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Kyoto Sake Bar, Cafe and Hostel – JAM

Kyoto Sake Bar, Cafe and Hostel – JAM

Fellow Kyoto-ologist, Nemo, from +alpha Japan and I dropped in at one of my new favorite haunts in Kyoto – JAM Sake Bar, which is on the first floor of JAM Hostel. JAM is great because it offers a casual, international atmosphere with a pretty good line-up of sake, and, very reasonable pricing. As this …

Kyoto Sake Bar: Sake Cafe Hanna

Kyoto Sake Bar: Sake Cafe Hanna

This year I have been making the rounds of the sake bars in Kyoto and the last destination was Sake Cafe Hanna. The reason it was last is simply because it only opened in November 2011 and I didn’t hear about it until late spring of 2012. Finally, I visited Sake Cafe Hanna one of …

Shiga Sake: Dokan Wataribune Junmai Nama Genshu Sake

Shiga Sake: Dokan Wataribune Junmai Nama Genshu Sake

I am a fan of Japanese sake from Shiga prefecture, which is just over the mountain from Kyoto. The ward of Kyoto called Fushimi, in the south of the city, is the second largest sake producing region in Japan. While Fushimi has the perfect water and Kyoto’s millennia culinary culture, it ought to be producing …

The Taste of Real Sake in Kyoto: Sake Bar Asakura (with Fluent English Service)

The Taste of Real Sake in Kyoto: Sake Bar Asakura (with Fluent English Service)

“Welcome to the world of REAL SAKE!! Have you ever tasted fruity, rich flavored sake, unpasteurized sake, red sake, amber colored 20+ year old vintage sake? More than 50 kinds of sake is waiting for you… at Nihonshu Sake Bar Asakura”, reads the sign outside. I’m in! How about you? The Taste of Real Sake …

Where to Buy Premium Sake in Kyoto

Where to Buy Premium Sake in Kyoto

Premium sake stores in Kyoto are surprisingly few. I highly recommend the sake in that requires refrigeration. This is called namazake, or fresh sake. Namazake is often unpasteurized and should not contain jozo alcohol (distilled brewing alcohol). Namazake is fresh and often surprisingly fruity in flavor and bouquet. Young Japanese often don’t like sake because …

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