Well if you know that japan has lots of vending machines but, did you know that there is such a thing as a Sake tasting dispensing machine. This week we will be taking a look at Ponshukan (ポン酒館) aka Sake Heaven in Echigo-Yuzawa station.
As you may know, there are 47 prefectures in Japan, however, you may not know all the prefecture has breweries which is producing sake even the southern island Okinawa. Japan is surrounded by ocean and there are lots of high-mountain in middle of island. The climate of north and south is totally different. Since the taste of sake is strongly affected by the climate and ingredients, there are unique features by each prefecture.
At Ponshukan has walls on one side lined with Sake dispenser which look close to vending machines. Just simply use a 500yen coin to exchange 5 token and 1 small sake cup. With this simple step, a huge trouble will come! You have to pick the first taste among these 115 kinds of sake! That’s a tough job for a person who loves every kind of sake.
Once you have found your favourite sake at the Ponshukan, you may go next door to the sake shop where all 115 varieties are on offer. The shelves are filled with sake bottles up to the ceiling. In the shop you will also find some local foods that go well with the sake.
Not only there’s sake tasting, there will also be sake Onsen. So make your way to the Ponshukan Onsen to round off your Echigo-Yuzawa Station adventure. The hot spring water at this onsen contains sake which will get your circulation going for sure. With a full stomach and a bit tipsy in the head, don’t fall asleep in the hot element or you will miss your train!