With its wide selection of sake, its excellent otsumami snacks and its very affordable prices, Furumaiya is a great place for a quick drink or a more extended sake-tasting adventure, as long as you don't mind standing while you drink. Most bar customers purchase small-size (180ml) bottles from the retail section of the shop and then drink them in the standing-bar area, but there's also a selection of more premium sake that's dispensed from eight taps at the front of the shop, with prices starting at Y600 for a 180ml portion.
In addition, there's a wall of low-tech sake vending machines where you can try tiny portions of room-temperature sake for just Y100 a pop. Whatever system you choose, there's no cover or table charge.
Furumaiya snacks are well prepared and tailored to enhance your drinking experience. Ten different otsumami are priced from Y300-500, with a focus on sake-friendly dishes like miso-marinated cheese and pickled eggplant-shiitake stew. We enjoyed some excellent, well-marbled pork kakuni, some salty stewed squid, and a good-sized helping of spicy wasabi-marinated nozawana pickles.
Prices at the tap dispensers include a Y100 deposit on the bottle they give you, so if you're drinking here in the shop you can wash your bottle after you finish and bring it to the counter to get your deposit refunded. Or if you don't finish your sake, you can bring the bottle home. Or you can skip the standing bar entirely, and just bring freshly filled bottles of sake home - there are four bottle sizes to choose from. Or of course you can just buy regular bottles at ordinary prices from the retail shelves, which stock a good variety of craft sake from around the country.
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