Q1Who is the organizer?

The organizer is Wine and Spirits Culture Association. Yumi Tanabe is the president of the awards.


Q2What percentage of the total entry win the awards?

The percentage of award-winning wines is about 45% to 60% of the total entries. In 2023 (the 10th edition), the percentage of winning wines was 59.6% of the total number of entries.

Q3How much is the Entry Fee?

It is 20,000JPY per wine entry (additional 10% consumption tax applies). There are early bird and volume discounts.

Q4What are the benefits of winning “SAKURA” Japan Women's Wine Awards?

We work with our media partners to distribute the results to the trade, and our sales partners will help promote the Award winning wines broadly.
The winners are showcased at our booth at various trade shows. We work with various retail outlets to promote sales of the award winning wines by creating the [“SAKURA” Japan Women's Wine Awards Wine Sales Fairs] throughout Japan.
We also promote through SNS for consumers.

Q5Does SAKURA AWARDS organize a competition for other beverages than wines?

SAKURA AWARDS do not organize any competitions for alcoholic beverages other than wine.

Q6What will be presented to the award winners?

We issue an award certificate and use of our medals at no cost for their marketing materials. In the 10th edition, the Trophy plaque made of Kiso lacquerware, The traditional craft of Japan was presented to the winners of Diamond Trophy and the Grand Prix.


Q7Where are the award winning wines sold?

We promote the award-winning wines to major supermarkets, department stores, wine shops, online shopping websites and mail-order companies. We help to create wine events at these places to feature the award-winning wines.
We also seek restaurants to purchase the award-winning wines and include them in their wine menu.

Q8What benefit will the award-winning wines, which are not imported, receive?

All winning wines will be posted on the “SAKURA” Japan Women's Wine Awards official website. We offer wineries that are not currently imported in Japan the opportunity to be discovered by top wine buyers.
We also have tasting events inviting importers to sample them.


Q9What is “SAKURA” Sales Support Shops and Restaurants?

On our website, there is a list of shops and restaurants throughout Japan, who actively sell and promote “SAKURA” award-winning wines.
It is beneficial to be on the “SAKURA” Sales Support Shops and Restaurants list.
The registration is available on our website and it is free of charge.


ENTRY(ID, MyPage, Password)

Q1What kind of information is required to register on MyPage?

Information of the company which submits the entry is required. (Company name, contact person, phone number, email address, company address, etc.) All the information we receive will be used only for the communication purposes participating in this competition (examination committee). For more information, please check our privacy policy.


Q2For what purpose do we use MyPage?

On MyPage, you can register your company information, pay your entry fee, register and modify your wine information, download the OUTER CARTON, and download a PDF of the medal logo and diploma for your award-winning wine. Please keep your ID and password for MyPage login.


Q3May I cancel my entry?

The number of items can be changed before the payment of the entry fee.
No cancellations or refunds will be accepted after the payment.
If the planned wine is not available anymore, we kindly ask you to enter another wine instead.

Q4Is it possible to add items after completing the payment process?

To add items, there is an 'Add items' button at the bottom of the number of items section of the 'MyPage' tab on the login page.
You can add items by clicking the button.

Q5I don’t remember my ID from last year.

You can only use ID from the FY 2023. If you don't remember the previous ID, please register from here again.
*Entry period: October 2nd– November 30th


Q6What if I forgot my password?

Please click “If you don't remember your Password” link and follow the steps. You will receive the new password to your registered Email address.

Q7Can I change my password?

Yes, please login to MyPage and click the Company Information tab, then you can change your password.

Q8By mistake, I made several IDs. What should I do?

Please send the ID you don't need by Email. And we will delet it.

Q9Is it possible to change the registered company information?

By November 30th, you can change on MyPage.
After December 1st, please send email to “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards Office.

Q10I’m trying to enter the company information, but I keep getting the error message and can’t go to the next page. What am I doing wrong?

Use capital letters only (A to Z), numbers (0 to 9), hyphens (-), underscores (_), commas (,), and periods (.).
* Lowercase letters and special characters cannot be used.

Q11Why is MyPage locked?

MyPage will be locked if the payment is not made by due date.
The due date is two weeks after your registration.
Please send an email to “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards Office.


Q1How would I know if the entry fee was accepted?

It will take time for bank to confirm your payment, so please make sure to send us an email with your Bank Slip attached. We will confirm your payment by receiving the Bank Slip.

Q2How much is the Entry Fee?

