Sakai Shuzo, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi

Sakai Shuzo is a sake brewery established in 1871 in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Its representative sake is “Gokyo” (five bridges), which is derived from the name of the Kintai Bridge. Sakai Sake Brewery is committed to the technique of Oke-brewing.

Available : Tasting, Brewery Tour, Shop
Founded : 1871
Representative brand : Gokyo
Tel : 0827-21-2177
Access : 10 min drive from JR Iwakuni Station
Tour reservation : Call (Currently suspended)
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.

Hotels within 3 km (2 miles) from the brewery