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Sake Dining Experiences
by John Gauntner
Enjoy great sake with great food!
(03-3461-9598) in Shibuya for a young and lively crowd and about 40 excellent sake. Food is creative, price is reasonable, centrally located. Open 5pm to 12pm. Lunch 11:30am to 2pm. Address Udagawacho 25-9.
SASAGIN (03-5454-3715; see story) in Yoyogi-Uehara has excellent food and great sake at prices that bring you back. Open 5pm to 11:30pm, on Saturday from 5pm to 11pm. Closed Sunday and Holidays.
Moderate Prices. Address 1-32-15 Yoyogi-Uehara.
(03-3410-9918) in Sangenjaya has huge sake selection, always with new stuff coming in. Awesome sashimi. Open 5:30pm to 11:30pm. Closed Sundays and Holidays. Relatively expensive. Address Sangenjaya 2-15-3.
MUSHU (03-3255-1108) in Awajicho has a funky interior, a very interesting food menu, and a wide range of unique sake. Open 5pm to 11:30pm. Closed Sunday and Holidays. Moderate Prices. Address Awajicho 1-1-1.
(03-3780-1313) in Shibuya is a small, cozy and popular place. Make reservations. Large selection of sake. Food is creative and fresh and displayed in bowls on the counter. Open 5:30pm to 11pm. Closed Sunday. Moderate Prices.
Address 2-23-15 Dogenzaka.
(03-3263-3642) in Kojimachi (above Exit 3) has a stylish modern Japanese interior. Wonderful, creative food, and wide selection of sake. Young crowd. Open 6pm-2am. Lunch 11:30am to 3:30pm. Closed Sat Sun and Holidays. Expensive. Address 3-4 Kojimachi.
KONAKARA (03-5394-2340) near JR Otsuka Station is bit out of the way and a bit quiet, but the food, sake and beer are outstanding. Small shop run by a young husband and wife team.
Fresh, seasonal dishes. Open 6pm to 11:30pm. Closed Wednesday. Moderate Prices. Address 1-14-7 Kita Otsuka.
SHUNJU (03-3770-0019) in Shibuya is a large place, divided into several areas with distinct
atmospheres. Try to get a low table on the 2nd floor. Wonderful, unique food and sake menu, lots of fresh vegetables, fish and tofu. English menu. Open 6pm to 11:30pm. Moderate to
Expensive. Address 2-32-12 Dogenzaka.
TARUICHI (03-3208-9772) in Kabukicho specializes in whale and great sake, with nice izakaya atmosphere and fair prices. Open 5pm
to 10pm. Closed Sunday and Holidays. Address Kabukicho 1-17-12.
SASASHU (03-3971-9363) in Ikebukuro is upscale and beautifully traditional. Not cheap, but nice. Good food and sake. Address
Ikebukuro 2-2-2. This is only the tip of the iceberg. New sake pubs are popping up all the time, and old ones are being rediscovered. One or two favorite watering and feeding holes are all
you need, though, to educate ľand satiate. But come back and visit us often. We will continue to expand and update this section of esake.com, adding more cities throughout Japan and
worldwide in the process.