ANA Crowne Plaza Toyama, Toyama, Japan

Crowne Plaza hotels, particularly in Japan, always seem to live up to a high standard and the Crowne Plaza in Toyama was no exception.

The hotal is in a superb location just south of Toyama Castle with a tram stop on the blue Loop Line right outside so it’s an easy, and cheap, commute from Toyama JR station.

Check-in was fast and I was given an upgraded corner room (albeit without a view of the castle) but had views both east and south. Also at the end of the corridor so was nice and quiet.

Room was spacious with decent double bed and pillows. Bathroom was large.

While I didn’t eat at the hotel I did head upto the 19th floor which is home to the Astral Sky Bar which had a good selection of drinks, including some Japanese whiskies which I tried.

There was also a good view of Toyama and surrounds at night.

Check-out was as efficient as check-in and I was soon on the loop tram headed to Toyama station for my train to Kyoto.

Yakitori Daikichi Marunouchi, Toyama, Japan

My time in Toyama was drawing to a close and I wanted some yakitori (aka charcoal grilled meat on a stick) for my final meal.

I found Yakitori Daikichi Marunouchi quite close by to my hotel. I’d visited the chain before in Kyoto so I knew the meal would be good.

I walked in around 5:45 and it was just me and the chef! I didn’t care, there was meat and there was beer.

I ordered my first of 3 Suntory Malts while I perused the menu.

Over the next hour or so I was able to have around a dozen or so fairly decent yakitori, a mixture of chicken, pork and peppers, all cooked right in front of me.

For a chain restaurant the meal was quite good – very tasty and filling.

When I left about an hour later it was still just me and the chef.

Nagoyameshi Nagodori, Toyama, Japan

After my less than overwhelming drink and snack at Oeuf I went across the road to Nagoyameshi Nagodori.

Nagoyameshi Nagodori is your traditional Japanese Izakaya – drink, food, smoking and, oh, no English menu.

There were a couple of diners in when I arrived around 6:25 in the evening and I was given a seat at the long counter looking into the kitchen area.

While there was no English menu my waitress was able to understand what I was looking for so I was able to order some chicken and onion yakitori, some grilled chicken wings accompanied by Asahi Super Dry.

Though I had a short visit, the food was great and I would recommend Nagoyameshi Nagodori over Oeuf any day of the week.

If you’re in Toyama then you should visit!

Oeuf, Toyama, Japan

The review sites and the map of Japanese craft beer bars pointed me towards Oeuf so I jumped on the tram from outside my hotel and around 25 minutes later I was walking down the side street towards Oeuf.

It was getting dark as I walked up the stairs at around 5:30 and then I entered an empty bar – just me and the staff. Oh well…

I perused the beer menu and wasn’t overwhelmed but I thought I should stay and see if the place picked up a little so I ordered a Minoh Peach Sour Ale and a small dish of 3 sausages.

The beer was OK and quenched my thirst. The sausages were so-so.

As I finished my beer around 6:15pm I was still the only person in the place so I decided to settle up and find somewhere else for dinner. Stay tuned!

Okaman, Toyama, Japan

After a bit of a look around Toyama I was ready for lunch.

In Japan nearly all shopping centres more than a couple of stories tall will have a floor (or 2) of restaurants. There will be a floor somewhere towards the top of the building and quite possibly another in the basement. At the Marier Toyama next to Toyama Station I headed upto the 6th floor where there are a dozen or so restaurants for a quick recon.

There was a reasonable selection of katsu, noddle soup, curry and non-Japanese restaurants.

I chose Okaman which was offering a set menu for lunch.

Just before midday it was fairly quiet as I walked in and was easily able to get a table and was given an English menu.

The set menu was a chicken katsu (fried crumbed cutlet). soup, side dish and salad.

The side dish was tuna which I wasn’t a fan of – more for the fact that I’m not a seafood eater than anything else.

The main, the chicken katsu with rice was good with a decent flavor and not oily.

With the meal I drank a Kirin.

As I left about an hour later the restaurant was quite busy.