented for private parties and events.

CAFE GALLERY HIYORI 日和

Owner: Ms. Kazuko Sawada/澤田和子さん
428-0103 Shimada City, Kawane Cho, Mijiro, 3395-3
Tel.: 0547-53-3356
Opening hours: 11:00~17:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays
Can be rented at later hours and other days with sufficient reservation.
Car park available
Entirely non-smoking
FACEBOOK
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Tsurutaya

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Service: Shy but kind
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Small but excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Yokohama-style ramen. One can choose one’s own toppings. Gyoza and rice dishes also available.

TSURUTAYA/YOKOHAMA-STYLE RAMEN

420-0856 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Sumpu Cho, 1-17 (right across from Cenova Department Store)
Tel.: 054-251-9697
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Entirely non-smoking!
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b Cafe

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Service: Very friendly and communicative
Equipment & Facilities: Overall extremely clean. Beautiful Washroom. Entrely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Home–made cakes, fruit juice and coffee! Take-out welcome!

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427–0022 Shimada City, Hontori, 1-9-10
Tel.: 0547-35-6538
Opening hours: 10:00 am~05 pm (later on Beer B Nights)
Closed on Wednesdays, 1st & 3rd Sundays
Entirely non-smoking!
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KIMOENE

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Service: Very kind and friendly
Facilities: and equipment: Old but very clean overall. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Soba/buckwheat noodles and Japanese tradkional meals. Some very good local sake available!

KINOENE Te Uchi Soba

Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Nanatushinya, 423-6
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00, 17:00~20:00
Closed on Thursday
Car park available for 6 cars
Entirely non-smoking!
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ICHIMISHIN Motoshiro Restaurant

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Service: Smiling, attentive and professional
Equipment & Facilities: Extremely clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Inventive modern French Gastronomy using great ingredients from Shizuoka Prefecture and elsewhere in Japan! Wines!

ICHIMISHIN Motoshiro/一味真 元城

Chef: Hirokuni katayama/片山裕邦さん
Sommelier: Chiaki Mizuguchi/水口智章さん
Service Staff: Miho Takahashi/高橋美保さん

430-0946 Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, Motoshiro, 218-1, Richmond Hotel, 1F
Tel.: 053-450-5571
Fax: 053-455-3215
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 18:00~21:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Parking available
Parties welcome
Entirely non-smoking!
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Chef Hirokuni Katayama/片山裕邦さん on FACEBOOK
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C’Est La Vie

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Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Inventive French Bistro style gastronomy. Very fresh products from Shizuoka and other Prefecture.

C’EST LA VIE
422-8063 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Mabuchi, 4-10-6
Tel. & Fax: 054-287-8115
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 18:00~22:00
Closed on Wednesdays and 3rd Tuesday
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
Cash only
Entirely non-smoking!
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Chez Mont-Pierre

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Service: Very friendly, accommodating and helpful
Equipment & Facilities: Superb cleanliness overall. Extravagant washroom. Entirely non-smoking. Separate room for families with children.
Prices:V ery reasonable considering the quality and generosity
Strong points: High class Classical French gastronomy with a modern and inventive touch. Excellent wine list.

CHEZ MONT-PIERRE
Chef: kenichi Meguro/目黒研一さん

422-0836 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Shikiji, 1-5-27
Tel.: 054-236-0255
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed on Mondays all day & 2nd and 4th Sundays for dinner
Cards OK for dinner only
Private room for 4~8 guests
Parties welcome
Group courses available for 10~22 guests.
Car park available
Entirely non-smoking!
Call beforehand!
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FIGARO Food & Wine

SN3O0170

Service: Shy but very friendly and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non smoking at lunch time!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: French bistro-style gastronomy. Reasonably-priced wine list.

