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Those partial to sake can’t go wrong at this shrine to rice wine, located right next to an actual shrine (Hanazono). The resident sake master’s collection is complemented by an array of delicious snacks, and the wall decorations proudly display signatures of top sumo wrestlers who have visited. The clientele ranges from sake snobs to construction workers, and visitors can ask for personal recommendations of food and a compatible glass of drink. For example, the outstanding house specialty combo of salt with celery (¥400) is marvellous when paired with Kimoto's strong ‘Yuuho’ liquor. All drinks are served in small glass choko cups (from ¥350), making for a perfect tasting experience. Open from 3pm on weekdays and from noon on Saturday and Sunday, this is a bar that every sake enthusiast should visit at least once.
Hakuho Bldg B1F, 5-17-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
|Transport:||Shinjuku-Sanchome Station (Marunouchi, Fukutoshin, Shinjuku lines)|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 3pm-11pm (last orders for food 10pm, drink 10.30pm); Sat, Sun 12noon-9pm (8pm/8.30pm) / closed hols|