Kurand Sake Market

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  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
  •  Kurand Sake Market
Location

Tokyo, Japan

Address

道玄坂2-9-10, 松本ビル3F, Shibuya, 東京都 〒150-0043, Japan 3F Matsumoto Building, 2-9-10 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.

Getting there

6 mins walk from Keio Dentetsu Inogashira Line Station or 5-10 mins walk from Hachiko exit of Shibuya Station. Exit the station via the Hachiko exit, cross the famous ‘Shibuya Crossing’ and take the left-most street, the one with a L’occitane on the corner. At the Shibuya 109 fork, choose the left street towards Dogenzaka. Head up the street and after about 5mins you will see a Toho Cinemas on your left hand side. Walk a little further up ,we are in the building opposite Royal Host.

Telephone

+81 3 6455 0277

Email

customer@kurand.jp, info@kurand.jp, Shibuya: sakemarket-shibuya@kurand.jp

More information

http://kurand.jp/en, http://kurand.jp/en/sakemarket/shibuya, https://www.facebook.com/kurand.jp.en, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kurand-Sake-Market-Shibuya, https://www.instagram.com/kurand_info, https://twitter.com/kurand_info_en

Prices

¥3000 (ex TAX)

Opening hours

Weekdays: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Last Order: 10:00 pm) Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Last Order: 3:30 pm) and 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Last Order: 10:00 pm)

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The centre of the ever-trending youth culture, Shibuya. As well as being the home of trend, it is also a fashion mecca. It sits alongside Ikebukuro and Shinjuku as one of the three biggest districts. From the Dogenzaka branch of “KURAND SAKE MARKET” they bring you a new style of sake drinking. 
From the lower floors of the department stores to the individualistic bars and restaurants. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from its department stores such as Seibu, Tokyu and Hikarie, the streets of Shibuya are lined with specialist and unique bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a rich variety of flavours. Shibuya is also the biggest terminal station giving you perfect access to all the famous sites.

Reviews 

On a recent chilly evening, I found myself in the heart of Tokyo’s touristy Asakusa district for the first time in many years. I came to visit Kurand Sake Market, a popular standing bar that specializes in the offerings of local brewers, where Chris Hughes, a U.K. sake expert who is helping Kurand reach non-Japanese drinkers, led me through an impromptu tasting.
“This is what I’d give to someone who’s not sure of the style of sake they like,” he says, pouring me a sip of Jinya Daiginjo from Fukushima Prefecture. “The first time I tried this one it knocked my socks off.”
The Jinya was a great way to start; it had an attention-grabbing fruity impact, ample body and a pleasantly dry finish. I’d originally planned to sample only three varieties, but by the time I left Hughes had persuaded me to taste 10 of his personal favorites — including two enticing brews from the tiny and idiosyncratic producer Miyoshikiku Shuzo in Tokushima Prefecture.
Hughes is tall and thin, with expressive eyebrows that twitch with enthusiasm when he talks about sake. Before moving to Tokyo, he’d worked at Tatenokawa, Inc. in Yamagata Prefecture, and had sold sake for importer Tazaki Foods in London. Last October, he joined Liquor Innovation, Ltd. — the company behind Kurand — to head marketing projects aimed at travelers and international residents. He has been turning Kurand’s outlets in Ikebukuro, Shibuya, and Asakusa into gathering spots for sake lovers from around the world.
Inside the Asakusa branch, signs listing recommendations are posted in Japanese and English, and Hughes has developed a color-coded flavor chart with icons to help guests navigate the roughly 100 kinds of sake on offer. A picture of a melon, for example, is used to indicate sake with a fruity character, while the symbol for Japanese yen signifies a rich flavor profile style. Hughes is also translating the bar’s extensive sake menu, which includes profiles of each of the 42 small breweries represented at Kurand.
An entrance fee of ¥3,000 allows guests to sample freely from 5-10 p.m. After grabbing a tasting cup, you can choose any sake from the two large refrigerators at the center of the room. While five hours of unlimited sipping may sound like a dangerous proposition, Hughes is quick to point out that the concept is all-you-can-taste not all-you-can-drink. First-time visitors should note that the food menu is limited to small, sake-centric snacks such as shiokara (fermented fish innards), but bringing outside food is permitted.
Kurand has begun holding regular events, called Sake Exchange Tokyo, where sake fans can mingle. Each is based on a theme and starts with a short presentation in English about sake basics, followed by guided tasting. The next event, which will take place on Jan. 17, will showcase shinshu, the freshly pressed brews that mark the start of the sake-making season.
“It’s like a workshop and an international party where people can learn more about sake and each other at the same time,” Hughes says. 

