Setouchi Shunsaikan in Shimbashi, Tokyo

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The third in our series of satellite shops Setouchi Shunsaikan, based in Shimbashi, just behind Craft Beer Bar iBrew Shimbashi and Shinshu Osake Mura. Despite the name, Setouchi Shunsaikan sells products from the Kagawa and Ehime areas of Japan – which means some Umenishiki Yamakawa and also Kagawa Beer is on sale too. There is also a small cafe next door which sells Kagawa and Ehime …

Liquor Shop Night Owl in Ebisu, Tokyo

Night Owl Ebisu Front

Liquor Shop Night Owl, we’re going to call it Night Owl, in Ebisu offers up something that simply isn’t been doing in Japan that well – if at all! Growlers! For those who don’t know what growler is, it’s a glass, ceramic, or stainless steel jug used to transport draft beer. They’re pretty common in countries well people have to …

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Tanakaya in Mejiro, Tokyo

Tanakaya Front

Tanakaya kind of needs no introduction really – it’s one of Tokyo’s oldest liquor shops that is dedicated to beers, wines, and spirits, having opened in 1949. It’s located in the north-western part of the Yamanote line in Mejiro and is really a place everyone should visit at least once – even if you’re not interested in beer. Walking (or …

Kitano Ace Ebina in Ebina, Kanagawa 

Kitano Ace Ebina

Kitano Ace Ebina is another (welcome) addition to the chain of upmarket supermarkets that sell craft beer – with the Kitano Ace Sakuragicho branch being nigh on identical to this one in Ebina, so without wanting to rehash that listing too much here we go. Kitano Ace Ebina is located on the ground floor of Lalaport Ebina – a huge …

Aeon Liquors Jiyugaoka in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo 

Aeon Liquors Jiyugaoka Front

I had heard rumours about a bottle shop in Jiyugaoka where it was possible to pick up some domestic, as well as imported, craft beer and while trying to find Alpha Beta Coffee club, I ran across Aeon Liquors Jiyugaoka. Finally! Located a few minutes from Tokyu Jiyugaoka station, Aeon Liquors is an off-shoot of the supermarket of the same name, …

World Liquor in Yokohama, Kanagawa

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It seems that many department stores now have clued into the popularity of craft beer and are stocking up their liquor stores with it, and World Liquor is no exception. Located in the basement of Takashimaya in Yokohama, World Liquor was sent in by a reader (thanks Taka!) who came across it one day and told us about it. World Liquor mostly stocks …

Craft Beer Base in Ōyodominami, Osaka

Craft Beer Base Front

Craft Beer Base, which happens to be the first in the chain of bottle shops and bars in Osaka, could easily be mistaken for being a workshop or simply someone’s house when you’re in the area. Situated on the backstreets of Ōyodominami, Craft Beer Base is perhaps Osaka’s most popular, though not the biggest, bottle shop in the area, offering a wide …

Asahiya Liquor Shop in Imaichi, Osaka

Asahiya Liquor Shop Front

After drinking in so many places around Osaka, and not finding many shops to get beers to takeaway, Asahiya Liquor Shop came highly recommended by a BeerTengoku reader (thanks Bill!). But be warned, it’s not close to Osaka station by any means and there isn’t much in the area for you to drink at, so it’s going to take some effort, …

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Seijo Ishii/成城石井

  The economy might be in the toilet and in the future we might be fighting each other over scraps of shoe leather to boil, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself once in a while. Seijo Ishii (成城石井 in kanji) is an upscale supermarket chain usually found in department stores around Kanto and Kansai, although not nationwide at …

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Chouzaemon

Chouzaemon Logo

It’s been a while since we’ve added some online shops. Not for want of trying but mainly because when you already have some very good online stores, it’s hard to move away but with Chouzaemon, then we’re happy to try something else. Chouzaemon specialises in selling sake and wine, but they also have an extensive online selection of domestic craft beers …