The World’s Best Wine Lists acknowledges the exciting quality, range, and gastronomic potential of sake. The Best Sake List in Japan category highlights the lists in the country of its birth that focus almost exclusively on sake or have a particularly strong selection of sake within a broader offering. Although quite different from wine in some ways, sake is also a cultural product with a long and fascinating history, and can be equally food friendly thanks to its stylistic range. A great sake selection therefore requires high levels of experience, expertise, and creativity, which reach their zenith in Japan. The sake sections of lists are judged by the normal criteria of breadth, depth, height, balance, selection, accuracy, originality, suitability, design, and value.