Ito Sake Brewery
The brewery was founded in 1847, about 170 years ago. Since the first Koemon Ito, who was running a large scale farmer in Sakuracho, Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture (formerly Sakuracho), started brewing sake using locally grown rice, good quality water under the cold winter. The secret technique is handed down by the house. At the foot of Mt. Gozaisho in Yokkaichi City, the underground water “Chishakuyosui” was used, which was selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan under the severe cold climate of winter when the seasonal wind “Grated Suzuka” blows down. The brewery produces and sells small quantities of high-quality sake using traditional sake brewing techniques that are particular about raw rice, water, and yeast produced in Mie Prefecture.
Representative: Jun Ito
Address: 110 Sakura-cho, Yokkaichi, Mie
Foundation (year) 1847
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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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