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.
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.
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.
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.
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.