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Harada Sake Brewery

Harada Sake BreweryThe representative sake from this brewery is “Sansya” (Festival float) that has been produced since 1855. For a ginjo sake invented ten years ago, they used “flower yeast “which is refined from nectar extracted by a respected teacher of the brewery’s president. The refining process was a world first success. Even experienced head brewers who tasted this sake in process described it as “sake beyond traditional sake”. This is a new kind of sake with a mild and rich flavor. This brewery developed not only sake but many kinds of sweets with their deep knowledge of sake. Local sake cheesecake bar and local sake jelly have a unique aroma and taste.

Brewery Hours 8:30 ~ 17:30 (Brewery tour available)
Business Day Open all year round
Tasting Free
Contact 0577-32-0120

Kawashiri Sake Brewery

Kawashiri Sake BreweryThis private brewery only uses local “Hidahomare” rice which is a special brand for sake making. They store sake for two to four years, making it fermented old sake. This long process cannot be achieved without strong wisdom about sake. Their represcentative sake, “Ten on “or “Hida Masamune” tastes sweet as its flavor is very soft. Normally the older alcohol gets the more expensive it is, but Kawajiri Brewery offers almost the same price for young sake so that their customers can enjoy it daily. The brewery produces only 700 liters which is equivalent to 400 bottles so their sake is only available within Takayama City. You have to visit Takayama to taste them. Mail order is available for repeated customers.

Hours 8:00 ~ 17:00
Business Day Open all year round
Tasting Charged
Contact 0577-32-0143

Hirata Sake Brewery

Hirata Sake BreweryThis brewery has a wide range of sake products including daiginjo, junmai nigori and honjozo. Its special sweet sake “Suiou”, a long term fermented old sake of more than ten years, won the first prize at the national sake brewery contest for three consecutive years since 2007.
They originally sold hair oil and candles when the shop opened in 1769, then they started sake making in 1895 which is quite new as a local brewery. Their business philosophy is sake making is not just manufacturing but caring, emphasizing the importance of hand made. They also run the Hirata Museum to exhibit utensils and materials from the late 18th century.

Hours 8:00 ~ 17:00
Business Day Open all year round
Tasting Charged ※Credit card OK
Contact 0577-32-0352

● English brochure is available.

Hirase Sake Brewery

Hirase Sake BreweryThis is the oldest sake brewery in Takayama, first appeared in the historical record in 1623. They use sake specialized rice from Hida and Hyogo, and have it milled to only 35 % of its core.
The representative sake, ”Kusudama” which is the same name for lucky ball in Japanese, is popular because of its good name and clear taste, and severed at many established restaurants. When Michelin’s guidebooks featured this sake, they started to export it overseas.
It costs almost 100 dollars in a New York restaurant, but in Takayama you pay only about 20 dollars and can compare it with other series of sake.

Hours 8:15 ~ 17:00
Business Day Closed on Sunday
Tasting Free
Contact 0577-34-0010

● Brochures are available in English, Chinese and Korean.
● Oversea visitor tour by travel agencies may take places

Niki Sake Brewery

Niki Sake BreweryTheir specialty is ginjo sake for which highly polished rice (at least 60%) is used and fermented at colder temperatures for longer periods of time. They offer all their sake at best condition, for example, fresh namazake and daiginjo “Tama no i”which is bottled in its best season. The building is a traditional town house, called “machiya”, by local craftsmen featuring a large dirt floored space with solid beams and a sake storehouse with plastered walls. The architecture is based on the plan from 1695 when the shop first opened. The structure lets wind into a courtyard and humidity in the house is the same as it used to be despite parts of the original building burnt down 120 years ago. It was once used as a set for the filming of a TV program.

Hours 8:00 ~ 17:00
Business Day Closed occasionally
Tasting Charged
Contact 0577-32-0021

● English brochure is available.

Funasaka Sake Brewery

Funasaka Sake BreweryThis sake brewery proactively develops new tastes of sake while keeping its tradition. The representative varieties include daiginjo”Miyama giku” which is fermented at low temperatures for longer periods, freshly stored “Hida no Jingorou” and “Yubae” using ancient rice.
In 2010, they opened a restaurant and cafe on the property. At the restaurant Japanese cuisine that compliment sake and local food are on the menu, while at the cafe a sweet drink made from sake sediments and sweets made from sake are served. There is a bar counter where you can taste all their sake while chatting with sake experts (Fee charged).

Hours 8:30 ~ 20:00
Business Day Open all year round except Tuesdays from December to March
Tasting Free
Contact 0577-32-0016

Oita Sake Brewery

Oita Sake BreweryTheir representative variety “Oni korosi” is well known for its very dry taste. It is distinctive among Hida local sake which has a good reputation for dryness. The variety has been loved in the area for almost 300 years since the shop first opened.
The brewery itself was moved to Kiyomi cho, Takayama, and managed the process with new technology and computers. With cutting edge technology, they control subtle temperature differences by digitizing their traditional methods.
The original brewery is renovated to a shop and cafe, and visitors can purchase not only sake but also many souvenirs.

Hours 9:00 ~ 17:00
Business Day Closed Occasionally
Tasting Free
Contact 0577-32-0166