There are many shops where you can buy sake from all around the country in Tokyo. Here are 5 shops where sake connoisseurs are available.
1. Seibu Ikebukuro
The entire world is focused on Japanese sake! Most department stores around Tokyo are placing more effort on introducing and selling sake. Seibu Ikebukuro's liquor corner has a tasting area where they offer a different brand every week. They also offer information about the brewery and the sake's characteristics. They also offer a weekly food item that goes well with sake, so why not head over and try both?
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AJINOMACHIDAYA has an atmosphere that makes it feel familiar. It's been collecting local sake from around Japan since 1953. The number of products inside the store is surprising, but thanks to the unique, handwritten notes, the owner's passion comes through so you can enjoy it thoroughly. They answer questions and offer advice, which is very convenient if you don't know what to pick. Their cup sake set, from which you can try various types of cup sake, is reasonable and popular. It's great as a souvenir. The store is a little far from the nearest station, so if you feel like you're going to get lost, please contact the store.
3. Isego Honten
Isego Honten, a well-established shop that's been in business since 1706, is in a traditional area affectionately called Yanesen (from Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi). The atmosphere is nostalgic and the building seems like a hiding place. They have around 60 bottles of liquor, including sake, that you can try. Why not stop by when you're taking a walk around Yanesen? The staff is full of knowledge about their products, so you can ask them easily.
In the Nakameguro branch, there is a reasonably priced tasting area. Please enjoy the atmosphere of the standing-and-drinking tradition.
Suzuden is a local sake specialty shop that opened in 1850. They believe that freshness is life for sake, so they have an underground refrigerated storeroom that is split up into three different temperatures for their products. They offer extremely delicious sake without sacrificing freshness or flavor. If you want delicious sake, why not visit Suzuden and ask around?
Standing Room Suzuden is a stand-and-drink establishment attached to Suzuden the liquor store, so it's interesting to drink sake with their regulars. You're guaranteed to enjoy the staff's recommended sake!
5. Fukuhara Saketen
Fukuhara Saketen, in the working class area of Okachimachi, is a shop that carries beers from around the world and sake from around the country. The owner holds certificates in wine advising and sake sommelier, and offers ways to enjoy sake completely. You can compare Japanese liquors to other kinds of liquor from around the world. The owner will explain politely to all customers, from people who have never had sake before to big fans. Why not try sake in order to meet new people using it as an intermediary?
Sake has plenty of variations, including local types, and many people don't know what they should buy. In those situations, it's good to have staff at liquor stores that can help you find the best sake for you. If you want to buy sake to bring home, please check these places out.
*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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