Amazake shop "Amano-ya" in Kanda has been famous since 1846
Amanoya is a long-established store founded in 1846; it sells fermented foods such as amazake (a sweet drink made from fermented rice), natto (fermented soybeans), and miso (soybean paste).
Aspergillus oryzae is allowed to ferment in the natural, six-meter deep underground cellar of the store on the left side of the big torii (gateway) of Kanda myoujin shrine.
Their specialty is Myujin Amazake (350 yen for take out and 400 yen to drink inside.)
Amazake is an alcoholic drink made—mainly—from rice-malt and rice; alternatively, sake lees may be used as an ingredient. However, though it is called a sake, its amount of alcohol is minimal or none at all, so it is classified as a soft drink.
When it comes to Amazake, Japanese people have an image of drink in Winter, where we usually drink slowly by cooling it own in cold day.
Nevertheless, amazake is originally—in the Edo period (1603-1868)—a familiar summer drink. It is called the "drinkable raindrops" because of its high nutritional value, and it is useful for the prevention of summer heat fatigue.
Taste is very sharp but has taste in dense.
They serve cold amazake in Spring/Summer and hot amazake in Fall/Winter time.
- 10:00〜18:00 （closed on Sundays）
- 2-18-15 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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