This sparsely decorated bar with modernist furniture is actually part of the inexpensive Jam Hostel upstairs (with dorm beds going for ¥2,000 in case you're interested) and is run by a young staff who know their stuff when it comes to sake, making it a good bet for novices and connoisseurs alike. It stocks about 70 different kinds of sake, with an emphasis on brands from Kyoto and Niigata, but it also offers up new trends like sake infused with lemon or ginger. In addition to glasses and bottles, it offers a sampler of three different kinds of sake for ¥1,000. Free Wi–Fi is a bonus.
170 Tokiwacho, Higashiyama-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood East bank of Kamo River, north of Shijo Dori Hours Mon–Fri 5pm–midnight, Sat–Sun and holidays noon–midnight Transportation Subway: Keihan Shijo (3 min.); Bus: 100 or 206 to Gion (10 min.) or 4, 5, 17, or 205 to Shijo Kawaramachi (5 min.) Phone 075/201-3374 Prices Glass of sake from ¥400 Web site +SAKE bar+Cafe
Map170 Tokiwacho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto
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