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Aug. 12, 2020 UPDATE
Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd. - 佐々木酒造株式会社 -
Traveler Friendly
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.
Information
Japanese, English
Languages spoken
Japanese, English
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Aug. 12, 2020 UPDATE

Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd.

- 佐々木酒造株式会社 -
Traveler Friendly
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.
Information
Japanese, English
Languages spoken
Japanese, English
1494 8 --- 0 reviews
Story & Recommendation
Original Kyoto Sake Only a Short Walk from Nijo-jo Castle
Located north of the Nijo-jo Castle, Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd is a sake brewery selling Japanese sake that pairs perfectly with seasonal Kyoto cuisine.
Pairing Sasaki Shuzo’s sake with dishes such as murasaki-zukin edamame in the fall and Kujo leeks in the winter, the subtle flavors of the alcohol works to bring out and amplify the natural flavors of the vegetables.
However, if you’re looking for something cool to try with a classic Kyoto summer dish – such as sea eel perhaps? – then there’s nothing like a cold glass of the symbol of this brewery, Jurakudai (Junmai daiginjo).
In the Muromachi period (1336 – 1573), there were over 300 sake breweries in Kyoto City alone!
Sadly only two of them remain; and one of them is Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd.
We hope that you’ll stop by and pick up a bottle – or two – of this historic brewery’s high quality local Kyoto sake to enjoy at your hotel before turning in for the night.
1Recommend!
Jurakudai (Junmai daiginjo)
Jurakudai (Junmai daiginjo) / 300 ml/¥1,404 | 720 ml/¥3,240 | 1.8 L/¥8,022
Jurakudai is one of Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd.’s flagship sake and a Junmai daiginjo, the highest quality of Japanese sake. This sake has an intense sweetness from the rice and a flowery aroma. The flavor is crisp and refreshing so it’s perfect for those new to sake. For a more intense flavor, try chilling before drinking. Jurakudai pairs best with the classic Kyoto summer vegetable, Kamo-nasu eggplant.
2Recommend!
Jurakudai Daiginjo Maiko-san
Jurakudai Daiginjo Maiko-san / 500 ml/¥3,240
This fantastic looking bottle featuring a beautiful Maiko-san, an apprentice geisha, is filled with daiginjo sake. Daiginjo sake has a fairly high alcohol content and slightly tingles the tongue when drunk. It also pairs perfectly with raw sashimi. The gorgeous label features a maiko as the hard work that the young dancers put into their practice day in and day out is meant to reflect that of the brewers who worked on the sake. With its wonderful Kyoto aesthetic, this bottle of sake makes the perfect souvenir.
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Shiroi-Ginmeisui (Amazake-Iced drink)
Shiroi-Ginmeisui (iced amazake) / 150 ml/¥184
Amazake is a non-alcoholic drink made from moromi, the solid left overs of the sake-making process. Drunk at New Year’s and other special occasions, amazake contains a variety of nutrients that can help relieve fatigue. Sasaki Shuzo’s Amazake, however, is no regular amazake. Their’s contain Japanese plum extract that gives it a wonderful sourness that helps to balance the drink’s flavors. This amazake is so light and refreshing that you’ll likely down it in one gulp. Pick some up for when you inevitably get tired after trekking around Kyoto all day. *Only available from April to September.
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Heian-Shijin Blue Ginjo
Heian-Shijin Blue Ginjo / 300 ml, ¥720 | 720 ml, ¥1,543 | 1.8 L, ¥3,085
Sasaki Shuzo’s Heian-shijin Blue is a variety of sake called ginjo. Ginjo sake is made through low-temperature fermentation which gives it its distinctively fruity taste. Pairing best with fish, this sake has a superb mild finish, fruity aroma and is recommended most for people who prefer sweeter sake. Good served both hot or cold.
How to buy
All sake varieties are available to taste for free. Sasaki Shuzo Co., Ltd. also sells limited run products, so give see which seasonal sake are available when you’re there to see if you can’t pick up a nice memento of your time in Kyoto.
- Shopping Tips -
Each bottle of sake comes in a box that fixes it in place and prevents breakage. 
After getting home, avoid keeping your sake in warm places or in direct sunlight. Cool and dark environments are the best for storing sake.

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