Sake to ya: Touring Ishikawa Brewery


In January, I had a great opportunity to tour my first ever brewery. I’m not much of an alcohol drinker, but when I was invited to be a part of a English – led sake brewery tour, I couldn’t pass it up! The day we went on this tour it ws particularly cold, but the beauty of the mountains in the distance could not be understated. 

Ishikawa Brewery is a smaller brewery in Fussa, Japan and a 15 minute walk from Haijima station. It’s led by the eighteenth head of the Ishikawa family, Taro Ishikawa. The family still lives on the premises in a section that’s blocked off to the public for obvious reasons. They’ve been brewing both sake and beer since 1998. 

What I loved about the grounds is how minimalist the style is. Although it’s an actual business, there is peacefulness and serenity to the space you’d find at a shrine or place of worship. 

I learned a lot about sake on this tour and felt so much respect for the people who are a part of this process. Who would’ve thought alcohol made from rice would be so interesting!

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It felt good to learn a bit about the history of Ishikawa Brewery, the businesses in Japan, and even sample some sake. If you’re in Japan or even in your local city, I definitely recommend visiting a brewery and learning a thing or two about the process.

Below are beautiful depictions of the sake brewery process. This is such a great way to preserve the culture and history of sake brewing. The details in each panel are so amazing!


The ‘Tokyo’ brand of sake had me feeling gooood!

Thanks for reading my recap of my tour of Ishikawa Brewery! What Brewery tours have you  participated in and recommend? I feel like I need to add more to my list..

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