Sake and shochu retail shops
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Shinkawaya - Liquor shop: Gaienmae
Open 9am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
A small but well-chosen selection of sake and shochu, with lots of shochu available for tasting.
Open 9am-9pm. Closed Sundays.
Kimijimaya - Liquor shop: Ebisu
Open 10am-9:30pm daily.
Around a dozen different sake varieties are ready for tasting at this casual standing bar, along with a dozen wines, several types of shochu, and Japanese liqueurs like yuzushu. The standing-bar...
Open 10am-9:30pm daily.
Meishu Center - Liquor shop: Hamamatsucho
Open 11am-9pm. Closed weekends.
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 -...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed weekends.
Yomo - Liquor shop: Akasaka
Open 10am-1am (Sat 10-9, Sun 12-8) daily.
Going strong since 1624, Yomo offers a very nice selection of sake and shochu on the first floor and an impressive collection of mainly French wines down in the basement.
Open 10am-1am (Sat 10-9, Sun 12-8) daily.
Shochu Authority - Liquor shop: Shiodome
Open 10am-9pm daily.
To say that this retail liquor specializes in shochu is an understatement: they stock 2300 varieties of the potent Kyushu spirits, and are ready to offer expert advice and tastings.
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Kimijimaya - Liquor shop: Ginza
Open 10:30am-9pm (Sat -8, Sun -7) daily.
A branch of the huge Kimijimaya liquor store in Yokohama, this Ginza outpost offers a good selection of sake and runs an informal standing bar corner as well. Fourteen types of sake range from...
Open 10:30am-9pm (Sat -8, Sun -7) daily.
Kengyo - Sake bar: Ginza
Open 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Run by a liquor retail shop, this stand-up bar offers a small selection of sake, inexpensive small plates of food, and jazz on the sound system. The attached liquor store is open from 10am.
Open 5-9pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Hasegawa Saketen (Palace Hotel) - Liquor shop: Marunouchi
Open 10am-9pm daily.
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...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Hasegawa Saketen - Liquor shop: Yaesu
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Hasegawa offers an excellent selection of craft sake from smaller breweries around the country, including many smaller, 720ml-size bottles. The new location is a bit more cramped than their previous...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Liquors Hasegawa North - Liquor shop: Yaesu
Open 10am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
An amazing selection of hundreds of craft beers - both domestic and imported - can be found in the refrigerators and shelves of this underground liquor shop, along with a decent selection of sake,...
Open 10am-9pm (Sat, Sun -8pm) daily.
Suzuden - Liquor shop: Yotsuya
Open 9am-8:30pm (Sat -5:45pm). Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 9am-8:30pm (Sat -5:45pm). Closed Sundays.
Washuya - Liquor shop: Awajicho
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -6:30) daily.
A well-stocked sake retailer, Washuya also offers sake tastings by the glass in their small standing-bar area. The shop carries sells some 300 sake varieties, with around 25-30 sakes to try out at...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -6:30) daily.
Hasegawa Saketen - Liquor shop: Oshiage
Open 10am-9pm daily.
The Skytree branch of one of Tokyo's better sake retailers.
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Echizenya - Liquor shop: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
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...
Open 10am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Orihara Shoten - Liquor shop: Monzennakacho
Open 10:30am-10pm daily.
This neighborhood liquor shop runs a very popular sake-tasting standing bar where you'll find a decent selection of craft sake and a serviceable menu of sake-friendly light snacks. It's a very...
Open 10:30am-10pm daily.
Machidaya - Liquor shop: Higashi-Nakano
Open 10am-6:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
This rather serious liquor store carries lots of limited-edition premium sakes from around the country, including a big selection of premium one-cup sake. They also handle shochu and awamori.
Open 10am-6:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Mirai Sake - Liquor shop: Kichijoji
Open 2-10pm daily.
This futuristic sake retailer stocks more than 150 kinds of sake, including nine that are exclusive to this shop. Much of the stock seems aimed at novice sake drinkers, with a much higher proportion...
Open 2-10pm daily.
Hasegawa Saketen - Liquor shop: Futako-tamagawa
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Located inside the Tokyu Foodshow food hall, this specialty liquor shop offers an excellent selection of craft sake as well as beautifully designed servingware. Individual small glasses and...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Deguchiya - Liquor shop: Naka-Meguro
Open 11am-10pm (Wed 2-10pm). Closed Sundays.
Mainly a wine specialist, Deguchiya also stocks good selections of sake and craft beers. There's a small bar area with a few seats and a bit more standing room where you can drink any of the beers...
Open 11am-10pm (Wed 2-10pm). Closed Sundays.
Furumaiya - Liquor shop: Kawasaki
Open 10am-9pm daily.
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...
Open 10am-9pm daily.

