Have you ever wanted to go to an izakaya (Japanese pub), but were hesitant to enter because you didn’t know what it would be like? There are probably many travelers who have felt this way.
In this article we introduce Cafe & bar HRR, a bar that is friendly and welcoming to international visitors.
This bar’s owner wanted to recreate the atmosphere found at outdoor food stalls, where customers interact with each other in a Showa period atmosphere.
The result is a bar that combines both the mood of a Japanese izakaya and a Japanese dagashi candy shop.
The Michikusa Apartments, a building left over from the Showa period, was renovated using scrap lumber and art. Cafe & bar HRR is located on the first floor.
The shop’s surrounding area is residential, making this street corner building, decorated with paint and miscellaneous goods, stand out.
Many people passing by head into the shop, drawn in by its lively, art gallery-like appearance.
The shop’s door is made completely of glass, allowing you to see what’s going on inside. You don’t have to worry before stepping inside if the shop is not what you’re expecting.
Outside the shop’s entrance, you’ll be greeted by a figure wearing a hat. He is named Masashi, and is in charge of attracting customers to the shop.
When you are at the front of the bar, remember to take a picture with Masashi.
Cafe & bar HRR has an extensive menu, including coffee and juice, beer, Japanese sake, and cocktails.
For your first order, try the master’s recommendation. You’ll be asked what kind of alcohol you like, and whether you prefer a sweet and mild flavor or something dry. They will then serve you a drink that suits your taste.
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