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 …

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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 …

Mikawaya in Kamakura

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A short entry today on Mikawaya, a local sake and craft beer store located just down the road from Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura, Japan. We came across it on travels to Magnetico, which we’re still yet to get to at the time of writing. It was first opened in 1900, and it has been located at the current branch …

Closed: Beers x Beers

Beers x Beers Logo

Beers x Beers is an online store that sells Japanese craft beer but with two catches. The beers aren’t sold individually – rather they are sold in sets from the breweries. While this isn’t good for people looking for individuals beers from a brewery, it does give you the chance to try some beers that are not easy to hunt down …

Ponshukan in Niigata station, Niigata

Ponshukan Niigata Front

Perhaps this is cheating with Ponshukan as it is a Niigata satellite store. Like our Shinshu Osake Mura review, I love the Niigata area and whenever I go snowboarding in Echigo Yuzawa, I will often, nay, ALWAYS pop into the Ponshukan there to pick up some sake and craft beer from the area. I was delighted on my last day in …

Shimizu Saketen in Hanacho, Niigata

Shimizu Saketen is a sake and craft beer shops located in the Hanacho district of Niigata city, just around the corner from Bandaibashi, one of the landmarks in the city. It seems to be the only store in the company name. Moreover, they no longer have an online store due to a lack of sales – a shame as their …

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 …

Kameya

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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 …