FIGARO FOOD & WINE

Chef Toshiharu Matsuura/松浦敏春さん
Sommelier Yoshinori Shimizu/清水芳則さん
420-0034 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa cho, 2-4-5
Tel: 054-255-7430
Opening hours: 12:00~14:00, 16:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays
Prties welcome
Cards OK (dinner only)
Entirely non smoking at lunch!
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PANCHAVATI

SN3O0168

Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities & Equipment: Overall very clean. Excellent bathroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Invenetive vegan gastronomy including cakes. Great use of local natural and organic products.

PANCHAVATI

Chef: ken tanaka/田中健さん
420-0839Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 3-1-13-201, 2F
Tel.: 054-273-5515
Opening hours: 11:00~19:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Cash only
Entirely non-smoking!
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CHAO CHINESE DINING

SN3O0016

Service: Kind, smiling and attentive in spite of a crowded place!
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Shared washroom with Cenove Department Store but very excellent. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Mild but very healthy All-Chinese gastronomy

CHAO CHINESE DINING

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-1-1 Cenova Department Store, 5F
Tel.: 054-266-3095
Opening hours: 11:00~21:00
Private space possible for up to 7 guests
Parties welcome
Credit cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!
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KISHIGAMI

SN3O5330

Service: very friendly, attentive and informative
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: Ju wari/100% soba/buckwheat noodles. Tempura. sake list!

SOBADOKORO KISHIGAMI SOBA RESTAURANT

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Utsunoya, 232-2
Tel.: 054-258-5664
Opening hours: 11:00~14:00
Closed on Mondays and 3rd Tuesday of the month (next day in case of a national holiday)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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CAVA.K.

SN3O5165

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Spotless clean voerall. Superb washroom
Prices: Appropriate. Reasonable when considering quality and originality!
Strong points: Gibier/Game, the best in the Prefecture! Great use of superb local and own garden ingredients. Seasonally cured meat and ham.

CAVA.K.
Chef: Hiroyuki Yamaguchi/山口祐之さん

439-0003 Kikugawa City, Sabaka, 791-11
Tel.: 0537-37-1820
Fax: 0537-37-1850
Opening hours: 11:30^14:30, 18:00~21:30
Parking: 8 cars
Cash only
Reservations advised
Entirely Non Smoking!
HOMEPAGE
BLOG (Japanese)
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TEMPURA NARUSEI

narusei-1

Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Facilities & Equipment: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom
Prices: Moderate to expensive, but extremely good value
Strong points: Authentic traditional tempura gastronomy at its best with superlative products, a lot them local. Superlative attention and explanations!

TEMPURA NARUSE-てんぷら成生
420-0839 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 2-5-12
Tel.: 054-273-0703
Opening hours: 17:30~22:00
Reservations highly recommended
Closed on Mondays
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!
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MEIN SCHLOSS BREWERY & RESTAURANT

SN3O5079

Alt Beer at Mein Schloss!

Service: Friendly, smiling and and willing to please
Equipment and Facilities: Very clean overall. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Home-brewed beer, great variety in pub grub. Convivial

MEIN SCHLOSS BREWERY & RESTAURANT

430-8691 Hamamatsu City, Naka ku, Chuo, 3-8-1
Tel.: 053-452-1146
Opening hours: Tuesdays~Fridays, 11:00~14:30, 17:00~23:00
Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays, 11:00~23:00
Closed on Mondays
Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
Car park available
Entirely non-smoking!
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EBISU (TAKOYAKI)

SN3O5041

Service: Very friendly. Great explanations
Facilities and Equipment: Very clean if old overall. Washroom in nearby Shizutetsu Store
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Osaka-style takoyaki, senbei takoyaki, ika yaki, yakisoba
Entirely non-smoking inosde!

EBISU

Shizuaoka City, Aoi Ku, Tamachi, 7-1 (go along the Hon Toori Street and turn right onto the karge street going at a slant before the bridge. You will find Ebisu just past Shizutetsu Stire)
Tel.: 054-253-1637
Opening hours: 11:30~20:00 (earlier if sold out!)
Closed on Thursdays
Entirely non-smoking!
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TASTY RABBIT

SN3O5154

Service: Very friendly and smiling, Great welcome
Facilities and Equipment: Great cleanliness overall. Superb Washroom
Prices: Very reasonable
Strong points: healthy and generous fusion gastronomy making a great use of local ingredients.
Entirely non-smoking!

