Sake is referring to Japanese rice wine made of fermented rice, and the origin of sake is still a sort of mystery. The distinct origin can be dated to the 7th Century when they served sake during religious ceremonies. The production of sake is made from rice and water, and there are at least 70 types of sake in Japan brewed by countless breweries all over the country. Below is the list of restaurants and bars where you can get Japanese sake in Asakusa.
1. Zuburoku (ずぶ六)
You can access to this bar via Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station or Subway Ginza Line Asakusa Station. It’s an approximately 10-mins walk from either station. This small sake bar with only 11 seats is one of the most popular sake bars in the area and has won Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand in 2019. They offer various Japanese sake from all over Japan, accompanied by seasonal delicacies prepared carefully by the chef.
Address: 3-34-3 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
2. Mineya (峰屋)
This restaurant is a small Japanese restaurant where you can get a variety of traditional Japanese food and sake. They stock fresh seafood directly from Toyosu Market, which means having some sashimi here would be an exquisite experience. Staffs select the sake here after tasting by themselves, and they are proud of their offerings. They can stock some rare sake at a reasonable price as they have long relationships and experiences of running a sake restaurant in Asakusa.
Address :3-19-13 Higashikomagata, Sumida-ku, Tokyo Japan.
3. Torikou (とり幸)
Torikou is an old restaurant with approximately 80 years of history. The traditional Japanese sliding door feels very welcoming. It has a total of 40 seats, including private rooms for those who choose to feel more relaxed. Their signature menu is chicken hotpot and various yakitori skewers. Their sake selection is standard, which means you can enjoy the most common sake brands in Japan.
Address: 3-33-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo,111-0032
4. Asakusa Oto (浅草おと)
This is a restaurant where you can get dishes using seasonal ingredients such as fresh vegetables and seafood. They select their Japanese sake according to seasonal dishes to create the best match. Even Japanese sake beginners are welcomed in this bar. The location of this restaurant is maybe difficult to get if you want to access from Tokyo Metro Asakusa station. Multilingual staffs are available but may be absent sometimes.
5. Asakusa Ichimon (浅草一文)
This is an 80 seaters restaurant that is full of charm and a nice atmosphere; the 70-year old wooden house is what distinguishes this restaurant from others. There are refined and delicious Japanese food and drinks. Their signature is a traditional Edo (old name for Tokyo) dish called “Negima-Nabe,” a hot pot dish containing green onions (negi) and tuna (maguro). The choice of sake is exclusive, and the English menu makes life easy for tourists.
Address: 3-12-6 Asakuasa, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
Website: http://www.asakusa-ichimon.com/about/about_honten/ (Japanese only)
English Website: https://gurunavi.com/en/g484000/rst/
6. Mekarauroko (目からうろこ)
This restaurant has 20-30 sake collections selected all over Japan and oysters from different regions in Japan. Their signature menu oysters are served in varieties of styles, raw, baked, steamed, or deep-fried as you want it. They also offer various other dishes and delicacies that match perfectly with Japanese sake.
7. Datccha (だっちゃ)
Datccha is a restaurant that focuses on cuisines from Sadogashima Island. The owner is from Sadogashima Island, which has delicious seafood and many sake breweries. They can stock fresh seafood and sake directly from Sadogashima Island, which makes the restaurant unique and attractive. The number of their sake types counts more than 60 all the time. Visit Datccha if you want to try some unique dishes.
8. Azumaya (吾妻屋)
Azumaya is a place where you can drink delicious Sake and Oden. Oden is a stewed dish containing various ingredients such as fish cakes, eggs, daikon radish, etc., and it’s comfort food during winter. Their carefully selected Japanese sake is offered from 600 yen, which is very reasonable in the Asakusa area. You can also ask for a course dish that comes with an all-you-can-drink sake plan.
9. Ambai (塩梅)
Ambai is a small restaurant with 40 seats and offers Japanese sake from all over the country and various seafood, meat, vegetable dishes that match with sake. The variety of their food menu would satisfy anyone with any preferences. Ambai offers various styles of seating in a building that renovated an old house. Ambai is located around Nakamise Dori and Sensoji Temple.
Address: 1-1-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, 111-0032 Tokyo.
10. Hyotannabe (ひょうたん鍋)
This is a restaurant to relax and enjoy nice sake with delicious and super tasty foods without breaking your pocket. Their signature menu is oden, and they are very much particular about their oden soup. When you order some oden, don’t forget to drink all the soup! Don’t worry if you are not a huge oden fan because they offer various other dishes as well. Although it seems like a sophisticated restaurant, the atmosphere is casual, and you can truly relax here. Their sake menu changes seasonally, and you can enjoy every visit to Hyotannabe in Asakusa.
Information in this article is as of November 2019
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