Maruho Saketen in Nishi-ku, Osaka

Maruho Saketen

It’s becoming harder and harder to find online stores that have more than a few kinds of domestic craft beer in stock but┬áMaruho Saketen, a shop that has its front on Raketen – I hear the groan among you – offers some variety. Maruho Saketen has a decent range of the main craft beer breweries in Japan, with 20 different …


Isetan Department Store Kyoto in Kyoto Station, Kyoto

Isetan Department Store Kyoto

After a long slog around Kyoto station trying to find souvenirs besides yatsuhage, dolls, handkerchiefs, or the other usual knickknacks and paraphernalia usually associated with Kyoto, I stumble across this shop in Isetan Department Store Kyoto on B1F. Isetan department store is well known across Japan, with branches in Niigata, Shinjuku, and this Kyoto branch among others; however, I don’t …


Yamaoka Saketen in Botanhoku-cho, Kyoto

Yamaoka Sake Shop 1

It’s not often that a small store manages to become notice nationwide, but Yamaoka Saketen┬ádeserves its reputation. Ever since I found out I was going to Kyoto on a business trip, Yamaoka Saketen was high up on the list of places I wanted to visit. Temples? Pfft. Castles? Meh. Geishas? Who. Kyoto may be a cultural centre of wonders but …