Koshitsukano Sake Brewery
Formerly called Bunda, Suibara-machi, Kitakanbara-gun, about 6 kilometers south of JR Suibara Station. This place is the starting point of “TSUKANO SHUZO” where the first head of the TSUKANO family, Jozaemon Yoshiteru Tsukano opened a shop named “Kawachi-ya”, Kawachi shop before Jinya, manor house and started brewing sake in 1781. Meanwhile, “KOSHI SHUZO” started sake business at Shimami, former Toyosaka city in 1987, where they used to brew and sell only special designation sake such as Daiginjo-shu, Ginjo-shu, and Junmai-shu. KOSHI SHUZO’s great accomplishment was that since the following autumn of its foundation it continued to win a prize at the Kanto-Shinetsu Sake Awards (held by the Kanto-Shinetsu Regional Taxation Bureau of the National Tax Agency of Japan) consecutively 17 times from the 47th till the 63rd.
These two companies, one of which took pride in their tradition, the other in the techniques of sake production merged in November in 1996 to become “KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO” and started to produce sake and sell it in Suibarabunda. We won the Gold medal at the 85th Annual Japan Sake Awards in 1997.
New Arrival Information & Event Information
February 12, 2020
October 12, 2018
KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO, Founded in 1781
Founded in 1781, KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO has a charm of the traditional brewery which lasted for about 240 years.
The Passage Toji Goes Up and Down
Our Toji, brew masters have been busily going up and down this passage while producing sake.
Toji Guides You Inside of Saka-Gura
Stepping into the traditional saka-gura, warehouse for sake production, you can smell the aroma of Koji, a mixture of rice and mold to be used for sake production. Our Toji will give you a detailed explanation of our history.
Tradition KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO Cherishes
KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO has already introduced the modern methods of producing sake today, but we also keep the tools used for sake production in the old days in the brewery. Our Toji and craftsmen communicate well keeping in their mind our motto, “Harmony creates good sake.”
History of KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO
The old tools and barrels having been used for sake production since the old days tell the history of KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO.
Thorough Quality Management
We devote ourselves to producing good sake so that we can hear our customers say, “Tastes delicious!”
Fully Enjoy KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO’s Sake
You can fully enjoy the taste of our brewery limited precious sakes which are not available in any sake shops.
Thank you very much for your interest in Saka-Gura of KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO. I am Ryoichi Tanaka, Toji of KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO, and have been engaged in producing sake for about 40 years. KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO was originally founded in 1781 and has been producing sake for about 240 years.
The characteristics of KOSHITSUKANO SHUZO is that we use our own yeast, Tsukano Yeast to brew our sake, while many other breweries commonly use Yeast No.7 or No.9 with gorgeous and sweet aroma which are widely regarded as suitable for brewing Ginjo-shu and ordinary sake. Our Tsukano Yeast gives a mild and fruity flavor to our sake. Concerning other ingredients, we use water from the underground stream of Agano River, and as for rice, we use Gohyakumangoku and Koshiiguki harvested in Niigata.
Our motto is “Harmony creates good sake.” As sake is a living thing, if we feel irritated, it can feel our irritation and its taste deteriorates. When we keep our minds in harmony, we can make good sake. Therefore, we always try to keep our motto in our mind.
From now on, I think I should initiate young workers in the techniques of sake production. I expect them not simply to learn how to produce sake, but to keep good relationship with others and to make continuous efforts to produce good sake so that their sake will be able to make our customers say, “This tastes delicious!”
Information for Kura Visit
Opening Hours for Kura Visit
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Admission fee : Free
※Please consult us if you want to visit us on Saturday.
※We are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
※Reservation by phone is requested by a week before your visit.
※Maximum number of visitors for one visit is six people.
We accept your reservations by phone.
Please let us know of the date and time and number of visitors of your plan.
Outline of the company
|Company||Koshitsukano Sake Brewery|
Bunda1328, Agano City, Niigata
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