Nagayamahonke Shuzojo, Ube, Yamaguchi

Nagayama Honke Sake Brewery in Yamaguchi Prefecture is a historical sake brewery founded in 1888. Its representative brand is “Taka,” a junmai sake made from home-grown Yamada-Nishiki. The brewery is located along the Koto River in Ube City and is open for tours.

Available : Brewery Tour, Shop
Founded : 1888
Representative brand : Taka
Tel : 0836-62-0088
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Tour reservation :
Business hours : 9:00~17:00
Regular holidays : Sat, Sun
Online shop (International shipping may not be available.)

By Jim Rion
Published on 2022-11-22

This book is the first of its kind, a deep-dive into a single sake-producing region to highlight its delicious brews as well as the people, land, and culture behind them. Brewing in Yamaguchi — in southern Honshu, Japan — reflects the whole history of sake in Japan, from boom to bust to resurgence, and many of its brands, including the fabled Dassai, are now at izakaya and fine restaurants around the world. Expert Jim Rion takes us on a tour of all 23 Yamaguchi breweries to introduce the character of each and its brewmasters’ best picks. Along the way he provides background on such topics as rice farmers, drinkware, brewing methods, and the controversy over sake “terroir” (does it exist?). An added bonus for travelers is a mini sightseeing guide to the region and its many delights. Illustrated with photographs and quick-reference sake labels.