“Setouchi Bar Isoroku”, the new go-to-spot for local Sake near Kure port : Hiroshima Prefecture

The bar is named after Yamamoto Isoroku who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet during WW2. He spent time in Kure as a youth at the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and later sailed from the mother port of Kure on the flagship “Battleship Yamato” to do battle in the Pacific theater. Yamamoto Isoroku’s connection to the area was strong.


Kure also welcomed tens of thousands of battle weary officers and men on their return from the long deadly war. They said that when the lights of the town came into view, they felt home and safe.



Even after 70 years, Kure still maintains such warm welcoming lights.


The place where Yamamoto Isoroku spent his younger days; the place where Yamamoto Isoroku must have talked about the future of Japan… “Setouchi Bar Isoroku” warmly welcomes people – It’s a great spot to discuss the future with your friends, family, and/or someone special. The perfect location to enjoy such conversation…




In Spanish, the word ‘bar’ refers to a casual eatery much like Izaka-ya eateries of Japan.


As an eatery to stop by for just a glass, or a place to enjoy local cuisine created with locally sourced ingredients, “Setouchi Bar Isoroku” was established for both purposes.


It offers dishes such as fresh “Sashimi” chosen from the daily Setouchi catch, “Seafood Paella”, the famous Kure dish “Kushi-katsu” (chicken and onion eaten with smooth Ikari sauce and Setouchi lemon), and stone oven baked “4-kinds-of-cheese-pizza”




Kure is famous for its local Sake!


Seasonal & regular Sake such as “Ugo no Tsuki”, “Sempuku”, “Hakukō”, “Hanahato”, and “Hōken” start from 580 yen per glass (full to the brim!).


Reasonable prices are another appealing point of “Setouchi Bar Isoroku”.




There is also a shop on the 1st floor where you can purchase the “Sake, wine, and micro-brewed beer” that can be tasted at Setouchi Bar – Great souvenir gifts, or for yourself to enjoy at home.



“Setouchi Bar Isoroku”


Address: 2nd Floor, Takara-machi, Kure-shi, Hiroshima

Tel: 0823-21-5160

Access: 1min. walk from Kure station (JR Kure line)

Hours: Daytime 13:00 – 16:00

Nighttime 17:00 – 23:00 (Last orders 22:30)

Closed: Mondays



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Rainbow Sake

Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring. http://www.rainbowsake.com


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