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The Nada District: Historic Gateway to Japanese Sake

The sake brewing district of Nada, 30 minutes from central Kobe or Osaka, is Japan's top sake-producing region with 25 breweries, over a dozen of which welcome visitors. Exploring Nada is a great way to learn about and taste Japan's most famous drink!

The Perfect Weekend in the City of Niigata

The first of a series introducing a local insider’s ideal weekend in their home town.

Teenage Beer Brewer to Shochu Prophet

American Christopher Pellegrini has spent two decades in Japan, much of it on a mission to bring the delights of shochu and awamori, Japanese alcoholic drinks, to the rest of the world—through writing, podcasting, and an export business.

Japan's "Table" Sake Is Anything but Ordinary

Learn how to spot the treasures hidden in futsushu--the “table wine” of the sake world!

Ochoko and More! All About Sake Cups

Deepen your knowledge of Japanese sake culture with this guide to sake cups and other drinking vessels!

Five Hokkaido Dishes to Warm Up Your Winter!

When the winter weather on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido turns delightfully cold, you can be sure that these local dishes will warm you up from the inside.

10 Japanese Craft Beers You Must Know (Drink!)

Excellent craft beers are springing up from small breweries all over Japan. Choosing just ten is an impossible task, but we've given it a shot.

Whisky Barrel Aged Kit Kat Bringing Sexy Snaps

Japan is known for its unusual Kit Kats, including its latest Kit Kat, made all the more special as it uses chocolate made from cacao nibs aged in whiskey barrels for 180 days.

Japanese Craft Gin: What You Need to Know, and 4 of the Best Brands

Japanese craft gin is taking the world by storm, as global tipplers fall in love with the country's unique botanicals and commitment to quality.

Simple Quiz Helps Find Your Ideal Saké

New Japan-based startup Kurashu is looking to help people break into the world of sake with a novel recommendation system and a web shop selling a curated collection of small-batch sake.

The Shonan Coast's Best Brew Pubs and Taprooms

The scenic stretch of shoreline just southwest of Tokyo has become a significant center for craft beer. Here are some of the best.

5 Great Tokyo Cocktail Bars

Tokyo is known for its vibrant cocktail scene, with numerous bars offering unique and creative drink experiences. Here is our expert’s list of the city’s top 5 bars!

Drink 'Everlong' with Foo Fighters' New Sake

It’s not every day an American band announces it will be releasing its very own sake, but that’s what happened when rock royalty Foo Fighters uploaded a surprising new video on their official YouTube channel.

Setouchi Brewery Is Representing Regionality

The newly established Setouchi Brewery is using local ingredients to create beverages that are directly inspired by the unique climate of the area.

Sip on Springtime with Cherry Blossom Beer

It isn't spring until you've had a taste of everything sakura-flavored—including this refreshing cherry blossom beer!

Tokyo's Yokocho: Great Alleyways Old and New

Yokocho are backstreets and alleyways lined with drinking dens, taverns and restaurants, and Tokyo has a number of them, both classic and modern.

Exploring the Many Ways to Drink Green Tea

Exploring the Many Ways to Drink Green Tea in Japan (and Getting a Little Tipsy along the Way)

Summer In Japan: Make Your Own Fruit Liqueur

A Step by Step Guide to Making Japanese Fruit Liqueur

4 Japanese Craft Whisky Distilleries that Should Be on Your Radar

A long-time expert on Japanese alcoholic drinks introduces some unforgettable craft whiskies, and their place of origin.

Pilgrimage Temples & Sake Brewers Join Forces

Buddhist temples that are part of the Shikoku Pilgrimage and local sake makers in southwestern Japan cooperate to overcome difficulties they face amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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