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5 Selected Sake Brewery Tours in Osaka

2016.09.30

Writer name : nomura

Kyoto may be a famous city for sake in the Kansai region, however there are also many sake breweries in Osaka. Here are selected breweries in Osaka that offer tours. You should take this opportunity to experience the allure of Japanese sake if you can.

1. Kitashoji Sake Brewery

Kitashoji Sake Brewery in Izumisano (southern Osaka) is located near the Kansai International Airport. Their motto is to produce “excellent sake, one sip at a time.” Kitashoji Sake Brewery creates sake with a mild flavor, aiming to achieve the fundamental quality of Japanese sake without excessive dryness or crispness, one example being their representative sake Shuu no Sato. To visit this brewery, reservations must be made a week prior to the day of the tour. On this tour you will witness the high sake standard of the touji (chief brewer). The tour is an hour long, and is 500 JPY (incl. tax) and includes sake tasting and snacks. Kitashoji Sake Brewery is about a 15 minute walk from JR Hineno Station.

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1. Kitashoji Sake Brewery


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2. Daimon Brewery

Daimon Brewery is in Katano in northeastern Osaka. Their representative sake is Rikyubai, which has a gentle aroma and simple taste. Daimon Brewery mainly produces rich and dry sake, and strives to achieve both truly traditional sake, which has the definitive flavor of rice, and innovative sake, which suits foreign cuisine. The tours include the tasting course (appx. 1 hour, 1000 JPY), and the tasting and food pairing course (appx. 2 hours, 4000 JPY). It can be held in English. This brewery is a 7 minute walk away from JR Kawachi-Iwafune Station.

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2. Daimon Brewery


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3. Isaka Brewery

Isaka Brewery is in Kishiwada in southern Osaka. At the company store in the brewery, various types of rare sake can be found. Two examples are Miwafuku, a type of sake which derives its name from Miwa Shrine in Nara, known as the shrine of the sake god, and Danjiri, a type of sake named after a famous local festival. Isaka Brewery’s sake can suit both seafood and vegetables, and it has a distinct, rich and deep taste, which is also easy to drink. Tours are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It is free to tour the brewery, though a prior booking must be made through a travel agent. This brewery can be reached in an hour by train and bus, from Nankai Namba Station.

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3. Isaka Brewery


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4. Saijo Limited Partnership

The brewery of Saijo Limited Partnership, established in 1718, has nearly 300 years of history. The famous brand Amanozake has a daiginjo genshu sake that is a special product with a fruity, mellow flavor. Daiginjo means the sake is made with rice that's been polished to 50% or less, and genshu means it's made without added water. Tours of this brewery are limited to the preparation period in the winter season only. They offer a tour every Saturday, February through March each year (reservations required, 600 JPY, souvenirs included). This brewery is a 5 minute walk from Nankai Kawachi-Nagano Station.

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4. Saijo Limited Partnership


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5. Yamano Brewery

Yamano Brewery is a small brewery that produces 500 stones (1 stone: appx. 180 L) of sake per year, and specializes in genshu (unprocessed sake). Daiginjo Shizuku, which has won the gold prize in a competition held by the National Research Institute of Brewing, is treasured sake made of natural moromi (unrefined sake) droplets. Its glorious aroma and flavor defines the quality of this sake. This tour is free, but reservations are required. Yamano Brewery is closed on Sundays, public holidays, and Saturdays from April to October. This brewery is a 10 min walk from Keihan Takanoshi Station.

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5. Yamano Brewery


Official Homepage (Japanese Only)

The taste of sake is accentuated by the atmosphere of a brewery and by seeing people working hard toward its production. There are a few breweries in which English speakers may need an accompanying interpreter during their tour, so please check before making a reservation.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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