Kagoshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu and Ryukyu, also has a chain of active and dormant volcanoes. The volcanic ash-rich soil makes it an ideal location to cultivate sweet potatoes, which is the main ingredient of sweet potato Saochu. The imo-jochu which is made from the satsuma-imo sweet potatoes ( local product of Kagoshima) is popular all over the Japan.
AMAMI OSHIMA KAIUN SHUZO Sake Brewery
There are 25 brown sugar shochu distilleries on the Amami Islands. Anani Oshima Kaiun Shuzo brewery started as the smallest and last distillery among them. The clean air from the deep forest, mild climate and humidity is the source of brown sugar shochu production. Mt. Yuwan also blesses us with abundant water that cannot be purer and will never be depleted. This water is mildly alkaline and tastes mild and slightly sweet. The high quality water and brown sugar makes it ideal for brewing sake.
Representative: Yoshihiko watari
Address: 2924-2 Yuwan, Uken-son Oshima-gun, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1996
IWAGAWA JOZO Sake Brewery
Since its founding in 1897, the manufacturing spirit has remained the same even if the times change. Iwagawa Jozo brewery uses traditional techniques and the latest equipment to deliver authentic shochu. The Kagoshima region is known for its high quality sweet potatoes (Golden Sennuki). The domestic sweet pototoes and rice along with the natural water makes the sake taste memorable.
Representative: Takeo Taguchi
Address: 6557-6 Iwagawa Osumicho, So-shi, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1870
Izumi Syuzou Sake Brewery
Since ancient times, Kagoshima Prefecture has been known for making shochu using natural water. There is a factory of Izumi Sake Brewery in the place of Izumi where such heavenly blessings are abundant. They named the brands “Izumi ni Kurozuru”, “Izumi ni Tsurunori”, “Izumi ni Maihime”, and “Izumi no Kuni” so that we can get familiar with the famous sake of Tsuru no Sato and Izumi.
Representative: Takaaki Higashi
Address: 358 Bunkamachi, Izumishi, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1950
Kikaijima Sake Sake Brewery
Kikaijima Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. is a brewing company located in Kikai-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture. Their brown sugar shochu is based on 1 year aged sake, including “Captain Kidd”, which has won a special prize six times in a row since 2012 in the brown sugar shochu section of the national liquor competition. “Sannen Neitazo”, which is a blend of 3 years old sake and 5 to 10 years old sake, has a pleasant taste, and its gentle and mellow flavor will make you feel the splendor of brown sugar shochu.
Representative: Keita Kamisonoda
Address: 2966-12Agaren,Kikai-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1916
Kojika Shuzo Sake Brewery
Ōsumi Peninsula, where Kojika Shuzo resides is in the southeast region of Kagoshima prefecture. The northeast borders on Miyazaki prefecture, its west faces Kinko Bay and the southeast faces the Pacific. The Pacific coast region is designated as Nichinan Kaigan Quasi-National Park, including scenic site Cape Sata and is blessed with rich nature and the warm weather.
Representative: Yuuji Hidaka
Address: 7312 Kamimyo, Aira-Cho Kanoya-City, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1971
Komaki Jozo Sake Brewery
Komaki Brewing is located in Satsuma Town (in the area that was Miyanojo Town) in the northern district of Kagoshima Prefecture. Right next to the distillery flows the Kawauchi river, a major river for catching ayu (sweetfish), eel, and Yamataro crab. To the north of the distillery stands the sacred Shibi mountains, from which we source the water for brewing our shochu.
Representative: Kazunori Komaki
Address: Tokiyoshi12, Satsuma-cho，Satsuma-gun, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1909
KOMASA JYOZO Sake Brewery
Hioki City, Kagoshima Prefecture, is located on the west coast of the Satsuma Peninsula, where the blue East China Sea spreads. The rain that falls here moistens the earth and is polished by the Shirasu plateau peculiar to Satsuma to become a clean spring water that nurtures the blessings of the earth. It is said that Satsuma’s shochu brewing has a history of about 500 years, and it has deeply taken root in people’s lives and has built a shochu culture to this day. At Hioki Distillery, they create a rich taste by fusing traditional techniques with the latest technology.
Representative: yoshifumi komasa
Address: 3309 hioki hiyoshi-cyo, hioki-shi, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1883
Machida Shuzo Sake Brewery
Machida Shuzo is in Amami Island which is cradled by nature and located on the western edges of the Pacific Ocean. Rare plants and animals are peacefully living in its woods from time immemorial. Kokuto shochu is mare sake (mare means “rare” or “limited”). Kokuto is highly valued because it is made from a limited supply of sugarcane with meticulous care. Kokuto shochu is therefore expensive and rare alcohol.
Representative: Yasuhisa Nakamura
Address: 3321 OOGACHI TATSUGOU-CHOU, OHSHIMA-GUN, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1991
OGATAMA SHUZO Sake Brewery
Ogatama Sake Brewery, which operates shochu brewing in Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture. At Ogatama Sake Brewery, shochu is made by sticking to the traditional manufacturing method. To revive “good old” products as products that fit the present era. The product is brewed with the theme of discovering new things from the history of the past.