Sake, you definitely should have a taste:
When you come to Japan, you can’t go home without tasting sake!
Sake is Japanese traditional alcohol. In Japanese, “sake” means all alcohol and “Nihonshu” is the name for what foreigner calls “sake”.
I will introduce you a popular place from also locals. There, you can taste many kinds of good Sake easily and also you can spend good time with your friend.

You can drink SAKE as much as you want from 100 kinds:
Kurand Sake Market provides a system that you can drink as much as Sake you want with no time limit and you only have to pay ¥3000!
You can buy snacks in the restaurant and surprisingly, you can also take foods in the restaurant!! There are foods department near by the restaurant and you can always go buy them and come back.

Concept –not mass produced brands: 
This store assorts more than 100 kinds of selected Sake. There are great sake made by small breweries but not yet familiar. Kurand collects those sake brands made carefully by hand.
Also, Kurand is particular about buying Kurand takes special care for sake preservation. Freshness is importance of taste. Kurand own big refrigerator in Tokyo and ship sake to each stores everyday.

How to enjoy Kurand?
When you arrive to the station, you better go to buy foods before going to the restaurant because you can take foods in whatever you want! 
Restaurant provide you dish, cup, chopstick, fork and spoon, soy sauce, towel, and even microwaves!!
As you arrive to the place, you pay ¥3000. And you get stamp on your hand to show that you paid.
You can choose cups from many kinds because Sake taste different depends on material of cups. They have menu book and it made you easy to choose sake from more than 100s of kinds.
Staff is always ready to answer your question so don’t hesitate to ask them if you don’t know about sake.
They have machine to worm sake up. You can enjoy them either worm or cold.

Kurand Sale Market branches 

  • Asakusa branch (Google Map)
    B1F Lex Building, 1-43-10 Asakusa, Taito-Ku, Tokyo. (Post Code 111-0032 —Right outside the A1 exit of Tsukuba Express (TX) Station) 
    Phone: +81 3 6802 8442
    Email: sakemarket-asakusa@kurand.jp 
    Open hours: Weekdays: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Last Order: 10:00 pm) and Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Last Order: 3:30 pm) and 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Last Order: 10:00 pm)
    Prices: ¥3000 (ex TAX)
    More information: http://kurand.jp/en/sakemarket/asakusa 
  • Ikebukuro branch (Google Map)
    4F S&K Building, 3-27-3 West Ikebukuro, Toshima-Ku, Tokyo. (Post Code: 171-0021)
    Phone: +81 3 6912 6686
    Email: sakemarket@kurand.jp 
    Open hours: Weekdays: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Last Order: 10:00 pm) and Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Last Order: 3:30 pm) and 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Last Order: 10:00 pm)
    Prices: ¥3000 (ex TAX)
    More information: http://kurand.jp/en/sakemarket/ikebukuro/ 
  • Shinjuku (Google Map)
    4F Shinjuku Watasei Tama Building, 3-9-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo. (Post Code: 160-0022) 
    Phone: +81 3 6457 7544
    Email: sakemarket-shinjuku@kurand.jp
    Open hours: Weekdays: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Last Order: 10:00 pm) and Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Last Order: 3:30 pm) and 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Last Order: 10:00 pm)
    Prices: ¥3000 (ex TAX)
    More information: http://kurand.jp/en/sakemarket/shinjuku/

How to get to Kurand Sale Market, Shibuya 
 

6 mins walk from Keio Dentetsu Inogashira Line Station or 5-10 mins walk from Hachiko exit of Shibuya Station.
Exit the station via the Hachiko exit, cross the famous ‘Shibuya Crossing’ and take the left-most street, the one with a L’occitane on the corner. At the Shibuya 109 fork, choose the left street towards Dogenzaka. Head up the street and after about 5mins you will see a Toho Cinemas on your left hand side. Walk a little further up ,we are in the building opposite Royal Host. 

