Ginza is known as the most popular shopping district in Tokyo because of its many ‘internationally renowned’ boutiques. There are also plenty of things to do in the city and the nightlife here is very active. You can find many dining establishments like restaurants, cafes, and specialty shops in almost every corner of the city.
However, nothing can beat a good izakaya after a long day at work. These Japanese style pubs are always open to people who appreciate delicious food and drinks at any time of the day. If you are still unsure which place to visit, feel free to check these 10 places to have Japanese sake in Ginza for good drinks.
1. Kubota (久保田)
Kubota is just a 5-minute walk from the Ginza Station and run by the well-known sake brewer, Asahi Shuzo. You can enjoy seasonal delicacies as well as limited edition sakes of Kubota and Asahiyama. An excellent place to enjoy high-grade sake, without too much fuss.
Address: 8-8-8 Ginza, Three Eight Bldg.3F, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo
2. WA NO WA (東銀座 居酒屋 わのわ)
WA NO WA is a minute walk from Higashi Ginza Station. This izakaya serves delicious Japanese cuisines using carefully selected ingredients like Tottori Prefecture’s brand chicken; Daisen chicken, fresh seafood from fish markets, and organic vegetables outsourced directly from farmers. They also have a good variety of rare local sake, and popular shochu from all over the country.
Address: 4-13-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
3. Ginza SAKE HALL (銀座 SAKE HALL)
Ginza SAKE HALL is a place dedicated to Japanese sake. This is also one of the few places where you can enjoy authentic Japanese sake cocktails. They take a different approach and make sure that the flavor of sake is not lost within the mixture of their drinks. You can also accompany your drinks with “Shiokoji-yaki.” It is a side dish of cooked meat such as pork, chicken, and squid flavored with Shiokoji, salt-marinated rice malt.
Address: B1, 5-6-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
4. Ginza Janome (銀座じゃのめ)
Ginza Janome is an izakaya where you can enjoy seafood delicacies like fish sashimi accompanied by your favorite brand of sake. They have a wide variety of sake, including those that came from small breweries all over the country. Feast on seasonal delicacies like oysters and fresh tuna bought fresh from fish markets.
Address: 7-10-12 Ginza, 2nd Yanagiya Bldg. 2F, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
5. Hakarime (和個室処 あなご 銀座「はかりめ」)
Hakarime is popular for their Anago (saltwater conger eel). Surprisingly, the prices here are more affordable compared to other places who serve similar dishes. They also have assorted anago sashimi and anago nihonshu (conger eel bone sake) for those who want to add more side dishes to their feast.
Address: 6F, 5-9-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
6. Chabozu Ginza (酒菜庵 ちゃぼうず 銀座店)
Chabozu Ginza is a cozy izakaya that has great things to offer. The interior design is bright and perfect for those who want to enjoy the company for friends and acquaintances. Their set menu courses are all very affordable. Although they don’t have many varieties of alcoholic drinks, the atmosphere and the food will make up for what is lacking.
Address: 1-4-6 Ginza, Nasuda Building 2F, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
7. Shiokara (シオカラ)
Shiokara is one of the hidden gems in Ginza. The small izakaya only has 28 seats, but that gives it a more intimate atmosphere compared to other places. This place specializes in Shiokara (salted dishes for preservation) and delicacies that match perfectly with sake and shochu. Enjoy their sake, or shochu along with some local snacks to complete the experience.
Address: 2-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
8. Hakobune (銀座 方舟 大吟醸 いろり)
Hakobune offers mouth-watering ‘hearth-grilled seafood’ specialties that will make you say Oishii! Aside from grilled fish, they also have sashimi, locally grown chicken, and seasonal vegetables that will add flavor to your meal. They also have an excellent stock of sake from all over the country. A great place to enjoy some slow-cooking goodness while chatting with your drinking buddies.
Address: GINZA888 Bldg. 7F, 8-8-8 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
9. Kanda (天ぷら酒場 銀座かんだ)
Ginza Kanda is a tempura specialty restaurant that was founded in 1966. They also serve sashimi, tofu, soba, and many more local dishes that will make your visit worth the trip. The izakaya is only a 2-minute walk from the Ginza Station and the Yurakucho Station, so getting there is a breeze. Be sure to try their Chanko-nabe and their specialty sake “Kokuyo.” to make your stay more memorable.
Address: Ginza Inns 2 B1, 2-2 Ginzanishi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
10. Kacyo (花蝶)
Kacyo is one of those places that would give a lasting impression. The interior design gives a refined, fine dining atmosphere that seems suitable for a movie scene. The food they have is good, and the service is excellent. Staffs are polite and respectful, and you will enjoy your stay here.
Address: 7-16-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Data is as of October 2019
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