If you come to Japan, drink like a local at one of these spots! Don’t forget to use one of InJapan’s exclusive offers to get a free or discounted drink at participating locations, too.

1. Masufuku

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A true sake experience is never only about the drink — it’s about the communication, the art and the story behind it. And that is exactly what the newly opened Sake Scene Masufuku bar in Tokyo’s Minato serves you. Check out the quaint Masafuku when you have a chance.

2. Toshimaya

It’s kind of amazing to think that a single business entity can have roots that go all the way back over 420 years to 1596­. While there are a number of such businesses here in modern Japan, Toshimaya is still quite impressive.

3. Bar Gen Yamamoto

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Walking down an unassuming alley of Azabu Juban, you would never guess that one of the best bars in Tokyo is hidden on the first floor of a nondescript building there. As soon as you step inside Bar Gen Yamamoto, you will understand that this is not a place to get drunk: it’s a place to take some time for yourself, listening to the rhythmic beats and sipping colorful cocktails in the most stylish ambience you could wish for.

4. The Door

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Kyoto’s The Door, is also known as “One Shot Bar The Door.” If you’re a fan of hand-crafted ice spheres (what classy person isn’t?) and good whisky, give The Door a try when in town. The bar has been around for over 10 years and boasts an owner with more than three decades of experience.

5. Bar High Five

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It’s a great place for whisky, but a bonus is the speciality cocktails and cool ambience. This adorable place is packed with old-Tokyo charm. Bar High Five even says right on its website, “Call us before you get lost too long :-).” How sweet is that?