If you come to Japan, you’d see most of the Japan dishes go very well with the typical drink: Sake. It is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol (ethanol) is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer, where the starch is converted into sugars, before being converted to alcohol. Below is the list of 5 places you can enjoy the very authentic sake in Tokyo:

1. Amanogawa (天乃川) in Shinjuku

Amanogawa is a traditional Japanese restaurant where they pair food and sake. If you want, the sommelier always ready to suggest the brands that best goes with your selected meal, regardless of whether the diner is seafood or meat dishes. The cook and sake master invite you for a glimpse of the sake world. Be sure to make reservations as the capacity of the restaurant is only ten guests.

Sake bottles in Amanogawa.

Sake bottles in Amanogawa. From Twitter

Address:
Keio Plaza Hotel Honkan 2F, 2-2-1 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo

Access:
1min walk from Tochomae Station

Hours:
17:00-22:30

Price range:
5,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3344-0111

2. Kanda Nihonsyu bar “Shu-Shu” (神田 日本酒バル 酒趣)

This is still the only sake-bar night of its kind in Tokyo, and very near the famous sightseeing spots in Akihabara. It offers a tempting variety of the choicest brands of sake, carefully selected by a sake sommelier. Each kind of sake is selected in accordance with the current season, and this array allows even beginners to enjoy the very best from sake breweries all over Japan in a casual environment. 

Shu-Shu’s Sake and food.

Shu-Shu’s Sake and food. From Instagram

Casual looking exterior.

Casual looking exterior. From Twitter

Address:
Yano Building 1F, 5-5 Kanda Konyacho Chiyoda Tokyo

Access:
4mins walk from Kanda Station, 4mins walk from Nihonbashi Station, 4mins walk from Mitsukoshimae Station

Hours:
17:00-23:00 (last order 22:00)
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
5,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3254-3353

3. SAKE HALL HIBIYA BAR (サキ ホール ヒビヤ バー) in Ginza

It’s the first bar in the world devoted to cocktails made from sake. The usual method of drinking sake is to have it warm or cold, from sake cups and special ceramic bottles called tokkuri, but here it is drunk from wine glasses, and on the rocks. The bar is divided into seven rooms, the idea being to enjoy sake from a different brewery in each room. 

SAKE HALL HIBIYA BAR’s beautiful sake cocktail “Oriental Sunrise”.

SAKE HALL HIBIYA BAR’s beautiful sake cocktail “Oriental Sunrise”. From Twitter

I’d recommend you to try SAKE NIC (580 yen), this cocktail is made with the breweries’ sake as the base, and contains a mix of half soda water and half tonic water garnished with orange peel. If you are new to sake, then this is not a bad choice.

The most standard sake cocktail SAKE NIC.

The most standard sake cocktail SAKE NIC. From Instagram

Address:
Miyuki Building B1F, 5-6-12 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from Ginza Station

Hours:
17:00- 23:30 (last order food: 22:30, drinks 23:00)

Price range:
4,000yen ~

Tel:
050-5868-0617

4. Kamachiku (釜竹) in Yanesen

Kamachiku is located in the famous sightseeing area Yanesen, and having the interior looks like a century-old redbrick storehouse, with a view to the garden, such a delicate and classic way to enjoy bar style. Of course, it’s only Kamachiku, besides the delighted sake, you can enjoy the shop’s most popular dish: zaru udon, which is cold noodles with cold dipping sauce!

The beautiful garden and sake.

The beautiful garden and sake. From Instagram

The great sake and great udon.

The great sake and great udon. From Instagram

Address:
2-14-18 Nezu Bunkyo Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Nezu Station

Hours:
Tuesdays-Saturdays 11:30-14:00 & 17:30-21:00
last order 20:30)
Sundays 11:30-14:00
Holidays 11:30-14:00 & 17:30
20:00
Closed on Mondays and Sunday nights.

Price range:
Lunch 1,000yen ~. Dinner 3,000yen ~

Tel:
03-5815-4675

5. Kanda Koju (かんだ光壽)

The exterior is a bit modern-shabby, with a small overhead sign that makes it look quite acceptable. The snacks were quite satisfying in their own way, and of course, amazing sake list! It’s not outlandishly large; they just focus on having the good stuff, probably 50 varieties of it. It’s absolutely a nice thing is that you can get it in 120ml wine glasses or 80ml (60ml?) ‘shots’, which are actually more like liqueur glasses! It’s not simply just a snacks and drinks places, but also good food plates.

You can drink many kinds of sake at Kanda Koju.

You can drink many kinds of sake at Kanda Koju. From Instagram

Address:
2-9-7 Kajicho Chiyoda Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from Kanda Station

Hours:
17:30-23:30 (last order food: 22:30 drinks: 23:00)
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Price range:
Lunch 5,000yen ~, Dinner 6,000yen ~

Tel:
03-3253-0044

*Thumbnail image is from Flickr