The Yuzawa and Uonuma regions of Niigata Prefecture are home to some of the lushest snowfalls in Japan. Blessed with plenty of natural spring water, it is also here that some of the best rice in Japan is grown. It is at the foothills of these regions at Mt. Hakkai, where the finest ingredients come together to produce the finest sake, Hakkaisan. The base ingredients of sake are rice and water, and the chemistry between the two is crucial to sake production. Where Sake brewers commonly seek the best matching by preparing rice and water which best suited to local conditions. Hakkaisan Brewery combines long years of research of what with techniques of brewring, and it has developed to achieve the perfect matching for brewing sake in Uonuma. It is this tireless attention to detail that gives birth to an exquisite flavor. The sake produced there is of the highest quality throughout the country. The region’s high snowfall helps regulate the temperature and humidity of the sake breweries, resulting in fine sake, specific to the region.
The Uonuma Region is also home to Uonuma no Sato, an area that evokes a deep feeling of nostalgia to all who visit. It offers a striking view of each of the four seasons throughout the year, and allows you to experience the culture of Japanese sake production firsthand. One of Uonuma no Sato’s greatest attractions is the snow room, YUKIMURO, a storage area that holds 1,000 tons of snow and is used to mature sake for up to five years in a process that gives the sake a mellow flavor.
Uonuma no Sato is filled with many other attractions such as shops serving local soba and udon noodles, studios for production of sweets, and even the opportunity to go for walks in snowshoes during the winter months. With so much on offer, what better place could there be for sake aficionados? Located just a short 30 minute drive from the Yuzawa ski resort region, or a 70-minute bullet train ride from Tokyo, the Uonuma no Sato is the perfect destination while on your ski trip.
For those unable to make the trip in person, you can have a taste of Hakkaisan sake in the heart of Tokyo, at Sennen Koujiya. Complete with the full lineup of Hakkaisan sake, Sennen Koujiya boasts a bar that provides the perfect pairing of Japanese cuisine and sake. Hakkaisan is a must for those who truly consider themselves serious conosseurs.
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