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Nishiogikubo: Mitsuya Sake Shop

Mitsuya in Nishiogikubo is one of THE best sake shops around Tokyo. We really like going to their tasting to learn about sake and kura. Most of the sake we have blogged is available at Mitsuya.

So, wondering what it’s like and how to get there? I picked up some sake we ordered last month and took the opportunity to get some pictures inside the store. I also got some pictures around the neighborhood to make it a bit easier for people to find the shop.

Oh, if you are in the area, they are hosting a tasiting on February 11th, 12 noon to 7:00pm and February 12th, 12 noon to 6:30pm. Just drop in if you like- no reservations needed. What do they have? Sounds like they have 15-year-old gold medal sake, some special nama, and other hard to find sakes. So, make sure to drop by and check it out.

Inside the store, they have one big wall-to-wall cellar filled with sake.
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Two rows are filled with 1.8L bottles (or isshoubin).
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Also, they have two little cellars for smaller bottles.
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In addition, they have shochu and wine.

How to get to Mitsutya

About 5 minutes walk from the station.

If you prefer a simple map, here’s the Yahoo map in Japanese.

From wherever you are to Nishiogikubo JR Station, here is the link to one of the
route search engines

When you are at Nishiogikubo JR Station, take the South Exit 南口.
You will see blue NOLOAN sign and a fruit shop.
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Turn to the left toward the pachinko parlor and keeping 富士そば(Fujisoba) on your right.
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Take a right, pass a book store and go about 100 meters (2 min). At the corner with Shinseido (CD/VIDEO shop) and a Yakitori shop, take a left.
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You will pass a butcher and after 300 meters (3 min), you will see Mitsuya. Good luck and have fun.
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8 Responses to “Nishiogikubo: Mitsuya Sake Shop”

  1. I used to live down the street from there when I lived in Japan. My wife is Japanese, and so I moved there to be with her. When a friend of my father-in-law helped me get work in Japan, I knew he liked Shochu, so I went there to get him a bottle as a thank you gift. When I enetered the store, there was a table set up with 14 different types of Shochu. The kind lady and daughter allowed me to taste all of them. I was pleasantly buzzed and got a good bottle of Shochu. I like sake myself, so that’s where I always went to buy it. I miss the place, and hope to return there one day.

    Posted by Feliks Gailitis | February 18, 2009, 11:12 am
  2. How nice! I will let Mitsuya people know next week when I see them. I hope you will be back soon to drop by there. You may not find the daughter since the youngest recently got married.

    Posted by Et-chan | February 24, 2009, 11:43 pm
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