A product loved for over 50 years, Sake One Cups are available in various regional motifs and designs. These are slightly more expensive than the humble Ozeki One Cup®, which costs about 200 yen. Almost every prefecture will have a couple of designs on sale and you can easily find most of these at convenience stores or supermarkets.
Here are just a few of the many One Cups available all over Japan. Which one’s your favorite?
Kumamoto featuring one of the most popular mascot characters in the world, Kumamon.
No regional collection is complete without a little hint of sakura. This One Cup is from Aichi!
Aomori is known to be the largest producer of apples in Japan.
Matsushima Bay dotted with dozens of tiny islands that are covered in pine trees.
Kobe One Cup has a retro feel with depictions of its port area.
No surprises here, the Ueno One Cup features pandas from the Ueno Zoo.
And how adorable is this one? The most popular zoo in Japan, Asahikawa Asahiyama Zoo, Hokkaido. Ideal to use as a vase or stand in your kids room!
If you want to see a comprehensive collection of these, head to the Ninja Bar in Asakusa, Tokyo, where you see these lined on the walls!
Address: 1-1-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Asakusa Chika Shoutengai (Asakusa Underground Shopping St.), Under Exit 6 of Asakusa Station
Although its not always possible to find these in Tokyo, Marugoto Nippon in Asakusa and Tokyu Plaza in Ginza often have some of these in stock throughout the year. Usually these custom designed one cups cost somewhere between 230-400 yen.
So how about collecting these during your trip in Japan? After you drink your sake, you can reuse the cup as a normal glass for water, juice, etc. or you can use it as a pen holder!
Also read about the Origin of sake One cups