On June 15, the Largest Sake Gathering in the World Will Take Place

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June 3, 2019 Updated: June 3, 2019

On June 15, the largest sake gathering in the world will take place at the Japanese Sake Fair 2019 in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City, Tokyo, Japan.

On that day, brewers associations from 45 different prefectures will present their local products, which you can sample or purchase on at the 13th All Japan Sake Fair. In addition, a public tasting will bring approximately 400 award-winning sakes. These were awarded prizes at the Annual Japan Sake Awards this past May.

You can enjoy tasting the finest fresh sake, made with craftsmanship and passion, by brewers from around the country. Also, there will be 14 seminars so you can explore Japanese sake in fun ways—including, for example, the etiquette of drinking it and how to truly savor its taste.

It will be a great opportunity to taste Japanese sake. Not only you can enjoy a wide variety of Japanese sake, but you can also taste award-winning ones. Just pick up a sake cup (free ochoko) and walk around to enjoy them all.

To savor the various flavors of Japanese sake, compare the different flavors, experience Japanese culture, and buy your favorite Japanese sake, head to the fair.

The 13th All Japan Sake Fair

Where: World Import Mart Bldg. 4F Exhibition Hall A

Session 1: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Admission tickets are available until 1 p.m.

Session 2: 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. (Admission tickets are available until 6:30 p.m.

45 prefectural sake brewers associations will present their local sake, which you can sample or purchase.

  • Taste Challenge: All are welcome to participate in a contest to distinguish seven brands of sake by taste.
  • Welcome “newbies” booth: Basic sake knowledgeable information is exhibited. Also you can enjoy a sake tasting with four different types of sake.
  • Snack booth: You can taste traditional delicacies that go perfectly well with sake, including pickles, tsukudanis (preserved food boiled in soy sauce).
  • Sakagura tourism booth: Explore sakagura (sake brewery) tourism through a wide variety of media such as tourism leaflets, pastel sketches, and VR—which lets you visualize how sake is produced.
  • Kokushu calligraphy works: Exhibition of Kokushu calligraphy works by the Japanese Prime Ministers from successive cabinets.
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The fair exhibits nearly 1,000 Japanese sakes from all over Japan for people to taste. (The Epoch Times)

Public Tasting

Where: Bunka Kaikan Bldg. 4F Exhibition Hall B

Session 1: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Admission tickets are available until noon

Session 2: 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Admission tickets are available until 6 p.m.)

Approximately 400 brands that won prizes at the Annual Japan Sake Awards this May will be presented. Enjoy tasting the finest fresh sake made with craftsmanship and passion of brewers from around the country.

  • Brewing process: You can learn the sake brewing process by panel exhibits and videos. Sake Rice and koji (malted rice) are on display.
  • Question and answer booth: Experts are on hand to answer your questions about sake from the basic to the highly technical level.
  • National Research Institute of Brewing (NRIB) booth: Presents how the Annual Japan Sake Awards is organized.
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45 prefectures from across Japan will showcase their local sake. (The Epoch Times)
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Tasting sake from all over Japan. (The Epoch Times)

Sake Seminars

Where: World Import Mart Bldg. 5F Conference room

11:00 a.m. A total of 14 seminars, each 30 minutes long (Subject to change)


Advance Ticket 3,500 yen, At the door 4,000 yen for both events.

Ticket only for All Japan Sake Fair 1,500 yen (in advance and at the door)

Ticket valid for one session only.

For more information: http://sakefair.com/en.html

Japan Sake Week

There are a lot of events before and after the Japanese Sake Fair 2019.

  • Miyagi Prefecture All 25 sake breweries Tasting and Sale  

Friday, June 14, 5 p.m. (Miyagi Prefectural Sake Brewers’ Association

  • 11th Yamaguchi Jizake Ishin  

Friday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. (Yamaguchi Prefectural Sake Brewers’ Association

  • Kagawa Prefectural Sake Fair  

Friday, June 14, 7 p.m. Kagawa Prefectural Sake Brewers’ Association

  • 13th Search the Superb Sake of Saga in Tokyo  

Friday, June 14, 7 p.m. (Saga Prefectural Sake Brewers’ Association

  • Reiwa Sake Collection Party  

Sunday, June 16, 1 p.m. (Yamagata Prefectural Sake Brewers’ Association


Sunday, June 16 (Toyama Prefectural Sake Brewers’ Association

For more information, see http://sakefair.com/japansakeweek.html

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