Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kobe: The Sake Capital of the World?      神戸は酒の都??

Even if you are not a sake connoisseur, paying a visit to the Nada district of Kobe yields more than 30 sake breweries (for the complete list, check out this link).  Located 20 minutes to the west of Osaka, the Nada district produces 30% of the nation's total sake production.  Originated in the 17th century, sake brewing methods have been passed down from generation to generation making use of the Miya water that gives the sake its delicious and distinctive taste without the presence of iron.

Always a highlight for visitors to the region from overseas, now is a better time than ever to jump on the sake revival bandwagon and attend a sake brewery tour to taste test some of the great sake that this fruitful region has to offer.

Having been to Hakutaka and Kobe Shu-Shin-Kan to try their Hakutaka and Fukuju sake respectively, I can say with much confidence that you will not be disappointed.  However one thing to keep in mind when planning to visit the breweries is that normally they close at 6:00 p.m., so be sure to go early to get the most out of your visit.




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