Japanese Sake or rice wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented wine. There are many sake breweries all over the country, and each of them has their own secret blends on how to make their sake unique from everyone else.
Shinjuku is a major hub for fashion, dining, and entertainment in Tokyo. It is only natural to find many izakayas, pubs, and restaurants that serve sake to their customers. Some go out of their way to collect as many brands as they can from the different prefectures of Japan.
Make sure to visit these 10 places to taste Japanese sake in Shinjuku for amazing sake.
1. UONOSU (魚の巣（ウオノス）～UONOSU～ 産直鮮魚と十割そば)
UONOSU is an izakaya that serves sashimi, soba noodles, and other delicious dishes that will gain your approval. They are focused on soba noodles made with 100% soba powder. It is only a minute away from Shinjuku Station, and they have an excellent selection of sake that you will definitely love. Having soba with Japanese sake has been enjoyed by people in Tokyo from several hundred years ago. Find your favorite from their weekly selected sake.
Address: 3-35-13 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://uonosu-shinjuku.com (Japanese Only)
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/gfku400/rst/
2. SHIRYU (肴家 獅龍)
SHIRYU is a good place to enjoy Hokkaido cuisine in Shinjuku. You can expect delicious and fresh seafood delicacies and amazing sake gathered from Hokkaido and all over the country. They also have seasonal drinks that you can enjoy during special occasions. A nice place to enjoy good food and drinks with your friends and acquaintances.
Address: Paragai Heights 1F, 5-25-13 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
3. Itteki Hassenya (地酒・四国料理 一滴八銭屋 新宿本店)
Itteki Hassensya is a restaurant where you can enjoy delicious udon, oden, and regional cuisines. If you love to eat udon, then you are in for a treat! They have many varieties of udon that will blow you away, and the best thing of all is that they are all reasonably priced. Their sake selection is focused on the west areas, especially the Shikoku Region. They may not have too many sake brands, but all of them are carefully selected to match the food that they serve here.
Address: Ishii Building 2-3F, 1-15-9 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
4. Robata Kaba (山陰海鮮居酒屋 炉端かば 新宿本店)
Robata Kaba is an izakaya that is known for their seafood specialties from the Sanin Region. The interesting part is that their sake and shochu are all outsourced from the Sanin Region as well. Enjoy the unique taste of the food and drinks that can only be found in Robata Kaba.
Address: Sanritsu Bldg., 1-15-4 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://robata-kaba.jp (Japanese Only)
5. Daichi-no Megumi (大地の恵み北海道 新宿東宝ビル店)
Daichi-no Megumi is a restaurant that has an extensive menu and just a 5-minute walk from the JR Shinjuku Station East Exit. Recommended dishes like ramen, sushi, and sashimi are available for orders. They are especially proud of their seafood dishes sourced from Hokkaido. As they are specialized in Hokkaido, they offer a variety of sake brewed in Hokkaido. Staffs are polite and very attentive to your needs.
Address: Shinjuku Toho Bldg. 1F, 1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
6. Daian (石臼粗挽き 本格手打そば大庵)
Daian is a highly recommended place in Shinjuku to enjoy authentic soba noodles. It is just a minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station makes it an ideal place to have a filling lunch. Their shochu and sake are all carefully selected in order to satisfy your preferences. They offer premium sake that is difficult to find at regular izakayas. Private rooms are also available for couples or groups of people.
Address: Daian Bldg. 2F, 3-36-6 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
7. Garugaru (青森居酒屋 がるがる)
Garugaru is a 3-minute walk from the Shinjuku Station and an excellent place to enjoy scallops and local seafood cuisines from Aomori. Their grilled scallops have a very unique taste and accompanied by their other dishes make this restaurant one of the best places to have a group party in Shinjuku. Aomori Prefecture is famous for having many sake breweries, and you can taste it at Garugaru. Try Hohai or Mutsu Hassen to experience the delicious sake from Aomori Prefecture.
Address: Hashimoto Bldg. 2F, 1-6-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://garugaru.jp (Japanese Only)
8. KURAND SAKE MARKET SHINJUKU
KURAND SAKE MARKET SHINJUKU is a unique place where you can enjoy 100 brands of sake at your leisure. Once you have paid your entrance fee, you can take your time and taste all they have to offer without a time limit. You can even bring your own food or have your food delivered here! If you love sake, you must definitely visit this Sake Haven.
Address: Shinjuku Watasei Tama Bldg. 4F, 3-9-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
9. Torigen Shinjuku Nishiguchi (鳥元 新宿西口)
Torigen Shinjuku Nishiguchi will make your mouth water with their delicious grilled chicken skewers (yakitori). The food here is reasonably priced. They have beer and sake to complete the meal, and you will enjoy every minute of it. They also offer seasonal sake that is freshly delivered from sake brewers. It’s definitely a place that you would be coming back again and again in Shinjuku.
Address: 2nd Shinsei Bldg. 1F-2F, 1-12-7 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
10. Nihonshu Genkashuzo Shinjuku (日本酒原価酒造 新宿総本店)
Nihonshu Genkashuzo Shinjuku is part of a small chain store that serves affordable sake drinks and seafood delicacies that will not hurt your wallet. They have a good selection of sake that came from all over the country. The sake menu shows characteristics of flavors, which helps you to choose. They also have draft beers and other drinks that might catch your fancy.
Address: TH Nishi-Shinjuku Bldg B1F, 7-2-5 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Data is as of October 2019
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