SAKE COMPETITION 2023 Final Result!

SAKE COMPETITION 2023 Awards Announcement took place on June 14th at the Peninsula Tokyo.

SAKE COMPETITION 2023 Gold & Silver Awarded



Before the announcement on June 14th, we will announce the top 10% of the winning sake this year. At the Awards Announcement on June 14th, the GOLD-winning sake and its ranking will be announced from 1st to 10th.



SAKE COMPETITION 2023 Number of entry for each categories

1,000 total entries
【Junmai】 273 entries
【Junmai Ginjo】 343 entries
【Junmai Daiginjo】 333 entries
【Super Premium】 51 entries


Preliminary Judging – May 9th

Final Judging – May 10th and 11th

Announcement of results and Official Event – June 14th (at Peninsula Tokyo)

SAKE COMPETITION 2023 is 4 categories

All sake must be commercially available from July 1st 2022 to December 31th 2023 or intended to become available within this period. Regardless of the sales date, name of sake, label and product features have to be fixed before  April 21st  2023.

1, Junmai

Sake which qualifies as “Junmai” in Tokutei meisho (Specially designated). “Tokubestu Junmai” , “Yamahai Junmai” and “Kimoto Junmai” also can enter Junmai category.

2, Junmai Ginjo

Sake which qualifies as “Junmai Gingo” in Tokutei meisho (Specially designated). “Yamahai Junmai Ginjo” and “Kimoto Junmai Ginjo” can enter Junmai Ginjo category. Sake which can be determined as ” Junmai Ginjo”, such as “Ginjo Junmai” is also acceptable in this category.

3, Junmai Daiginjo

Sake which qualifies as “Junmai Daiginjo” in Tokutei meisho (Specially designated). “Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo” and “Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo” can enter Junmai Ginjo category. Sake which can be determined as ” Junmai Daiginjo”, such as “Daiginjo Junmai” is also acceptable in this category.

4, Super premium

Sake which enters for super premium category has to be sold at more than 10,000 yen (720ml) and 15,000 yen (1800ml).


Our judges are industry professionals, brewery owners and master brewers. In 2018, 10 judges are from prefectural industrial research centers where they research and develop prefectural yeasts and unique brewing technologies. Others are brewers who are well-know for their high ability of Kikizake. Tasting over 600 sake in one day is not easy thing to do. We require our judges to have adequate experience of tasting large number of sake. They are required to judge at least 120 sake in one hour.

Each sake tasted will be scored individually with 1 to 5 points by using mark sheets. The competition is carried out totally in blind. Both bottles and caps are standardized so that judges are not able to recognize by the appearance. In addition, judges are not allow to touch the bottles. Our staffs are locating at each section for pouring sake and making sure to keep the conditions.