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8 Best Sake Stores in Tokyo

Tom Inoue

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Finding the best sake to match you taste can be a daunting task. Much more so if you’re not equipped with the proper knowledge and drinking experience.

Going on your own sake tasting adventure and enlisting the help of experts is a great way to go about it.

We’ve made a list of sake stores in Tokyo that carry an extensive list of brands to try. If you get a chance to drop this city, head on to these stores to get your sake fix!

1. Hasegawa Sake store

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Photo Credit: http://www.hasegawasaketen.com/

Hasegawa has long been seeking ways for Sake to be loved by people. It actively searches for exceptional sake brands without access to the market. It has a lineup of sake products, which include original and very rare sake.

English-speaking staff is rarely available. But the Japanese are well-known for their hospitable service, and most will go out of their way to assist you.

Omotesando Hills Store
Operating hours:11:00-21:00 (San: 11:00-20:00)
Closed on: Open everyday
English-speaking staff: available
Sake bar: Available
Address: 3F 4-12-10 Jingumae,Shibuya-ku,Tokyo
Access: 10 mins by subway from Shibuya Station
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Palace Hotel Tokyo Store
Operating hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed on: Open everyday
English-speaking staff: available
Sake bar: Available
Address: B1 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10 mins walk from Tokyo Station
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Kameido Headquarter Store
Operating hours: 11:20:00
Closed on: Open everyday
English-speaking staff: n/a
Sake bar: n/a
URL: http://www.hasegawasaketen.com/index_en.html
Address: 1-18-12 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access: 30 mins by train & walk from Tokyo Station
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Tokyo GranSta Store
Operating hours: 7:00-22:00 (Sun:7:00-21:00)
Closed on: Open everyday
English-speaking staff: n/a
Sake bar: Available
Address: B1 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: Within Tokyo Station
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Futako-Tamagawa Store
Operating hours: 10:00-21:00
Closed on: Open everyday
English-speaking staff: n/a
Sake bar: Available
Address: B1 2-21-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 20 mins by subway from Shibuya Station
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Azabu-Juban Store
Operating hours: 12:00-20:00
Closed on: Open everyday
English-speaking staff: n/a
Sake bar: n/a
Address: 2-3-3 Azabujuban,Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 15 min by subway from Shinjuku Station
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Tokyo Skytree Town Store
Operating hours:10:00-21:00
Closed on: Open everyday
English-speaking staff: —
Sake bar: Available irregularly
Address: 1F 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Access: Adjacency to Tokyo Skytree
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2. Aji-no-Machida store

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This store is one of the first to refrigerate its sake products to maintain their quality. Not only does it cover about 1500 sake brands, but the its huge lineup of pint-sized sake brews (6 fl oz, 180ml) is great for beginners.

Operating hours: 10:00-18:30
Closed on: Tuesdays
English-speaking staff: Available
Sake bar: n/a
URL: http://ajinomachidaya.com/
Address: 1-49-12 Kamitakada, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Access: 20 mins by train & walk from Tokyo Station
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3. Suzu-Den

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Serving people for over 150 years, Suzuden is one of the first stores to put up a sake bar next to its store. It is very popular among sake fans in the Shinjuku area. This is where you can find both popular and rare but high-quality sake.

Operating hours: 9:00-21:00 (Sat: 9:00-18:00)
Closed on: Sundays, Third Saturdays of the month, and National Holidays
English-speaking staff: Not fluent, but communicative; will assist you in selecting sake.
Sake bar: Available
URL (Japanese only): http://suzuden-sake.com/index.html
Address: 1-10 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10 mins by train from Tokyo Station
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4. Ise-Gohonten

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This store is 300 years old and is located in the historical district of Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi area in Tokyo. Its selection covers 400-500 sake brands. It offers free sake tasting, as well as, an English-speaking staff who will help you selecting the best sake.

Operating hours: 10:00-19:00
Closed on: Sundays & National Holidays
English-speaking staff: Available
Sake bar: n/a
Free sake tasting: Yes!
URL: http://www.isego.net/english/
Address: 3-3-13 Sendagi Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 15 mins by train from Ueno Station
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Naka Meguro branch
Operating hours: 11:00-21:00
Closed on: Tuesdays & National Holidays
English-speaking staff: n/a
Sake bar: n/a
Address: 1-20-2 Aobadai meguro-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8 minutes by subway and walk from Shibuya Station
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5. Daimasu Sake Bar

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As the name implies, Daimasu sake bar is more of a bar than it is a store. But the good thing is you can purchase any bottle of sake you enjoyed at the bar.

It is located in the most popular sightseeing area in Tokyo: Asakusa. When you get a chance to visit Asakusa, don’t miss dropping by this bar!

*the images above is a main shop and not the bar in Asakusa.

Operating hours: 16:00-23:00 (Sat & Sun: 12:00-23:00)
Closed on: Open everyday
English-speaking staff: n/a
Sake bar: Available
URL (Japanese only): http://www.e-daimasu.com/sakebar/
Address: 1-2-8, Asakusa, Taito-ku, tokyo
Access: 1 mins walk from Asakusa Station
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6. Meishu-Center

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This shop provides over 100 sake brands from 40 makers. Similar to Daimasu, visitors can enjoy the bar and buy the sake that they liked. Due to frequent foreign customers, the staff are quite used to speaking in English. Some sake bottles are also labeled in English.

Operating hours: 11:00-23:00 (Sat & Sun: 15:00-20:00)
Closed on: Fourth Saturdays of the month & National Holidays
English-speaking staff: Available
Sake bar: Available
URL: http://nihonshu.com/?lang=en
Address: 2-3-29, Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10 mins train from Tokyo Station
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7. Yokohama Kimijima-ya

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The CEO of this store is not only knowledgeable and experienced in sake but also with wine. The store offers the best sake and wines all over Japan and around the world. Private-labeled brands and rare sake products are also available.

Operating hours: 10:30-21:00
Sat: 10:30-20;00
Sun & National Holiday: 10:30-19:00
Closed on: Open everyday
English-speaking staff: Available
Sake bar: Available
URL: http://www.kimijimaya.co.jp/english.html
Address: 1-2-1, Ginza, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5mins by train and walk from Tokyo Station
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From mainstream popular products to extremely rare gems, these stores have the sake that you are looking for. Make the most out of their professional and friendly staff, sake bars, and free tasting services and we assure you that you won’t leave empty-handed. See you in Tokyo!

Comments:

  1. I also highly recommend the following store, close to Kita-senju station:

    Kasemasa Shoten
    加瀬政商店

    120-0025
    Tokyo-to, Adachi-ku, Senjuazuma 2chōme-13-15

    The shop has a very interesting range of nihonshu, including very interesting seasonal products usually hard to find.

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