Updated: November 06, 2018
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10 Best Sake In Japan You Need To Know About!

What factors come into play to make a sake the best? The water, the quality of the rice, the yeast and the rice koji mould. This post will introduce the BEST Japanese sake you can possibly have in Japan. We will also list some restaurants and bars where you can enjoy some of the best Japanese sakes there are out there.

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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. Sake is made in breweries in many places around Japan. Only the clear upper part of the wresulting substance is bottled as "nihonshu", or sake. Generally, Japanese sake has an alcohol content of around 15 percent.

Juyondai (十四代): Yamagata

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.

<Alcohol rate>
16 percent

<Price>
16,000 yen/720ml

Dassai (獺祭): Yamaguchi

https://www.asahishuzo.ne.jp/products/items/item.html
Dassai is a sake which is a blend of raw sake (unpressured sake) and pressured sake.

Characterized by a deep and complex taste.

<Alcohol rate>
16 percent

<Price>
16,200 yen/1.8L 8,100 yen/720ml

Kubota (久保田): Niigata

https://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.

<Alcohol rate>
15 percent

<Price>
2,010 yen/1.8L 920 yen/720ml

Isojiman (磯自慢): Shizuoka

http://www.yukinosake.com/22-isojiman/
Isojiman is made only with 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 comes kicking in.

<Alcohol rate>
16-17 percent

<Price>
5,616 yen/720ml

Denshu (田酒): Aomori

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!

<Alcohol rate>
16-17 percent

<Price>
10,000 yen/1.8L

Hakkaisan (八海山): Niigata

Hakkaisan is a popular Japanese sake brand you can easily enjoy at many sake restaurants. It tastes good both cold and warmed.

<Alcohol rate>
15.5%

<Price>
2,390 yen

Kokuryu (黒龍): Fukui

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

<Alcohol rate>
15 percent

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

Hiroki (飛露喜): Fukushima

http://www.yukinosake.com/07-hiroki/
Hiroki is a Japanese sake which is defined as raw sake. Without killing the bacterias at the bottling process, Hiroki needs to be refrigerated and drunk 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

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, you should definitely go for it!

<Alcohol rate>
16-17 percent

<Price>
5,930 yen/720ml

Midorikawa (緑川): Niigata

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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