Shinanoya in Kannai, Yokohama

Shinanoya Kannai

Shinanoya is a chain of small world food and craft beer shops located across Japan though this branch is located in Kannai, Yokohama. It’s a place that I’ve been to a few times now but have never managed to remember where it was for a review. After a mini bar crawl in the area, I stumbled across it again and …

Yamanakaya in Hon-Atsugi, Kanagawa

Yamanakaya Front

Yamanakaya is a small liquor / alcohol store in Hon-Atsugi that I came across while going to interview Mochizuki-san at Atsugi Beer. I have to admit, I wasn’t planning on finding a beer store as my mind was purely focussed on Lambic and trying some of the beers there but this was a diamond in the rough when it comes …

Nomono in Ueno, Tokyo

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If you’ve read our review of Nomono in Akihabara here, then you’ll already know what this Ueno branch is about. For those that haven’t: “Nomono is a purveyor of Japanese craft beer from the eastern climes of Japan; in particular, the Tohoku and Chubu regions of Japan. It was discovered purely by accident after a recent trip to Le Collier …

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Shinshu Osake Mura in Shimbashi, Tokyo

Shinshu Osake Mura Front

Shinshu Osake Mura One Paragraph Review Quite simply, if you’re in the Tokyo area and looking for beer, then Shinshu Osake Mura has to be on your list of places to go. It’s cheap, close to the station, non-smoking, includes tax in the price, has a huge variety of beers for sale, open all-day, and has a great atmosphere. Moreover, join …

Kameya

Kameya Logo 1

It’s hard to find new online shops to buy beer, besides looking at breweries, but we keep trying and we found Kameya, an online retailer that uses the Rakuten store as one of their outlets for their shop. We came across it while doing a search from some Shiga Kogen limited edition beer and boom, this place had what we wanted …

Aqua Vitae Suzuki in Yokosuka, Kanagawa.

Aqua Vitae Suzuki Front

It’s not often I find myself in Yokosuka, and it’s even rarer that I find myself looking for beer. As I said in the Nawlins review, Yokosuka and me don’t have the best of relationships and I’m usually trying to get out of there as quick as I can. However, wandering around between Yokosuka Chuo and Shiori station waiting for …

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Kitano Ace in Sakuragicho, Yokohama

Kitano Ace Shop 1

Sakuragicho. If you travel three minutes on the Keihin-Tohoku line in either direction, you end up at two stations (Yokohama and Kannai) that have a plethora of craft beer bars or craft beer shops, yet in Sakuragicho, I can only think of Sakura Taps and now Kitano Ace. I had just come back from a day of fun with the …

Kishimoto Saketen

Kishimoto Saketen Logo

It’s been awhile since we’ve updated the online listings, what with having so many decent bottle shops a short train journey away, there has been little need to order online. However, we like Japanese craft beer from across Japan and after a search on Rakuten, I found myself ordering from Kishimoto Saketen, an online shop based in Niigata prefecture. Moreover, …

Craft Beer Izuya in Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo

Craft Beer Izuya Front

Urgh, sometimes I hate trying to find new places, and never more so than when it’s heavily raining in rainy season and the store has no discernable front it. I had some time to kill before meeting a friend at Transit, about a five-minute walk in the direction of the station and this place came up first on Google when …

Bon Kura in Ninomiya, Kanagawa

Bon Kura Sign

Bon Kura is a family-run liquor store in Ninomiya, west Kanagawa. They’ve been in the area for almost two decades and have been in the alcohol business for half a century. Situated along the main road from Ninomiya to Hadano, Bon Kura’s small building and traditional-style storefront make it easily noticeable. The store is mainly sake-focused, but they stock a …