Craft Man, Kyoto, Japan

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.

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Gottie’s Beef Shijo Kiyamachi, Kyoto, Japan

After some very good beers at BeerBar MIYAMA162 I got the mobile out again to look for some dinner.

About a block away was a a beef restaurant called Gottie’s Beef. It had OK reviews, I was hungry and I wanted beef, so in I went.

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BeerBar MIYAMA162, Kyoto, Japan

Early Saturday afternoon I’d jumped on the Shinkansen at Toyama Station for the short hop to Kanazawa where I got on the slower Thunderbird for the two and a quarter hour trip to Kyoto.

Usual Japanese efficiency had me arriving in Kyoto right on time and I then headed for the subway for the short ride to Shijo Station where I was staying.

After checking in I decided I’d better find somewhere to have a beer. About 400 metres down the road towards the Kamo River is the Pontocho area which encompasses a huge number of restaurants and bars lining typical narrow Japanese laneways. So I decided to head down there.

The craft beer map pointed me towards BeerBar MIYAMA162 so I set Google maps to direct me. I took me a little while to find the bar – I was originally one street over, but once I worked that out I walked straight past the place but doubled back to find the stairs to the 2nd floor bar.

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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.

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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.

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