Tasting Room

"Treasure from the rice paddy"

The Tasting Room, measuring 2,260 square feet, presents a light, airy ambiance. The architecture is a true work of art, constructed of Douglas Fir and granite-finished tile, fusing traditional Japanese beauty with a contemporary sense of space. The architect designer Don Hisaka was exiled to an internment camp during World War II, and rose to worldwide acclaim as an architect later in life. Virtually all wood used inside the tasting room is reclaimed lumber, and the granite floor tiles contain glass recycled from sake, beer, whiskey, and other bottles. The blue, glass-tiled floor design is inspired by Japan's rice paddies and reflects the name Takara, which means "treasure from the rice paddy." The kinetic sculpture that hangs from the high ceiling is another unique feature of the tasting room. This installation, named “Song of the Sky,” was created by Susumi Shingu, a prolific kinetic sculpture artist whose striking works of geometric and abstract shapes often convey the power, beauty, and balance of nature.

Tasting Flights

$10 Flight

(A) Variety Course:

  • Sho Chiku Bai Premium Ginjo
  • Sho Chiku Bai Organic Nama (Organic Rice, Unpasteurized)
  • Sho Chiku Bai Classic Junmai
  • Shirakabegura MIO (Sparkling Sake)
  • Sho Chiku Bai SHO Ginjo Nigori (Unfilitered)
  • Flavored Sake (YUKI or HANA)
  • Plum Sake/Wine (Your Choice)

$20 Flight

(B) Ginjo and Junmai Combo Course:

  • Sho Chiku Bai Rei Junmai Daiginjo
  • Shirakabegura Junmai Daiginjo
  • Sho Chiku Bai Junmai Daiginjo
  • Sho Chiku Bai Tokubetsu Junmai
  • Shirakabegura Tokubetsu Junmai
  • Sho Chiku Bai Kinpaku (gold flakes)
  • Shirakabegura Kimoto Junmai

$5 Each / Glass

Sho Chiku Bai Junmai Daiginjo

Shirakabegura Junmai Daiginjo

Tasting Room Hours

Monday, Wednesday - Sunday:
12:00pm to 6:00pm (last tasting at 5:00pm)

12:00pm to 5:00pm (last tasting at 4:00pm)


Tasting Room Closures for 2019

1/1, 2, & 3 (Tue, Wed & Thu) New Year's Holiday
1/21 (Mon) Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/24 (Thu) Takara Corporate Event
1/25 (Fri) Takara Corporate Event
2/18 (Mon) President Day
5/27 (Mon) Memorial Day
7/4 (Thu) Independence Day
7/18 (Thu) Company Event
7/19(Fri) Company Event
9/2 (Mon) Labor Day
10/14 (Mon) Columbus Day
11/11 (Mon) Veterans' Day
11/28 (Thu) Thanksgiving Day
11/29 (Fri) After Thanksgiving Day
12/24 (Tue) Winter Holiday
12/25 (Wed) Winter Holiday
12/30 (Mon) Company Holiday
12/31 (Tue) New Year's Eve Holiday


Takara Sake Tasting Room & Museum
708 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94710
510-540-8250 ex.149

Don M Hisaka, FAIA (1927-2013) - Architect

Born on a farm on Bacon Island near Stockton, CA, Don rose to become one of America's most respected architects. As a teenager during WWII he was placed in a Japanese internment camp in Arkansas, where he met his future wife. He earned his B.A. in Architecture at the University of California Berkeley, then earned a Master's degree in Harvard University. He practiced architecture throughout the U.S. with offices in Cleveland, Ohiio, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Berkeley, California. He lectured and taught at many universities, including Harvard University and U.C. Berkeley, where he was appointed a Freidman Visiting Professor of Architecture. In addition to citations in 70 leading architectural publications, his work has been honored over the years with over 50 design awards. The works of Hisaka and Associates can be seen in the U.S., Japan, and Scotland. Some of the more notable commissions include Gun Hall, Harvard University, in Cambridge Massachusetts; the Bartholomew County Jail in Columbus, Indiana, under the sponsorship of the presitigious Cummins Foundation Architecture Program; and the well-known Ibaraki Golf Club House in Japan.

Susumu Shingu (1937 - ) - Sculptor

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1937. Shingu graduated from Tokyo University of Arts in 1960. He studied and lived in Rome until 1966. He was a visiting artist, of Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, at the Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1971 to 1972. He is known for site-specifice wind and water powered kinetic sculptures installed in countries all over the world. In addition to a monograph, Shingu: Message from Nature, was published by Abbeville Press Publishers, N.Y. in 1997, he also publish variety of picture books and childrens books as well. 

For any other questions about Tasting Room and Museum, please contact: tastingroom@takarasake.com.