TASTY RABBIT Cafe & Shop
Chef: Mr. Moshe Liram

Kikugawa City, Honjo, 1172 [mama’s Share Shop Soramame]
Tel: 090-5453-0075
Opening hours: 11:00^21:00 on one Saturday and a full week-end every month (Check BLOG!)
BLOG
Parking: 15 cars
Entirely non-smoking!
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DON KO AN

SN3O5043

Service: Kind, smiling, and easy-going if a bit shy at the beginning.
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Excellent washroom
Prices: reasonable to slightly expensive (beef is not cheap in Japan!)
Strong points: Beef! Roast Beef! Wagyu Beef! Take out and online orders!
Entirely non-smoking!

DON KO AN
Roast Beef Restaurant
Chef: Tastuya Suzuki/鈴木達哉さん
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, baban Cho, 106 (mid way along Sengen Street)
Tel.: 054-251-7002
Fax: 054-251-7019
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~20:30
Closed on Sundays and national Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!
HOMEPAGE
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EKIMAE MATSUNO SUSHI

LUNCH-MATSUNO-SUSHI

Service: Very friendly, attentive and informative
Facilities: Overall clean if a bit old-fashioned
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Mainly local fish and seafood. Local sake. Always ready to improvise!
Entirely non-smoking!

EKIMAE MATSUNO SUSHI/駅前松乃寿
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Koya Machi, 3-3 (Just in front of Shizuoka JR Railway Station
Tel.: 054-252-0123
Business hours: 11:00~21:00
Closed on Wednesdays and 3rd Tuesday
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely Non-Smoking!
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HARMONY

HARMONY

Service: easy-going and friendly
Facilities: good general cleanliness
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Most of ingredients are local!
Completely non-smoking!

HARMONY
438-0831, Shizuoka Ken, Iwata Shi, Kamishinya, 499-1
Tel.: 0538-21-1511
Fax: 0538-21-1515
Business hours: 11:00~14:00, 17:00~21:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
Big parking available
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
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LOCOMANI

LUNCH-LOCOMANI

Service: Very friendly although a bit shy!
Equipment: Great overall cleanliness. Nice washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Vegetarian menus. Healthy rice flour cakes. Can prpeare vegan meal with sufficient advance reservation.
Completely non-smoking!

LOCOMANI
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-10-6
Tel.: 054-260-6622
Closed every Wednesday and one Monday
HOMEPAGE/BLOG</strong> (Japanese)
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PISSENLIT

SN3O5231

Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat.
Can prepare vegetarian or vegan meals with sufficient advance reservation and discussion/explanations!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!
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ALOHA TABLE

SN3O5526

Service: Friendly and smiling
Facilities and equipment: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom on same floor
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Hawaiian gastronomy

ALOHA TABLE Hawaiian cafe & Dining
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den Bilg, 2F
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00 (Lunch until 17:00)
Non smoking until 17:00!
HOMEPAGE
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SOBA SAKE KAWAKATSU/strong>

LUNCH-KAWAKATSU

Service: Friendly
Equipment: traditional. Clean. Beautiful toilets
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Very fresh ingredients. Most ingredients not only local but sef-grown or self-raised! Local sake and shochu!
Entirely non-smoking!

SOBA SAKE KAWAKATSU/strong>
426-0034, Fujieda Shi, Eki mae, 1-8-4
Tel./Fax: 054-645-1770
Business hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
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SOBA NO MI

LUNCH-SOBA-NO-MI

Service: Friendly
Equipment: a bit old but clean
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Very fresh ingredients. Old-fashioned atmosphere
Entirely non-smoking!

