I came across Takekuma Saketen via a random browsing one day for some craft beer, and happened to find out that they also have a bricks and mortar store in Kawasaki, giving people more of a chance in the area to buy craft beer. Kawasaki has been a slow burner in terms of craft beer, but over the last few years, as the city has grown, so too has the craft beer market in the area.
Takekuma Saketen is located in Kawasaki city, though it’s a bit of a trek from the two closest stations of Kawasaki and also Yako station. Neither offer up a scenic route throught the delights that Kawasaki has to offer.
Takekuma Saketen originally started out as a nihonshu and wine store; however, the owners saw there was a growing market for domestic craft beers and began to stock more and more of them. Over time, the range grew to cover imports too, with beers from USA and further afield on sale.
Beers can also be bought online, and the online experience is rather straightforward, though some Japanese, or an online translator is needed, to navigate around the store. If you spend over 10,000 yen, you can get free shipping on your purchase.
Shipping across Japan is as follows, with cold shipping an extra 660 yen on top.
- Hokkaido – 1,650 yen
- Tohoku, Kanto, and Chubu – 1,100 yen
- Kansai – 1,320 yen
- Chugoku & Shikoku – 1,430 yen
- Kyushu – 1,650 yen
- Okinawa – 1,760 yen
There is a small area for drinking though there isn’t a bottle charge but customers are asked to be calm and mindful of the neighbours.
Takekuma Saketen : Details
- Open: Weekdays 09:30 – 19:30 Weekends & Holidays 09:30 – 19:00
- Closed: Wednesdays & Third Thursday of the month
- Phone: 044-522-0022
- Homepage (in Japanese): https://takekuma.co.jp
- Online Store: https://takekuma.co.jp/store
- Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter
Tkeakuma Saketen : Getting There
Takekuma Saketen can be reached via Kawasaki station, on the JR and Keikyu Lines, or from Yako Station on the Nambu line.