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白鶴造酒資料館 Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

  • Culture / Art / History
  • Around Kobe
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  • ClosedYear-End and New Year Holidays, Obon holiday

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Around Kobe
4-5-5 Sumiyoshiminamimachi, Higashinada-ku Kobe-shi, Hyogo, 658-0041, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History
Opening Hours
9:30-16:30 (Last admission 16:00)
Year-End and New Year Holidays, Obon holiday
Date of post:2015/06/18

Learn and enjoy the history of sake brewing

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Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum was in operation until 1969 as an original brewery, but now is used as a museum. Sake brewing has modernized and old methods have been transformed by new techniques. As a result, old materials and tools are gradually disappearing.

Hakutsuru has responded one of its old breweries which has been used until recently for storage.

The process of sake brewing, and the lives of sake brewers are displayed using models. There is an air of dignity as one walks among the aged, solid wood pillars and subdued atmosphere of the museum. The centuries-old method of sake brewing originated in the early 17th century. The most startling scene in the museum is the one that greets visitors as they enter. It depicts a huge wooden tank about to be hoisted through the ceiling to the second floor storage. Another scene shows the dining area for the brewers, so that not only brewing methods but daily living habits are also portrayed.

There is a free tasting for the Junmai nama-genshu, which is made from 100% Yamada-nishiki rice, ume (plum) and yuzu (citron) liqueur. I recommend you to try a tasty soft ice cream of amazake (sweet drink made from fermented rice). You can smell sake lees slightly and this taste must become a habit for you.

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