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I had meant for a long time to introduce one of, and probably, the oldest traditional izakaya in Shizuoka City, namely, Takano.
Conveniently situated near the JR Station, it was founded in 1923 and is presently looked after by the fourth generation in the person of Susumu Takano (36) who has the advantage of speaking fluent English. His parents and relatives are still near to give a hand, and he certainly needs all their help as the place usually is packed by 5 p.m.!
I could not postpone the visit any longer when my good friends Neil and Mark agreed to all meet there last night (May 18th) in the company of a lady friend, Miki, and Mark’s better half later.
I made sure to take their picture before we became hopelessly overwhelmed by our drinking as usually happens in the company of those two Englishmen, especially when I can drag them from the beer into sake!
Food at Takano is plentiful, very reasonable and of good quality. Always ask for the sashimi assortment if you want to know what we people in Shizuoka eat.
And do not miss the specialty of Shizuoka, Sakura Ebi as Tempura or Kakiage. You will never tire of it!
Susumu is a fan of shochu, but he has obtained some good jizake by associating his establishment with Haginishiki Brewery (Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku)
For hot (kan) sake you have Haginishiki Honjyozo
We decided to taste all the cold jizake available:
Haginishiki « Minami Alps » Tokubetsu Honjozo
Haginishiki Toro No Sato Tokubetsu Junmai
Haginishiki Junmai Ginjyo
We asked for three more bottles of the last one!
By that time, I was getting a bit fuzzy and decided to postpone further experiences to future articles!

420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koya Machi, 5-4 (behind Parco Dpt. Store)
Tel.: 0542510131
Business hours: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays

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