Representative: Takanori Yamamoto
Address: 2088 NAGATOSHI-CHO, SATSUMASENDAI CITY, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1993
Okierabu Shuzo Sake Brewery
Okinoerabu Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. is a liquor joint bottling sales company established in July 1969 and consisting of four Shimauchi breweries. Taking advantage of the characteristics of Amami brown sugar shochu, from the raw sake produced by the 4 breweries. “Amami brown sugar shochu”, which is the only one in Japan made only in the Amami archipelago. Another feature is that you can enjoy variations such as rock, hot water, and cocktails.
Representative: Saneaki Tokuda
Address: 1999-1 Hanatori Aza Tamaziro Wadomaritown, Oosimagun, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1969
Takubo Sake Brewery
The predecessor of Takubo Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. is Kubo Brewery, which was founded in 1897. With the cooperation of the late Masafumi Kubo, the former president of Kubo Brewery, Takubo brewery are make real potato shochu using the special manufacturing method “pot preparation” that returned to the origin of shochu brewing. , Established Takubo Sake Brewery in 1990, and in March of the following year, they are selling the full-scale shochu “Hanato” prepared in jars, which has been a long-cherished desire.
Representative: Nobuhiko Nakayama
Address: Onomi 1319-83, Shibushi-City Matsuyama-Cho, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1910
Satsuma Syuzo Sake Brewery
In 1899, the production of shochu came under government regulation by Meiji shogunate. Shochu manufacturers needed to hire professionals and the demand for skillful master brewers called ‘Toji’ in Japan grew. At the beginning of Meiji era, three Kagoshima’s artisans learned the skill of making shochu with Kuro Koji (Black Koji) from the Ryukyu craftsman. After that, they brushed up their skills more and built their own traditions. From generation to generation, the Toji brew masters pass their knowledge only onto those trustworthy apprenticing with them. Following in that tradition at Satsuma Shuzo, their own Toji brew master, Hatsuo Yadori, is of course a Kurose Toji.
Representative: Hiroyuki Honbo
Address: 26, Tategamihonmachi Makurazaki, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1936
Tasaki Shuzo Sake Brewery
Tasaki Shuzo Sake Brewery has been in business for more than 100 years since its founding in the 20th year of the Meiji era, when the first owner, who searched for water that is said to be “a famous water rarely seen from ancient times,” set up a brewery in this area. Since then, they have maintained an uncompromising stance of making shochu using high-quality sweet potatoes and famous water produced from rich soil.
Representative: Shuji Tasaki
Address: 696 oosato, Ichikikushikino city, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1887
UNKAI SHUZO IZUMIGURA Sake Brewery
Unkai Sake Brewery is a space for sake brewing and healing in Aya Town, Miyazaki Prefecture, surrounded by Japan’s leading terrestrial forest. Sake brewing that makes the best use of the blessings of nature, traditional crafts where craftsmanship is alive, pure Japanese-style inns with a quiet appearance, hot springs, restaurants, souvenir shops.
Representative: Katsutoshi Iihoshi
Address: 532-1 Kamisababuchi, Izumi City, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 2000
WAKASHIO Sake Brewery
In August 1968, five local breweries started as a Wakashio Sake Brewing Cooperative. At Shiyanzo, they are making shochu with the theme of “ultimate daily sake” with the aim of always delivering stable, high-quality shochu. They have two breweries, “Senkizo” that inherits the tradition of shochu culture and “Shiyanzo” that brews the ultimate daily sake.
Representative: Naoiti Sageto
Address: 215Anraku,Shibushi-cho, Shibushi-shi, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1968
YAMAMOTO SHUZO Sake Brewery
Since its founding in the first year of the Taisho era, Yamamoto Shuzo has been making shochu for over 100 years. The charm of Yamamoto Shuzo’s shochu is that it conveys the true charm of sweet potato shochu. Therefore, at the time of preparation, they use the best fresh sweet potatoes, and use the groundwater at the foot of Mt. Kanpoku, which is said to be famous water. They are particular about the distillation method and has a desire to give everyone a taste of authentic shochu, which has the original taste of potatoes.
Representative: Takanori Yamamoto
Address: 2725 GODAI-CHO, SATSUMASENDAI CITY, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1912
kami shuzo Sake Brewery
Representative: kami kousuke
Address: takaonocyo ookubo 239, izumisi, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1872
Nishishuzo kabushikikaisha Sake Brewery
Representative: Youichiro Nishi
Address: Yokura4970-17, Hiokishi Fukiagecho, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1845
Tanegashima Shuzo Sake Brewery
Representative: Eiko Sogi
Address: 13589-3 Nishinoomote, Nishinoomote-city, Kagoshima
Foundation (year) 1902