SOBA NO MI
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Kawabe Cho, 2-2-3
Tel.: 054-251-8000
Business hours: 11:00~21:00 (or until soba are exhausted)
Closed on Tuesdays and third Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
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CHOJIYA

chojiya-1

Service: Friendly and informative
Equipment & Facilities: Old but very clean
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Traditional japanese food in a traditional environment full of history!

CHOJIYA
421-0103 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Mariko, 7-10-10 (Take the bus going to Fujieda from North Exit Platform No 7 at Shizuoka JR Station. Get off at Marikobashi Iriguchi stop!)
Opening hours: 11:00~19:00
Closed on Thursdays and last Wedenesday of the month
Entirely non-smoking!
HOMEPAGE (English)
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SHIMIZU SUSHI DOKORO “UMI”

SN3O5595

Service: Attentive and smiling
Facilities & Equipment: Great cleanliness overall. Suparb washeroom shared with ohther sushi restaurants
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: Many local fish and seafood in use. Superb product freshness. Great Sake list!
Completely non-smoking!

SHIMIZU SUSHI DOKORO “UMI”
Shizuoka City, Shimizu ku, Irifune Cho, 13-15, S Pulse Dream Plaza Bldg, 1F (get off at Shimizu JR Station East Exit and board the free shuttle bus to its final destonation at S Pulse Dream Plaza)
Tel.: 054-354-3700
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Credita Cards OK
Completely non-smoking!
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ORTA RISTORANTE

LUNNCH-ORTA

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Facilities: Superb cleanliness through and through and beautiful washroom.
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Authentic Northern Italian Gastronomy. Good wine list. Very fresh ingredients, local whenever possible
Entirely non-smoking!

Chef/Owner: Mr. Sebastiano Bonomi Pattini
Orta Ristorante
Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, Banya, 675, 2F
tel. & Fax: 053-455-0321
Business hours: 11:30~14:, 18:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays
HOMEPAGE
Credit Cards OK
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IL CASTAGNO

LUNCH-IL-CASTAGNO

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: Great general cleanliness
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great appetizers. Home-made pasta!. Great use of local products from the land and the sea. Southern Italy and Sardinia gastronomy.

IL CASTAGNO
420-0843 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Tomoe Cho, 48
Tel/Fax: 054-247-0709
Business hours: 11:45~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed every Monday and 3rd Tuesday
Credit cards OK (dinner only)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
BLOG (Japanese)
ENTIRELY NON-SMOKING!
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NORI

LUNCH-NORI

Service: Very friendly and relaxed. Very intelligent explanations and presentations.
Equipment: Great general cleanliness in a beautifully decorated house. Superb washroom
Prices: Very reasonable considering the extravagant quality.
Strong points: A great accent on local products both from the land and the sea. Gastronomic Italian-style cuisine with a constant research on new products and methods. Excellent wine list. Superb grappa.

NORI
426-0204 Shizuoka Ken, Fujieda Shi, Tokigaya, 864-3
Tel./Fax: 054-641-4778
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00; 18:00~22:00
On reservation only for dinner
Closed on Tuesdays and first Monday
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese, but do check it for great photographs of the house and garden!)
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SPICE

LUNCH-SPICE

Service: Very friendly
Equipment: Great general cleanliness
Prices: Reasonable
Strong Points: Local vegetables and meat! Very healthy meals!

SPICE
Mishima City, Hon-cho, 7-30, Via701-2, 2F
Tel.: 055-981-8889
Opening hours: 11:30~15:00, 18:00~22:00
Closed on Mondays
Parties welcome!
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!
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RESTAURANT BIO-S (FUJINOMIYA CITY)

LUNCH-BIO-S

Service: Professional, welcoming, very attentive and smiling. Great explanations.
Facilities & Equipment: Extremely clean. Superb separate washrooms.
Prices: Reasonable considering the extravagant quality.
Strong points: Mainly local products including wild vegetables and meat. Vegetables mainly organic and grown by the staff. Menu changing for the most part every two weeks.

