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Information (10 languages) of Kuwabara Shoten

By 2019.05.152月 3rd, 2023Sake Store

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Le français(フランス語)

※ The staff can not speak English. Careful guidance is kept in mind.

【 How to order 】 17:00-21:00 (L.O.20:30)

1, You can drink “Today’s sake” in refrigeration showcase. Please choose what you like.

2, When you are ready, you can order the amount (30ml, 60ml, or 180ml) of sake to store staff. Price (1fl oz=30ml) : 140yen~400yen / each kind of sake. It’s fun to taste various kinds of sake by small size to make comparisons or share 180ml sake with your frends.

3, Cash on delivery. (including tax) Pick up your drinks and food or we bring the food to you when it’s ready.

※ Would you like something to eat?A variety of local products sold in the store are used in the food menu. You will be less likely to get drunk if you eat simple and light flavored dish while drinking.

※ “yawaragimizu”means the act of gulping water from time to time while drinking sake.

※ By warming sake(60ml-) to about 30-48degrees Celsius, the fragrance and deeper flavors of the sake are released.

※ If you drink beer sold at the sore, we charge 250yen for corkage.

※ The food products sold at the store are only to go. Please do not open and eat in the store.

※ You can buy the products attached a price tag.(without tax)

※ We accept prepaid transportation card, apple pay, and iD.

※ This area is non-smoking.

Address 2-29-2 Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa City, Tokyo
Hours 10:30-21:30
Kitchen: 17:00-21:00 (L.o.)
Closing days Sundays and holidays
Access Gotanda Station | West Exit | 5 min on foot
JR Yamanote Line | Ikegami Line | Asakusa Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.

There is a house located on the backstreet, a block away from Sakurada-dori and a 5-minute walking distance from Gotanda Station, where a family of thirteen–– consisting of a great-grandmother, two grandfathers, their sons and their respective families––live. The first floor of the house used to be a storage of a liquor store formerly run by the family. This time, we converted the first floor into a “kakuuchi” (customers buy drinks at a liquor store and drink at a standing bar inside the store) style “izakaya” (Japanese-style pub). The family members participated in the entire process from design to construction to build this store. Kuwahara Shoten owns a building at the corner of this street and Sakurada-dori, where they had been running a liquor store serving the community for a long time. Along with the change of the times, they changed their store style (converted it into a convenience store) and have maintained their liquor business up to today. They had been temporarily running a kakuuchi style “storage-turned-izakaya” in this space for a while. But the family decided that they want to create a pleasant work place where the entire family can work happily instead of continuing a conventional kakuuchi based on low prices, and visited us to discuss this matter. We actually found the atmosphere of the “storage-turned-izakaya” very refreshing––and decided to brighten up and renew the space by clearing residues from the past and the somewhat gloomy air, while making the best of existing spatial characteristics. We kept the existing steel racks, window frames in the existing storefront, floor, walls, and ceiling as much as possible and scattered new elements here and there that make people think, “It looks different! What’s happening here?”. As a result, the “storage-turned-izakaya” revived itself while starting to circulate the air around it, and consequently the backstreet lined with parking lots and storages, which had been used as a sort of “backyard” behind this neighborhood for a long time, is beginning to look like a street where something interesting is happening. Customers can use beer bottle crates to sit on or stack a few of them to create a makeshift table at a convenient height according to their drinking styles. This system provides flexibility to meet various needs in this store.

Architects:Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects