Shibuya is a bustling city where you can find everything you’ll ever need. A great place to shop, dine, and find many forms of entertainment. Not only that, the city is a treasure trove for those who appreciate good sake.
Many brands of sake come from all over Japan, and some of them can be found in Shibuya. All you need to do is do a bit of research to find the brands that you’re familiar with. If you don’t really know where to go, just head over to these 10 places to have sake in Shibuya for good sake!
1. Nihonshu Genka Sakagura Shibuya Center Gai (日本酒原価酒蔵 渋谷センター)
Nihonshu Genka Sakagakura Shibuya Center Gai is one of the hidden gems found in the heart of Shibuya. This quaint sake bar has a wide variety of sake and you can choose the ones you are familiar with. If you don’t have any idea what to choose, then you can ask one of their staffs. Staffs will give you a description of the following sake brands and snacks that accompany the sake perfectly. Another great thing about this bar is that they offer sake at cost, which means you can drink sake cheaper than other places.
Address: 16-8, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo,
2. Iwao (巌)
Iwao is a rustic wooden house, that used to be a tailor shop, but was later renovated as an izakaya. You might not notice it at first glance, because the signage is small. When you enter its doors, you will feel like going to a secret hideout amidst the hustle and bustle of Shibuya. They have an extensive range of drinks, which include Japanese sake, wine, cocktails, beers, etc. They offer over 30 kinds of sake daily, and some of them are seasonally limited.
Address: 2-23-2, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
3. Izakaya Sen (居酒屋 千)
Izakaya Sen is an izakaya located on the 4th floor of a building just opposite of Shibuya 109 shopping malls. The interior is brightly lit and is a favorite izakaya of the older generation. A calm place where you can drink and eat in peace with your drinking buddies. This authentic izakaya offers sake casually. Having warm sake on a cold day with a few yakitori should be a wonderful experience.
Address: 26-5, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
4. One Garden (ワンガーデン 渋谷)
One Garden is one of the popular izakaya’s in Shibuya. The quality and the taste of the food here is excellent. Choose any of their set courses, and you will find them to your liking. You can also avail their all-you-can-drink course and enjoy their wide selection of drinks. They also have private rooms for people who want to have a quieter environment. As for Japanese sake, they offer premium sake that suits very well with this establishment. They also offer plum wines, etc. for those who prefer other drinks.
Address: Le Cartier Sakuragaoka 1F, 20-12, Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
5. Tsukune Samurai Sakanoue (つくね侍 さかのうえ)
Tsukune Samurai Sakanoue is a 9-minute walk from the Tokyo Metro and Tokyu Shibuya Station Exit 1. The highlight of this izakaya is the various performance shows such as samurai and shodo (Japanese calligraphy). They are also well-known for serving delicious tsukune (Japanese chicken meatballs) and yakitori (grilled chicken). Tsukune Samurai Sakanoue has various sake, and they offer by the glass so you can try different sake and compare flavors. This is one of the highly recommended places to enjoy a drink with close friends and acquaintances.
Address: Shin Taiso Maruyama Bldg. 1F, 20-1 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
6. Kakureya Shibuya (隠れ野 渋谷)
Kakureya Shibuya is only a minute walk from the Shibuya Station. They have many seats and accommodate over a hundred guests. They also have private rooms available for groups of people. They have original dishes that are a mix of Western and Japanese cuisines. As for Japanese sake, they offer approximately 80 kinds from all over Japan. You can order by a cup for most of their sake, so order varieties of them to compare flavors!
Address: 1-7-1, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
7. Nana Shibuya Miyamasuzaka Shita (菜な 渋谷宮益坂下店)
Nana Shibuya Miyamasuzaka Shita is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in Kyoto Obanzai and charcoal-grilled dishes. It is a traditional style of cooking which brings out a unique flavor that will make anyone say “delicious.” All of them goes well with premium sake that they offer. They also have various Japanese liquors such as yuzu and plum. The atmosphere is very Japanese-like, and you can choose to sit on the counter (facing the kitchen), or you can settle for their private rooms. The private rooms are only separated by screens from each other, which gives it a more traditional feel.
Address: Shibuya Nomura Securities B1F, 1-14-16, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
8. HIMONO-YA (ひもの屋)
HIMONO-YA is a 4-minute walk from the Shibuya Station. This izakaya is known for their delicious seafood delicacies, yakitori, sashimi, and Japanese sake. They stock over 15 kinds of sake from all over Japan all the time. The prices here are reasonable, and you will enjoy everything on their menu. They also serve beer, and you will find their sake collection to your liking.
Address: 12-7, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
9. Seiryu Hatsu-Tsubomi Shibuya (清流 初つぼみ 渋谷店)
Seiryu Hatsu-Tsubomi Shibuya is a popular izakaya that gives you the feeling of a traditional Japanese tavern complete with, streams and flora. Their most popular dish is the fish sashimi, but other delicacies like the grilled tuna jaw, and grilled ox tongue. They also serve a good variety of beer and sake. Tempura, deep-fried cheese sticks and tofu are also available for vegetarians. They offer various standard sake that everyone should taste at least once, such as Kubota.
Address: 1-9-5, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
10. Takumi Shibuya Bunkamura Dori (匠 渋谷文化村通り店)
Takumi Shibuya Bunkamura Dori is well-known for their “Hegi-Soba,” a specialty product in Niigata prefecture. The izakaya is a 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station and is very popular with the locals and tourist alike. Seaweed is added to the ingredient and is the primary reason why the soba noodle has a green color. As Niigata Prefecture is famous as a sake producer, they offer various sake from Niigata Prefecture. They also have beer and shochu that goes well with the food, and other side dishes.
Address: Dougenzaka 225 Bldg. B1, 2-23-14 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Data is as of August 2019
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