Sake (known as “Nihon-Shu” in Japanese) is an alcoholic drink made by fermented rice and is a well-loved national beverage of Japan. If you enjoy drinking, you should definitely try tasting variations of Sake. There are countless types of Sake found throughout Japan, as its flavor differs from its brewing process to ingredients. It can also be enjoyed at different temperatures. In order for you to try as many different flavored Sake during your stay, we will introduce to you restaurants/bars in Tokyo having a rich line-up of Sake.
Tips for Drinking Sake
Before starting, let us introduce you to some tips when drinking Sake, as the alcohol percentage is pretty strong.
- Drink the same amount of water
- Don’t mix up with different types of alcohol
- Take your time when tasting – it is a waste to gobble it up!
Most of the “All-you-can-drink” plans are with time limits, but at Totoju, they offer “All-you-can-drink” without any limitation to time, allowing you to relax and drink until their closing time. Near the entrance of this restaurant is a big fridge containing 50 types of famous Sake. You can pick your Sake of concern directly from the fridge and pour it in your cup. Enjoy drinking with the delicious seafood which perfectly matches your drink.
Address: B1F, 2-1-4 Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0027
At Xun, they name their “All-you-can-drink” plan as “Nihon-Shu Free Flow”. As its naming, they change their line-up of Sake frequently, which is collected from Northern-most Hokkaido to Southern-most Okinawa. They offer you a chart categorizing the taste of Sake, in order for you to know if it is heavy or light, modern or classic. This allows it easy for beginners to encounter with their ideal flavor. The specialty of this restaurant is Oyster, which is always the best friend of Sake!
Address: 1F Mainstage Nishiazabu, 1-12-8, Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
Along with the 50 different types of Sake, Hotaru offers 2 types of Sake freshly made at the restaurant. The type of Sake they create is “Doburoku”- a traditionally made unfiltered sake having a cloudy appearance. Hotaru is the first brewery pub in Tokyo, offering home-made Doburoku. As they serve their drink from a small portion at a reasonable price, you will be able to try various types of Sake. The food here is specially made to match with their drinks.
Address : 1F 1-17-1 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
“Kurand Sake Market”, Shinjuku
There are 3 different branches of “Kurand Sake Market” in Tokyo, as this new style tasting bar is gaining popularity from all Sake Lovers. Here they align more than 100 types of Sake. The time limit differs by rate, but by paying 3,000yen (+tax) you will be able to stay as much as you like. The fun part is that you also get to choose your own cup, so you get to drink with your special cup. Here you are able to bring in your own food, so please enjoy drinking with your favorite snack!
Address : 4F, 3-9-9, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
“Meishu Center”, Hamamatsucho
If you wish to simply drop by for Sake Tasting, visit the “Meishu center”. At arrival, you will choose 3 types of Sake which will be poured into different cups, for you to compare the taste of Sake. The staff will help you to choose from which 3 flavors to pick, out from their collection of over 100 varieties. If you encounter with “the one”, you will be able to purchase the bottle on the spot.
Address: 1F 2-11-16, Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0013