Sakagura Yokocho

The Sakagura Yokocho is a very easy place to find in Saijo.  When looking for Kamotsuru, you will run in front of this yokocho which is more of a square than an alley.  The shops here are all quirky and a bit touristy but there seemed to be a good mix of locals visiting these shops.  I’m not sure how well they do as Saijo seems to be a bit of a quiet place at night and not too many people seem to be going out for drinks at that time.

Sakagura Yokocho

Sakagura Yokocho

I came to the Sakagura Yokocho after visiting Fuudo earlier in the evening.  I needed a few more drinks as the night was still young, at least by Tokyo standards.  I walked around looking for a shop and settled on one of the shops closest to the main entrance.  There were a few other shops but this small shop looked interesting.  This shop was tiny and only had counter seating.  It had a fire pit along the counter for grilling different things and the employees seemed to be very chill.

Sakagura Yokocho

Sakagura Yokocho

When I entered, there were 3 people at one corner, so my friend and I took up the other side of the shop.  We just relaxed and had a little snack of grilled squid and soup.  It was really good with the sake from Kamotsuru, my favourite regular brand.  The shop had a lot of other interesting foods I could have ordered but I was way too stuffed to really try anything.  I just ended up sharing a couple small bottles of sake with my friend before we left.

Sakagura Yokocho

Sakagura Yokocho

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