Ishikawa Syuzou Sake Brewery
Ishikawa Sake Brewery was founded in the first year of Tenpo (1830). The site is lined with buildings that retain the remnants of the past, and in 2012, 15 buildings, including the main building of Ishikawa Sake Brewery, were registered as nationally registered tangible cultural properties. Okura is a two-story wooden structure. There are three main ingredients for making sake: water, rice, and jiuqu. We mainly use sake rice made in Mie prefecture and prepare it with ultra-soft natural water, which is underground water of the Suzuka Mountains. Soft water suitable for sake brewing promotes gentle fermentation during brewing. Compared to Nada no Miyamizu, which is known throughout Japan as famous water for sake brewing, Ishikawa Sake Brewery’s water is soft water with low hardness, but it seems to be the best water for brewing Ginjo.
VIDEO: Ishikawa Sake Brewery
Representative: Takashi Ishikawa
Address: Sakura 129, Yokkaichi, Mie
Foundation (year) 1830
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Mie Sake Breweries
Mie Prefecture is located in the Kansai region of Honshu. It borders Gifu Prefecture to the north, Shiga Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture to the northwest, Nara Prefecture to the west, Wakayama Prefecture to the southwest and Aichi Prefecture to the east. Mie Prefecture is a long and narrow cross-shaped terrain with the Shima Peninsula in the east and the Iga Basin in the west. The eastern side of the Ise Plain faces Ise Bay and Kumano Nada, and the western side is covered by the Kii Mountains such as the Suzuka Mountains, Nunobiki Mountains, and Odaigayama Mountains. For this reason, the climate varies greatly from region to region, and sake brewing has an inland climate in the cold Iga region in winter, the Hokusei region where the cold “Suzuka grated” blows in winter, and the Chusei and Nansei regions where “Nunobiki grated” carries cold air. The temperature of all breweries is around 0 degrees celsius in winter, which is perfect for making high-quality sake such as Ginjo sake. In Mie prefecture, all plants grow well, and the fields are constantly full of greenery all year round, and it is especially suitable for rice cultivation for a long time. Iga rice and Isshi rice are known for their good taste. These high quality sake rice will be reborn as Mie sake with a beautiful and mellow taste.
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