‘Kaku-uchi’ bar space opens at Kosedo Saketen Chuo Station Branch, offering different sake each month

PUBLISHED Nov 15, 2022

The Kaku-uchi bar space at Kosedo Saketen Chuo Station Branch

Two months have passed since Kosedo Saketen Chuo Station, a liquor store specializing in sake and shochu in Chuocho, Kagoshima City, opened a “Kaku-uchi,” a standing bar.

Kosedo Saketen offers a wide selection of local sake and shochu from across Japan, shipped directly from the breweries and distilleries. The company operates three stores in Kagoshima City: the flagship store, the Tenmonkan store, and the Chuo Station store. In September, they opened a “Kaku-uchi,” a standing bar set in a store corner, in the Chuo Station store to “show people more ways to enjoy sake and shochu.”

Kaku-uchi refers to a place where customers can purchase a bottle of sake and drink it in the store, but the Chuo station outlet offers about five kinds of shochu and sake each by the glass for customers to try. For November, they offer Kinpo Beniharuka and Maransen Kurawasui for shochu, and WataribuneTerroir Ota-no-Tani and Yukino Biijin Namazake Autumn Edition for sake, to name a few. The price is approximately 550 yen per glass. The staff selects glassare based on which type is best suited for tasting. They also serve snacks such as pork miso, Char-siu pork, and steamed Kurobuta dumplings (300-450 yen each).

The Chuo Station branch opened in June on the Ichibangai shopping street. In September, the store held a collaborative event with Miura Shuzo in Aomori Prefecture at the Ichibangai A’ell Plaza.

Shigeki Yonemori, executive director of the company, said: “We visit breweries and distilleries to talk with the makers and sell what we think is best. This makes it easier for us to recommend products to our customers, and importantly, more enjoyable for us, too. The opening of Li-Ka has changed the flow of people in Ichibangai, attracting an increasing number of young people, and many people came to our event at the plaza. We hope to continue to enliven the district with the help of all the businesses in Ichibangai.”

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Kaku-uchi bar is from 2:00 p.m.). Closed on the 2nd and 4th Mondays.

  • The exterior of Kosedo Saketen Chuo Station Branch

  • Refrigerated section lined with sake

  • Inside Kosedo Saketen Chuo Station Branch