Best Sake List in Japan

2020 winner

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.


Despite the fact that Ryan is located near Shibuya Station, standing in between two of Tokyo’s busiest streets, it is surprisingly peaceful. Located in a modern building, warm wood, walls painted in earth tones and an ink wash image of the Japanese god of thunder provide an earthy note to the décor. Guests can spend an afternoon enjoying daylight and a soft breeze coming in from the wide terrace windows, or an evening where conversations bustle alongside good food created at an open kitchen and overlooked by counter seating. The menu at Ryan focuses on soba noodles that are hand-made by soba masters in front of diners, but includes a wide selection of high quality dishes. Ryan offers a wide selection of Japanese Sake and wine to accompany the menu.

2-1-6 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo