Mikawaya in Kamakura

Mikawaya Front

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 …

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-Atusgi, 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Sagamiya Liquor Store in Kamakura

While wandering Komachi-dori trying to find craft beer bars in Kamakura, we came across Sagamiya Bottle Shop about two-thirds of the way up the street. It was getting late and Joe and myself were getting thirsty – walking is hard work, you know – and we stopped in to pick up some beer. Sagamiya stocks nihonshu / sake as well …

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World Gourmet in Yokohama

world gourmet yokohama

Gourmet. Take a minute to think about that word. What does it mean to you? Fine food? Delicious drink? An outlet to┬áthose who enjoy the finer things in life that naturally come at a premium price. What if I were to tell you the best things in life aren’t free? Nor do they have to be expensive either. Stumbling across …