The name, Sasano, is cunningly derived from alternate readings of the two Chinese characters meaning "sake" and "drink." They could well have added a couple more ideograms to boast that you will also eat very well here.
Sasano: A hidden gem of an izakaya
Name (J) 酒呑
Dinner price range
¥5,000 or more
Top quality fish and sake, and don't miss the negi-ton.
Those cushions on the floor start to feel quite hard by the end of the evening.
Drinks Beer from ¥700; sake from ¥800; shochu from ¥600; wine from ¥800/glass, ¥2,500/half-bottle, ¥3,200/bottle
Number of seats 38
BGM Light jazz and ska/reggae
Smoking No smoking
Akasaka Aoi Bldg. 2F, 9-6-23 Akasaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Daily 5 p.m.-2 a.m. (last order for food 11.30 p.m.)
Cash, Credit Card
Transport From Nogizaka, walk down the left side of Gaien-Higashi-dori in the direction of Roppongi. Just before you reach the area formerly occupied by the Self-Defense Forces, turn left down a small side street (there's an o-bento shop on the corner). You will spot the sign for Sasano on your left, by the entrance to an anonymous apartment building.