Shinjuku Gyoen-mae: Wine bar
Jip (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae: Wine bar)
Open 5-11pm. Closed Sundays.

If you've ever wanted to try Japanese wines, but don't want to gamble with buying completely unknown bottles, Jip Bar is the place to check out. This specialty wine bistro pours from a rotating list of twenty Japanese wines by the glass at any given time.

Finding a wine you like is still rather hit-or-miss, but you can at least ask the staff for recommendations, and the overall investment in a glass is less risky. We found a higher success rate with the whites rather than the reds, but your mileage may vary.

Attached to the bistro is a retail bottle shop, and if you see a bottle you like you can drink it here for a Y1500 corkage charge. The limited food menu offers mostly small dishes like sauteed mushrooms, sauteed shrimp in garlic, tripe stew and fish carpaccio.

Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 2-7-1.
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