Japanese sake, which is familiar in the world as Sake. There are places called Sakedokoro (sake spots) in Japan where high-quality sake are produced and distributed across the country. Experience tours have become popular, where you can visit such spots and enjoy sake while seeing how they are produced. Many places still retain old-world flavor and those who do not drink alcohol still can enjoy the scenery. This time we would like to introduce five regions in Japan where you want to visit for Sakedokoro.
It is Hyogo prefecture that produces more than 60% of one of the best suited types of rice for sake production, Yamadanishiki in Japan. A region called Nadagogo, which lies from Nishinomiya city to Nada Ward costal area in Kobe city, is especially famous as Sakedorkoro and famous sake breweries are concentrated in this area. Also, Nadagogo actively engages in attracting tourists as a part of sake breweries tourism; Japan’s well-recognized major sake brewery companies such as Hakutsuru Sake, Kiku-Masamune Sake, and Sawanotsuru provide factory tours. Many of them support multiple languages and these three breweries provide tours in English. As most of such sake breweries are located along Hanshin Railway line, it is good to visit them.
Fushimi in Kyoto prefecture is known for one of Japan’s Sakedokoro, where sake breweries of well-known sake manufactures such as Gekkeikan Sake and Kizakura are lining up. Kyoto prefecture still ranks second in the production of Japanese sake following Hyogo prefecture. This area is rich in groundwater since ancient times and still sees the benefits from it. This is why sake brewing took root in this area from older times. As this area is also a historical site associated with one of the key historical figures in Japan, Ryoma Sakamoto in the late Edo period (1603−1866) and is close to popular Fushimi-inari Shrine, the demand for leisure travel is high. You can enjoy scenery with sake breweries which still retain its old-world flavor from Meiji period. It is a highly recommended spot for those who want to enjoy sake tasting at a historical area.
Gohyakumangoku is rank with Yamadanishiki as one of the best suited types of rice for sake production. It is Niigata prefecture that is the best Gohyakumangoku producer with about 50% share in the total output in Japan. Niigata is originally famous as Komedokoro. Many people probably recognize its representative brand Koshihikari as a byword of tasty rice.
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