Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center

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Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center

Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A small musium in the center of Tokyo to experience national beverage of Japan "Sake and Shochu." JSS Information Center is run by Japan Sake & Shochu Makers Association which includes most of the breweries all over Japan as its members. Information about sake and shochu making and how to enjoy them are available through videos and panphlets. Also, well trained stuffs are ready to answer your questions. We always have about 100 items of various types of sake and shochu for you to taste and buy from all over Japan. The menu changes once in about 3 weeks, so every time you visit the place, you will find all new products and enjoy tasting it at very reasonable price. If you are interested in Japanese food culture and history, this is a nice place to spend about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
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Neighborhood: Odaiba / Shiodome / Shinbashi
Odaiba is an entertainment hotspot with a giant ferris wheel, concert halls, amusement arcades and lots of shopping. It also boasts Oedo-onsen-monogatari, a hotspring that recreates old Edo-era ambiance and is very popular with foreign visitors. Shiodome has ultra-modern office buildings where you can often find restaurants with a great high-rise view of Tokyo. The neighboring area of Shinbashi is a district of much older commercial buildings and it's a great place to join 'salary men' enjoying a drink and snacks at street stalls under the railway bridges after work.
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Lasplop
Zhongzheng District, Taipei5 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
Lovely quality experience in Tokyo. Gives you the opportunity to try different sake for a reasonable price. (5 types of sake for 500 yen) then it also exist a individual menu for between 100-300 yen for 30 ml. Very polite staff with English that is workable but don’t expect any in-depth presentations of the sake. They have plenty of reading material in different languages to compensate for any poor English.
Written January 24, 2020
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rossf976
Fargo, ND131 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Perhaps the toughest thing about the Tokyo Sake/Shochu Information Center is finding it. Not because it’s in some obscure part of the city—It’s in Ginza, the upscale shopping area of central Tokyo. You’re probably there already gawking at the high-end stores. But the sake center is not-so-cleverly tucked into an anonymous office building. Look hard for the signs in the Toranomon Building lobby, confidently follow, and you soon reach a modern shrine to all things sake (rice wine) and shochu (Japanese indigenous distilled liquor).

The nearly new venue is a lot more tourist-friendly than you’d think from the outside. The staff can speak English, and so do the brochures, a magazine, and even videos describing the sake brewing and shochu distilling processes. One side of the room is devoted to sake; the other to shochu. If you are new to Japanese alcoholic drinks, you’ve probably never tried the latter. It’s hard to find outside of Japan. But you can give both shochu and sake a try in flights of three or by the each. The cost is more than reasonable: even the highest class junmai daiginjo sake is never more than 300 yen (less than $3) for 30 ml. Most are 100 yen. You can, but no, you don’t want to try more than 30 ml samples. Nothing sneaks up on you like sake or shoshu. But with 73 sakes and 30 shochus available for a taste, you certainly will learn the difference between junmai, daiginjo, aged, unpasteurized, unfiltered, and other kinds you probably know nothing about now, and will probably never see in stores outside of Japan. You can buy a bottle of your favorite to take home. Fantastic value, wonderful way to spend a couple hours in a quiet tasting room. Don’t plan to drive after.
Written July 20, 2017
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StephenSDenver
Denver, CO1,047 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
For 500 Yen, you can try 5 different Sakes. They have a menu of the 32 sakes available with descriptions and other info (in English). There were several types I didn't even know existed (citrus and yogurt to name 2). We liked it so much we went back to sample others. After sampling, they have bottles for sale which we bought several to bring home with us. One complaint - the hours are not good - it's closed on weekends and only open until 5pm on weekdays.
Written April 8, 2015
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DragonPrincess
Melbourne, Australia323 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Although I have drunk both, I have no knowledge of sake or shochu so planned to start our trip in Tokyo here to learn about the intricacies of both drinks. The girls are very friendly and were tolerant of all my questions. I had not idea that there was such a variety of styles of sake. There are 120 sakes that could be tasted here and I had no idea what to try, but the girls worked out what I would like and recommended some of the lighter and fruitier styles for me to try. My partner had different flavours to try. We sat at one of the tables and read the pamphlets provided and tasted and studied the drinks. I found it really interesting and would highly recommend people to visit this place. Although there were tourists there, there was also a few locals just sitting having a few drinks.
Written April 28, 2019
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Duparts
New Delhi, India2,010 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
All about sake... An amazing concept for trying different sake at one place... I love Japanese sake and one place to have sake from all over Japan. A must for sake lovers
Written April 4, 2019
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Jeff C
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
Just for about $4, then you can taste five different sakes. Fun place. It is not like a beautiful bar place though...
Written August 18, 2015
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Alexander
Hamburg, Germany32 contributions
...one might think but it is basically just one room. However you can taste a wide variety of sake and if you like the taste of one you can buy a bottle or two. This might not be worth a trip but if you're close by I'd recommend taking a look (No entry fees).
Written October 21, 2014
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Adrián Q
A Coruña46 contributions
They don't too much varieties (i think yes, but they don't), even the nice girl who attended me showed me a map about other stores. It's weird, but it's very considered by them. Finally I bought the sake there, it's not too expensive, but not cheap. Of course there are a lot of prices, but the average could be around 1000-1500Â¥.

They will give you a cups of sake if you want to taste it, of course.

It's easy to find if you are in the correct street. If I'd been in the correct place, it's not in any building, just at the BF.
Written August 1, 2012
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Asterix135
Toronto, Canada208 contributions
There is some information here in Japanese on sake, and a whole lot of sake bottles from around Japan, but this place is not at all welcoming. Staff seemed disinterested in visitors and more interested in talking to each other. No real attempt to explain or show anything about sake other than a somewhat interesting video that was playing.
The only redeeming thing about the place is the chance to do a sake tasting: 5 for ¥500
Written July 23, 2011
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Roxanne
4 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
My sister and I made this a destination on our trip to Japan and it was one of the best things we did. We're both sake enthusiasts, but this visit took our appreciation of sake into new dimensions. Sake of various flavors and ages is on offer, and the flights of sake make it possible to sample a wide range of types. The space is airy and welcoming, and the expertise available is beyond one's highest hopes. This is such a special place!
Written October 21, 2018
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Thank you vary much for visiting JSS Info. So happy to hear that you and your sister had a good time at our place. Sake sure is a charming drink with variety and dephth. Please find a good shop or restaurant and deepen your interest until we see each other again.
Written October 22, 2018
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