For those who like sake, you have to have a few cups when in Kyoto, and buy a few bottles to take home with you. And in winter, it’s time to enjoy hot sake, known in Japanese as “atsukan.” Sake is heated in a server called “tokkuri,” from where it’s poured into small cups known as “ochoko” from which it is drunk. The sake is drunk as-is, and no water is usually added. The temperature “atsukan” is usually served is 50 degrees Celsius, so it comes to your table steaming, and the fragrant smell of sake is even stronger than usual. After a few cups, you will be feeling very warm and cozy! Most of the bars and izakayas in Kyoto offer atsukan, so if you are coming to Kyoto in winter, remember to have some hot sake too!