Homare Sake Brewery

Homare Sake Brewery

Visitors can taste and purchase sake made at Aizu Homare, one of Tohoku's most popular sake breweries. After learning about how sake is made on a brewery tour, visitors can discover their new favorite drink by sampling over 10 kinds of fresh refined sake, liqueur, and shochu. The brewery grounds also contain a vast Japanese garden, which can be explored by visitors. A video of the sake-making process is available to watch on request.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://www.aizuhomare.jp/(Japanese)
Contact

Homare Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.

(+81) 241-22-5151

Best SeasonAll Year
Opening Hours

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Guided tours start at 10:30 AM)

Open 7 days a week (closed for the New Year holidays)

ParkingOver 50. Parking also available for full-sized buses.
Entrance FeeFree
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Non-Japanese language tours: Available
Languages available for tours: English
Guide: Only available on days when the brewery is operating
Voice Guidance: Not available
Foreign-language displays: Yes

Please book in advance for group tours.
Access Details
Access2706 Tokiwa-cho, Muramatsu, Matsuyama-Machi, Kitakata City, Fukushima Pref.
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Getting there

By Car: 40 min from the Aizuwakamatsu I.C. exit (Ban-etsu Expressway)

By Bus: Can be reached by bus from Kitakata Station (JR Ban-etsu West Line). 3 min walk from Sekinebetsu Bus Stop.

By Taxi: 7 min from Kitakata Station

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Aizu Misato Town’s historic Isasumi Shrine, known as a great spot for viewing beautiful irises, holds a festival to celebrate the splendor of these flowers every year. Isasumi Shrine's history is thought to be connected to how the Aizu region got its name - a story that has been recorded in two of Japan’s most legendary books of folklore. According to the tale, around 2000 years ago, four shogun were entrusted with uniting the four areas of land which would become Japan. Two of these shogun happened to be father and son. One was sent to the north-east, and the other to the north-west. When the father and son had completed their work uniting the towns in their respective areas, they met in the middle. They named the area “Aizu” (会津), which can be translated as “The riverbank (津) where we met (会)”. The father and son travelled to Mt. Mikagura-dake, a mountain that borders Niigata Prefecture and Aizu, and prayed to the shinto god of pioneering new lands to protect Aizu, and the rest of Japan. Isasumi Shrine is thought to be built where they met. In spring, the shrine grounds become decorated with the blossoms of one of the most prized cherry trees in Aizu. It is said that this tree, which is named Usuzumi Sakura (“Diluted-Ink Sakura”), has been the sacred tree of Isasumi Shrine since it was brought down from Mt. Mikagura-dake and planted in the shrine grounds as a way of commemorating the efforts of the father and son. The lovely, light scent of the cherry blossom welcomes visitors each spring.

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Close to Kitakata station is Yamatogawa Brewery. This brewery was built in 1790 in the Edo Era, and has been producing sake ever since. The famous sake cultivated at this brewery is made using the clear, mountain water from Mt Iide. Another important component of Yamatogawa Brewery’s sake is the use of high-quality, carefully cultivated rice. This rice is grown in Yamatogawa Brewery’s own rice fields, and from the fields of selected local farming families. Next door to the brewery is the Northern Museum – where old earthen storehouses built during the Edo Era have been opened up to the public. Here you can learn about how the sake-making process has changed since the Edo period. Tours and sake tasting available for free.

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