Recommended by Japanese Gourmets! Sake No Daimasu Kaminarimon Branch
Sake no Daimasu Kaminarimon BranchSake no Daimasu is located near the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, just a one minute walk from the big red lantern of the Kaminarimon gate.
In Japanese this is called a kakuuchi, a combination of liquor store and sake bar. If you enjoy a quick drink on the go this is the place for you.
A Sake Specialty Shop With a Wide SelectionAs soon as you enter you'll see shelves upon shelves carrying over 100 different kinds of sake! Even just wandering through the aisles is fun. The store stocks brands from all over Japan as well as many kinds of shochu and wine. Being a sake fan, I wanted to open and try them all.
For those who can't decide what to get, you can check the top 5 best sellers ranking from the previous month to see what's popular!
In addition to normal bottles, you will find these small containers called one cup. As the name suggests, these are single portions of sake. If you peel the top off you can drink directly from the container like you just poured yourself a glass.
Our Sake Recommendations■Kaiun（開運酒）
Its name meaning 'good luck', this makes for a nice treat for yourself as well as a great souvenir. The low price is also a selling point.
■Konaki Junmai (こなき純米)
This sake from Tottori Prefecture was featured in a Japanese sake ranking. As it is labeled as extra-dry I recommend this for people that aren't fans of sweet beverages. The drawing on the label is a character from the popular Japanese anime series Gegege no Kitaro.
■Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo gourd bottle（八海山 純米吟醸 ひょうたん瓶）
This brand is from Niigata Prefecture which is famous for clean water, high quality rice and consequently good sake. The sake made with Nagoya rice has a unique aroma and the gourd-shaped bottle is also really cool.
■Nanbu Bijin Yamada Nishiki（南部美人 山田錦）
Nanbu Bijin, a popular sake from Iwate Prefecture won the first prize at an international contest. The Yamada Nishiki series in particular has a rich aroma and such a delicate texture that sake fans won't want to miss this one.
■Asakusa Jinja Omiki（浅草神社 御神酒）
Have you ever seen those sake barrels on a shrine grounds? Those are called omiki. They are opened during special occasions such as festivals and this is the sake used during the Asakusa Shrine festival.
In Japan snacks are considered an important part of drinking and many liquor stores also sell them. At Sake no Daimasu you'll find unusual and interesting snacks. How about some squid or canned fish?
Having a Drink at the Sake Bar
The other half of the store is a spacious bar with a long counter. You can visit the bar even if you don't buy anything at the shop.
Here are a few recommendations for sake and food that you can try here.
One good thing that the bar offers is the possibility of trying several different kinds of rice wine. There are five tasting sets to choose from, each featuring three different varieties in 45ml glasses.
The one I chose to try was the Junmai Daiginjo set.
From left to right we have Kariho from Akita Prefecture, Ichizuchi Masamune from Ehime Prefecture and Sato no Homare from Ibaraki Prefecture. The special feature of these three varieties is that they all have a fruity aroma. Raisin for the first, peach for the second and melon for the third. I especially liked the melon one because it was easy to drink and I could have drunk many cups of it.
Asakusa Sanja Gongen-sha Shrine (current Asakusa Jinja Shrine) Refined Sake
This is one of the varieties consumed during Sanja Matsuri, one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo. The taste is refreshing and the smell is not too strong, making it very easy to drink.
Reference price: 90ml 290 yen
Sashimi set, 3 pieces
The fish used here is extremely fresh and makes an outstanding pairing with sake. Highly recommended.
Grilled firefly squid
Grilled squid is the staple of alcohol snacks in Japan! This specific dish comes with a little instruction sheet on how best to eat your firefly squid.
Upon ordering you'll receive a plate of dried squids that you're going to 'grill' yourself. The peculiar instruction sheet tells you to first choose a squid that you like. Apparently it's important that you look at its expression.
Next, put all your love into the lighter and use it to completely grill your squid. The smell is really inviting.
Here you can see the squid before and after being grilled. When the squid starts getting tender it's time to eat it.
Smoked soft-boiled egg
Soft-boiled eggs are very common in Japan. The half-cooked yolk is really creamy and this particular egg also has an amazing smoked aroma. Delicious!
Sea bream chazuke (cooked rice with dashi broth poured in it)
In Japan there's a habit of eating food containing carbohydrates like rice or ramen as a wrap-up dish after you're finished drinking. The soft sea bream and broth are really refreshing and have a great aroma. Order this at the end of your drinking experience to feel cleansed and refreshed.
There is of course a wide choice of sake, even special varieties like sake champagne. There are also unusual brands of umeshu (plum liquor) and shochu (another Japanese distilled beverage), so there is really a lot of choice!
An English menu is also available. Make sure you ask the staff.
InformationSake no Daimasu Kaminarimon Branch | 酒の大桝 雷門店
Address: 1-2-8 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Weekdays 4:00pm - 11:30pm. Weekends and holidays 12:00pm - 11:30pm
Closed on Tuesdays (if Tuesday is a holiday, closed the following day)
Access: 1 min. walk from Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / 1 min. walk from Toei Asakusa Station on the Toei Subway / 6 min. walk from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express
Website (Japanese-only): Sake no Daimasu Kaminarimon Branch
※This article is based on information from a coverage made on April 7, 2018. The available products and prices might change depending on the time of your visit.
※All prices are tax-exclusive.
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 06 07,2018 Author：DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team