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

Ichishima Sake Brewery

Takeshi Tanaka

ICHISHIMA SHUZO, a sake brewery located in Shibata city in Niigata Prefecture
Moving out from the head family, the first owner set up a branch family in 1790s and started sake production. It has a long history of tradition of over 200 years.

Tradition cherished by ICHISHIMA SHUZO
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”.

Production of good and tasteful sake starts with selecting materials such as rice and water.
We quest for the best taste by combining excellent materials, our local climate and the skills we have obtained over the years.

We care about rice.
We use mainly ‘Gohyakumangoku’ produced in Niigata prefecture as material rice for sake. It is Niigata’s representative sake-brewing suitable rice and suits tanrei, crispy and dry taste of Niigata’s sake. Additionally, we use new sake rice, ‘Koshitanrei’ which was newly born in Niigata to brew high quality sake.

We care about water.
We use good soft water peculiar to Niigata taken from the Kaji River which flows in northern part of Echigo area. This soft water helps our sake brew slowly to be of good quality.

We care about people.
Skills are essential to making Niigata’s sake. Needless to mention our toji, brew master, Takeshi TANAKA, all other kurabito, workers engaged in sake production have the first-grade license for sake brewer. They devote themselves to producing the best possible sake. They are from local Agakita district of Niigata. Our sake is literal local sake. It is produced by local people from locally produced rice.

We care about environment.
Echigo plain is one of the best places for rice production in Japan. Located in its northern part, ICHISHIMA SHUZO makes sake with soft ground water taken from the Kaji river which flows from Iide-sankei mountain range.
In winter when we are engaged in sake production, we have moderate snowfall. The clean air and low temperature bring about the environment most suitable for sake production which needs long-time fermentation at a low temperature.

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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

History of ICHISHIMA SHUZO

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

History of ICHISHIMA SHUZO

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

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

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 still in use.

Maintained Passion for Sake Production

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”

Relaxation in a Traditional Japanese Room

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

Relaxation in a Traditional Japanese Room

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

アイコン
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’Sweetness' and 'softness' we value in our sake
My mother’s parents’ home runs a sake shop and has a business relationship with ICHISHIMA SHUZO. Such relationship brought me to enter ICHISHIMA SHUZO in 1986 just after graduation from high school. In July of the same year I entered Niigata Sake School to learn the basics of brewing skills. Since then I have been engaged in producing sake. I have been working as toji, my current position since 2003.

I think that our previous toji before last, Mr. SODA who worked as toji when I entered ICHISHIMA SHUZO established the base of the current ICHISHIMA’s sake. Since then, we have kept in our mind that we should maintain ‘sweetness’ and ‘softness’ in brewing sake. Our brewery was drawing attention as the one which had the first female sake brewer with the first-grade license. The image of having a female brewer might have reflected in our sake.




Sticking to the basics, we continue to produce sake in natural environment.
In the third year after I became toji, our sake won a prize on Zenkoku Shinshu Kanpyoukai, National New Sake Appraising and Deliberating Fair. It was awarded a gold prize from the fourth year for five consecutive years. This experience greatly influenced on our current ICHISHIMA’s sake. Firstly, I was talked to by senior toji from other breweries oftener than before and had more sake professionals around me to consult with about sake production. Secondly, I had more opportunities to visit various breweries in person. I came to get new information different from old one. Consequently, I realized that making koji, malted rice is most important because it is the starting point of sake production.

There is a phrase expressing sake production, ‘First, koji(yeast); second, moto(yeast mash); third, tsukuri(production).’ It expresses the essential process of sake production. Observing and listening to other workers, I have realized how important it is to produce sake in natural environment sticking to the basics.



Takeshi TANAKA
Toji, ICHISHIMA SHUZO
杜氏 田中毅

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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