Mar. 17, 2017 UPDATE

Masuya Saketen

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Sake lovers unite! Tasting sake from all over Japan
Focusing on sake, Masuya Saketen is a place where variety of sake from all over Japan can be enjoyed. It’s a perfect place to try your favorite type of sake or adventure into one that you never tried before. Check out the display of sake bottles on the black board with a graph near the entrance. Categorized into fruity sweetness or refreshing and sharp flavors, this graph will help you decide which one to order.
Tamagawa (Kyoto prefecture) Kozosansui (Miyagi prefecture)
Tamagawa (Kyoto prefecture) Kozosansui (Miyagi prefecture) / ¥650 (Tamagawa), ¥450(Kozosansu) for 90cc glass
There are three ways to drink sake. Drink it room temperature, cold, or hot. For example, The Tamagawa brewed in Kyoto prefecture is recommended to drink it room temperature while Kozosansui brewed in Miyagi prefecture is recommended to drink hot. There are no rules though in drinking sake except for enjoying it and that’s something easy to do at Masuya Saketen.
Kikutaka (Aichi prefecture)
Kikutaka (Aichi prefecture) / ¥450 (90cc glass) ¥850 (180cc glass)
Nigori sake is also commonly known outside Japan as sake that is cloudy in color. Kiku Taka however, is “usu nigori” meaning it is lightly cloudy. Recommend cold, Kiku Taka is very refreshing and tasty sake brewed in Aichi prefecture.
Sake no ate assortment
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Sake no ate assortment / ¥900
“Ate,” is a term used in Kansai region of Japan for side dishes that complement drinks. The assortment comes with 6 different “ate” and are changed daily. The assortment includes array of seafood, cheese, and vegetables that can also be ordered separately as ala carte. Try the smoked quail egg that is topped on bed of red seaweed as the smoky flavor goes very well with any sake.
Yuba pizza (with blue cheese)
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Yuba pizza (with blue cheese) / ¥500
Yuba pizza is a unique dish that goes extremely well with strong and bold sake. A sheet of Yuba, also known as tofu skin or tofu curd, is used for this pizza topped with delicious blue cheese. Crisply baked Yuba pizza is an excellent finger food that amps up your visit.
How to Order

English menu is available, however not all items are on it. Reference this article and the staff for recommendations.

- Order Tips -
When in doubt, go to the sake graph and visually see the choices of sake. Do you want sweet or sharp flavors?
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
4.0 food4.0 service3.5 atmosphere4.5
Masuya Saketen is a must go place for sake lovers! They have very good selection of sake from all over Japan. It's a comfy place to go for a drink owned by a really pretty owner. It's stylish and very enjoyable with great food as well. Highly recommended to go for a drink! There are counter bars, high tables, and a standing table by the entrance.
4.0 food4.5 service3.5 atmosphere4.0
This sake pub specializes in sake, and they have all kinds of sake from all over Japan. The restaurant opened just recently, but it's always bustling with sake enthusiasts. There are standing tables, tables with chairs, and counter seats so the pub can be used for any occasion! I go ofren go here myself so I really want to recommend this pub!
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Masuya Saketen / 益や酒店
Category Izakaya
Phone +81 75-256-0221
Address !F 426Dainichicho Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Directions 4 minute-walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station
Open Hours 5pm - 11:30pm (L.O.) on weekdays 3pm - 11:30pm (L.O.) Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays
Reservations Accepted
Closed No regular holidays
Notes Most busy during 8pm - 9pm Opens early on weekends
Price range
Sake from ¥450
Credit cards Accepted (minimum charge of ¥3,000)
Good for Solo, With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Loved by tourists
Menu Japanese, English
Lanuages spoken Japanese, basic English
Number of seats 35 seats
Private dining rooms None
Non smoking / smoking Non smoking

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