Kobe is not just famous for its night view (the Ten Million Dollar Night View!) and its beef. It is also home to many internationally-famous sake breweries! “Nada Gogo” (灘五郷) is known as the largest sake producing region in Japan. At one of Kobe’s landmark “Kobe Port Tower”, SAKE TARU LOUNGE opened last year as the First Rotating Sake Bar ever, for visitors to try-out renowned sake from Nada Gogo and look at the beautiful city of Kobe that nurtured the culture of sake.
SAKE TARU LOUNGE adopted an interior design of a sake barrel. They used the same wood that is used to make sake barrels on the wall, and used wood from Mt. Rokko on their counters. Not only sake from Naga Gogo are on their menu, there are also signature cocktails and mocktails. The bar is located 80 meters above ground, right at the rotating floor of the 108-metre tall Kobe Port Tower. It takes around 20 minutes for a whole rotation, overlooking the beautiful view of Kobe city.
Mt. Rokko is located close to the sea and in between Osaka and Kobe, the river torrent was a great advantage in developing rice mill and waterwheel. During the Edo period, many sake breweries gathered around the region due to a rich underground water source. The sake made was shipped to Edo by boat and hence called “Nada’s Sake” (Nada no Sake) and became famous worldwide.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 13:00-24:00
Access: 10 mins walk from JR Moto-machi station
Address: 5-5 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0042
Photo Source: SAKE TARU LOUNGE official website and Unsplash