MAP (Japanese)

RESTAURANT BIO-S
419-0303 Fujinomiya Shi, Oshikakubo, 939-1
Tel.: 0544-67-0353
Fax: 0544-67-0098
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:00~20:00
Closed on Tuesday Night and whole Wednesdays
Reservations highly recommended!
Credit Cards OK
Parking for 8 cars
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!
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BISTRO GAWA

LUNCH-OGAWA

Service: Friendly
Facilities: old but very clean. Very clean washroom!
Prices: very reasonable
Strong points: excellent French cuisine without ostentation. Great local products from the land and the sea
no-smoking-logoentirely non-smoking!

BISTRO GAWA
411-084, Shizuoka ken, Mishima Shi, Kitada Machi, 1-13
Business hours: 11:30~14:00, 18:00~
Closed on Sunday, Thursday lunch and Saturday dinner
Tel.: 055-972-5040
Cards OK (+5% handling fees)

HOMEPAGE
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FRENCH BAKERY & RESTAURANT: EMA L’ESTAMINET

LUNCH-EMMA-LESTAMINET

Service: Extremely friendly and attentive
Equipment: Supreme cleanliness and beautiful amenities
Prices: Reasonable. Very good value
Strong points: French gastronomy conceived mainly with local seasonal products. Beautiful bread baked on site! Parking available.
Entirely non-smoking!

FRENCH BAKERY & RESTAURANT: EMA L’ESTAMINET
431-3115, Hamamatsu City, Higashi Ku, Nishigasaki, 1088-1 (within walking distance from Nishigasaki Station, Entetsu Railway Line)
Tel.: 053-433-7700
Business hours: !0:00~16:00 (Bakery)
11:30~ 13:00, last orders (Restaurant)
Closed on Sundays and last week of August
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BEAU CIEL

LUNCH-BEAU-CIEL

Service: Pro and attentive
Facilities and Equipment: Extremely clean. Superb separate washrooms!
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Elegant restaurant and French gastronomy. Superb panoramic view of Shizuoka from Mount Fuji to the Suruga Bay. Building totally non-smoking!

BEAU CIEL
25F Sky Restaurant
GRANDAIR Bouquet Tokai
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi, 17-1, Aoi Tower, 25F (right across from Shizuoka JR Station North exit)
Tel.: 054-273-5250
Fax: 054-273-5251
Opening hours: Lunch 11:30~14:30, Tea Time-14:30~17:30, Dinner-17:30~21:00
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Completely nonsmoking!
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BISTRO OKAMURA

LUNCH-OKAMURA

Service: Friendly if a bit shy.
Equipment & Facilities: Japanese traditional restaurant very clean overall. Cute washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fish! Gastronomic bistro-style. Extensive use of local products and catch. Reasonably-priced wine list
Entirely non-smoking! Private rooms available.

BISTRO OKAMURA
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-5-2
Tel.: 054-669-2087
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:30~23:00
Closed on Sundays and Monday lunch
Credit Cards OK
Counter: 5 seats, 4 private rooms (up to 8 seats each)
Entirely non-smoking!
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GRILL KURAMOTO

kuramoto-1

Service: A bit shy but friendly
Equipment: Great general cleanliness. Beautiful washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Interesting combination of French and Japanese bistro-style cuisine. Traditional tarts and cakes.
Entirely non-smoking!

Grill-Kuraramoto
420-0081 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Gofuku-cho, 2-5-17
Tel.: 054-255-3090
Business hours: 11:30^14:00, 17:30~20:00
Closed on Wednesdays and 3rd Tuesday
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
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SUSHI KO MIUE

ko-miue-1

Service: Very kind and easy-going[
Facilities: Impeachable cleanliness. Superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: Unusual and happy combination of Sushi and French gastronomies. Shizuoka sake and even shochu!
Entirely non-smoking (extremely rare for a sushi restaurant!)!

