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Get More Out Of Your Brew! 5 Popular Japanese Sake Shops to Check Out in Tokyo

If you are interested in Japanese sake, but don’t know the ins and outs of selecting the right kind, it can be hard to get started. For you beginners on Japanese sake, here are five stores in Tokyo that we recommend checking out!

1. Hasegawa Saketen (GranSta Tokyo Branch)

Located in Tokyo Station, this is a great place to stop by for a relaxing visit during your travels. Not only do they sell carefully selected wines from all over Japan, but they also provide dine-in service. This is a popular hideaway where you can enjoy Japanese sake not available anywhere else. A specialty of the store is their Sake Rice Onigiri, made from the same rice used to produce Japanese sake. At their partner establishment Tokyo Station Brewery, they produce "doburoku," a type of Japanese sake made from unfiltered fermented rice and water.

*In compliance with the state of emergency declared by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the store hours are currently 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, and dine-in services are temporarily unavailable.

1. Hasegawa Saketen (GranSta Tokyo Branch)

JR Tokyo Station B1, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

2. SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya (Maru no Uchi Branch)

This is the official store of Fukumitsuya, a brewery founded 400 years ago in 1625, in the northern city of Kanazawa. Located in Marunouchi, close to Yurakucho—the city’s famous shopping district near Tokyo Station—this is a convenient place to stop by during your travels. Not only do they carry famous brands of Japanese sake such as Kagatobi and Kuroobi, but the adjoining bar also serves Japanese sake, food, and sweets made from sake rice.

*In compliance with the state of emergency declared by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the bar is temporarily closed.

2. SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya (Maru no Uchi Branch)

Kokusai Bldg. 1F, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

3. IMADEYA GINZA

In the famous shopping district of Ginza, there is a shopping complex called "Ginza Six." Inside of this complex is the Japanese sake shop, IMADEYA GINZA. They carry over 600 carefully selected varieties of Japanese sake from breweries that the owner has personally visited. Not only can you buy Japanese sake to take home, but you can also taste a number of brews bursting with seasonal flavor at the counter! They also hold special events and seminars featuring Japanese sake brewers, making this a popular location among fans of Japanese sake.

*In compliance with the state of emergency declared by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this store is temporarily closed.

3. IMADEYA GINZA

GINZA SIX B2F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

4. Mirai Sake / Kubota Sake Bar

This store is located on a corner of Shibuya Parco, a popular shopping complex in the fashionable district of Shibuya. They carry famous national Japanese sake brands as well as rare regional sake that can’t be found anywhere else in the city, for a total of over 160 varieties of Japanese sake. In collaboration with the renowned Asahi Brewery’s Kubota brand, they have opened KUBOTA SAKE BAR, where you can enjoy Japanese sake tastings or pairings with food.

*In compliance with the state of emergency declared by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the bar is temporarily closed.

4. Mirai Sake / Kubota Sake Bar

Shibuya PARCO B1F, 15-1 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

5. Aji No Machidaya

From Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south, Aji No Machidaya is famous among lovers of Japanese sake for carrying brews from all over the country. The shop is some distance from the closest train stations, Araiyakushi Station and Higashi-Nakano Station, but that doesn’t stop plenty of Japanese sake fans from across the country gathering there to enjoy famous Japanese sake brands. From recommended seasonal varieties to staple brands and limited-edition daiginjo (a type of top-quality Japanese sake), the store is packed with different kinds of brews. We recommend consulting the store employees to find out about their favorite brands and for general advice while shopping.

5. Aji No Machidaya

1-49-12 Kamitakada, Nakano-ku, Tokyo

Aside from the five we discussed today, there are plenty of shops in Tokyo with owners who take pride in specially selecting the best Japanese sake. No matter what part of town you are in, you will find shops with such expertise, so why not try exploring the city yourself? Make sure to check online for store hours before visiting.

*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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