Kurand Sale Market reviews

“Awesome bar with an intimate touch” 
A lively yet cozy bar tucked in the middle of busy shibuya. A great selection of sake to choose from, a MUST-try for sake lovers. what sets this place apart is how good the service was. the place was full but Reo was friendly and was accommodating to us while ensuring we had fun enjoying the sake. 
~ setiawan 

“Sake Heaven” 
This place has the biggest offering of sake imaginable, helpful and friendly staff and a very relaxed environment - perfect for winding down after a day of sightseeing! Try it, you won't regret it .....so long no as you like sake.
~ turtle 

“Great Sake Bar”
Went to the sake bar with my sister and really loved the atmosphere and layout of Kurand Sake Market. With over 50 types of sake on offer, the bartender was helpful in explaining to us what to order based on our taste preferences. Great experience to those who are new to the world of sake! 
~ nadine 

“Great little sake bar” 
Host was great and helped us find some excellent sakes to try. Definitely experienced some new flavors even after drinking my through the sakes of Japan over the last 20 days. If you are looking for a great place to try some sake in an English friendly environment in shibuya definitely give it a try! 
~ james 

“Great sake, friendly staff” 
A different take on a sake bar with per glass and all you can drink options in a modern environment, per glass is 500 yen all you can drink is a little over 3000. All around excellent experience, with friendly staff, a deep and good sake selection and all very reasonably priced compared to the alternatives. So good it's just about the only place we visited twice In our 2 weeks in Japan
~ dan 

“Perfect respite after shopping”
After a long day shopping in Harajuku and Shibuya, we knew the only thing that could revive us was sake! Kurand offers two options, 500¥ per glass, or 3,200¥ for all you can drink (!) . 
We went for the per glass option (safer?) which comes in a box so that the sake overfloweth. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and guided us to much deliciousness. 
Feel free to bring your own food, or there are order in services available.
~ laura 

“Relaxing and fun concept!”
I went here with friends after researching bars in Shibuya on Tripadvisor, all of us on vacation here. It's a brilliant concept (pay a fee, try all the sake you want and you can bring your own food) and a terrific way of discovering sake! The atmosphere is relaxed with lots of locals who all are nice! The staff speak some English, are accommodating and friendly.
~ nicole 

“Great sake bar in Shibuya district”
Great sake bar. You can order each serving individually or go for the all you can drink option. You serve yourself and they provide you with an extensive list of sake options. Staff are friendly and helpful. Would definitely return.
~ mike 

“Lives up to the hype”
I had seen the other reviews and decided to check this place out - SO glad we did! This was one of the highlights of our time in Tokyo
You can either do unlimited sake for 3000 yen, or 500 yen per glass. I wish I knew that you could pour the sake yourself with the first option (and therefore pour tasting sizes instead of full glasses), or we would have done that. As-is, we tried a bunch of different amazing sakes and had a great time. 
Staff speaks wonderful English, and is able to recommend sakes based on preferences or brands you know you prefer. 
They had a "yogurt liqueur" sake that I tried out of curiosity, and it turned out to be AMAZING. One of the most interesting and flavorful drinks I tried in Japan.
~ lisa 

“Wonderful Sake Bar!” 
This place is truly unique! Unlimited sake over unlimited time for around 3000 yen a person, and bring your own snacks. We had a great time trying the different types of sake, and detecting the subtle differences between them. Very welcoming to newbies, relaxed atmosphere, and non-smoking! Highly recommend!
~ aerosfire 

“Sake central!!!!” 
This self-serve venue has 105 different varieties of sake you can try, which range from super sweet to very dense and strong. There is something here for everyone! I recommend the unlimited sake course, if only to try every type you can before rolling out the door. This shop is on the third level in Shibuya, first you need to go down a small hallway to find the right sign. I strongly recommend visiting!
~ squidzorz 

“Awesome place for hangout with friends n trying out 100 types of sake at the same time!!”
One word to sum up this place: AWESOME!! 
If you have ever wanted to try a range of aromatics, flavours, taste bud explosions...this place is the only way to try sake.
~ kako 

“All you can drink Sake”
Went here for my husbands 50th birthday, and what a great start to chose here. All you can drink sake in 100 different flavours.
I wish we had known that we could take in our own food, because it might have helped keep us a little more sober for the rest of the night. Many of the locals took all sorts of food with them and had mini picnics at the tables. The sake was good. The ranged from strong to mild fruit flavoured ones. Some were delicious. They give you a sheet and ask you to rate your favourites. Many of the locals gave us some of their food to try & were happy to speak to us and take photos with us. We had a great night out here. 
~ jujitsudee 

Heard this place just opened. Located in shibuya so its a bustling area. Will update my review after finishing but it seems nice so far. We had an extra person join last moment and they were accomodating for it. 
~ thomas

