Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Restaurants
-
Shopping
-
Budget Travel
-
Questions

Japan Airlines  SAKITOKU

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Hyogo - Kobe
Sake Breweries
# 11   of 14 most visited
sights in Kobe

jump to:   access  -  hotels  -  ratings  -  links

Sake was commonly stored in wooden casks in the past

Kobe's Nada district is Japan's top sake (rice wine) producing region. It has long been famous for its sake due to the availability of high quality rice, suitable water and favorable weather conditions in the area. Its proximity to Kobe Port and Osaka has also facilitated physical distribution since olden times.

Many sake breweries operate in the Nada district, which stretches approximately three kilometers east-west. Some open a store and/or exhibition room to the public, and allow guests to taste their sake. A couple of them also maintain a museum, where the process of sake brewing is introduced.

The district makes for a good half-day exploration trip on foot with its nice mix of some older buildings and modern breweries. If time is limited, we recommend to visit the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum due to its well-presented exhibits with comprehensive English coverage:

Sawanotsuru Sake Museum
Hours: 10:00 to 16:00
Closed: Wednesdays, Obon and New Year holidays
Admission: Free
Sawanotsuru Sake Museum was opened in 1978 with the aim of commemorating the sake-brewing heritage of the Nada district. It was destroyed by the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and was subsequently rebuilt in 1999. Visitors can learn about traditional brewing methods and the ingredients involved. English pamphlets are available.

Kobe Konan Muko no Sato
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (Shop opens from 9:30 to 18:30)
Closed: December 9 to January 5
Admission: Free
Rather than sake itself, foodstuff, condiments and pickles that are made with sake lees (sake leftovers after filtering) are of focus here. Kobe Konan Muko no Sato has a small museum which showcases different varieties of pickles and their making process. It also has a couple of restaurants and a big shop which sells a huge range of food which make good sake accompaniments.

Kobe Shushinkan Brewery
Hours: 10:00 to 18:00
Closed: January 1 to 3
Admission: Free
Shushinkan has a large shop selling sake and sake-related products. One free guided tour per day to visit its sake cellar is available upon reservation a day in advance. Only during winter, a tour of its brewery is also conducted, when the actual brewing is carried out. Sake tasting is available.

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Mondays (following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Obon and New Year holidays
Admission: Free
Good exhibits with life sized replicas and models are presented at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, a traditional building on the large grounds of a modern sake factory. The museum maintains a nice ambience and offers good English pamphlets and video clips, which explain the sake brewing process. Sake tasting is available at its shop.

Kikumasamune Sake Museum
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (admissions until 16:00)
Closed: New Year holidays
Admission: Free
Kikumasamune Sake Museum is housed in a nice wooden-plaster building. Wooden tools, containers and machinery are exhibited in a room accompanied by atmospheric lighting and traditional music. Well-written pamphlets are available in nine languages.

Sakuramasamune Sake
Hours: 10:00 to 19:00
Closed: Tuesdays
Admission: Free
Sakuramasamune has a small exhibition space which showcases some tools and simple machines used in the past for sake production. There is also a video presentation showing clips of its traditional brewing process. Sake tasting is available at a shop selling its sake brews. There is limited English information at this location.

Hamafukutsuru Ginjo Brewery
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00
Closed: Mondays (following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Obon and New Year holidays
Admission: Free
Hamafukutsuru has won several awards for its high-grade "ginjo" sake. The exhibition space on the second level of the building explains to guests their sake brewing process through diagrams and written information (English available). Visitors are also able to peer through windows to look at machines that are currently being used.

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

How to get there
Hanshin Railways, Hankyu Railways, and the JR Tokaido Line run parallel north of the Nada district, offering connections to both Kobe and Osaka. The stations on the Hanshin Line are the closest to the district and its attractions.

You may choose to start exploration of the district from any of the stations along it. The Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum can be reached in five minutes on foot from Sumiyoshi Station on the Hanshin Railways Line (10 minutes, 190 yen from Sannomiya Station). Japan Rail Pass holders may want to alight at JR Sumiyoshi Station (8 minutes from JR Sannomiya Station), from where it is a 15-20 minute walk to Hakutsuru.

