The Cultural Traditions Behind Sake Brewing

Destination Asia Japan has created an intriguing, traditional sake brewery visit in Fussa, a small city neighboring Tokyo. Iskikawa Brewery was first founded in 1863 and today boasts not only a long, but a compelling history. Their “Tamajiman” sake, well-loved throughout the Tokyo region, has been made using traditional methods for eighteen generations, while its kura (workshop) has been declared a ‘National Cultural Heritage Site’. The brewery also produces very highly rated craft beer.

We ride the local train to Fussa with an expert guide to enjoy a tour of the brewery with an employee who reveals all the secrets behind creating the finest sake. Guests also visit its museum, tracing the long history of the brewery. There is then time to sit down to a delicious Japanese-style lunch in the brewery’s annexed restaurant before returning to Tokyo.

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