Mar. 07, 2019 UPDATE

Asano Nihonshuten Kyoto

- 浅野日本酒店 -
Asano Nihonshuten is a very casual sake shop with a bar in the middle of Kyoto
Asano Nihonshuten is a sake shop, but not just any sake shop. Asano Nihonshuten is located in the Aeon shopping mall right next to Kyoto Station, so it’s location couldn’t be better. What makes this sake shop special is that it also has a bar counter, where you get to try all kinds of sakes from all over Japan. In fact, if you’re thinking of buying a bottle of sake here, you can have a little taste of the sake for free. The sake at the shop is tasted by the staff at the sake breweries before they choose to sell it, so you can be sure that whichever sake you choose at the shop, it’s going to be up to Asano Nihonshuten’s strict quality standards.
Kyoto tasting set
Kyoto tasting set / Before 4 p.m. ¥700, after 4 p.m. ¥900
You can get their weekly tasting set or the Kyoto tasting set, but since you’re in the old capital, why not have the Kyoto tasting set? You get to try three great sakes from Kyoto, and if you’re drinking early, as in before 4 p.m. you get the set for 200 yen cheaper and even get a little snack to go with the sake. The glasses contain 30ml of sake each.
Amazake tasting set
Amazake tasting set / ¥700
You get to try three different kinds of amazake, the sweet, quite a thick type of sake that is especially popular among women. This is the sake set for the Instagram generation, and if you show this picture to the staff they should be able to recreate the assortment we have in the picture for you. The green one is nonalcoholic matcha amazake!
Smoked fatty mackerel
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Smoked fatty mackerel / ¥350
The smoked fatty mackerel here is so good that it’s almost a steal at only 350 yen per portion. And the fattiness of the fish makes it go really well with sake. The fatty mackerel here is actually made by a famous izakaya in Kyoto, Sabar, so you can be sure you’re getting the best mackerel possible.
Assortment of three appetizers
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Assortment of three appetizers / ¥500
You can get an assortment of three appetizers to go with the sake for 500 yen, and in the picture, the assortments are as follows: tofu pickled in sake lees, dried squid with mentaiko, and smoked chicken. They have all of these on sale too, so you can eat them at home with the sake you’re going to buy. Note that the tofu pickled in sake lees is only available for a limited time.
How to buy

how to buy - Asano

You can order either a 45ml or a 90ml glass of sake. If they’re full, write your name on the board and wait for them to call you. 

- Shopping Tips -

The staff at Asano Nihonshuten Kyoto have all tried the sakes they choose to sell at the shop, so their recommendations are something you can really take into account. 

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Asano Nihonshuten sells sake from all over Japan, and they have a really good selection! And you can enjoy sake and some snacks at the bar of the shop, this is something incredibly nice for someone like me who likes sake. You can also try the sakes they sell before you buy, and because of this, I ended up buying a bottle! So what are you waiting for, it’s time to enter the delicious world of sake!
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Asano Nihonshuten Kyoto / 浅野日本酒店
Category Sake / Liqueur
Phone +81 75-748-6641
Address 1 Nishikujo Toriiguchi-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 3-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station.
Open Hours 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Last orders at 8:40 p.m.)
Closed Open every day unless otherwise noticed.
Price range
Credit cards VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Accepted.
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
The shop has English signs and the staff can speak some English, so you shouldn’t have any problems.
Information Japanese, English.
Lanuages spoken Japanese and some simple English.
Shipping services They can ship to your hotel in Japan for an extra charge but do not ship overseas.
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