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added on : November 25, 2019

When you think of delicious, high-quality wine, you may imagine famous regions in faraway places, like France, Italy, or California. But did you know that urban Tokyo has its very own wineries as well? Using high-quality grapes from various vineyards located all around Japan, they have gained a steady following. However, they are still relatively unknown by the international community. For a truly boutique wine experience, indulge in a tasting or even take a tour at one of these establishments.

BookRoad: Artisan wine in Okachimachi

BookRoad is located in a quiet neighborhood of Okachimachi, conveniently located on the Yamanote Line near Akihabara. Opened in 2017, it operates out of a single three-story building—everything from squeezing grapes, to maturing, bottling, and labeling takes place right here. Conveniently, BookRoad wines can be sampled and purchased at the tasting room and restaurant on the third floor. (Please note that the restaurant is open for dinner only, and reservations are required.) Tachinomi (standing-style drinking) events are held about once a month, and are a great opportunity to find a new favorite variety of wine.

BookRoad has contracts with grape farmers all over Japan. At the time of visiting, wines featured grapes from Nagano, Yamanashi, Kobe, and Yamagata. Varieties of wine include white, red, rose, sparkling, cider, and apple wine. The unique wine labels all feature different types of food, and pairings are chosen by the staff after sampling new types of wine. For a truly artisanal wine experience in Tokyo, BookRoad is an experience that you can't miss.

Fukagawa Winery Tokyo: Wine tasting in Koto City

Fukagawa Winery Tokyo is located in Koto City, just a short train ride away from the center of Tokyo. At Fukagawa Winery Tokyo, you can look out onto the wine-making floor while enjoying your drink at the tasting room and restaurant!
Wines here include grapes from around Japan, including Yamanashi, Yamagata, Hokkaido, Aomori, and Nagano Prefectures. Besides the standard varieties, Fukagawa Winery Tokyo also offers "assemblage" wines, which mix a variety of grapes to create a new and unique fusion of flavors. Fukagawa Winery Tokyo regularly stages events such as harvest tours and volunteer wine making. Check out their social media pages for more details.
Fukagawa Winery Tokyo also offers wines at a quiet and spacious rooftop garden (Fukagawa Yatai Mura by Fukagawa Wine Garden) just above Monzen-Nakacho Station. You can drink wine from a tap, just like draft beer.

BookRoad

Address 3-40-2 Taito, Taito City, Tokyo
Hours 11:00-17:00
Note: Tours of the winery take place on Sundays (reservations required).
Closing days Wednesdays
Note: There may be irregular closings due to deliveries.
Access Okachimachi Station | South Exit | 6 min on foot
JR Yamanote Line | JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
Yushima Station | Exit 6 | 10 min on foot
Chiyoda Line
Naka-okachimachi Station | Exit 1 | 2 min on foot
Hibiya Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.
URL BookRoad (JPN)

Fukagawa Winery Tokyo

Address 1-4-10 Furuishiba, Koto City, Tokyo
Hours Weekdays: 15:00-22:00
Weekends and holidays: 12:00-22:00
Note1: after 17:00 only bar
Note2: Tours of the winery take place on weekends and holidays, at 14:00 and 16:00 (reservations required).
Closing days Tuesdays
Access Etchujima Station | Exit 1 | 3 min on foot
JR Keiyo Line
Monzen-nakacho Station | Exit 4 | 8 min on foot
Tozai Line | Oedo Line
Other For updated information on opening hours, days closed, prices, and more, please check the official website.
URL Fukagawa Winery Tokyo (JPN)

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