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Ponshu-kan: Three Cheers For Sake Vending Machines With 117 Selections In Niigata, Japan

Last Updated: April 16, 2017
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Ler Jun aspires to be a radio journalist. He falls easily in love with a great book, a good cup of coffee (or wine), and pasta. He likes to write and is always looking for cool things to eat.


With so many sake breweries in Japan, there’s no doubt that savouring all of them will be a problem. But when it comes to innovation, we can always leave it to the Japanese.

Located at JR Echigo-Yuzawa station in the Niigata prefecture, Ponshukan (ぽんしゅ館) serves sake in a fun manner; through vending machines, of course.

For ¥500 (S$6.30++), you get five tokens and a sake tasting cup. After which, it is very straightforward: place the cup at the dispenser, insert a token into the sake machine of your choice, and wait for the sake to dispense.

The problem? Having to pick from a huge selection of 117 different kinds of sake that were produced in over 95 sake breweries in Niigata, as well as 22 other recommended brands.

This is really a haven for sake lovers. But for heaven’s sake, drink responsibly.

Expected damage:‎ ¥500 (approx S$6.30++)

Ponshu-kan: JR Echigo Yuzawa Station, 2427-3 Yuzawa, Yuzawa-machi Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata 949-6101 | Tel: 025-784-3758 | Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Daily, Apr to Dec), 9am – 8pm (Daily, Jan to Mar)

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