Sake pubs tend to have certain similarities of theme running through them. Whether it be a modern expression of these threaded themes or a more classical version, the look, feel and menu are often not all that different. While it all works for a reason, over the last few years there has been a trend toward some refreshingly new atmospheres.

To experience one such place, a short train ride out of the safety of the Yamanote Line to the outback of Kichijoji is required. Emotionally daunting though it may be, it will be worth it in the end. Five minutes from that bustling station, serenely sits Kin no Saru.

Here at Kin no Saru, you'll have plenty of golden opportunities to monkey around with several wonderful sake selections, but first things first: Settle in, perhaps have a beer, look around, peruse the menu, don't rush.