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Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association

[Press Invitation] “The 38th Japan Sake Tasting Competition” (October 26)


Press release
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Long-running Annual Sake Tasting Competition for Japan’s Top Amateur Sake Taster since 1981!
“The 38th Japan Sake Tasting Competition”
~ Everyone in the press can also challenge for sake tasting ~

The Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association (based in Minato, Tokyo; Chairman Shigeyuki Shinohara) will be holding “The 38th Japan Sake Tasting Competition” on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa.

Eligible participants are amateurs. The representatives for each prefecture who got through the prefecture-level preliminaries will compete with each other for the position of Japan’s top sake taster through a written test about sake and an actual “sake tasting” session where they have to distinguish seven kinds of sake by tasting and smelling.

At the competition, a university division where pairs from different universities compete with each other and an international division for foreigners will also be offered.


Event Overview

■Host: Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association

■Name: The 38th Japan Sake Tasting Competition

■Date and Time: Friday, October 26, 2018

Competition: 12:30–16:05, Awards Ceremony and Party: 16:20–17:50

■Venue: “Gyoko”, International Convention Center Pamir 1F, Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa

(108-8612 Takanawa 3-13-1, Minato-ku, Tokyo)


Press Application

If you are interested in covering this event, fill out the application form (PDF available at top of page)  and send it by fax or email by 17:00, Monday, October 22.


Contact Information for Questions and Application

JTB Corp., Promotions Department

PIC: Shimura / Kurebayashi

Tel: 03-5909-8299 / Fax: 03-5909-8445 / Email:

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