Shiragiku Taiten Sake Brewery is riding the wave of what has been called “industrial tourism”, where makers from all industries can introduce their products, manufacturing processes and culture directly to the public.
The brewery, located in the Nariwa district of Takahashi City, offers tours from December to March provided that reservations are made in advance. The tour, which is conducted entirely in Japanese*, can accommodate a maximum of 20 people and lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. Visitors can learn how this award-winning Japanese sake is made using a combination of traditional techniques and modern technology, and learn about what makes sake from this region of Japan unique.
(*Visitors who require an interpreter should arrange for one beforehand; contact Visit West Japan for assistance)
Access: From JR Okayama Station, take the JR Hakubi Line to JR Bitchu Takahashi Station. Take a 15 minute taxi ride to Shiragiku Sake Brewery.
ABOUT TAKAHASHI CITY
Takahashi City is a wonderful castle town with a population of around 34,000 located in western Okayama Prefecture. Despite its size, the city is full of things to do and places to visit. Historical, natural, cultural, spiritual and artistic sites abound.
A good place to start a visit to the city is the downtown historic district which includes two former samurai residences a temple, a traditional merchant house and two folk museums. Located at the center of town, these sites are all within walking distance.
The samurai residences were occupied by the warlords who served the lord of Bitchu-Matsuyama castle. There is a small entrance fee for both residences but it is well worth it to get a glimpse of what daily life would have been like in that era. Besides the splendid architecture there are elegant gardens to be enjoyed.
Raikyuji is a Zen Buddhist temple that is open to the public and charges a nominal entrance fee. You can spend the day basking in the minimalist rock gardens as you ponder a Japanese ko-an.
The highlight of a visit to Takahashi City may be Bitchu-Matsuyama Castle. It is unique in its originality, location and age in comparison to other castles in Japan. Resting atop a mountain, it commands an amazing view of the city testifying to its past life as a defensive post. It is one of only twelve original castles in the country and has the highest elevation of any castle in Japan. All original parts of the castle have been designated as Important Cultural Properties by the National Government.
On the cultural side there is the Nariwa Museum which exhibits modern art as well as ancient artifacts. It even has a collection of ancient Egyptian pieces. The Manga (comics) Museum has a massive collection of Japanese as well as foreign historical and contemporary comics.
If you want to get a real taste of old Japan then make your way to Fukiya Furusato Village, where the reddish color of bengara dominates the landscape. Visitors often feel as if they have walked into a Akira Kurosawa movie. This historical district has been designated as an Important Cultural Property and is an unusual example of a traditional red iron oxide mining town.
1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).
|Cancellation Date||Up to 21 days prior||20-8 days prior||7-2 days prior||Day prior to start of tour||Day of tour||After start of tour/non-participation with no contact|
|Cancellation Fee||No charge||20% of tour fee||30% of tour fee||40% of tour fee||50% of tour fee||100% of tour fee|