Updated: April 17, 2018
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10 Best Sake In Japan You Need To Know At Least!

Japanese sake, an alcoholic drink you can best enjoy in Japan. Japanese sake is normally made from fermented rice. In order to become a good quality Japanese sake, a clean source of water, quality rice, yeast, and rice koji mold is required. This post will introduce the BEST Japanese sake you can have in Japan. We will also list some restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the great quality rice wines!

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What is Sake, a Japanese rice wine...?

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Nihonshu (日本酒), Japanese sake is made from fermented rice. With the global spread of the Japanese cuisine, Japanese sake had become popular around the world.

In order to make a good-quality Japanese sake, you need a clean good water source, rice, koji mold, and some yeast to ferment. Made in brewers in many places around Japan, the only clear upper part of the whole resulting substance is bottled as "nihonshu". Generally, Japanese sake has an alcohol content of around 15 percent.

Juyondai (十四代): Yamagata

06 juyondaijunmaidaiginjoryusen http://www.yukinosake.com/06-juyondai/
Look at that unique shaped bottle! How cool!

Juyondai is one of the most high-ranked sake brands of all. Once you open it up, the smooth sweet vanilla-like smell will flourish.

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16 percent

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16,000 yen/720ml

Dassai (獺祭): Yamaguchi

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Dassai is a sake which is a blend of raw sake (unpressured sake) and pressured sake.

Characterized by a deep and complex taste.

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16 percent

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16,200 yen/1.8L 8,100 yen/720ml

Kubota (久保田): Niigata

Pic main 01 http://www.asahi-shuzo.co.jp/kubota/hyakuju/
Kubota is a good quality sake you can get at quite a reasonable price. Tastes dry when it is cold, and soft when it is warm, or heated.

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15 percent

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2,010 yen/1.8L 920 yen/720ml

Isojiman (磯自慢): Shizuoka

22 isojimanjunmaidaiginjoblue http://www.yukinosake.com/22-isojiman/
Isojiman is made only by a special kind of rice brand. It is said to be a work of art!

At the first sip, you can slightly feel the sweetness, and then the strong dry taste.

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16-17 percent

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5,616 yen/720ml

Denshu (田酒): Aomori

02 denshujunmaidaiginjotobindorinama http://www.yukinosake.com/02-densyu/
Some Japanese sake fans say that Denshu is the most well-balanced brand. The gentle sweet taste is just so addictive!

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16-17 percent

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10,000 yen/1.8L

Hakkaisan (八海山): Niigata

Sake honjyozo photo http://www.hakkaisan.co.jp/sake/honjyozo
Hakkaisan is a popular Japanese sake brand you can easily enjoy at many sake restaurants. It tastes good both cold and heated.

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15.5%

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2,390 yen

Kokuryu (黒龍): Fukui

20 kokuryudaiginjo http://www.yukinosake.com/20-kokuryu/
Made in Fukui, Kokuryu tastes very fruity and water-like fresh. Definitely worth a try!

<Alcohol rate>
15 percent

<Price>
10,000/1.8L 5,000/720ml

Hiroki (飛露喜): Fukushima

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Hiroki is a Japanese sake which will be defined as raw sake. Without killing the bacterias at the bottling process, Hiroki needs to be refrigerated and drank as soon as possible. The main characteristic of Hiroki is its gorgeous smell.

<Alcohol rate>
16 percent

<Price>
2,886 yen/720ml

Koshinokanbai (越乃寒梅): Niigata

17 koshinokanbaidaiginjotokujoshu http://www.yukinosake.com/17-koshinokanbai/
The unique point of Koshinokanbai is that some shochu liqueur is added before the bottling process. You can only purchase them at the end of summer, koshinokanbai is very rare. If you have a chance to try some, better go for it!

<Alcohol rate>
16-17 percent

<Price>
5,930 yen/720ml

Midorikawa (緑川): Niigata

17 midorikawajunmaiginjo http://www.yukinosake.com/17-midorikawa/
Last but not the least, Midorikawa is popular for its reasonable price and great taste. The brewers recommend you drink them cold.

<Alcohol rate>
15-16 percent

<Price>
1,470 yen/720ml

Sake bars where you can try many brands at one place!

Nancy
Quite sure I'm a Ramen freak. Almost up to 200ramens in 2017. Not only ramens but also love to eat around and drink around.

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