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Ponshukan Niigata-station South

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Great place to sample sake

If you’re a sake lover, then this is the place to be. For 500 yen, you can sample 5 different sake... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Melaine W
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Great place to pass some time

plenty of different sakes to try manny only find ourand yuzawa and the surrounding areas great for... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Jimmy H
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1-96-47 Hanazono, Chuo-ku, Niigata 950-0086, Niigata Prefecture
+81 25-240-7090
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

If you’re a sake lover, then this is the place to be. For 500 yen, you can sample 5 different sake. They have the most popular sake throughout the country and especially the great ones from Niigata (which is the rice prefecture). Plus if you...More

1  Thank Melaine W
Reviewed August 6, 2018

plenty of different sakes to try manny only find ourand yuzawa and the surrounding areas great for pepol new to japanese culture somthing different surrounded by store selling japanese sake and rice and other locally produced products

Thank Jimmy H
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Great place to sample all the best sake in Japan, particularly from Niigata prefecture, which is considered some of the best. Make sure to sample the cucumbers with various salts in between snakes. It's fun, inexpensive and unique, you'll love it.

Thank Umberto V
Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

This is not a main branch but still fun to visit. 500 yen for 5 coins. There were so many many kinds of sake. There was a chart to guide popular choices. Wanna try them all but my body can’t tolerate that much alcohol. Don’t...More

Thank minnie282016
Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

We read so much about this before heading to Niigata, all true! Fun! Aside from free tasting at a sake manufacturer In town, this is the cheap and chic deal. Just randomly tasting local sake and miso as well. Love it!

Thank Amy W
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

If you are an English speaker and you want to try some Niigata sake, the Ponshukan at Echigo-Yuzawa Station is a better place. At Niigata Station, all captions are in Japanese and the selection is about the same as that at the smaller station. Try...More

Thank Chin Kiat C
Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

We loved this place! A cheap way to try different sake in a fun environment. Although the descriptions were all in Japanese, we just picked 5 different sakes based on their location (there's a map that shows you) and they were all pretty tasty!

1  Thank Krystal B
Reviewed January 31, 2018

Where else could you have the broadest variety (>100) of the best sake in the workd (Niigata sake), made from the best rice in the world (Niigata rice), all doses available for pretty much 1$ a shot, everything clean, safe and organised, over 50 samples...More

Thank Higuma2017
Reviewed January 7, 2018

For 500 yens, you get 5 tokens to buy your sake with. There are over 90 sakes to try. There's a blackboard with a list of the top 10 sakes so you can start with that or follow your fancy. You can even choose your...More

Thank josephine100
Reviewed December 13, 2017 via mobile

You are able to be tasting many kinds of Japanese Niigata local Sake. Get coins, put coins in the machines, and enjoy! Rice is absolutely delicious in the area. I should have brought extra rice ball. It wasn't triangle ball though.

Thank Sachie M
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Anthony L
December 4, 2017|
Response from Greg G | Reviewed this property |
There is no onsen next to the Ponshukan in the Niigata City Train Station. There is a small onsen in the Echigo Yuzawa Station that is within Niigata prefecture. That station also had a Ponshukan several years ago, but I do... More
March 26, 2017|
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Response from Greg G | Reviewed this property |
Probably yes. Sorry. I do not recall.