Toyama Sake Breweries
Toyama Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of Honshu. It borders Ishikawa Prefecture to the west, Gifu Prefecture to the south, Nagano Prefecture to the east and Niigata Prefecture to the northeast. Each brewery in Toyama Prefecture uses a high percentage of rice suitable for sake brewing such as Yamada Nishiki and Gohyakumangoku (called rice suitable for sake brewing), which exceeds 80%. It is much higher than 20% of the whole country and probably the best in the whole country. This gives the sake a unique mellow flavor. Next, regarding the raw material water, there are many famous spring waters in Toyama Prefecture, and there is also clear water from the Northern Alps, and each brewery uses these high-quality water for preparation. The goodness of this water makes it a refreshing and satisfying liquor. Many liquor stores are old, and most of them in Toyama Prefecture were founded in the Edo and Meiji eras.
Ginban Shuzo Brewery
- At Ginban Shuzo, we use the soft water of the Kurobe River Alluvial Spring, which has been selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan, as the water for brewing sake. The spring water of the Kurobe River Alluvial Spring is said to be pure water that has been filtered through the granite layer over a period of about 10 years from the snow that has fallen on the Northern Alps mountain range, which is lined with 3000m-class mountains. In addition, at our brewery, we have been proactive in promoting automation in various processes and have made efforts to create a system that can stably deliver high-quality sake. The sake brewed is left in a low-temperature storage tank with strict quality control for about 6 months to increase its mellowness and is delivered to everyone.
Representative: Isao Horikawa
Address: 4853-3 Ogyu, Kurobesi, Toyama
Foundation (year) 1910
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Masuda Sake Brewery
The streets that once flourished with trades by what was once called Kitamae-Bune (a ship locally named Bai-sen) still hold a remainder of its past flare in the houses of Kaisen-Donya and high-class restaurants called Ryotei. Masudashuzo is located in the heart of this historic place. The founder of Masudashuzo, Kamejiro used the ship Kitamae-Bune to found a sake manufacturing company in the still-developing land of Hokkaido, Asahikawa. 40 years into the Showa Period, the company took a risk to delve into the brewing of Ginjo-Shu, the young Toji named Kiichi showed remarkable talent as the brewing team of the company, this family of elite Toji remained a close company to 5 generations of Masuda Family.
Representative: Ryuichiro Masuda
Address: 269 Higashiiwasemachi, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture
Foundation (year) 1893
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Seisei Sake Brewery
There is a small warehouse called “Narimasa” in the southwestern part of Toyama, especially in the beautiful green mountains. It goes without saying that the location of the brewery itself is suitable for sake brewing, and water is the first definition of location. The area centered around Nanto City (formerly Fukumitsu Town), where Seisei is located, is an area that produces suitable rice “Gohyakumangoku” and “Oyama Nishiki” for high-quality sake brewing. It was Seisei that started the first trust of “Seisei Trust Ginjo no Kai” to fund sake brewing in Japan.
Representative: Kiyomi Yamada
Address: 418 Tachi, Nantoshi, Toyama
Foundation (year) 1894
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Tama Asahi Sake Brewery
In the town of Yao in Toyama Prefecture, which is blessed with water and rice, we strive to make sincere sake so that we can hand handmade products directly to our customers without mass production. We use 100% Yamada Nishiki rice from Toyama prefecture and 100% soft groundwater from the Joganji River system. Tamasahi Sake Brewery strives every day to propose products that match the trends of the times from the traditional sake brewing.
Representative: Takayuki Tamou
Address: 2111 Higashimachi, Yatsuomachi, Toyama City, Toyama
Foundation (year) 1808
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