It is 20,000JPY per wine entry (additional 10% consumption tax applies). There are early bird and volume discounts.

Q3How can I get an invoice and receipt for the entry fee?

You can download from MyPage.

Q4Is it possible to pay by one account when I would like to register wines under different company names?

It is only possible to make a payment by one account each.
In that case, please create a new account with a different ID name.

Q5May I cancel my entry?

The number of items can be changed before the payment of the entry fee.
No cancellations or refunds will be accepted after the payment.
If the planned wine is not available anymore, we kindly ask you to enter another wine instead.

Q6I need invoice in other currency than JPY.

Due to the exchange instability, the amount for bank transfer will be shown only in JPY.
Fixed exchanging rate and individualized services are also difficult to provide.
If you wish to know the total amount in your currency, please ask at the nearest bank.
We appreciate your understanding.

Q7There is a error message occurring for credit card payment.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.
We kindly ask you to confirm the conditions below.
・The limit of usage is enough
・It is a credit card, not a debit card
・Enter correct expiration date
・Refresh payment link from MyPage every time you try

Also, it is possible that there is a security block so we also ask you to check with your credit card company just in case.

If it still does not work after confirming these conditions, please kindly try to pay in JPY.

Q8What is the IBAN Number for the SAKURA AWARD's bank account?

In Japan, instead of IBAN Number, we use SWIFT code which is "BOTKJPJT".
If your bank asks you "11 digits", please use "BOTKJPJT***".


Q1Can I add items after the payment?

You can proceed on MyPage.
If you wish to add items after the payment, please click on the 'Add items' button from the 'MyPage' tab on the login page.
The procedure thereafter is the same as for the first entry.
Please note that no refunds will be made for reductions in the number of items after payment has been completed.

Q2I cannot enter wine information.

You can enter wine information after the office confirms your payment. In the case of bank transfer, please send the copy of bank slip by email. After we receive it, we will email the confirmation.

Q3Is it necessary to fill in all the wine information?

Yes, all the information is necessary for us to make accurate and fair judgements.

Q4Why am I getting error messages when typing the wine information?

Please use capital letters only (A to Z), numbers (0 to 9), hyphens (-), underscores (_), commas (,), and periods (.).
* Lowercase letters and special characters cannot be used.

Q5Is it possible to change the wine information I have already registered?

Yes, you can change the wine information on MyPage until November 30, 2021.
After December 1, 2021, please send an Email to SAKURA AWARDS Office.
Also, even before November 30, 2021, after you have arranged the samples to be sent and the warehouse inspection is completed, you will not be able to re-edit the wine information.
If you wish to change wine information after the inspection, please send an Email to SAKURA AWARDS office. entry@sakuraaward.com

Q6Is it possible to submit the same wine entered last year?

Yes, it is possible to submit the same wine as last year.

Q7What price range is suitable for the entry?

There is no specific rules. However, we recommend wines with a suggested retail price of JPY 1,500-5,000.

Q8Are you only accepting wines produced by female winemakers?

No, we have no regulations. We are accepting wines produced by male winemakers as well.

Q9Are you accepting wines made from other fruits such as peach or strawberry? What about aromatized wines?

No, we only accept wines made from 100% grapes.


Q10What is the residual sugar content for sweet wines category?

If the residual sugar content is more than 45g/ℓ, please register it in the sweet wine category.

Q11We do not have import agent in Japan. Is it possible to enter?

Yes! All winning wines will be posted on the Sakura Award official website and we send our official books to the trade. For those without importers, we have tasting events for importers to sample and encourage them to take on importation and distribution.


Q12Do I need to enter both of the EXC price and suggested retail price?

If you know the retail price in Japan or in your country, it is not necessary to put the EXC price. So please put "0" in the cell.
If you do not know the retail price in Japan, please put EXC price or enter "suggested retail price in your country".


Q1Where should I send the samples?

Please check below for the sample delivery address.

◆Delivery address
210-0869, JAPAN  TEL: +81-44-287-0921 PIC: MS. KUBOTA


Q2How many samples are required per entry?

We are asking participants to send 2 bottles per item.


Q3How can I find out if my sample was successfully delivered?

You can find out on MyPage.
We will update the information when we receive the package.

Q4Do I have to pay the customs duty?

No, you do not have to pay the customs duty.
Please write “Samples, No Commercial Value” in your invoice and OUTER CARTON.


Q5Who is the importer when we ship the samples?

