“Kakurei” & “Kariho” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Kakurei, AOKI SHUZO from Niigata prefecture, and Kariho, AKITA SEISHU CO.,LTD. from Akita prefecture.

Kakurei (AOKI SHUZO) 

AOKI SHUZO, is located in Uonuma city, Niigata prefecture, known as one of the snowiest regions in Japan. Established since 1717, we have been brewing Sake continuously for over 300 years. Our signature brand KAKUREI, and other Sakes are produced by various benefits of the snow country, and skilled Echigo-Toji, the master brewers. While Niigata prefecture is famous for Tanrei-Karakuchi, the light, elegant and dry Sake style, we are aiming to create Tanrei-Umakuchi, remaining the pure umami of Sake-rice, handing down our original recipe to the next 100 years.

AOKI SHUZO’s KAKUREI is well accompanied with Uonuma cuisine, strongly flavored with salt and soy sauce for the local’s who works in earnest with sweat, and to preserve fish and vegetables during the long winter. KAKUREI, has sharp and delicate Niigata Sake characteristics, but at the same time we are aiming to bring out the best of the aftertaste of umami of the rice itself, which gives fresh and new taste every time you enjoy.

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青木酒造 鶴齢 純米大吟醸 Aoki shuzo Kakurei Junmai-Daiginjo 720ml

KAKUREI Junmai-Daiginjo
Junmai-Dainginjo with 100% Niigata’s Koshi-Tanrei (rice). Flowery fruit-like aroma, with smoothness and gentle umami.

鶴齢 純米吟醸 KAKUREI Junmai-Ginjo 1800ml

Bringing out the best of rice itself, still light, soft, and fresh Junmai. Hints of aroma harmonizing with the gentle round umami.



Akita Seishu Co. Ltd. makes and bottles nihonshu using Akita rice under the Dewatsuru, Kariho and Yamato Shizuku brands. The Akita Seishu Kariho brewery was founded in 1913 in Akita Prefecture. This area is located at the extreme northwest of Honshu island, a mountainous area with very cold winters, and heavy snowfall. Many beautiful rices exist here, and very pure water; making it the ideal environment for quality sake production.

The Kariho brand has a more mineral-heavy water source, creating a drink characterized by a drier, sharper taste, while elsewhere in the region water is rather soft. The top seller, the Kariho Daiginjo, has a lighter, clearer taste that’s reminiscent of the cold snap of Akita’s winter air.

Kariho brewery is located in Daisen in Akita. Daisen is its famous for sake breweries and has the largest number of breweries in the prefecture. The sake here is brewed using ancient techniques that are passed down form generation to generation and the breweries have a commanding and refined atmosphere.

You can stay Kowakubi Hot Springs Shohoen. It is hidden hot springs that are surrounded by mountains, where the four seasons are beautiful. The inn offers you selected local sake including Kariho. The building is a national registered tangible cultural property. You can feel a truly traditional and luxurious farmer Japanese experience.


Kowakubi Hot Springs Shohoen

019-2335 Akita Prefecture, Daisen City, Kowakubi, Kowakubi-268

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Awarded: Kura Master 2018 Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo : Gold medal

Kariho Junmai Daiginjo Kaei 刈穂 純米大吟醸 嘉永 720ml


2018/12/06 (Thu)~2018/12/12 (Wed)


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Ikebukuro Tobu Department Store B1F 1 Chome-1-25 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0021

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Directly connected to “Ikebukuro station”

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For more information visit, 東武百貨店 池袋店 日本酒催事スケジュール

Special Christmas Concert with Sake

A special dinner, only for 16 lucky people, on holiday, December 24th at 6:00 PM to enjoy the opera sung by Kensho Maekawa, with the full course of fermented french at Sake Scene Masufuku.



The price is ¥14,500 (tax included) for music charge and Christmas full course.
You can order sake as you want, not including sake fee in the participation fee.

If you want to cancel, please tell Fukumasu by December 20th. The cancellation charge will be as below
Before December 20th : 50%
After that: 100%

Sake Scene Masufuku 

They serve you the variety of Sake from small breweries and foods by using the local ingredients to experience marriage.  You can enjoy drinking sake at different temperatures. Changing its temperature changes the aroma and taste dramatically.
Opening hours: Weekday 18:00-23:20, Saturday 18:00-22:30, closed Sun & hols



18:00 – :

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SAKE Scene Masufuku 〼福

1F 2-11-10 Shiba Daimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo

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5min from World trade center building seaside top.

Nearest Station: Within a 5-minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station, Toei Oedo Line and Asakusa Line Daimon Station, and Toei Mita Line Shiba-koen Station.

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Reservation Required and Cancellation Policy

Tel: 03-6450-1559

Mail: info@sakescene.com

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The cancellation charge will be as below
Before December 20th : 50%
After that: 100%

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For more information visit, SAKE Scene 〼福(masufuku/ますふく)


Izayoi no Utage

All-you-can-drink 5 kinds of selected Sake.
There is no snack, it is available to bring your own favorite snack.
Reservation is not necessary, but they will give you a sake pottery cup only for those who pre-order (pay in advance at the ANAGURA).

This shop is Sake Culture Specialty Store, directly managed by “ISOKURA SAKE BREWERY” based in Ibaraki prefecture. Founded in 1868, they has been brewing sake for 150 years.
ANAGURA is a cave cellar made of lava carried from Mt. FUJI, which constantly holds a variety of their own sake, such as DAIGINJO, JUNMAI, and seasonal SAKE. They also have a large selection of SAKE pottery and OKAN tool (an item for warm sake), organic cookies and cakes made with SAKE, which are very popular.

And from time to time they sell several Japanese traditional crafts (such as traditional Japanese wardrobes, handmade Japanese lanterns, good luck cats called MANEKINEKO), which make the perfect Japanese souvenirs.

Shop Opening Hour

Sun to Tue: 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Wed: closed (Holidays are opened)
Thu & Fri: 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Sat: 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.



19:00 – 21:00

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cave cellar ANAGURA

1F Morita Bldg., 2-2-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

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Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station Kaminarimon district gate exit 1(3 minutes)

Tobu Isezaki Line (Sky Tree Line) Asakusa Station North Exit(2 minutes)
Toei Subway Asakusa Line Asakusa Station A4 Exit(5 minutes)
Tsukuba Express Line Asakusa Station Exit A1(7 minutes)
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station Kaminarimon district gate exit 1(3 minutes)

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For more information visit, 日本酒文化専門店 窖(あなぐら)