A unique experience in the city's nightlife - Kanpai!

Article by Sylvain Danjaume

The history of the Izakaya in Japan dates back more than 200 years ago to the Edo period and is still an integral part of Japanese culture to this day. Long ago, sake merchants would present local specialty foods to customers with a cup of sake for their enjoyment. Nowadays, the Izakaya are places to gather with friends and colleagues to enjoy a pleasant evening accompanied with small local dishes and drink! Explore a unique part of Japanese culture and local cuisine on us!


An evening in Matsumoto from a local perspective

During your Izakaya Night Walking Tour of Matsumoto city, you will certainly learn some history of the local cuisine. But you may discover the secrets of our sake too! Your local guide will introduce you to some of the best Izakaya in town, where you can enjoy the best sake with a small meal. Izakaya are usually quite socially active and are the perfect places to mingle with the locals!


Not one, not two, but three different Izakaya!

Your tour will begin at a small sake bar offering the best sake in the region. It’s the ideal place to get acquainted with everyone and enjoy a good aperitif to start the evening. Then we’ll move along to other Izakaya that only the locals know about! Let us guide you through the lanes and alleys of the city to discover three unique Izakaya!


A touch of history to top it off

Before leaving us, be sure not to miss the illuminations at Matsumoto Castle! The castle lights up every evening to offer a breathtaking spectacle. It is impossible to leave the city without appreciating these illuminations. Thanks to us and this digestif, you may experience Matsumoto Castle from a whole different perspective and you may learn even more about its history as well.


Additional Information


Meeting Location: Your tour begins at the first Izakaya. The address will be provided a few days before the start day of the tour. Your guide will meet you there at 6:30pm.

Allergies: Please let us know if you have any food allergies.

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Important information:

  • In accordance with Japanese laws, people less than 20 years old are not allowed to drink alcohol.
  • Some food and drink will be provided with the tour, but in limited quantities. Food and drink availability dependent on each Izakaya location and is served in reasonable quantities only.
  • There will be short walks between 3 Izakaya and Matsumoto Castle on this tour. Some back streets are very narrow, dimly lit and there are some narrow stairs as well. If you may have mobility issues, please let us know before booking. We will gladly offer a customized itinerary for your convenience.
  • This is a walking tour only. If you are planning to arrive at the meeting location by bicycle or motor vehicle, please establish secure parking before the start of the tour.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a full refund, cancel up to 24 hours before the experience start date in the local time zone. No refunds will be given after that time period has elapsed.

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Booking Deadline: Please book at least 2 days prior

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(separate fee 20,000 JPY)