Antenna shops with sake

Miyagi Furusato Plaza "Coco Miyagi" - Antenna shop: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-8pm daily.
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...
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Omotesando Niigata Kan N'espace - Antenna shop: Omotesando
Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Niigata is well known for its sake, and this large prefectural antenna shop carries over 100 varieties, with many available in 300ml mini-bottles and one-cup sizes. There's also non-alcoholic...
Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Shimbashi-kan - Antenna shop: Shimbashi
Open 10am-9pm daily.
This dual-purpose prefectural antenna shop showcases the agricultural and other products of both Tottori and Okayama prefectures. You'll find the usual assortment of fresh produce, frozen seafood,...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Kurume City Antenna Shop - Antenna shop: Shimbashi
Open 10am-8pm daily.
While prefectural antenna shops are quite common in Tokyo, there are also smaller shops that specialize in local foods and crafts from individual cities. Kurume City, in southern Fukuoka Prefecture...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Shinshu Osake Mura - Sake bar: Shimbashi
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
People don't come to Shinshu Osake Mura for the atmosphere, or the music (there isn't any). There aren't even any chairs. The reason to visit this hole-in-the-wall, standing-only sake bar, located...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO). Closed weekends.
Akita Furusato-Kan - Antenna shop: Yurakucho
Open 10am-7pm daily.
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...
Open 10am-7pm daily.
Iki Iki Toyama-kan - Antenna shop: Yurakucho
Open 10am-7pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
This small Toyama prefectural antenna shop sells mostly sake, in several dozen varieties. Other items include fish cakes and tulip bulbs.
Open 10am-7pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
Ibaraki Sense - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
With an interior resembling an upscale design shop, Ibaraki Sense is probably the fanciest prefectural antenna shop in Tokyo. The shop stocks fresh produce and specialty food items from Ibaraki,...
Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
Marugoto Kochi - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 10:30am-8pm 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...
Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
Shoku no Kuni Fukuikan - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 10:30am-8pm (Sun -7) daily.
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...
Open 10:30am-8pm (Sun -7) daily.
Hiroshima Brand Shop TAU - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 10:30am-8pm 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...
Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
Hyakumangoku Monogatari - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 10am-9pm daily.
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....
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Ginza Nagano - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
If you're looking for sake, wine or specialty foods from Nagano Prefecture, you'll find an impressive selection here at this well-stocked antenna shop. There's a small bar area at the front of the...
Open 10:30am-8pm daily.
Gunma-chan-ya - Antenna shop: Ginza
Open 11am-7pm daily.
If you're looking for hard-to-find sake from Gunma Prefecture you'll find more than forty varieties on sale here, along with local craft beers, wines, food and handicrafts. There's a tasting counter...
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Iwate Ginga Plaza - Antenna shop: Higashi-Ginza
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
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...
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Shiga's Bar - Sake bar: Nihonbashi
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Located inside the antenna shop for Shiga Prefecture, this tiny bar offers a selection of 28 different sake from Shiga, served in 45ml tasting sizes (Y300), with the option of a four-part tasting...
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Toyama Bar - Sake bar: Nihonbashi
Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Attached to the Toyama Prefecture antenna shop, this very specialized bar serves seventeen different sake produced in Toyama. Sake is Y700 for a glass, or you can order a three-part tasting flight...
Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Toyamakan - Antenna shop: Nihonbashi
Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
This stylishly appointed antenna shop sells food and drink from Toyama Prefecture as well as traditional handicrafts and other locally made products. Dried noodles, honey, trout sushi, sea bream...
Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Mie Terrace - Antenna shop: Mitsukoshimae
Open 10am-8pm daily.
More than 1000 kinds of food, drink and local crafts from Mie Prefecture can be found at this well-stocked antenna shop. Local culinary delicacies include Matsusaka beef, ume plums, fresh-caught...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Midette - Antenna shop: Mitsukoshimae
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -6pm) daily.
Fukushima Prefecture is justifiably famous for their excellent sake, and you can try several of them in one sitting in the sake-tasting corner of this antenna shop. Three-part tasting flights are...
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -6pm) daily.
Shimanekan - Antenna shop: Mitsukoshimae
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Sake and foodstuffs from Shimane-ken, in the far northwest corner of Honshu, can be purchased here. The attached restaurant (called Mondo) serves good regional cuisine and sake.
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Sennen Kojiya - Antenna shop: Iidabashi
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Run by Niigata's famous Hakkaisan sake brewery, this specialty shop mainly sells food and drink featuring koji, the rice mold that's an essential part of the sake-brewing process. It's also...
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Tochimaru Shop - Antenna shop: Oshiage
Open 10am-9pm daily.
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....
Open 10am-9pm daily.
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Updated 2018-12-16