Sushi o Miue/寿し幸実宇栄
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, kooya Machi, 13-6
Tel.: 054-221-3888
Opening hours: 17:30~indeterminate
Closed day not yet decided
Credit cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!
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HENRI GALETTE

HENRI-GALETTE

Service: Kind and easy-going
Facilities: very clean overall. Clean washroom (shared with anothet shop)
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: True French-style galettes and crepes! Cidre available. Local vegetables used.

HENRY GALETTE
470-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 1-12-1, Aobaen Bidg., 1F
Tel.: 054-260-6116
Opening hours: 11:00~18:00
Entirely non-smoking!
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TSUDONO ZARU SOBA

LUNCH-TSUDONO

Service: Very kind and a bit shy
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Soba! Very Japanese atmosphere.

TSUDONO Zaru Soba
421-2121 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tsudono, 514-2
Tel.: 054-294-1005
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00 or until the soba are sold out!
Closed on Mondays (except on National Holidays)
Car parking available
Entirely non-smoking!
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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Soba Restaurants in Shizuoka Prefecture (Amended Regularly)

KISHIGAMI

SN3O5330

Service: very friendly, attentive and informative
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: Ju wari/100% soba/buckwheat noodles. Tempura. sake list!

SOBADOKORO KSHIGAMI SOBA RESTAURANT

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Utsunoya, 232-2
Tel.: 054-258-5664
Opening hours: 11:00~14:00
Closed on Mondays and 3rd Tuesday of the month (next day in case of a national holiday)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!
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TEUCHI SOBA TAGATA

SN3O5188

Service: Friendly, attentive and informative
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Superb washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Only native buckwheat from Shizuoka and rest of Ja@an used. Great use of local seasonal ingredients. Great sake and shochu list.
Entirely non-smoking!

TEUCHI SOBA TAGARA
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa Cho, 2-6-7
Tel.: 054-250-8555
Opening hours: 11:30~13:30, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Mondays and Thursday lunch
Parties welcome
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
Entirely non-smoking!
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SETSUGEKKA

LUNCH-SETSUGEKKA

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Beautiful washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: High quality soba. Beautiful tempura. Great local sake

SETSUGEKKA/雪月花
Shimada City, Hontouri, 2-3-4
Tel.: 0547-35-5241
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Monday and third Tuesday
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking for lunch!
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SOBA HAN

SN3O0053

Service: Very friendly and smiling
Equipment & Facilities: very clean overall. Superb washroom! Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive
Strong points: Organic Ju-wari (100%) buckwheat noodles. Duck cuisine. Sake list.

SOBA HAN

422-8033 Shizuoka City, Suruga ku, Toro, 6-2-1
Tel.: 054-286-6333
Opening hours: 11:00~14:00, 17:00~21:30 (Last orders)
Closed on Tuesdays
Cards OK
Parking available
Entirely non-smoking!
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KINOENE

SN3O0358

Service: Very kind and friendly
Facilities: and equipment: Old but very clean overall. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Soba/buckwheat noodles and Japanese tradkional meals. Some very good local sake available!

KINOENE Te Uchi Soba

Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Nanatushinya, 423-6
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00, 17:00~20:00
Closed on Thursday
Car park available for 6 cars
Entirely non-smoking!
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TAGATA ZAIRAI SOBA

LUNCH-TAGATA

Service: Smiling and friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Overall extremely clean. Superb washroom if a bit small
Prices: Very reasonable
Strong points: Only native buckwheat used. Good sake and shochu list

TAGATA ZAIRAI SOBA (make sure you understand the address as Tagata is a very common name for restaurants in Japan!)
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa Cho, 3-3-4 (left of Tokai Bldg across the street)
Tel.: 054-251-0707
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~21:00
Closed on Sundays
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SOBA SAKE KAWAKATSU

LUNCH-KAWAKATSU

Service: Friendly
Equipment: traditional. Clean. Beautiful toilets
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Very fresh ingredients. Most ingredients not only local but sef-grown or self-raised! Local sake and shochu!
Entirely non-smoking!

