In business for 65 years, Kotani Saketen is a Daimyo based kakuuchi – a liquor shop that lets you drink what you’ve bought right in the store. You can enjoy 20-plus types of shochu and sake, at up to half the price of a bar! According to owner Masahiro Kotani, lower prices means product turnover is higher, so you can enjoy your libations at their freshest. Kotani, a travel buff, studied for two years in Australia. Fascinated by pub culture there, he decided on his return to switch the family shop’s layout to a kakuuchi – making it a good place for a quick stop before a night out.
Shiraito Honjozo (sake) ¥260; Azumaichi Junnmai (sake) ¥330; Isami (shochu) ¥350; Mitake (shochu) ¥350; glass wine ¥290; stewed beef tendon ¥390; dried shredded squid ¥340. Table charge: 700ml and up: + ¥200; under 700ml: +¥30; add ¥200/person if you need water, hot water or ice.
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn218, Feb. 2017)