Kasama City is located in a basin at the center of Ibaraki Prefecture and surrounded by undulating mountains. Since ancient times, it has been blessed with quality rice and is a natural granary. An abundance of clean underground water also contributes to making the area perfect for brewing sake. Of the many breweries located in the region, the oldest is Sudo Honke, which was founded in the Heian era, in 1141. It is currently helmed by the 55th generation owner and is the 9th oldest company in Japan and the oldest company that produces sake. Sudo Honke’s “Kakunko” was selected to be a dinner drink at the Ise-Shima Summit (42nd G7 Summit) and is highly regarded as an excellent product even outside of Japan. During the brewery tour, staff will guide you through the process of brewing sake, introduce you to the brewery’s sake, as well as its history.
*Sake brewery tours must be reserved in advance.
Access :Sudo Honke Japan, 〒309-1701, Ibaraki-ken, Kasama-shi, Obara, 2125
Operating hours :9am to 5pm (Closed on Sun, National Holidays and Year-end holidays) (Brewery tours: 10am to 3pm * Sake brewery tours must be reserved in advance.)
How to get there :From Tokyo, take the train to JR Tomobe Station on the Limited Express Tokiwa line. It is about 15 minutes by taxi from JR Tomobe Station.