In various regions all across Japan, breweries perfect their own types of sake. A delicate yet complex rice wine liquor, sake has steadily become an international trend amongst connoisseurs and general consumers alike.
Travel through Kyoto and you may run into Fushimi-Momoyama, a place with abundant ground-water famous for sake brewing. There you may find various old and new techniques used for brewing. Explore the historical shrines and structures as you sip on a glass of sake distributed during a taste test. Or you may decide to travel north to Niigata, located in a mountainous region on the central Honshu Island. Thanks to the Shinano-gawa River leading into exceptionally fertile rice cultivation, Niigata has been established as a center of Japan's leading manufacturers.
Aomori is also a well-known region for sake brewing. In Hirosaki, the combination of cold weather, pure water, and high quality rice offer the perfect conditions for brewing sake. You may also travel to Kobe in Hyogo prefecture to find some of Japan's finest sake. Kobe's Nada district has become a well known area for producing sake due to its proximity to a major port. Here in the Nada district you can find the Hakatsuru Sake Brewery Museum, where you can learn the process of sake brewing as you taste one of their various flavors.
Many breweries welcome you to discover the world of sake production. Schedule a trip to Niigata, Kyoto, Aomori, Hyogo, and experience exclusive styles and flavors as you sip Japan's most well known drink.
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Famous for its quality spring water and sake brewing. Sake cellars along the moat, with the atmosphere of 17th century Japan.
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A region well known and popular for its local sake. The Shiryo-kan museums offer sake tasting to visitors.
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