Saijo (Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima Pref.)
There are many sake breweries in Saijo, one of the towns in Japan famous for the production of sake.
- Sake - the time-honored Japanese liquor, mainly made from rice, malted rice and water
- A Japanese sake brewery
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- : Culture
- : Gourmet
- : Relaxation
- : Shopping
- : Scenery
- : Convenience
- Sakagura Street
Eight different Japanese sake breweries are located near the JR Saijo Station, an area that is home to white-walled warehouses and fifteen redbrick smokestacks. The scent of Japanese sake wafts faintly throughout the area during the brewing season from October through March.
- Visiting A Japanese Sake Brewery
At each sake brewery, visitors will be able to take a tour of the facilities, sample some Japanese sake and the well water used for the brewing process (very important for brewing), and there are related goods on sale. There are also English-speaking tour guides available (a reservation is required, as well as a fee).
- Sake Festival
The Sake Festival is held every year on the second Saturday and Sunday of October. Participants can taste about 900 different samples of Japanese sake from across the country. Each sake brewery also hosts various elaborate events, such as concerts at the brewery, and more than 200,000 tourists take part in the festivities, making a bustling 2-day period indeed.
- By air:
- Haneda Airport - Hiroshima Airport; about 1 hour 30 minutes
- Hiroshima Airport - JR Saijo Station; about 25 minutes by bus
- By train:
- Tokyo Station - Higashi-Hiroshima Station: about 3 hours 50 minutes
- Higashi-Hiroshima Station - Saijo Station; about 15 minutes by taxi
- English-language pamphlets are distributed at the information bureau located in front of Saijo Station.