Japanese Sake



The sake cup in the picture may look pretty shallow, but for two very special days in March, it’s as deep as the sea. That’s right, Sake no Jin is back, and on March 9th and 10th (Sat & Sun) anyone with an official cup can drown themselves in unlimited samples from nearly all 90 of Niigata’s sake breweries. Sake no Jin is the ultimate sake lover’s event, and busloads of sake drinkers come from around the nation to drink their fill.

Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery Tour

Winter in Niigata, the land of sake, or Japanese “rice wine,” as the brew is often incorrectly termed. With over 90 sake breweries in the prefecture, and 15 located within the Niigata City limits, Niigata is not only the country’s largest per capita consumer of sake, but a well respected producer.

The bottle may be the most typical guide to the unadulterated world of sake, but the journey doesn’t need to stop there. This entry is about the Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery (est. 1767) free brewery tour, and some of what goes into the crystalline brew before it finds its way to your cup. (For details on how to participate in a tour, see the end of the post)

(A hand made glass bottle in an empty room at the Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery)