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Recommended Shops Where You Can Buy Sake in Osaka

2016.08.18

Writer name : o-dat

Every area of Japan has its own brand of local sake, and here are 5 places in Osaka where you can find those brands.

1. Liquor corners in department stores

The liquor corners in department stores are perfect for picking sake. The various department stores in Umeda, like Hankyu Hyakkaten Umeda Main Branch, Hanshin Hyakkaten Umeda Main Branch, and Daimaru Umeda, are really convenient for a quick stop. Every department store has its own characteristics, but they all have a big lineup of sake, shochu, beer, wine, and more.
Among them, the most recommended one is Hankyu Hyakkaten. It has the biggest sake section of all the department stores in Osaka, so you can find anything you want, from expensive or famous brands to easily-found sake. They also have tastings, so check it out!

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1. Liquor corners in department stores


Hankyu Hyakkaten Umeda Honten Official Homepage

2. Yamanaka Sake no Mise

Yamanaka Sake no Mise is a sake specialty shop in Daikokucho, and it is a white modern building with a stylish atmosphere. It offers sake from more than 100 breweries from around the country, and it has everything from popular brands like Ouroku, Shichihonyari, Aramasa, and Sharaku, to unknown brands. It's known for its style in which you choose the bottle you want from the storehouse when you make your purchase. The second floor is a tasting area. They usually have more than 50 types available for tasting, so you can enjoy searching for the sake that fits you best for as long as you want. They have a paid tasting course (reservations required) where you can enjoy 4 types of sake with 3 dishes for 1,000 JPY, and they also hold events on the weekend. This is a place for people who like sake to check out!


2. Yamanaka Sake no Mise


Official Homepage

3. Asano Nihonshuten UMEDA

Asano Nihonshuten UMEDA, in Taiyujicho, has recently become a hot topic. It's a junmai (sake made without added alcohol or sugar) specialty shop made with the concept of wanting to teach the deliciousness of Japanese sake to as many people as possible. They sell sake in the front and in the back they have a standing bar so you can drink or taste-test before buying. They have more than 100 types shipped directly from the breweries, and though they focus on little-known brands from Osaka and Kyoto, you can buy brands from all over the country. This is a place for people that want to enjoy drinking a lot at the standing bar as well as buying souvenirs. They have a daily sake available starting at 300 JPY. You can also taste Osaka's very own craft beer called Minoh Beer!


3. Asano Nihonshuten UMEDA


Gurunavi (Japanese only)

4. Shimada Shoten

Shimada Shoten is a sake specialty store in Awaza. They mainly focus on ginjoushu (sake brewed from 60% polished rice using low temperature fermentation) and sake that has been fermented for years before being sold. The owner carefully selected their recommended makers and brands from around 1,600 breweries. The characteristic of this shop is that they stock a wide variety of sake from selected breweries. The table made from the top of a sake barrel made from Yoshino cedar available for sake tasting gives the shop a calm atmosphere like a refuge. You can taste sake at its best. Every day about 10 types are available for tasting and you can leisurely taste them at their best for the genuine flavor and aroma. Tasting is about 220 JPY for 1 glass.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


4. Shimada Shoten


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

5. Yamachou Umeda Branch

Yamachou is a shop in Umeda that carries a huge selection of Japanese and Western liquors. Compared to other shops, their sake selection is small, but their line-up is carefully selected featuring famous brands like Dassai to unknown brands. They have local Osaka brands that you can't buy elsewhere. They manage the tachinomi (stand-and-drink) bar next door, so it's recommended that first you try a few there and then buy your favorite. Since they manage a drinking establishment, you can enjoy brands that would be sold at premium prices at regular shops for a relatively reasonable rate.

*Photo is for illustration purposes.


5. Yamachou Umeda Branch


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

You can buy sake anywhere, but there are lots of types, so first make sure to try them and consider which ones you prefer!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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