Sake Soba Kawakatsu
426-0034, Fujieda Shi, Eki mae, 1-8-4
Tel./Fax: 054-645-1770
Business hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Mondays, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
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SOBA NO MI

LUNCH-SOBA-NO-MI

Service: Friendly
Equipment: a bit old but clean
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Very fresh ingredients. Old-fashioned atmosphere
Entirely non-smoking!

Soba No Mi
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Kawabe Cho, 2-2-3
Tel.: 054-251-8000
Business hours: 11:00~21:00 (or until soba are exhausted)
Closed on Tuesdays and third Wednesdays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
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YOSHINO

LUNCH-YOSHINO

Service: Shy but friendly
Facilities: old but clean. Traditional
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: 10 wari soba. Good list of Shizuoka sake.

YOSHINO
420-0839 Shizuoka Shi, Takajyo, 1-7-10
Tel.: 054-255-3277
Business hours: 11:00 until they run out of buckwheat!
Closed on Tuesdays
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KUROMUGI

LUNCH-KUROMUGI

Service: Friendly
Equipment: Old but clean
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: 100% soba noodles (ju-wari soba). Traditional Japanese Soba Restaurant.

422-8078 Shizuoka Shi, Suruga Ku, Satsuki Cho, 8-15
Tel.: 054-287-8539
Fax: 054-287-8309
Business hours: 11:30~15:00, 17:00~21:00; 11:30~21:00 (Saturdays)
Closed on Mondays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
MAP(Japanese)
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IWA ICHI

LUNCH-IWA-ICHI

Service: Very friendly and easy-going.
Facilities: Very clean overall. Excellent amenities
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Soba of course, but traditional Japanese gastronomy on the whole. Excellent all-rounder.
English spoken!
Non-smoking at tables.

IWA ICHI
420-01816 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Kutsunoya, 3-4-22
Tel.: 054-293-4151
Business hours: 11:30^14:00, 17:30~22:00
Closed on Mondays
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TSUDONO ZARU SOBA

LUNCH-TSUDONO

Service: Very kind and a bit shy
Equipment & Facilities: Spotless clean. Superb washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Soba! Very Japanese atmosphere.

TSUDONO Zaru Soba
421-2121 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tsudono, 514-2
Tel.: 054-294-1005
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00 or until the soba are sold out!
Closed on Mondays (except on National Holidays)
Car parking available
Entirely non-smoking!
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RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Food & Drink Bloggers in Japan (amended regularly)

The number of foreigners and Japanese nationals who write about the food and drinks in Japan in English (or at least answer comments in English) has remarkably increased lately.
I thought it was about time to start some kind of round-up to help people discover these deserving foodies and their blogs!The list below is far from exhaustive, but I’m planning to update and announce it regularly!
Of course if you know more foodies residing in Japan, do please direct them to me and I will introduce them gladly!

HOKKAIDO TRIBE

(Hokkaido Island)

Hokkaido Kudasai by Melinda
Meishu no Yutaka by Carlin
The Best of Sapporo by Ben!
Handshakes And Hellos

TOHOKU TRIBE
(Northeastern Japan: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima)
Cooking with Mama Miyuki in Sendai
A Picky Eater’s Guide To Sendai Grub

KANTO TRIBE

(Eastern Japan: Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa)

