|World famous brand DASSAI brewed in Yamaguchi
has only top quality sake as they stopped
making cheapo-range. Tokyo has their official shops, one at Tokyo Square Garden in Kyobashi
on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, the other one
at Mitsukoshi in Ebisu on JR Yamanote Line.
If not once in a month, maybe once a year,
how about tasting, sipping, enjoying a glass
of life at Bar 23? Twenty-three means that
you'd throw away the rest of rice (77 percent
of rice). Life is to fulfill 100 percent,
not only 23 percent (^^)
Everyday happiness you are looking for? Once
NHK TV morning drama took place with linking
Asakusa and Niigata. Eel restaurant in Asakusa
cannot be referred without one of the best
Sake in Japan. Hakkaisan, literally meaning
of Eight Ocean Mountain, can be seen the
best picturesque view from Muikamachi (literally
Six Day Town, Mui Ka Machi).
|Their brewery is in top secret zone, but
thanking to modern technology, you can actually
catch the satelite view at Google Map.
Here's the Japanese language site
Here's the (North American?) English version
Do not drink and drive the wrong side of
|And your itinerary can be scheduled at this site. Just a few example below (without JR Pass).
JR Train (about JPY7,000 including Shinkansen
fare, less than 2 hours)
Asakusa => (Tokyo Metro) => Ueno =>
(Joetsu Shinkansen) => Echigo-Yuzawa =>
(Joetsu Local Line) => Muikamachi
JR Local Train (JPY3,670 with at least two
transfer, 5 hours)
Asakusa / Ueno => (Takasaki Line) =>
Takasaki => (Joetsu Local Line) =>
Minakami => (Joetsu Local Line) =>
Highway Bus (JPY2,800 plus Tokyo Metro or
JR Yamanote Line, 3 - 4 hours)
Asakusa / Ueno => (Tokyo Metro / JR Yamanote
Line) => Ikebukuro (Highway Bus) =>
|Mukamachi has small ski resort (not as major/big
as GALA Yuzawa) named after Hakkaisan. Their Youth Holstel had closed in 2008,
but there are as well as many onsen ryokan
in the area, just an example => very traditional
and authentic style ryokan, highly recommended,
here you go,
Ojiya Furusato no Oka
Kiyotsukyo Onsen YH
House of Light
Matsunoyama Kyororo by Tezuka san
Shinano 100 nen (year)
|Let's talk back to Sake story. Are you on
your way to Kanazawa? Tokyo => Echigo-Yuzawa
(Muikamachi) => Kanazawa? Then, Kagatobi
(Kaga-Tobi) is as good as Hakkaisan. You
may find their English site at this page , please.
|In Asakusa, there is a Sake bar called SakenoDaimasu for Sake tasting, more than 100 kinds of
Sake from all over Japan.
|Free Alcohol Tasting (limited quantity!)
All Over Japan
|Hokkaido has famous Nikka (Yoichi) Whisky and Sapporo Brewery Kengaku and Sapporo Bier Garten (Beer Garden, may cost a bit).
Within Tokyo, very convenient
to visit, there
is Musashino Beer Factory, just west of Shinjuku.
Not far from Tokyo has
Suntory Hakushu Factory in Yamanashi-ken. There is even a free shuttle
bus serivce from/to nearby
JR station. Yamanashi-ken
is also famous for Japanese
You may taste your fruity
life at Tomi-No-Oka.
And the BEST whisky in Japan (some even says
that BEST of the world, even better than
Scotch?!) can be completed with Kyoto city
tour. Suntory Yamazaki Factory is the one!
|And here's the "BEST" of angel's
|Bored with Hakushu and Yamazaki? You must
be very serious! In Chichibu, Saitama-ken,
there is a small company called Chichibu Distillery , which produces Ichiro's Malt with
very limited volume. Already planning to
visit the distillery? Here's the way from downtown Tokyo (from
Tokyo Ryokan). And here's got more!