Sumikawa Sake Brewery, Hagi, Yamaguchi

Sumikawa Brewery is a sake brewery located in Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It was founded in 1921 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2021. The representative brand name is “Toyo Bijin,” named by the first generation head brewer in memory of his wife who passed away.

Available : Shop
Founded : 1921
Representative brand : Toyo Bijin
Tel : 08387-4–0001
Access : 11 min drive from JR Esaki Station
Business hours : 9:00~17:00
Regular holidays : Sat afternoon, Sun and national holidays

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.