Source: Takuma Kimura
If you wish to explore the western part of Japan then there is no better place other than Okayama to start your journey. It is believed that this city preserves traditional values. It is a great place where you can discover most of anything you wish for.
Okayama is a castle town sited in the midst of a lovely garden and historical museum. Let’s find out the places suitable for experiencing the nightlife in Okayama.
1. Reggae Bar Rude Boy
Bar Rude Boy is an extremely gracious bar with Reggae like a theme. It has given Jamaican interior decoration. If you check out the list of food options available at this bar, then you would probably notice an option of Jerk Chicken. Go for it! It gives an immense pleasure to enjoy your dinner in the presence of reggae music. It is quite reasonable as well. Most of their drinks come at around 450 to 600 yen.
- Name:Reggae Bar Rude Boy
- Address: 2F Family Biru 7-5 Togiya-cho
- Directions: To be found on the second floor of the Famirii Biru (Family Building)
- Theme: Perfect for eating and drinking
- Website:Website: http://barrudeboy.web.fc2.com/
2. Canal Walk at Nishigawa Canal
Nishikawa Canal is a great choice for those who like leisurely walk in the evening or just like to get out from the house or workplace for a good purpose. This canal is in fact long enough, hence you can spend your free time strolling along it. Even you can prefer to take a pew on the benches, and stare at the diverse works of fine art, shrines, and panorama by the side of the canal. This place is a perfect choice for the couples.
- Name: Nishigawa Canal
- Address: Kita-ku, Okayama 700-0000, Okayama Prefecture
- Theme: Walking zone
3. Entertain yourself at Sega Joypolis
Sega Joypolis in Okayama is a big entertainment centre. Along with this entertainment centre, there is a big arcade of two floors inside the actual building. If you are familiar with the gaming industry then you might have the idea that Sega is the actual company which founded the Sonic games. As a part of this, there is a big statuette of Sonic the Hedgehog inside this Joypolis. This place is not just a night spot but you can also give it a visit during the daytime.
- Name: Sega Joypolis
- Address: Next to south of Okayama main station
- Phone: 086-232-8790
- Open hours: 10:00 – 22:15
- Theme: Perfect family Spot
- Website: http://sega.jp/joypolis/okayama/
4. Visit Jazz Piano Bar
It is hard to keep yourself away from the Jazz piano bar if you have visited it before. Placed away on a rear lane, this bar is comfy, tranquil, and appears straight out of a film. The owner of this bar is friendly in nature. The staff is humble and gives enough to your orders. If you visit this place on occasional live events, then you will be entertained by means of the bass and piano. The price range at this bar starts at just 300 yen.
- Name:Jazz Piano Bar
- Address: 1-11-10 Nodaya-cho, Shimizu Bld 3F, Okayama City
- Phone: 086 (222) 8162
- Theme: Perfect for enjoying live music
- Website: http://ww32.tiki.ne.jp/~pianobar/
5. Go to the Clubs and Bars
There are plentiful of options to enjoy the nightlife in Okayama. Spending your time going to the clubs and bars like Matador would probably the best choice. In this case, there are some awesome bars placed around the main road of Okayama such as Matador, Aussie bar etc. If you like dancing inside clubs then Club Mars would be a good fit for you. The Matador is a perfect nightspot for the foreigners.
- Address: Japan, 〒700-0902 Okayama Prefecture, Okayama, Kita Ward, Nishikimachi, 3−8, おおさか屋ビル 1F
- Phone: +81 86-232-7219
6. BAR LEGEND
If you enjoy drinking particularly in a tranquil surrounding, then Bar Legend would be the best place for you in Okayama. The bar is spacious. The interior decoration of this bar creates a wonderful atmosphere, perfect for enjoying every sip of your drink. Vivacious with vigour, glitz and thrill, the nightlife hours spent in a Bar Legend can always be memorable for you.
- Name:BAR LEGEND
- Address: 本町1-4 ラタンビル2階 岡山市 北区, 岡山県 〒700-0901 Japan
- Phone: +81 86 232 7746
- Open hours: 7:00 pm – 2:00 am
- Accept credit cards: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: No
- Happy Hour: No
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Dogs Allowed: No
Antica is a night bar located in Okayama. Here you can also enjoy dinner along with the drinks. They have a big menu with too many diverse whiskies and European beers listed. Even though you get to see the crowd of foreigners at this place, it doesn’t affect the silence at this place. Along with the fantastic vinyl compilation, this bar has given a pleasant theme in its interior.
- Name: Antica
- Address: 阿知2-21-10 Kurashiki, 岡山県 〒710-0055 Japan
- Phone number: +81 86 486 1455
- Open hours: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
- Website: http://cafe-antica.com/
8. Cafe Olivier
Cafe Olivier is just like a home of Okayama’s popular parfaits. These seasonal parfaits, obtainable in the month of July and August, consists of Okayama berries, sherbet, ice cream, and white peaches. Okayama offers you several parfaits with numerous diverse tastes, but the one mentioned here is a must try parfait! Near to the Okayama station, Cafe Olivier is expediently sited on the 2nd floor of the hotel called Granvia. You should go there after 2pm because then only you would get to taste the parfaits.
- Name: Cafe Olivier
- Address: 1-5 Ekimotomachi Kita-Ku | Hotel Granvia Okayama 2F, Okayama 700-8515, Okayama Prefecture
- Dining options: Reservations
- Phone: 086-234-7000
- Website: http://www.granvia-oka.co.jp/restaurant/olivier/about.php
9. Aussie bar
If you like to give an Australian touch to your nightlife, then you must visit Aussie bar in Okayama. The owner of this bar is humble who is actually an Australian person who has spent several years in Japan. The place is quite small but good for enjoying your cold beers or whiskies. They also serve Aussie-themed delicious burgers.
- Name: Aussie Bar
- Address:1-10-21 Ekimae-cho
- Phone: +81 086-223-5930
- Open hours: 7AM-3AM
- Cuisine: Australian
10. Bar Heel
Similar to its name, this bar serves the top quality beers and whiskies. Here you can enjoy drinks until 2am and that too at affordable prices. This place is perfect for the parties or celebrating certain special events because the bar is big enough to accommodate your group.
- Name:Bar Heel
- Address: 古馬場町8-28 藤井ビル4F-3 Takamatsu, 香川県 〒760-0045 Japan
- Open hours: 6:00 pm – 2:00 am
- Good For Dancing: No
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
- Good for Groups: Yes
- Price range: Moderate
Okayama has always been the foremost transit centre for western Japan. But with plenty of bars, restaurants, clubs, and romantic spots; this place truly provides you with the exact “nightlife” which you would be looking for!
Have a good trip and travel!