I’d spent the morning doing a bit of sightseeing. First heading out to Fushimi Inari Taisha where I trudged up the mountain (I didn’t make it to the top) along with hoards of other people.
I then headed back to Kyoto station heading up Kyoto Tower for a bit of gander at the Kyoto area on high before finding somewhere for lunch.
Under Yodobashi is Hub British Pub, which as the name suggests, looks like a traditional British drinking house. There’s an outside area as well as a large inside area, thankfully with separate smoking and non-smoking areas.
The lunch menu wasn’t extensive so I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Wings which, for ¥400, were surprisingly good, tasty and filling.
For drinks I had a couple of pints of Hub Ale. Average tasting but OK.
I’d find out later on in my trip that Hub British Pub is a chain of bars across Japan.
The good thing about Hub is that, unlike many bars in Japan, they stay open all afternoon.
After the excellent beers at Beer Komachi I decided I wanted yakitori for dinner so I headed over to the Pontocho area. My target was Kushiyaki Manten.
The restaurant was quite busy when I walked in but I was given a seat at the counter overlooking the kitchen so could watch the hard working chefs cooking everyone’s yakitori.
I ordered a selection of yakitoti including chicken meatballs, chicken skin, pork, beef, green peppers as well as a long neck of local beer.
I really liked the restaurant’s ambiance and the staff were great but I can only say that the meal was good, it was middle of the road as yakitori goes.
This was my third visit to Beer Komachi and it never disappoints. My last visit was just over a year ago.
I walk in soon after they opened on a Sunday afternoon and there were already a good number of people drinking and eating. I sat at the wobbly table at the front and went though the beer list.
My first beer was a Special SAKE Ale (kari) from Mimasaka Beer Works which was a floral and citrusy strong brew – I liked it.
Next I had a Kamikatz Cosmic Surfin’ which was a fuity beer that I thought was a better beer than the first.
And lastly I drank a Shonan Fresh Hop IPA which is a Belgian IPA quite hoppy but I thought that this beer was a bit flat and I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first two.
I didn’t eat here on this trip as I wanted to try some new places.
Probably the best craft beer bar I visited in Japan.
I headed a little bit out of Kyoto to Nagahama on a half day trip via the shinkansen to Maibara and then the local train to Nagahama.
I first headed towards Nagahama Castle but didn’t go in.
And then headed over the railway line into the main part of Nagahama and as I was walking down some side streets came across large establishment called Nagahama Roman Beer
Inside is a huge dining area but on a Sunday most of the restaurant seemed to be booked out, so walk-ins were directed to a small area of bench seats which quickly filled.
There were lots of good meat options on the menu and I finally decided to try the pork spareribs and salad.
Being a brewery I had to try the local ales , so I ordered a pint of Nagahama Red Ale. A rich and hoppy beer that was really tasty.
The pork spareribs were a decent meal also.
Even though Nagahama is a bit off the beaten track, Nagahama Roman Beer is worth a visit if you are in the area.
To finish off my Saturday evening I knew of another craft beer bar that was close to my hotel, just on top of Shijo station.
Entering Craft Man you walk into a small standing bar with room for about a dozen people. There’s also some seated areas upstairs.
This evening I stayed in the standing area and was the only patron in that area.
I ordered a Kibi No Karasu which had a deep chocolate flavour.
I called it quits at one drink but planned to return later in my stay – alas, I didn’t quite make it back.