新発田市にある日本酒の蔵元 市島酒造 ichishima sake brewery

Ichishima Sake Brewery

President Kenji Ichishima

ICHISHIMA SHUZO was founded in the present place by the first owner Hidematsu Ichishima, who set up a branch family after moving out from our head family in 1790s. The first head of the new family, Hidematsu and the second head, Ken, interested in learning from their childhood, studied under a scholar Seigan Yanagawa. They later established a private school, Genshisya, where they educated young people to contribute to the development of local culture.
The history of this traditional brewery has been currently taken over by the 7th head.
The brewery is open to public and receives a lot of visitors from many places.

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Sake Brewery Located in Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture

ICHISHIMA SHUZO has a long history of over 200 years. It was founded in 1790s when the founder moved out from the head family.

Sake Brewery Located in Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture

Tradition ICHISHIMA SHUZO Cherishes

We are happy to introduce the history of ICHISHIMA SHUZO and what it has accomplished.
What we value is harmony. Our tradition says that “Harmony produces good sake”. It is said that good and tasteful sake can be produced only in a good environment.

Tradition ICHISHIMA SHUZO Cherishes

Taste of ICHISHIMA SHUZO

You can enjoy a close look at the long-established Kura, brewery producing quality sake.

Taste of ICHISHIMA SHUZO

History of ICHISHIMA SHUZO

Stored items showing the history of sake production and the ICHISHIMA family are exhibited.

History of ICHISHIMA SHUZO

Maintained Passion for Sake Production

History of the traditional brewery has been taken over to this date. The tools having been actively used for each stage of the process of sake production since the old days are exhibited.

Maintained Passion for Sake Production

Historical Materials of the ICHISHIMA Family

You can feel the historical culture and tradition at the ICHISHIMA Museum.

Historical Materials of the ICHISHIMA Family

Documents and Materials Retained Since the First Head, Hidematsu

Items and materials related to the ICHISHIMA family are displayed as well as wedding dresses the brides of the family wore at their weddings in late Edo, Meiji, and Taisho periods.

Documents and Materials Retained Since the First Head, Hidematsu

Nostalgic View Welcomes You

Sake production tools of the old days when sake was sold by measure and wares such as vases, tokkuri (sake server), sake barrels for celebration are also on exhibition.

Nostalgic View Welcomes You

Tasteful Japanese Café, “Ochadokoro Ichishima”

At “Ochadokoro Ichishima” you can enjoy meals, ICHISHIMA SHUZO’s brand sake and Japanese tea in a beautiful Japanese garden.

Tasteful Japanese Café, “Ochadokoro Ichishima”

Beauty of Japanese Garden

You can enjoy watching the beautifully maintained Japanese garden, which offers different appearances each season.

Beauty of Japanese Garden

Relaxation in a Traditional Japanese Room

Our traditional Japanese-style architecture will make you feel nostalgic.

Relaxation in a Traditional Japanese Room

Warmest and Heartful Welcome

Well-prepared delicious meals will warmly welcome you.

Warmest and Heartful Welcome

Fully Enjoy the ICHISHIMA SHUZO’s Sake

You can taste seven or eight kinds of ICHISHIMA SHUZO’s sake at any time for free, such as the popular Daiginjo, Junmaiginjo, flesh Ume-shu made of Japanese sake, and occasionally seasonal limited sake. You can buy any that suits your taste.

Fully Enjoy the ICHISHIMA SHUZO’s Sake

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The ICHISHIMA family moved in Shibata in 1598 accompanying the lord of the Shibata Clan, Sir Mizoguchi. While operating a pharmaceutical company, sake brewery, financing business, and shipping agency, the ICHISHIMA family proceeded to undertake land reclamation and became one of the 5 biggest land owners in Japan at their peak when they owned nearly 7,000 acres of land.
In 1790, Hidematsu Ichishima moved out from the main family and while operating wood and candle business, he started sake production on the premises of Suwa shrine in present Shibata city.
In 1873, Tokujiro Ichishima established Daishi National Bank, present Daishi Bank, and acted as the first president of the bank.



ICHISHIMA SHUZO’s first sake had a sweetish and mild taste and was labelled “SUWA-MORI”, a lucky brand name, after Suwa shrine. The 4th head, Nagamatsu Ichishima additionally created the “OMON” label in the style of European royal family crests, which he had been impressed by during his study trip to Europe. Taken in an element of Western culture, ICHISHIMA brand has come to express a wider view of the world.
Today, “OMON” is widely appreciated not only in local Shibata city but outside of Niigata prefecture, and has become one of the most famous Japanese sake brands.



While maintaining our tradition, we continue to innovate sake production.
The remarkable advancement of sake production technology after the World WarⅡ provided us with better rice polishers, better tools and tanks easier to use, and yeast of better quality.
These favorable conditions have enabled us to produce high quality Daiginjo.



Sake production is often referred to as nurturing people.
While we put our energy to improve our workers’ techniques, we emphasize on nurturing them so that they have Japanese harmonious heart to be considerate to co-workers and to our customers. We would be most happy if you feel their heart and technique though our sake.



We will continue to produce excellent quality sake and hope people throughout the world will enjoy it.
We would also appreciate it if you would come to Shibata city away from your daily life and could enjoy our sake and share the time passing slowly in our place rich in Japanese culture.
We look forward to welcoming you and enjoying our sake together.


代表取締役社長 市島健二

Information for Kura Visit

Kura(brewery) Visit

酒蔵見学のご案内Opening Hours for Kura Visit
9:00〜16:00
Admission fee : Free
Tasting sake : Free
※Reservation is not necessary.
Please come to YUME-KURA (ICHISHIMA SHUZO's shop) for signing up.
※Reservation is requested for a group visit of over 10 people. Please contact us by 1 week to 3 months before your visit.

酒蔵見学のご案内

Business Hours
9:00~16:00

Outline of the company

Company Ichishima Sake Brewery
Address
Suwa 3-1-17 Shibata City, Niigata   
957-0055
TEL 0254-22-5150
FAX 0254-23-6233
Homepage http://www.ichishima.jp/

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