Japan does it again with the coolest attractions 😍. Ponshukan is a museum dedicated to sake (rice wine). There are three branches, all located in Niigata station, making it the most convenient and cheapest place to get lit on the commute home.
We visited this place after our tour at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery on our day trip to Niigata in March 2020.
A few things to do at Ponshukan:
It was ¥500 for the tasting corner. We got reusable cups and five coins for the vending machine. Once we were done, we could top up for another round. In other words, it was $1 for a shot of sake. SO GOOD!
There were so many options! Each sake had a detailed label of its brewery, with its category and a rating scale of its dryness, complexity, aroma, and fullness.
Mick was smart, reading and picking the most unique sakes out of the 96. I was more focused on a light and slightly dry taste. In the end, it didn't even matter because, after a while, all the sake tasted the same 😂
Mick said the highest record of sake consumption at the Ponshukan in one sitting was 33 shots. Wow! Impressive! I got to 8 before my body cried nooo and my stomach rumbled from the warm sensation. Mick managed to hit 17 but let's just say, he was very tipsy on the train ride back to Tokyo 😂.
If we weren't rushing for our train, we would have definitely tried more shots. Oh wells, there's always next time hehehe. This was such a fun gimmick; highly recommend it for your next Japan trip!
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