Sake Brewery Tour
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, founded 1767
Niigata boasts more sake breweries than any other prefecture in Japan. As the brewery nearest Niigata Station, we feel a responsibility as the gateway to Niigata sake.
1A Walkable Distance from Niigata Station
It’s the closest brewery to Niigata Station, at only about a 15-minute walk.
2Just Beyond the Curtain is the Real, Operational Brewery
The tour begins here. We hope you enjoy the charm and history of our brewery.
3Kind, Easy to Understand Guides
The guides not only explain the sake-making process, they share the history of the local area.
4Time Warp Back to “Old Japan”
Experience the way sake was made long, long ago. Signs, tools, and other reminders of the past are on display.
5Take Home the Feeling of Becoming a Sake Brewer for a Day
Take pictures wearing traditional Japanese garb, and holding sake making tools. We want everyone to be an Imayo Tsukasa brewer.
6Experience a Tasting of More Than 10 Varieties of Premium Sake
After the tour, the tasting. The guide will carefully explain the uniqueness and details of each sake on the tasting.
7Easy to Understand, Even for a Sake Beginner
Taste as much as you’d like, at your own pace. If you’re not much of a drinker, enjoy sweet, creamy, non-alcoholic amazake as well.
8The Old Kitchen, Renovated into a Sake Shop
Experience all the thrills of finding rare sake, some that are only available here.
Foreign tourists can purchase any item in our shop free of the 8% consumption tax & liquor tax with a total purchase amount of 10,000 yen or more under certain conditions. Enjoy tax-free shpping in IMAYO TSUKASA SAKE BREWERY.
|Days of Operation:||Every Day (Except 12/31-1/3)|
|Groups：||Guided tours are available for groups from 1-40 people|
|Tour Length：||About 20 minutes|
|Parking：||Free parking available, including space for tour buses|
|Reservations：||To request a tour in English, please follow the reservations link|
|Tour Times：||9:00 / 10:00 / 11:00 / 12:00 / 13:00 / 14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00|
|On Foot：||A 15-minute walk to the brewery from Niigata Station Bandai Exit（万代口）. You can visit the Tourist Information Center near the station exit for a map and instructions.|
|Bus：||A 7-minute bus ride to the brewery from Niigata Station Bandai Exit（万代口）. You can ride the bus from bus stop 12 at the Bandai Exit bus station. Enjoy a short ride through downtown Niigata. Get off at the 4th stop, “Nuttari Hakusan（沼垂白山）”. From there, it is a short 3-minute walk to the brewery. (210 yen)|
|Car：||A 5-minute taxi ride to the brewery from Niigata Station Bandai Exit. The taxi pick-up location is immediately outside the Bandai Exit. (About 800 yen)|
Minemura Miso Information
Only a 4-minute walk from Imayo Tsukasa Sake lies our sister company, Minemura Miso. In operation since the Meiji Era, you can shop for premium miso and other fermented foods. While you’re there, enjoy a delicious tasting! There is a tasty amazake café adjacent to it as well.To Minemura Jozo’s site
Sake Brewery Tour Reservation Form
To request an English tour, fill out this form, send us a fax, or call us. Without a reservation, we can’t ensure a tour will be available in English.
- Please wear only minimal perfume, cologne or make-up to the brewery, as it can disrupt fermentation.
- We reserve the right to refuse groups of underage guests (under 20 years old)