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

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
Related info<b><u>About Sake Brewery Tours: </b></u>
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


The World Glassware Hall
Historical Sites

Yunokami Onsen Station

Yunokami Onsen Station is one of only 2 train stations with a thatched roof in Japan. The station is known for its great location as a cherry blossom viewing spot with a unique atmosphere. There is an irori (sunken fireplace) where tourists can warm themselves up in winter, and a foot bath sourced from natural hot spring water just next to the station. Yunokami Onsen town is a popular place to stay the night for those visiting destinations such as Ouchi-juku and To-no-hetsuri are located in the same area.

The World Glassware Hall
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Suehiro Sake Brewery Kaeigura

Suehiro Sake Brewery was founded at the end of the Edo Period, in the mid 19th century. The Kaeigura (the building where the sake is brewed) has been designated as an important historical building by Aizu-Wakamatsu City. Here, visitors can take a guided tour of the sake-brewing process, as well as of old Japanese-style rooms which were built during the Meiji Period. The brewing process takes place from October to March every year. During this time, visitors can see the process and conditions inside the fermentation tanks. Visitors may try between six and ten different kinds of sake for free year-round. Suehiro sake and other Aizu products are available for sale on-site. On the left side after entering the gate stands a café called Kissa Ann. The architecture of Kissa Ann was remodelled from the Kaeigura's oldest storehouse. Here, you can enjoy coffee made with water prepared especially for making sake, and cake made using high-quality sake.

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Shopping & Souvenirs

Wakaki Shop & Brick Warehouse

<p><span style="color:#000000">Wakaki (若喜商店) is a shop specializing in soy sauce brewing and a historical warehouse in Kitakata City. Both the shop and the warehouse buildings have been recognized for their unique architectural value, and were both designated Tangible Cultural Properties.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color:#000000"><img alt="" src="/img/edit/images/8%286%29.jpg" /></span></p><p><span style="color:#000000">The original brick warehouse was built in 1904, and was used both as a residence (second floor) and as a warehouse, as well as a place to entertain guests. </span></p><p><span style="color:#000000">An interesting feature of the building is its fusion of styles: from the outside it has a strikingly Western appearance with a brick facade, but the interior is built in Japanese-style with tatami floors. </span></p><p><span style="color:#000000"><img alt="" src="/img/edit/images/IMG_0313.JPG" /></span></p><p><span style="color:#000000">The wood used for the pillars and the main table was sourced from a very rare persimmon tree. The building uses a unique construction method to make it resistant to earthquakes.</span></p><p><span style="color:#000000"><img alt="" src="/img/edit/images/IMG_0315.JPG" /></span></p><p><span style="color:#000000">Founded in 1755, Wakaki brews both soy sauce and dashi sauce using traditional methods and locally sourced ingredients. You can get your hands on these unique artisanal products at the gift shop.</span></p><p><span style="color:#000000">The shop building, built in 1931, is also made from the same wood as the warehouse. </span></p><p><span style="color:#000000">From spring to autumn (usually from April to November), a gift store called &ldquo;Showa Kan&rdquo; inside the building complex sells rare vintage relics from Japan, like toys, collectable items and postcards. The shop is closed during winter.</span></p><p><span style="color:#000000"><img alt="" src="/img/edit/images/5%284%29.jpg" /></span></p><p><span style="color:#000000">The shop also offers &lsquo;akabeko&rsquo; painting experiences, in which you can paint your own akabeko (Fukushima&rsquo;s lucky red cow) by reservation only (please contact the store directly for more information regarding this experience).</span></p><p><span style="color:#000000">Read more information about Kitakata&rsquo;s kura warehouses </span><a href="https://fukushima.travel/destination/the-warehouses-of-kitakata/145" style="text-decoration:none"><span style="color:#1155cc">here</span></a><span style="color:#000000">.</span></p><p><img alt="" src="/img/edit/images/3%284%29.jpg" /></p>

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