Depending on your preferences, season and quality sake is in Japan served chilled, at room temperature, or heated.

The cup

Sake can be served in a wide variety of cups; an ochoko (a small, cylindrical cup), a masu (a wooden, box-like cup) or a sakazuki (a flat, saucer-like cup, most commonly at weddings, temples and other ceremonial occasions). Sake is poured into the cup from ceramic flasks called tokkuri. The last years premium sake also is served in specifically made footed glasses.


1/ Pour the sake into a Tokkuri to serve. If you want to keep the sake warm place the Tokkuri into a bowl of hot water .

2/ First pour the sake to the guests, then in your own cup. In Japan it is a tradition that the guests pour to the host.

3/ As host you say "Kampei" or "Cheers" or “Skål” to the guest before you drink.

4/ Don’t drink sake like a shot! Sip it and enjoy every sip, don’t gulp it.