Great Sake Bars Loved by Locals in Kyoto -2-

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We have already introduced some of the great bars that loved by locals in Kyoto in the previous article . Here are more of our favourite sake places in Kyoto. Hope you find a place to hit tonight!


5 min walk toward north from Karasuma-Oike station, there’s a sake bar owned by Israeli, Mr. Yoramu. There’re 8 counter seats, and Mr.Yoramu, who’s a big fan of sake will find you the sake you’ll like. Dishes have got varieties – Mediterranean cuisine, Okinawa cuisine Kyoto cuisine such as yuba, skin of tofu. No wonder the place is popular, you will always find your thing there. This place is good also to take a break from Japanese food.

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Fushimi Sakagurakoji

Fushimi Sakagura koji is like a theme park that you can try great dishes and sake from 17 breweries and 8 restaurants in one place.
Their tables are always busy with people who want to try limited sake and have sake tasting with friends! They fill the space with nice atmosphere and various sake barrels and sho bottles are displayed. You can order lots of kind of dishes at your seat, such as yakitori (chicken skewered), sushi, ramen etc. This place is the best for feeling Japanese sake izakaya bar style.

Fushimi Sakagura Koji
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Sakagura Bar En

There is a cozy bar only 5 min walk from Momoyama-Goryo station, which is owned by Fujioka shuzo brewery. It is 5min walk from Momoyama-Goryo station. Be noted that the bar will be closed in the evening when the brewery closes.
The best thing here is that having the major sake from Fujioka shuzo brewery, a bottle of “Souku”. While you’re enjoying the sake and snacks, you can see sake in the process of brewing through the window. Their food menu is just for snacking, but every dishes is selected for matching to sake. When you are there try sake-leess raisin-butter. Sake-lees helps to have more rich flavour and it tastes totally different from the regular raisin-butter.
There’s also a “Sake manju (Japanese steamed sweet cake)” and “amazake (sake lees drink)”, for people who prefer to have alcohol free menu.

Sakagura Bar En
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Sake Bar Junsuke is a place that have outdoor seats, counter seats and table seats. In this stylish bar you can enjoy the sake that carefully chosen by the master of the sake, and the dish cooked by a chef who used to work for the famous Japanese restaurant.
The selection of food would be suitable for anyone – from just for snacking to full meal. Do not miss their specialty – hamaguri, clam shabu-shabu (a Japanese dish, a type of hot pot)”. Not many places serve it and it’s worth trying. Don’t forget to ask the best sake to drink with!

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If you want to deepen your knowledge about sake, why don’t you join our sake tasting tour,”Kyoto Insider Sake Experience“. You will definitely have an idea what exactly you are drinking and also be able to choose your favourite sake at the end of tour!


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