Sake Tasting Vending Machine at SHOWAGURA 昭和蔵 in Kawagoe 川越 Saitama 埼玉 Japan

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵Food

If you would like to try paid sake tasting and you can't speak Japanese, this sake vending machine is a good system. There are more than 35 kinds of sake which of all are produced by sake breweries located in Saitama 埼玉 Prefecture next to Tokyo. This paid sake tasting is self-service. You don't need to order sake from the wait staff.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

There is a sake store / standing bar
Kikizakedokoro SHOWAGURA
ききざけ処 昭和蔵
in a small shopping plaza
Koedo KURARI
小江戸 蔵里.

They are located in Kawagoe 川越 City Saitama 埼玉 Prefecture. Kawagoe is historical and popular sightseeing spot. You can see many kinds of traditional Japanese style houses there.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

SHOWAGURA 昭和蔵

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

You may help yourself to the sake tasting machines without consulting the staff.

The staff will allow you to taste the sake freely, without sales pressure. So, this place might be comfortable to enjoy tasting by yourself.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

500円で4種
You can try 4 kinds of sake for 500 yen.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

There are English instruction.
First, buy the 4 tokens (medals) for 500 yen.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

4 tokens (medals) メダル cost 500 yen including tax.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

おちょこ Ochoko means sake cup. However this store use tiny size cups.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

There is a sake list of the vending machines on the bar counter or the brochure shelf.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

Set your cup like this above.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

Insert one token (medal), not Japanese coins.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

You can heat the sake using the metal cup and hot water. When you drink the same sake as warmed sake, it tastes so different to the cold one, because the sake flavor gets stronger.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

This place is a standing style bar counter and self-service.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

They offer other types of alcoholic beverages and several kinds of snacks and side dishes.
岩塩・塩 These are 2 kinds of salt.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

お水は、おちょこをご使用ください。
Water is free of charge. Please use the sake cup.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

Please return your empty cups to the return table.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

You can buy a bottle to take with you when you find your favorite one.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

Soft serve (2 or 3 tokens) with fruit liquor (1 token).

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

Seasonal Fruits Liquors
They offer some kinds of Umeshu (plum wine).
2 mini-glass cost 4 tokens

If you like umeshu, I recommend you go to a restaurant in Tokyo below.

All-You-Can-Drink 100 Kinds of Plum Wine (梅酒 Umeshu) in Kitasenju 北千住 Tokyo - Puedo Bar プエドバル
Plum wine is called Umeshu 梅酒 in Japanese.
Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

Only food and drinks sold by the tokens in the store are allowed.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

Kikizakedokoro SHOWAGURA
ききざけ処 昭和蔵

Business hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
(Irregular holiday)

Website (in Japanese)

  • No smoking
  • No service fee / No cover charge
  • Self-service
  • English sake list is available.
  • Standing bar
ききざけ処昭和蔵 | 小江戸蔵里

🚫 There is a prohibited mark for taking pictures on a signboard in front of the store, but actually it is wrong.

When I asked a staff person if I can do it inside the store she told me it is old information and now taking pictures and uploading them online to social media or blogs are allowed.

There nearest stations are
Kawagoe 川越 Station
or
Honkawagoe 本川越 Station.

Sake Tasting SHOWAGURA Koedo Kurari Kawagoe 川越 小江戸蔵里 ききざけ処 昭和蔵

Koedo KURARI
小江戸 蔵里

Website (in Japanese)

川越市産業観光館 小江戸蔵里 KOEDO KURARI
小江戸蔵里(こえどくらり)は、旧鏡山酒造の明治蔵・大正蔵・昭和蔵を当時の面影を残しつつ改修した施設です。おみやげ処(明治蔵)、まかない処(大正蔵)、ききざけ処(昭和蔵)、つどい処(展示蔵)の蔵からなっています。

There are also a souvenir store and a restaurant in Kurari 蔵里.


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