Okinawa Breweries

Okinawa is Japan’s southernmost prefecture, consisting of a few dozen, small islands in the southern half of the Nansei Shoto, the island chain which stretches over about one thousand kilometers from Kyushu to Taiwan. Okinawa’s climate is subtropical, with temperatures barely falling below 15 degrees in winter. The seas surrounding Okinawa’s islands are considered among the world’s most beautiful with coral reefs and abundant marine wildlife.

Chuko Awarmori Sake Brewery

The company was originally named Tomigusuku Distillery and founded by Chuko Oshiro in Tomigusuku city located next to Naha city in 1949. Later in 1980, they changed the name to Chuko Distillery. With a basic concept of “Succession and Creation of Awamori Culture”, we have worked hard and pursued a new possibility of Awamori. Our mottoes are “Learn, Listen, Create, and Challenge”.

Breweries Info

Representative: Tsutomu Oshiro
Address: 132 Nakachi, Tomigusuku City, Okinawa
TEL: +81-98-850-1257
FAX: +81-98-850-1204
Foundation (year) 1949

Helios Sake Brewery

Founded in 1961. We, Helios Sake Brewery, are a comprehensive liquor manufacturer headquartered in Kyoda, Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture. Taking advantage of Okinawa’s unique history and abundant local resources that have benefited from nature, sticking to raw material, valuing traditional manufacturing methods. The availability of high-quality water and rice make Helios Brewery a perfect destination for high-quality sake.

Breweries Info

Representative: Ryo Matsuda
Address: 405 kyoda, Nago, Okinawa
TEL: +81-980-52-3372
FAX: +81-980-52-0878
Foundation (year) 1961

Kumejima’s Kumesen Sake Brewery

Ryukyu Awamori has been loved by people since the time of the glorious Ryukyu dynasty in the Middle Ages, and has been loved by people, and has been spinning its history as a crystal of traditional culture to this day. Since founding in 1949, the company “Kumejima’s Kumesen” has been nurtured by the blessed nature of Kumejima and a rich climate, and while valuing the “stickiness” of its predecessor, making awamori loved by everyone. Through the taste of their sake you will experience the commitment to making awamori and the charm of the famous sake Ryukyu Awamori.

Breweries Info

Representative: Masaya Shimabukuro
Address: Uegusuku 2157, Shimajiri-gun,Kumejima-cho, Okinawa
TEL: +81-98-985-2276
FAX: +81-98-985-0011
Foundation (year) 1949

Mizuhoshuzo Sake Brewery

Mizuho Shuzo is a brewery that was born in the ancient city of Shuri in 1848 AD in the first year of Kaei. In the year of the throne of King Sho Tai of the Ryukyu Kingdom, its history has been nurtured and cherished along with the tradition of the royal family. Ryukyu Awamori made by Mizuho Shuzo is a historical and traditional awamori. Awamori was managed as a precious sake and was made only in the three towns of Shuri Castle (Shuri Sanka). Mizuho Shuzo is the oldest existing brewery in Shuri, which was founded in Toribori-cho, one of the three Shuri-sanka.

Breweries Info

Representative: Misako Tamanaha
Address: Shuri Sueyoshi-cho 4-5-16, Naha City, Okinawa
TEL: +81-98-885-0121
FAX: +81-98-885-0202
Foundation (year) 1848

Nakijin shuzo Sake Brewery

There are many theories as to the origin of the name, but one theory is that the name comes from a newcomer (Imaki) who moved to the Motobu Peninsula from the north and settled there, and another is that Nakizumi is an old pronunciation of “Nakizumi”, which means “fish”. The name “Nakizumi” is said to have been changed to “Nakijin” as we know it today in the 17th century. The rich nature, water and air of Nakijin, and the skill and love of the toji, who sincerely cherishes Awamori, are all factors in brewing and maturing the Awamori of Nakijin Shuzo. At the foot of the World Heritage Site of Nakijin Castle, located in the scenic Nakijin area where the history of the three mountains of Ryukyu is preserved, the 24 large storage tanks are the symbol of Nakijin Brewery.

Breweries Info

Representative: Yosuke Oshiro
Address: 500 nakasone, nakijin-village , kunigami-gun, Okinawa
TEL:  +81-980-56-2611
FAX: +81-980-56-4598
Foundation (year) 1948

Okinawa Sake Brewery

Awamori produced by union members is procured, and high-quality awamori is stably exported outside the prefecture as “old sake” by long-term storage, and raw rice and other materials are jointly purchased to stabilize the industry and improve its economic status. The union was established in September 1976 with the participation of all 46 awamori manufacturers in the prefecture for the purpose of planning, and the business started in November of the same year. When collecting undiluted sake for storage, they commission a liquor expert such as a university professor to a liquor quality examination committee every year to strictly check the liquor quality and strive to secure and supply high-quality awamori.

Breweries Info

Representative: President Tsutomo Oshiro
Address: 2-8-9, NAHA , City, OKINAWA
TEL: +81-98-868-1470
FAX: +81-98-862-7032
Foundation (year) 1976

Yamakawa Shuzo Sake Brewery

The northern region of Okinawa Island has long been referred to as Yanbaru, a name that is not seen on maps. Yamakawa Shuzo is situated at the bank of Manna River, where the water flows through the rich nature of Yaedake in Motobu Town. The Awamori is distilled using this clear, pure water that flows in abundance from the mountains which gives Awamori a deep and mellow taste and a sweet aroma, and is referred to as “Awamori, the Art of Sake.”

Breweries Info

Representative: Munekatsu Yamakawa
Address: Namisato 58, Kanigamigun Motobu, Okinawa
TEL: +81-980-47-2136
FAX: +81-980-47-6622
Foundation (year) 1946

Zuisen Sake Brewery

Zuisen Sake Brewery founded on May 1st, 1887. In the old days, in order to maintain the high quality of Awamori, the government of Ryukyu Kingdom allowed brewing Awamori in 3 castle towns –Sakiyama, Akata, and Torihori. These 3 towns were called Sanka. Sanka was in strict control over Awamori and kept its traditional taste. Huri’s high-quality Awamori, “Ryukyu Awamori Zuisen” was named by Kouei Kyan, the founder of Zuisen Distillery Co., Ltd. There was a gushing fountain in the middle of stone steps which head to the 2nd gate of Shuri Castle. The official name of the fountain is “Zuisen.” However, water came out of a hole that was designed as a head of dragon, so it is also known as “Ryuhi.”

Breweries Info

Representative: Gaku Sakumoto
Address: 1-35 Shuri Sakiyama-cho, Naha City, Okinawa
TEL: +81-98-884-1968
FAX: +81-98-886-5969
Foundation (year) 1887

Higa Shuzo Sake Brewery

Breweries Info

Representative: Masakuni Higa
Address: 5-8-7 Nishizaki-cho, Itoman-City, Okinawa
TEL: +81-98-994-8080
FAX: +81-98-995-0800
Foundation (year) 1883

Tukayama Shuzousyo Sake Brewery

Breweries Info

Representative: minoru zukemura
Address: 1-14-6 oonaka, nago city, Okinawa
TEL: +81-980-52-2070
FAX: +81-980-52-2070
Foundation (year) 1924

Zuisen Sake Brewery

Breweries Info

Representative: Tyouei Uehara
Address: Aza Zaha1061, Itoman City, Okinawa
TEL: +81-98-994-6320
FAX: +81-98-995-2823
Foundation (year) 1947



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