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Thank you for your visit. As of now, to provide same service to the all our customers, we cannot accept the people who do not speak Japanese on the weekend. Our wish is that all our guests enjoy drinking Sake equally at Sake Ichi. We welcome your...more
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...More
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....More
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...More
I recomend this lovely place. If you are a foreign, you should go any day except saturday (if i am not wrong), when there is a kind waitress who speaks english and explains all types of sakes and meals and suggests you depending on your...More
We loved this place so much that we stopped by two nights in a row. Our new bestie :) recommended what has now become our favorite sake at the moment. She was incredibly kind, patient and knowledgeable when recommending new sakes to try. We had...More
Sake Ichi claims that they cannot accept non-Japanese speakers on weekends. However, I am fluent in Japanese, and was refused service on Saturday, even though I was speaking Japanese. The owner told justified it by saying that he has the right to choose his customers....More
We went here from reviews on this site and I must say it turned out a better experience than we expected. The owners are very knowledgeable with their Sake and love to assist people who have never had Sake before. Their English was near perfect...More
Though small by comparison, Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most spirited and memorable neighborhoods. A narrow street straddling the Kamogawa River, it is Kyoto's busiest nightlife spot. When darkness falls, Pontocho's many signs and lanterns bolt to life, making the area glow with invitations to passers-by to come inside and pull up a chair. Its restaurants and bars sprawl onto the riverbank, providing a friendly
atmosphere and delicious food. Verandas are always filled with people young and old crowding tables, biting into hot yakitori or sipping cold beers. It is a culinary heart of Kyoto as much as one of its most laid-back, clamorous, and entertaining evening hotspots. Pontocho has more of an amiable vibrancy to it than an elegant one, attracting newcomers, local veterans, and everyone in between, in casual attire like sneakers and jeans.