Introducing the new Izakaya Pavilion at Sakura Matsuri 2024!

Irashaimase, Welcome!

Come explore the all-new Izakaya Pavilion – and learn about the Japanese alcoholic beverages at the heart of izakaya culture.

Join us for sample pours of premium Japanese sake, shochu, and whiskey.  Visit the SBANA Matsuri Sake Garden to purchase a full pour glass of some of the finest sakes that Japan— and the United States— have to offer.

Mainstays of the Sakura Matsuri will also be back in 2024, including the Kirin Beer Gardens and the Hakutsuru Sake Tasting Pavilion

* Drink responsibly! A 100% ID check will be enforced.


2024 Exhibiting Sponsors

Kampai, Cheers! Raise a glass with us and discover the artistry and craftsmanship behind each bottle as you sample offerings from esteemed breweries and distilleries like:


Crafted with passion and precision, Dassai Sake Brewery’s state-of-the-art brews promise to elevate your palate and brighten your spirits.


Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Japanese craft distilled spirits with iichiko Shochu, a testament to centuries of expertise and innovation.


Experience the passion and knowledge of North America’s sake brewers, their sake, and the community of sake enthusiasts.

2024 Exhibitors

Mars Whiskey

*The above alcohols will be available for sampling at the Sakura Matsuri. Not all of the above alcohols will be available for sale. Please check the list below of sake that will be available for purchase at the SBANA Matsuri Sake Garden in the Izakaya Pavilion at the Sakura Matsuri.


SBANA Matsuri Sake Garden

Omochikaeri, Take Out! Place your order for a full pour of sake and a snack at the SBANA Matsuri Sake Garden, operated by the Sake Brewers Association of North America (SBANA). Discover an array of handpicked sakes available for purchase, including:

Blue Door

Blue Door, Brooklyn Kura’s classic, is a junmai namazake: full-bodied, earthy, dry, umami-laden with subtle notes of banana and ripe melon.

Dassai 23

To craft the ultimate Junmai-Daiginjo sake, Dassai polished down Yamada-Nishiki rice to 23%. Delivering delicate floral aromas with a palate reminiscent of honey and an elegant lasting finish.

Dassai 45

“There is no reason for us to craft sake unless it’s super delicious” – this is the Dassai way. Using Yamada-Nishiki rice polished down to 45%, Dassai delivers fruit aromatics and delicate sweetness.

Junmai Ginjo

Delight in the delicate flavors of Hyogo prefecture with Hakutsuru’s Junmai Ginjo, a light and dry sake with notes of flower and melon, perfect for pairing with your favorite seafood and meat dishes.

Real Magic

Clear, mellow, and smooth, Real Magic is North American Sake Brewery’s flagship brew. You’ll taste delicious notes of pear, crisp apple, and a long umami finish in this junmai craft sake. One sip and you will start believing in real magic.

Sayuri Nigori

Sayuri means “little lily” in Japanese and the name is apt for this soft, floral noted nigori from Hakutsuru. Hints of white grape and elements of cherry blossom tie in seamlessly to create a lush, creamy sake with a deliciously smooth finish.

Enjoy a bottle of sake at home by ordering from one of our sponsored sellers:

DC Sake Co

Where can I buy these sakes to enjoy at home? In DC? Try DC Sake Co for local delivery to your doorstep!

Tippsy Sake

For delivery to doorsteps beyond DC, check out Tippsy Sake!

Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Japanese sake and spirits at Sakura Matsuri 2024’s Izakaya Pavilion. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or new to the world of sake, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!