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Ponshukan Niigata-station South

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Time your visit right to soak in the alcohol...ism

Well, what can I say? ‎¥500 for 5 samples of sake from ALL OVER JAPAN, and if you go at the right... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2019
Singapore, Singapore
Excellent way to taste sakes from Niigata prefecture

Thanks to previous posters I became aware of this opportunity and was able to make sure that I... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2018
Hobart, Australia
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1-96-47 Hanazono, Chuo-ku, Niigata 950-0086, Niigata Prefecture
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Reviewed 7 January 2019

Well, what can I say? ‎¥500 for 5 samples of sake from ALL OVER JAPAN, and if you go at the right time, say, the evening after dinner, you might get to gush over sake samples with a nice international crowd. Maybe after dinner so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

Thanks to previous posters I became aware of this opportunity and was able to make sure that I visited this area in a third floor liquor store at Niigata station. it was a good, cheap way to expand your knowledge of sakes. Whilst I was...More

Date of experience: November 2017
3  Thank TassieTripping
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

If you’re a sake lover, then this is the place to be. For 500 yen, you can sample 5 different sake. They have the most popular sake throughout the country and especially the great ones from Niigata (which is the rice prefecture). Plus if you...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank melbinaxchachi
Reviewed 6 August 2018

plenty of different sakes to try manny only find ourand yuzawa and the surrounding areas great for pepol new to japanese culture somthing different surrounded by store selling japanese sake and rice and other locally produced products

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jimmy H
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Great place to sample all the best sake in Japan, particularly from Niigata prefecture, which is considered some of the best. Make sure to sample the cucumbers with various salts in between snakes. It's fun, inexpensive and unique, you'll love it.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Umberto V
Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

This is not a main branch but still fun to visit. 500 yen for 5 coins. There were so many many kinds of sake. There was a chart to guide popular choices. Wanna try them all but my body can’t tolerate that much alcohol. Don’t...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank minnie282016
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We read so much about this before heading to Niigata, all true! Fun! Aside from free tasting at a sake manufacturer In town, this is the cheap and chic deal. Just randomly tasting local sake and miso as well. Love it!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Amy W
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

If you are an English speaker and you want to try some Niigata sake, the Ponshukan at Echigo-Yuzawa Station is a better place. At Niigata Station, all captions are in Japanese and the selection is about the same as that at the smaller station. Try...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank chinkiatc2016
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We loved this place! A cheap way to try different sake in a fun environment. Although the descriptions were all in Japanese, we just picked 5 different sakes based on their location (there's a map that shows you) and they were all pretty tasty!

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Krystal B
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Where else could you have the broadest variety (>100) of the best sake in the workd (Niigata sake), made from the best rice in the world (Niigata rice), all doses available for pretty much 1$ a shot, everything clean, safe and organised, over 50 samples...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Anthony L
4 December 2017|
Response from Greg G | Reviewed this property |
There is no onsen next to the Ponshukan in the Niigata City Train Station. There is a small onsen in the Echigo Yuzawa Station that is within Niigata prefecture. That station also had a Ponshukan several years ago, but I do... More
26 March 2017|
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Response from Greg G | Reviewed this property |
Probably yes. Sorry. I do not recall.