I lOST My Heart in Japan by Fujiko Toyashi in Tokyo
Japan-Australia
Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo
Life in the Land of the Rising Sun by Kate Minor in Saitama
Cooking in Japan
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
Watch Japan by Mike Kato in Tokyo.
Erik in Nihon
Adventures in Japan
TOKYOBLING BOG
Japan-Hub.Com
Japan Eat’s Videos
Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton
Watch Japan in Tokyo
Little Japan Mama in Tokyo
Japan Eats (featured on request)
47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities By Sara and Roshni in Tokyo
Eating Out in Tokyo with Dominic
Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass by Melinda Joe in Tokyo
Tokyo Foodcast by Etsuko Nakamura in Tokyo
Tokyo Food Page
Sake World by John Gauntner in Tokyo: The inernational Reference for Japanese Sake!
Tokyo Terrace by Rachael in Tokyo
Gaijin Tonic in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture
Nonjatta by Chris Bunting in Tokyo
The Soul Of Japan in Kanagawa Prefecture
Sake, kimono and Tabi In Tokyo
Tokyo Kawai, Etc… in Tokyo
Blue Lotus in Tokyo
The Japanese Food Report by Harris Salat in Tokyo
The Sake Chronicles in Tokyo
Watashi to Tokyo by Mari Kanazawa in Tokyo
Japanese Food-Food Lover’s Guide by Yukari Yamamoto in Tokyo
Gaijin Life by a Canadian gentleman in Tokyo (in Japanese)
Leo’s Japan Food Blog in Tokyo
Eating Out In Tokyo With Jon
Fugu Tabetai in Tokyo
Japan Style in Tokyo
COCO’s Oriental Kitchen by angela Cooper in Tokyo
Free Online Japanese Food Recipes in Tokyo
Reminiscence in Tokyo
Cooking Japanese Style By Naoko, in Tokyo
Japan Farmers Market in Tokyo by Joan
Ramen By Shoe
Rameniac
In Praise of Izakaya
Onsen Addict
Follow Rory
Food For Life by a Myanmar resident
Good and Bad Japan’s Blog
Hello Sandwich
Japan Newbie
Japanese Snack reviews

CHUBU TRIBE

(Central Japan: Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi)

Navigating Nagoya by Paige
Passport, Tickets and a Suitcase by Hiedi in Shizuoka City
Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonbayashi in Shizuoka City!
Damonde Life by Matt Ryan in Hamamatsu & Enshu, shizuoka Prefecture
Mangantayon in Shizuoka Prefecture
Shizuoka Gourmet, Shizuoka Sake, Shizuoka Sushi, Shizuoka Shochu in Shizuoka Prefecture
Bryan Baird’s Beer & Brewery in Numazu in Shizuoka Prefecture
A Modern Girl from Niigata and all over Japan!

KANSAI TRIBE

(Western Japan: Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Kyoto, Wakayama)

Aki San In Japan (Osaka)
Heart of Japan (Hyogo Prefecture)
MANNIYOT by Manokan in Osaka
Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
Yellin Yakimono Gallery by Robert Yellin in Shizuoka Prefecture, just moved to Kyoto!
Colorfood Daidokoro in Osaka (English & French)
Nagaijin in Osaka
Kyoto Foodie in Kyoto
Our Adventures in Japan by K and S Minoo in Osaka
Japan Food Addict by Mai in Kyoto
Kyoto Food Page
Osaka/Kobe Food Page

CHUGOKU

(“Central Country”: Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi)

“Made in Matsue” in Shimane prefecture
San’in Monogatari by Buri Chan in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture
Get Hiroshima Blog in Hiroshima
The Wide Island Review, The JET Programme Webzine Of Hiroshima Prefecture (includes food & drink articles)

SHIKOKU

(Shikoku Island: Kagawa, Kochi, Ehime, Tokushima)

Obachan’s Kitchen & Garden Balcony in Kochi Prefecture
Still Clumsy With Chopsticks in Kochi Prfecture (Continuation of Obachan’s Kitchen & Garden Balcony)
Rocking in Hakata by Deas Richardson

KYUSHU

(Kyushu Island: Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Saga, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima)

Finding Fukuoka
Food from Fukuoka, Kyushu and Japan by Fumiko Soda
Fukuoka Sake Guide by Daisuke Ito
Quixotidienne in Kagoshima Prefecture
Christine Molero in Kyushu & elsewhere
Alishan on the Move in Fukuoka

OKINAWA

(Okinawa Archipelago)

HWN Pake in Okinawa in Chatan, Okinawa
I’m sorry to say that Nate has just passed away and that his blog has disappeared, but I’ll keep it there as it is in his memory!
English Bento Box
Dojo Bar in Naha
Eating Okinawa
Okinawa Hai!
Total Okinawa

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City