Ofuku Sake Brewery
OFUKU SHUZO was formerly started as “KISHIGORO SHOTEN(shop)” by the founder, Goro Kishi in September in 1897. The Saka-Gura (brewery) stands 5 kilometers southeast of the center of Nagaoka city on the foot of Nagaoka Higashiyama mountain range full of abundant forest and cool and clear natural spring water. Its turning point to the sake brewing industry was when Goro Seki, who was both a brewing expert and a brewing researcher, a rare career in those days, became a member of the KISHI family as the husband for a daughter of the family.
We have minimized the use of active carbon and the process of filtration to keep original taste of sake. The taste of OFUKU SHUZO’s sake has never changed since then in that our sake retains its subtle and pleasant sweetness to delight your palate each time you drink it.
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February 12, 2020
October 12, 2018
OFUKU SHUZO as A Pioneer in Sake Production
OFUKU SHUZO was founded by Goro Kishi, who invented “Sokujomoto”, which has been the base of current sake production.
(The Japanese-style building of that time remains next to OFUKU SHUZO.)
History of OFUKU SHUZO
The detailed history of OFUKU SHUZO will be explained to you.
Long Succeeded Sake Production
A combination of matured skills the local Tojis, brew masters have handed down from Goro Kishi and the present modern facilities produces our Japanese sake with deeper taste.
Tradition of OFUKU SHUZO
Our sake production tools and barrels having been used since the old days tell the history of OFUKU SHUZO.
Good Teamwork Brings About Good Quality Management
Teamwork is one of the most important elements in producing sake. It has a big influence on the quality of sake.
Fully Enjoy OFUKU SHUZO’s Sake
You can enjoy the taste of our limited sake rarely available in sake shops and another sake labelled “YAMAMOTO ISOROKU” we named after the late admiral, Mr. Isoroku Yamamoto Nagaoka produced.
Thank you very much for your interest in our Saka-Gura, OFUKU SHUZO.
I am Yoshikazu Nakano, Toji of OFUKU SHUZO and have been engaged in sake production for 50 years.
OFUKU SHUZO was formerly started under the name of “KISHIGORO SHOTEN(shop)” by the founder, Goro Kishi in September in 1897. The Saka-Gura (brewery) is located 5 kilometers southeast of the center of Nagaoka city on the foot of Nagaoka Higashiyama mountain range full of abundant forest and cool and clear natural spring water.
In 1894, Goro Kishi published a technical book on sake production which is known the first in Japan, “Jokaishugyoku”. It was said at the time to be Japan’s first bible for sake production explaining about sake production from a scientific point of view when it used to depend on Tojis’, brew masters’ intuition. Firstly, his research on processing of water for brewing made it possible to produce sake using soft water. Secondly, his technique of “addition of lactic acid to shubo, yeast mash” made possible the exclusion of wild yeast and the pure culture of proper yeast. As it consequently made it possible to prevent sake from rotting, it was called a great invention in the sake brewing industry. These techniques were later named “Sokujomoto” and are still used in many breweries.
The original book of “Jokaishugyoku”, which our founder, Goro Kishi had put all his techniques into escaped from the fire of the wars and has been retained in the National Library. Although more than one century has passed since the publication of “Jokaishugyoku”, we, OFUKU SHUZO, bearing in our mind that we started from this “Jokaishugyoku”, has been carrying out our tradition, “Sake production should come first” since the foundation.
Our main brand “OFUKU MASAMUNE” was named in the hope that the more you drink, the more happiness it will bring to you. Another representative brand of ours is “YAMAMOTO ISOROKU”. As you may know, Isoroku Yamamoto from Nagaoka city of Niigata prefecture was the commander of the combined fleet of Imperial Japanese Army. Through the discussion with Nagaoka city, we have come to use the name “YAMAMOTO ISOROKU” as our sake’s brand name. We strive to keep producing good sake to deserve his name.
Our motto is “Harmony creates good sake.” In producing sake, teamwork is one of the most important elements. A small lack of oral communication would disturb the teamwork and consequently would have an unfavorable influence on the taste of sake. Therefore, we always put high value on teamwork with the motto in our mind.
My remaining role is to initiate my next generation into sake production techniques. OFUKU SHUZO wants to convey the words “the more you drink our sake, the more happiness will come to you”. I expect that my successors will continue to brew our sake with sincere hope that our sake will bring more happiness to our customers.
Information for Kura Visit
Opening Hours for Kura Visit
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Admission fee : Free
Tasting sake : Free
※ Due to the capacity of our Kura, we can accept a maximum of 20 visitors at one time.
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
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Yokomakuramachi606, Nagaoka City, Niigata
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