Arrive at Ginchoshu's hometown
Saijo, a sake district that symbolizes Hiroshima as “sake town”, is a mecca for Japanese sake lovers. The sake festival held annually this October, you can experience the true Saijo, a world-class sake city. Is it a sake celebration full of passion and passion for Japanese rice wine? For those who want to go to the Sake Festival, it must be an unforgettable experience.
But if she can't go to the sake festival, that's fine. Saijo area always welcomes tourists with pleasure, and there are also sake to taste in different seasons such as shinshu (new sake) in spring, hiyaoroshi (only one pasteurized sake) in autumn, and shikomi (preparing sake fermented in barrels) in winter.
Although Saijo has spread sake culture around the world by sightseeing and experimenting at a brewery with delicious things, the National Brewery Research Institute, the only sake academy in Japan, is also in this district. For those who want to experience local charm and history, sake will no doubt become richer, starting with the sake brewery tour.
Saijo has 8 breweries, seven of which line Sakura-dori Street (Sake Brewery Street). It is charming because you can take a gentle stroll through the historic district while walking from the brewery to the brewery to enjoy a sample of sake.
THESE BREWERIES ARE CONCENTRATED IN A TIGHT AREA DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF SHIKOMI MIMIMITSU, THE WATER NECESSARY FOR SAKE PRODUCTION, IS REGARDED AS A “MIRACLE WATER” WITH MEDIUM HARDNESS, SUITABLE FOR BREWING SAKE. IT ONLY FLOWS THROUGH THE GROUND OF THIS AREA IN THE SAIJO AREA, MOREOVER. OBVIOUSLY, THE COMPOSITION OF THE WATER VARIES ACCORDING TO THE LOCATION OF THE SHIKOMI MIMIMIMIMI BREWERY, NO NEED TO DRINK SAKE, ANOTHER PLEASURE TO IMMERSE HERE IS THE COMPARISON OF SAKE AVAILABLE TO TASTE AT EACH BREWERY.
Kamotsuru Sake Manufacturing Company
The eastern area of Sakagura-dori, home to six breweries, is particularly graceful for its beautiful white walls and the red-brick chimneys of the brewery that fry all over the vicinity.
The beauty of these breweries stands out from others: the Kamotsuru Sake Brewing Company, a symbol of not only Saijo but also in Hiroshima. It has a spectacular air, decorated with white stucco and black namako-style walls.
The room of visitors has the opportunity to learn how to make sake and videos about sake production and a lot of equipment. You may have noticed that the delicate taste of Japanese sake is created by brewers who use traditional techniques in elaborate processes. There are many sake brews of the Kamotsuru Sake Wing company in the sampling corner, with grades ranging from daijinjo (very special) to koshu (aged sake), so you can enjoy the taste of your mind content with other sake lovers.
Kamotsuru sake brewing company is a leader when it comes to Ginjoshu, and is known as one of the first breweries to ship Kamotsuru's daijin choshu sake with a pronounced aroma, rich taste and refreshing softness, a favorite in Japan's famous three-star restaurants, and quenches VIP thirst from around the world. Spectacular sake brewing is one of the most common sakes of Saijo
Kamotsuru Sake Manufacturing Company
4-31 Saijohonmachi Higashi Hiroshima
+81- (0) 82-422-2121
Kamoizumi and Shuzenkan
You will be able to visit Kamoizumi Shuzō, and you'll be able to visit Kamoizumi Shuzō. Overseas this popular brewery is also known as “Three Dots” for the three small strokes on the left side of the Japanese kanji for sake (). Focusing on the junmai-shu (special brew) grade, the company has ought to produce sake with a unique flavor. They use all kinds of Hiroshima-produced sakamai (sake brewer's rice) to brew sake that is truly represented by all of Hiroshima Prefecture.
You can book a tour of the brewery and also have fun leisurely tasting sakes in the Shusenkan next door. (These samples also require a reservation.) For lunch we recommend the Bishonabe, a hot pot dish from Saijo that includes a plentiful amount of sake. This Bishonabe, a meal of the original brewer used to eat, is now prepared to serve visitors, allowing them the opportunity to dine on nabe flavored only with salt, pepper and the wonderful flavor of sake. It's a popular specialty from Saijo, and eating it is about more than just drinking sake, but also enjoying some fine seasonings. The brewer says, “Sake you can drink at whatever temperature, hot or cold, with fine Japanese cuisine, is the essence of Japanese culture.”
The eight breweries in Saijo work together to preserve the groundwater that supplies the important shikomi mizu for the sake. Because the water comes from the abundant forests, they also maintain the mountains. It is a part of the sake brewing as well. And also, since sake is referred to as a sacred drink, they keenly sense that connection with nature.
2-4 Saijo Kamiichi-machi, Higashi Hiroshima
+81- (0) 82-423-2118
http://www.kamoizumi.co.jp/index.php *Brewery tour must be booked in advance.
+81- (0) 82-423-2021
Opening days: Thursdays and Saturdays plus April 10
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
* Bishonabe must be booked in advance for groups of 2 or more
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