New Landmark in Old Sake Town “Fushimi”
Fushimi ward is one of the eleven wards of City of Kyoto, located just a couple of miles down to the south from JR Kyoto Station. It is well-known as a town where Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine stands. I think the great majority of tourists heading to this small town are for visiting this world famous shrine, but the town has a different face – a holy ground for Sake lovers.
Premium Japanese Sake’s brewed in town
Fushimi Sakagura Kouji is located right in the Sake breweries’ district – Gekkeikan, Kizakura, Saito, etc. are all within walking distance. It is a Sake bar serving premium Sakes brewed by 17 local Sake breweries in Fushimi ward, meaning we can taste most of the premium Fushimi Sake’s without visiting each brewery ! I visited there with my friends last week for the first time, and I instantly fell in love with this place. The main feature of the space is a large Sake bar counter (beautiful !) with various tenant Izakaya’s standing along it.
The system deployed there is very unique. Those who sit in the Sake bar counter can order any of the premium Sake’s from the bar, but the foods have to be ordered from the catering menu (limited menu) of each tenant Izakaya. You can order Sushi’s from Sushi Izakaya, Chicken skewers from BBQ Izakaya, slices of Prosciutto from Italian Izakaya, or even Ramen noodles from Ramen Izakaya. Meanwhile, those who sit in one of those tenant Izakaya’s can order any food from the full menu and whatever beverage offered by the Izakaya. If you want to try premium Sake’s from Sake bar while sitting in a tenant Izakaya, you can still order them from the Sake bar, but the menu is limited. Sake bar counter is usually packed and reservations are MUST when it comes to weekend evenings, but no worry – there are usually open tables at some of the Izakaya’s. Drink some beer there with a couple of appetizers waiting for a chance of hopping to the Sake bar