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1. Requirements to submit your Sake

Only single sakes taken from the same container and bottled

at the same time are eligible.

A minimum total production volume of 1,000 liters is required,

but special sake with a bottle capacity of 2 liters or less may be

approved even if the total production volume is less than 1,000 liters.

However, if it is less than 100 liters, it is not permitted.

2. Categories

Participants must select the appropriate category for listing.

Exhibited sake will be judged together with sake in the same category as much as possible.

If you do not know the category, please contact info@sakechallenge.comPlease inquire.

The categories of the 17th International SAKE Challenge are divided into the following groups.

●Aged ●Daiginjo/Ginjo ●Junmai Daiginjo ●Junmai Ginjo ●Junmai ●Premium ●Sparkling

Honjozo falls into the class of premium sake, but is not included in the category for two reasons. One is to simplify the screening process, and the other is that honjozo is positioned in the low price range among high-end sake and is not well known to overseas consumers.

In addition, kimotoyama haisokujo is categorized only by the polishing ratio. Kimoto and Yamahai usually have a unique style, and it is difficult to compare directly with many other sakes, like comparing "orange and apple", and there is a clear difference. Therefore, it was classified as such.

Ginjo and junmai ginjo (as well as daiginjo and junmai ginjo) are separate categories due to the generally different flavor perceptions.

In addition, premium is sake that the producer considers to be "the highest quality and highest grade product that represents the brewery".

3. Participation fee

Participation fee is 33,000 yen (including consumption tax) per sake.
We only accept bank transfer as payment method. Please make payment at the same time as applying for participation.
Your participation will not be officially recognized until payment has been confirmed.
The Secretariat will not issue any invoices. A receipt will be issued upon completion of payment.
Please note that the participation fee once paid will not be returned.

Bank : MUFG Bank, LTD.
            (8-1, Nihonbashiodenmacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0011 Japan)
Branch Name: Horidome Branch
Account No : 322-1165993 (Ordinary - Futsu)
Account Name : Brown and Company Ltd
SWIFT : BOTKJPJT (Japan does not use an IBAN number)

4. Number of bottles to be submitted

Please submit 3 bottles (720ml) for each sake.

They are required for re-tasting, Trophy Tasting and photo-shoot.

5. Application for participation

Deadline: Friday 5th July 2024

Please apply through either:

* Online application form (on this page) ​(If applied by email, original copies does not need to be submitted.)

* Mail by post


International Sake Challenge 2024
TME Building, 1-9-10 Higashi-Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

The entry kit, application form, and sake form can be downloaded from "Entry Related Data​" at the bottom of the page.

After completing the participation reception, the secretariat will send you an "application receipt" and "Outer Carton Label" by e-mail.


Entry Deadline: Friday 5th July 2024

Sample Delivery Deadline: Friday 12th July 2024


6. Sending Sake
Delivery Deadline: Friday 12th July 2024
Please send your samples to the following address by

The shipping cost will be borne by the participants. note that.

Our New Warehouse to be Announced Soon!
TEL: 03-5825-9177
When the entry is completed, the secretariat will send you an application receipt and "Outer Carton Label".
When shipping sake to the warehouse, be sure to attach a copy of the Outer Carton Label on the outside of each box.
Please indicate the number of bottles in the box and the box number (e.g. 1/3) when sending multiple boxes.
All shipping costs are the responsibility of the participant. Participation will not be permitted if the entry fee and shipping fee are not paid.
Participants are solely responsible for the shipping and arrival of sake for the International Sake Challenge.
The organizer will not be held responsible for any accidents during transportation. Also, if the sake arrives later than the deadline, we may refuse to accept your entry. In that case, please note that the participation fee will not be refunded.


* Please inform us the Estimated Date of Delivery when sending out your Sake samples.  Without the notice the delivery will not be accepted.

7. Use of International SAKE Challenge Logo
A sticker with the International SAKE Challenge logo (for a fee) is available for each medal and trophy winner. The trademark rights of the logo are owned by the International SAKE Challenge and any unauthorized use, duplication or alteration of the logo is strictly prohibited. If the winner uses the trophy or medals for the purpose of advertising, printed matter, television, etc., please clearly state that the award was awarded at the International SAKE Challenge. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the International SAKE Challenge.

8. Announcement of results
The results will be announced on Friday 20th October 2024 on the “Results” page.
The digital award certificates will be emailed to you.

9. Medal Sticker
After the results are announced, you can order the original medal stickers for the International SAKE Challenge.
We also offer a digital award medals that can be used for websites and promotional materials.



Thank you for your application! We will send you your Entry Number with "Outer Carton Label". Please go on to register your Sake Form which can be downloaded from below.


​Once you have completed your Entry Form, please download the Sake Form, fill in the necessary information, and send it to


Download Centre

Please click the button to download


Entry Kit

Sake Form

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