In the field of importer on your invoice, please write:
Importer: Wine and Spirits Culture Association
Address: Akasaka Office Heights Bldg. 4-13-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 Japan
TEL: 03-6229-1727

Q6When is the deadline for delivery of the samples?

The deadline for sample delivery is Sunday, December 10th, 2023. In order to prepare for the judging session, please make sure to arrive by the date. The arrival of samples may be delayed due to various reasons, so please send samples as soon as possible.
※Delayed arrival may not be included in the competition. In that case, there will be no refund of the entry fee.

Q7Do you accept wines without label or barrel sample?

Yes, you can send raw samples without official labels.
In that case, please put the sample label or barrel samples with all the necessary information such as winery, name of the wine, vintage and so on.
It is possible with hand writing. You may write the new vintage over the old etiquette by hand.


Q1I would like to know how many judges are participating, and what are their qualifications?

The total number of judges is approximately 500 to 600.
The criteria for the judges are as follows:
(1) Female Japanese or foreigner who work in Japan.
(2) Sommeliers, winemakers, wine lecturers, wine journalists, wine importers, wine distributors, wine stores, and other wine and liquor related professionals, and wine experts (qualified).
In addition, some special judges.

Q2How is judging conducted?

Judging is conducted by panels of five judges. Each panel includes a trained Panel Captain to facilitate the judging process and record keeping integrity. The wines will be tasted blind by the category and grape variety. The judges will know (1) varietals, (2)vintage, (3)residual sugar (4) barrel aging if applicable. The judges will give each wine an individual score using the 100 point scale.


Q3How is Best Pairing Wine for Cuisine conducted? Do they actually taste with food?

No. The judges select the dish written on the score sheet, which they feel the most suitable for the wine. (Target: Diamond Trophy, Double Gold, Gold Award)


Q4How will Bio and Sustainable category be judged and evaluated?

We will focus on Bio Wine (organic farming, biodynamic, sustainable, vegan, etc.). However, we will not judge bio wine separately at the judging session.
The wine category
After the awarded wines are selected, we will announce Awarded Bio Wine on our official website. We will reconfirm the information submitted at the entry and publish them. The procedure is as follows;
*We will confirm to the importers if the wine has been already in Japanese market.
*If the wine is not in Japanese market yet, or the open market wines, they will be listed based on the entry information.

Q5Is it possible to visit the judging site?

The judgement event is open to the press and anyone in the wine industry. You will be able to see how the judging process is actually carried out. Please register from the press application window on the Sakura Award official website.


Q1When will the results of the award be announced?

Please visit the official announcement schedule. The results of the awards will be annoucned to entry companies and distributors as soon as possible after the winning wines are selected.


Q2After receiving the award, I found a mistake of vintage or others. Is it possible to correct the information in the award-winning wine search?

Yes, we will correct the information only for this year's award-winning items. Please download the request form from the URL below, correct them and send it back to the Sakura Award office by e-mail.


Q3If I receive award/s when can I make it public?

To consumers we ask you to wait until the official announcement is made, but for business-to-business situation you are free to inform them prior to the announcement.


Q4For those who did not get the award, how are they informed?

We ask to wait for the official announcement.
We only notify award recipients, not all the participants.


Q5Is it possible to get the score/s (number of points)?

We do not provide score/s.


Q1How can I recieve the diploma?

You can download the diploma free of charge on MyPage.
Please note that only entry company can download it.


Q1How do I get the award medal logo?

The awarded company can download the medal logo data from MyPage at free of charge. For others, a pledge agreement must be signed before downloading.


Q2Is it possible to print the medal logo on the label or packages?

Yes, you can download the medal logo via MyPage and use it for printing. We don't charge you for this service.

Q3Is there a specific size for the medal logo?

No, it's not fixed. You can change the size as you want.

Q4How do I get the printed medal logo sticker?

Q5Can I use the award medal logo on new lots of wines with non-vintage wine?

No, the award-winning medal logo cannot be used if the lot has been changed.

Q6I would like to know if I can use other logo marks and photographs of SAKURA AWARD? If possible, how can I get the data, and what are the conditions of usage?

Please visit our official website and proceed to the download page for various data. It can be downloaded free of charge. If you have any questions, please contact the “SAKURA” Japan Women's Wine Awards Office by email.


Q7Can we use the award-winning medal logo on different labels or containers with the same wine?

Yes, you can use it. We will ask you to submit a quality assurance certificate proving that the new label or different packaging is the same wine as the winning wine. Please download the documents from the following URL and submit them by attaching to the Email to Sakura Award office.

*Quality certificates for award-winning wines