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) / ￥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) / ￥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 / ￥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) / ￥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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Masuya Saketen / 益や酒店
|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|
|Closed||No regular holidays|
|Notes||Most busy during 8pm - 9pm Opens early on weekends|
Sake from ￥450
|Credit cards||Accepted (minimum charge of ￥3,000)|
|Good for||Solo, With Friends|
Loved by tourists
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese, basic English|
|Number of seats||35 seats|
|Private dining rooms||None|
|Non smoking / smoking||Non smoking|