The highlight of this mid-sized prefectural antenna shop is probably their big selection of Miyagi-ken sake - some fifty or sixty varieties on sale in the second-floor liquor area. Down on the ground floor you'll find lots of natto, pouches of tongue stew and tongue curry, and a small beef-tongue restaurant at the back of the shop.
Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-2-2, Higashi-Ike Bldg 1/2F. Open 11am-8pm daily.
A very well-stocked sake shop, plus a small stand-up bar where you can try samples in small 50ml tasting sizes. Usually there are around ten sakes open for tasting, priced Y200-400. There's also a small snack menu - prosciutto, cheese, dried mentaiko. The retail side of the shop stocks over 100 premium brands of sake, and unlike many shops that seem to specialize in those humongous isshobin bottles that won't fit in your fridge, most of the sake here is in convenient 720ml bottles or in tiny single-serving mini-bottles.
Jingumae 4-12-4, Omotesando Hills 3F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
A down-to-earth little shop that offers an impressive variety of sakes for tasting. There are two brightly lit, stand-up counters where a mostly neighborhood crowd gathers for an after-work drink - this is as unpretentious as it gets.
An impressive selection of local Akita Prefecture sake is the main reason to visit this crowded retail shop, one of a dozen antenna shops located in the same building. They also sell ready-made kits for preparing kiritambo - a type of nabe stew famous in the region - as well as rice and rice cakes, chicken meatballs, pear and grape juices, natto, pickles, honey, miso and black garlic.
Yurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 1F. Open 10am-7pm daily.
While most antenna shops specialize in food and drink from one prefecture, Mura Kara Machi Kara Kan offers a selection of interesting local foods from the entire country, so you'll find everything from artisanal salts and hot-pepper sauces to meats (sausages and hams), seaweed products and many, many styles of pickles.
Yurakucho 2-10-1, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 1F. Open 10:30am-7:15pm (Sun -6:45pm) daily.
Food products from Kochi Prefecture are sold in the first-floor "Tosa Market" retail shop, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Unusual items include rice ice cream and yokan candies in flavors like eggplant, garlic and potato. Down in the basement you'll find a huge selection of sake plus a good number of fruit liqueurs. The small tasting counter offers single tastings for Y150 or three-part tastings with a miniscule otsumami snack for Y500, and there are usually 8-10 bottles open to pick from.
Highlights at this prefecutural antenna shop are craft sake from small breweries in Fukui (including lots of one-cup-size containers) and fresh sea urchin (priced Y3150-5250). Also on sale are sesame tofu, shallots and other pickles, craft beers, various vinegars and ponzu dressings, seaweed products and frozen fish.
Ginza 1-3-3, Ginza-Nishi Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-8pm (Sun -7) daily.
One of the largest single-prefecture antenna shops in Tokyo, this four-story shop sells a big selection of food and drink as well as other local Hiroshima products. There's a regional-cuisine restaurant in the basement, an Italian restaurant (showcasing Hiroshima ingredients) on the third floor, an okonomiyaki counter on the second floor and a cafe space on the first floor.
A huge selection of craft sake from Ishikawa Prefecture is sold in the basement of this three-story shop - well over 100 varieties, including some two dozen sakes in convenient one-cup serving sizes. The basement also houses a budget-friendly dining counter where you can order a five-item set menu of Western dishes featuring local Ishikawa ingredients for just Y1500. Sake is extremely reasonable at Y800 for a 270ml (1.5 go) serving.
This rather expansive prefectural specialty shop sells everything from crabmeat, uni and ikura bento boxes at the front entrance to mochi rice cakes, Iwate beef and dairy products. There's a respectable sake selection as well as craft beers from three different local breweries (Zumona, Baeren, and Iwate Kura). The shop closes at 5pm on the last day of the month.
More than thirty types of sake from Gunma Prefecture are available at this small antenna shop. You can also find fresh garlic and shiitake mushrooms, sembei crackers and pickles, and a few local wooden crafts, but the selection is limited.
This relatively quiet branch of the popular Hasegawa sake retail specialist is furnished with a small counter area where you can try out a tasting set of three sake of the month, along with a tiny snack, for Y1260.
Marunouchi 1-1-1, Palace Hotel B1F. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Besides the usual produce, sake and handicrafts, this Fukushima antenna shop offers four different bento lunches at midday, to take out or to eat at the small counter area; free tea is provided. The varieties are beef, pork, tuna, and a maku-no-uchi (house special), and they're priced at around ¥750 each. From 4-7:30pm the same counter turns into a bar, offering three-part sake tastings of premium Fukushima sake for around ¥500.
Nihonbashi Muromachi 4-3-16. Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -6pm) daily.
A well-stocked sake specialty store; don't miss the refrigerated rooms down in the basement. There's also a stand-up bar in back with around a dozen sake by the glass along with simple, inexpensive bar food (weeknights only).
More than seventy kinds of local sake are on sale at this large Tochigi prefectural retail shop, along with ciders (apple, pear and strawberry), eight craft beers (Preston and Utsunomiya), and wines. Food specialties include yuba, yuba miso, frozen gyoza dumplings, smoked tofu, fresh ramen, ayu (sweetfish) in a pouch, and fresh asparagus, okra and ginger.
Oshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 4F East Yard. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Possibly Tokyo's narrowest sake shop, Echizenya stocks a deep range of sakes from various craft breweries - some highly regarded, some rather obscure. (Their selection of Dassai sake from Yamaguchi Prefecture is particularly thorough.) If you're a sake fan, this place is definitely worth browsing on your way home after a pilgrimage to the contemporary art museum or Blue Bottle Coffee.