A place to buy original Kyoto sake within a 15-minute walk from Nijo Castle
At Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd, located to the north of Nijo castle, Japanese sake that pairs perfectly with seasonal Kyoto cuisine is available for purchase. Some examples of this cuisine are a type of Edamame called murasaki-zukin, which is served in the fall, and Kujo leek, which is a winter specialty. The ability to draw out the flavors of these foods is what’s so appealing about this sake. Jurakudai (Junmai daiginjo), which is the symbol for this shop, is best drunk cold in the summer It’s a perfect match for the hamo dishes that summer in Kyoto just isn’t the same without. In the Muromachi Era (1336-1753), there were over 300 sake breweries within the city of Kyoto, but now just two of them remain. One of these is Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd., which is why it’s such a special shop. We hope you’ll stop by and pick up some high quality Kyoto sake to enjoy at your hotel before you turn in for the night.
Jurakudai (Junmai daiginjo) / 300ml ￥1,404 | 720ml ￥3,240 | 1.8L ￥8,022
This is one of Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd.’s flagship sake products. It’s a Junmaidaiginjo, which is the highest quality ranking of Japanese sake. The sweet flavor of the rice is intense, and it has a flowery aroma. The taste is crisp and refreshing, so it’s perfect for people who don’t have much experience with sake. Chill it before drinking to enjoy a stronger flavor. It pairs wonderfully with dishes made with kamo aubergine, one of Kyoto’s summer vegetables.
Jurakudai Daiginjo Maiko-san / 500ml ￥3,240
This type of sake is called Daiginjo. The alcohol content is fairly high. This gives it a stimulating sensation on your tongue, and it’s a perfect match for Sashimi (raw fish). In addition, it has a gorgeous label decorated with a Maiko-san, an apprentice Geiko who practice dancing and other skills every day. This represents the day to day efforts of sake brewers as well. With this Kyoto aesthetic, it makes a great souvenir.
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Shiroi-Ginmeisui (Amazake-Iced drink) / 150ml ￥184
Amazake is a non-alcoholic drink made from Moromi, the solid materials left over from the sake-making process. It’s frequently drunk at New Year’s and other celebratory events, and also contains a variety of nutrients that can help relieve fatigue. Also, their Amazake differs from the standard variety. It includes Japanese plum extract, which gives it a nice sourness that balances the flavor. It’s so light and refreshing, you’ll drink it down in one gulp. Try some when you get tired during a sightseeing trip in Kyoto. Only available from April to September.
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Heian-Shijin Blue Ginjo / 300ml ￥720 | 720ml ￥1,543 | 1,8L ￥3,085
This sake variety is called Ginjo, and it is made with low-temperature fermentation that gives it a fruity flavor. Just right paired with fish. Recommended for people who prefer sweeter sake. Good both hot and cold. The mild finish is superb. The fruity aroma will put you in a happy mood.
How to buyAll sake varieties are available for free tasting. At Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd., there are also products on sale that are available for a limited time only. Try drinking some seasonal sake that’s only available during the time of your visit.
- Shopping Tips -
Purchases include a box that keeps the neck of sake bottles fixed in place to prevent breakage. After taking your sake home, avoid hot areas and direct sunlight. Cool and dark locations are the best places to store it.
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Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd. / 佐々木酒造株式会社
|Category||Sake / Liqueur|
|Address||727, Kitaiseyacho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-8152|
|Directions||1-minute walk from city bus Marutamachi Chiekoin stop getting off.|
|Open Hours||10am - 5pm|
|Closed||Sundays and holidays, O-bon holiday, New Year holidays|
|Credit cards||VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Accepted|
In addition to staff who can speak basic English, Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd.’s store also has displays set up with English names and descriptions written for all available sake varieties. There is also a car park located in front of the store for customers who come by car.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese, English|