All-you-can-drink, bring-your-own-food, self-service sake bar in central Shibuya. 
Nomihodai (all-you-can-drink) costs 3240 yen and there's no time limit. You can come anytime between 5-10pm and stay until 11pm. They have more than 100 different kind of sake, including seasonal sake and fruit sake, from small local sake makers all over Japan. Guests can use microwave, plates, chopsticks and soy sauce for free. I recommend to buy sashimi or sushi and some snacks at Tokyu Food Show and bring them here! Staff are friendly and helpful, I don't know if any of them speaks English though.
~ natsuko 

Close to the famous club district in Shibuya. More than 100 kinds of quality sake you wont find in ordinary market; you can try as much as you want for 3,000yen + tax.
BYOF(food) style so dont forget to hit the supermarket or convenient store before going in!
~ hiroto 

“Best night out in all of Tokyo!” 
Kurand Sake Market Ikebukuro was by far the most fun we've had in Tokyo. Never before have we felt so welcome as foreigners, and part of a true authentic local experience. It is well worth the cover fee, so don't even think twice! You can bring in all your own food & soft drinks and they provide cutlery, bowls, glassware, condiments, and anything else you might need, free of charge. They speak some english and have an english menu for the drinks, so if you are complete novices like we were, you'll still get by.
As a young English couple traveling around Japan, we came to Tokyo thinking it would be downright insane - lights, robots, gadgets etc. and although it is, we were pleasantly surprised to find there is a huge following for the Japanese traditions of brewing, drinking, but most importantly, appreciating Sake. This place perfectly combines ancient traditions with modern urban living - everything from the graphic design to the lighting to the sake bottles themselves are satisfying. There were so many local people eager to help us out in trying the best Sake in the land & making friends was easy, because at the end of the day, everyone in there is pleasantly stewing in microbrewed Japanese alcohol.
Some tips:
- The sake market is on the 4th floor, elevator access, look for the logo on a small signpost.
- The Japanese pair their foods with Sake, and will drink accordingly, so if you want a true authentic experience, try and get hold of the right snacks in advance (although there's a 7eleven around the corner for last minute snacks).
- BOOK A TABLE! This place is insanely popular, and space is limited to 40pax. Book in advance and get there super early to avoid disappointment (and to make the most of the all-you-can-drink!)
- Although you may be the only foreigners there, this may well be the best drinking experience you can have, remember to keep sipping on water & join in with the toasts!
- You can come and go as you please, but don't take too long! More than 30 mins absence would be considered a little rude to the owners, plus you wont feel as much of a part of it all.
- Write some tasting notes! We brought a pen and paper, which is a great way (as with any alcoholic confederation) to understand which types of drink you enjoy. Just write some basic notes on each Sake you try, be it Crisp, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, etc. This really helped us decide which to try next and makes it a lot more fun! (Plus you can see how many cups you've actually had).
- There will be a raffle which you will probably win being a foreigner. The chap asked me how to pronounce my name before 'pulling a name from a hat' then announcing we were the winners, which made us feel even more welcome and we got to keep our sake cups!
Enjoy!
~ johnny 

“A Sake Lover's Paradise”
If there’s going to be a bright future for Japanese Sake, places like Kurand Sake Market are going to be the ones who help make it happen. Kurand offers all you can drink sake from a selection of over 100 labels. mostly from smaller, less well known breweries. 
Other notes: 1. this is a standing bar, there are no seats 2. bring food, lots of food.
~ jack

“Amazing sake selection and fun evening”
Located on the 4th floor in a nondescript building a few minutes walk from Ikebukuro west exit, Kurand is a bar for sake fans. I made the reservation online a few weeks in advance which was a good idea because the place was packed. You bring your own food, pay about 3000 yen at the door and drink as much as you want. Cups, plates, utensils are provided and almost 100 different sake which you pour yourself. Guests stand around small tables and counters. Its noisy but a lot of fun and thankfully, non smoking. Every hour, one of the staff gets everyone to take a break and drink some water. I don't know if the staff speaks English but there is an English version of the website and my reservation confirmation was in English. The place is bit hard to find but definitely worth the effort.
~ geminimonkey 

“Lots to taste, lots to learn, lots to enjoy”
Most people would not know how wide the range of tastes, fragrances and colours of sake are until they experienced Kurand's unique way: offering 100 different sakes for you to savour and titillate you palettes. Trying it once is insufficient. Thrice would be nice.
~ sweeyoung