Brewers often explain that good sake comes from a combination of the purest water and the finest locally grown rice, which also requires excellent water. So, no matter how you look at it water in at the heart of sake production.
In the case of Tokushima, both of these key ingredients are locally available and in the highest quality and quantity possible. With traditional agriculture still playing a vital role in the community and enough land to dedicate to cultivation, it is no wonder that a rice brewery was established.
This sake brewery has a lineage which dates back to 1804, making it the oldest in Tokushima Prefecture. Visitors delight in the old world feel and authenticity of the complex. Tours are available with advance reservations and of course, samples of fine sake are presented at the conclusion of the tour.
About the Area
Tokushima is one of the four prefectures of Shikoku Island in West Japan. It is a land of beautiful mountains and valleys, scenic seascapes and agricultural bounty. Perhaps the prefecture’s most revered cultural property is the Awa Odori dance that is held during the summer Bon Festival. Female performers dance rhythmically through the streets of Tokushima City dressed in their signature indigo kimono and wedge-shaped straw hats. Visitors come from around the world to witness this event.
A natural feature that is also considered a prefectural symbol is the Naruto Whirlpool. It is a spectacular vortex of water created by the juxtaposition of different water currents. The phenomenon can be viewed from the shore or a ship and even from an observation platform directly above it.
Access: Take the JR Naruto Line from JR Naruto Station to JR Awa Otani Station. It is about an 8 minute walk from JR Awa Otani Station to Honke Matsuura Sake Brewing Factory.
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