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Sake Ichi

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373-1 Kamiyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8024 Kyoto Prefecture
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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Japan, Kyoto. The friendly host will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Kyoto and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking.<br>We'll send you Zoom URL invitation a few hours before the tour.
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Brandon wrote a review Nov 2019
Tokyo, Japan1 contribution1 helpful vote
Happened to walk by on a Friday night with a pair of Japanese friends. One popped in to confirm if there was room. There was, but then my friend was questioned if she had any foreigners with her. She answered yes, but that I was fluent in Japanese so their wouldn't be any communication issues. They said they were refusing entry to all non-Japanese patrons and there would be no exception. It immediately singled me out as a burden to the rest of the group, an outsider who's mere presence limited access. My friends, of course did not feel this way, and we're quite shocked that such a place could legally operate with such an openly racist agenda in the heart of Kyoto. But how could I not feel guilty at being the source for refusal of entry. Kyoto is a city that is renowned for its omotenashi, an extreme level of hospitality that is largely unmatched in the rest of the world. What a shame that the disgusting Sake壱, a shop that can't even muster basic human decency, is able to operate in the midst that. Fortunately we found a lovely alternative, Shu-bar right around the corner. A better selection and a much better atmosphere.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Mai M wrote a review Nov 2019
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I visited there on Friday evening with a Japanese friend and an American friend who speaks japanese fluently and lives here. They had a plenty of space but asked me if there are any foreigners with me. I told them he speaks japanese fluently and lives here but they didn't care about it. They said that they don't know where to "draw a line" if they accept "those kind of foreigner". I mean I didn't really understand why they need to "draw a line" it's very very racist. I tried to argue with them but at the same time I felt very ashamed and upset as a Japanese that how they treat us without even having us. I cannot believe that there is this kind of racist place still exists in the center of Kyoto downtown. Japan is known as very polite and friendly country however I was very disappointed... After we were refused, we found a very friendly sake bar called Shu-bar around the corner. I recommend everyone not to bother to go there and come to this friendly place instead. 金曜日の夜に日本在住の日本語が流暢なアメリカ人を入れた3人でお店に伺いました。カウンターが空いてますと言われましたがそのあと外国人がいるか聞かれ、いると答えたらお断りされました。日本語を喋れる旨を伝えましたがどこで線を引けばいい?のかが難しいとよくわからない説明をされ、(線引きをする理由も差別でしかありませんが) 追い返されました。日本人としてとても恥ずかしくまた憤りを感じました。 日本は、特に京都は、おもてなし大国と呼ばれていますが、このような店がまだあるのだと凄く悲しくなりました。
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Dan F wrote a review Feb 2019
Yaesu, Japan1 contribution
My friends and I stumbled upon this place in search of a restroom on a Friday night – wow was the caliber of this place a pleasant surprise. Once we came in, we were told that an English-speaking host was on the way. ~10 minutes later a woman came to ask us what we were looking for in a sake (sweet vs dry, flavorful vs crisp, etc). All four of us gave different descriptions, the hostess asked clarifying questions, and then gave us individualized tastings. The selections were all exceptional. If you’re in the area, highly recommend dropping by for ~45 minutes.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Anniejeweltan wrote a review Dec 2018
Singapore, Singapore901 contributions47 helpful votes
Read half of the reviews about this place were bad. English speaking waitress has attitude, unfriendly to non-Japanese, etc...it’s true! While they have lots of sake, and the waitress speaks English so she could explain but rudely, it is not worth the while to visit. There are many sake bars around just not known because they don’t speak English. The place is very small and patrons are allowed to smoke in door. So it’s over whelming with the strong cigarette smoke and smell. Even for a avid sake drinker myself, I will not revisit. Why pay to be put down?
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Girl_on_the_Bay wrote a review Sep 2018
Samoa, California72 contributions22 helpful votes
This was truly a special find... A gracious hostess....she was so much more than a bartender.... with a thorough knowledge of the range of Saki made this an incredible experience. I never knew there was so much variety ...there were over 200 kinds. It was a bit like walking through a wine list...did we like dry, or sweet, filtered or not, hot cold etc. We wanted to adventure so she helped us select 5 sakes that would go to different extremes. She explained about some of the regions and, well, wow her range of knowledge was impressive without being snobby. The small menu thoughtfully compliments the beverage. To be clear, this is a sake bar and not a restaurant. Definitely a place to savor and relish this delightful beverage and chat with freinds. Very cozy and in a little side alley. Thier logo suites...(grasshoppers)...friends making a light noise at the end of the day. Don't miss this hidden gem
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Date of experience: May 2018
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