How to get to and around Kobe

Advertisement

Hotels and Ryokan
Search Hotels
Recommended Hotels around kobe - with lowest rates by selected hotel reservation websites
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kobe
Adjacent to Shin-Kobe Station, this is Kobe's most convenient hotel for shinkansen users.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
Attractively located along the waterfront in the Port of Kobe.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking

User Ratings
Ratings for Sake Breweries:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  interesting  
User Rating (by 95 users):
77/100
  recommended

Best rated sights nationwide (out of 776):
486.  Toei Eigamura (Kyoto)   78/100
487.  Shiroyama Park (Kagoshima)   78/100
488.  Kirishima Shrine (Kirishima)   78/100
489.  Akita-Komagatake (Hachimantai)   78/100
490.  Kyoto Manga Museum (Kyoto)   77/100
491.  Sake Breweries (Kobe)   77/100
492.  Nakamura Residence (Okinawa Island)   77/100
493.  Myohonji Temple (Kamakura)   77/100
494.  Jigoku (Hells) (Beppu)   77/100
495.  Daio Wasabi Farm (Matsumoto)   77/100
Most visited sights nationwide (out of 907):
334.  Lake Towada (Lake Towada)   194
335.  Sorakuen Garden (Kobe)   193
336.  Fuji Visitor Center (Fuji Five Lakes)   191
337.  Hakone Glass no Mori (Hakone)   189
338.  Noritake Garden (Nagoya)   188
339.  Sake Breweries (Kobe)   187
340.  Sento Palace (Kyoto)   187
341.  Shorenin Temple (Kyoto)   187
342.  Aoi Matsuri (Kyoto)   185
343.  Okurayama Ski Jump (Sapporo)   184

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

English Links
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Official English website.
Kikumasamune Sake Museum
Official English website.
Sakuramasamune Sake
Official English pamphlet.
Sawanotsuru Sake Museum
Official English website.
Kobe Shushinkan Brewery
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Official website.
Hamafukutsuru Ginjo Brewery
Official website.
Kikumasamune Sake Museum
Official website.
Kobe Konan Muko no Sato
Official website.
Sakuramasamune Sake
Official website.
Sawanotsuru Sake Museum
Official website.
Kobe Shushinkan Brewery
Official website.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages
Travel
Sightseeing
Kansai Region
Hyogo Prefecture
Kobe

Sake

Kitano-cho District
Sorakuen Garden
Chinatown
Meriken Park
Kobe Harborland
Kobe City Museum

Earthquake Museum
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Sake Breweries
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Mount Rokko
Shin-Kobe Ropeway
Arima Onsen

Kobe Beef

Kobe: Access and Orientation

News and Reports
Kobe Cherry Blossom Report
April 14, 2009

Related Questions
Day Trip to Kobe July
 4 reactions, last updated 49 days ago
Hike to arima onsen
 1 reaction, last updated 62 days ago
Minato Kobe Fireworks Festival 2014
 1 reaction, last updated 70 days ago
The different Sannomiya stations
 3 reactions, last updated 94 days ago
Kobe City loop bus
 2 reactions, last updated 98 days ago
Make bus reservation but dont know...
 1 reaction, last updated 140 days ago
Shin-Kobe/Mt Rokko Ropeway
 1 reaction, last updated 168 days ago
Kansai Airport to ANA hotel in Kobe?
 3 reactions, last updated 204 days ago
Arima Onsen without trying the public...
 6 reactions, last updated 244 days ago
Ropeway station to arima town by public...
 3 reactions, last updated 250 days ago
Kobe Day trip
 1 reaction, last updated 267 days ago
Day Trip to Kobe
 3 reactions, last updated 270 days ago
Kobe municipal hospital
 4 reactions, last updated 282 days ago
Kobe with Kansai Area JR West Pass
 8 reactions, last updated 304 days ago
Mount Maya to Mount Rokko
 1 reaction, last updated 308 days ago
Kobe Jazz Street Festival 2013?
 3 reactions, last updated 311 days ago
Kobe 1 day pass
 8 reactions, last updated 311 days ago
Things to do in Kobe?
 1 reaction, last updated 334 days ago
Shin-Kobe station for Kansai Wide Area...
 1 reaction, last updated 348 days ago
Kobe port liner ticket
 1 reaction, last updated 367 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: August 18, 2012
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising