We've collected together information relating to Nihon-shu and the sakes that represent Japan. If you come to Japan, try drinking sake alongside Japanese food in restaurants and izakayas. We also recommend it as a souvenir.
In this article, we have gathered together instructions on how to classify sake, and terminology that may be useful when making a selection. You’ll be well on your way to becoming a sake master after reading this article.
▼ Selecting food that pairs well with sake is really fun. I will recommend dishes that go well with sake from the regular izakaya menu.
“Beer and sausage,” “wine and cheese,” - it's fun to select dishes that go nicely with your beverage of choice. Here are some dishes that best match different kinds of Japanese sake, from an standard izakaya menu.
▼ Like wine, there are various types of sake, depending on the region and the method used to make it. Let's take a look at what kinds of brands there are!
Here are a few famous brands of Japanese sake. If you read these and find one or a few that sound good, definitely try them while you're in Japan. Depending on the temperature (room temperature, cold, hot), the flavor goes through various changes. All of them delicious!
Here are 5 high-class sake brands that you should try once in your life. They come from different breweries so they're each different, and though they're rare the quality is high, so please try it if you see it during your trip.
Sake breweries and establishments where you can enjoy sake by area
We have compiled recommended establishments by area, featuring everything from sake breweries where you can take a tour or sample the sake, to izakayas that you can step into without any hesitation!
A sake brewery tour is full of fun for those who are fascinated by Japanese sake, as there are opportunities to see the brewing process and to taste various types of sake. Here are 5 selected places to visit on a sake brewery tour that can be enjoyed as as day trips from Tokyo.
Tokyo, Japan's capital, has plenty of sake from around the country. What sake is available depends on the place, so you'll be able to tell the bar's preferences. Here are 5 places where you can enjoy sake in a variety of ways in Tokyo.
Brewery tours are available so you can see the factory where liquor is produced as well as enjoy tasting their products. Here are 4 brewery tours that people who like Japanese liquor should definitely not miss.
Kyoto is a location famous for sake production as it is enriched with fine, pure water. There are many restaurants in Kyoto that offer high quality sake and food. In this article we will introduce 5 diners in Kyoto with delicious sake.
Kyoto may be a famous city for sake in the Kansai region, however there are also many sake breweries in Osaka. Here are selected breweries in Osaka that offer tours. You should take this opportunity to experience the allure of Japanese sake if you can.
Hokkaido is a treasure trove for food, with majestic land surrounded by ocean. The rich natural environment of Hokkaido provides various agricultural products, seafood, and also delicious local sake. Here are 5 selected izakaya (drinking establishments that serve food) where the delicious food and sake of Hokkaido can be enjoyed.
Nagoya, a central location between Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, has its own specific food culture. One of the biggest commercial areas within Nagoya is Meieki, an area that spreads to the east of Nagoya Station. Here are 5 places where you can drink delicious sake in that area.
Fukuoka is known as a gourmet city, and there are plenty of restaurants where you can eat fresh seafood and regional specialties from both in Fukuoka and neighboring prefectures. Here are 5 shops that are proud of the stock of delicious sake.