Factory / Workshop Spots in Niigata Area

  • Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Kagamigaoka 1-1
    This well-established brewery was founded in 1764. It is located east of Niigata Station, along National Route 2, and is said to have been built on the site of a rice granary once owned by the Shibata clan. The current building was built at the end of the 19th century. The brewery is open to visitors all days of the week, and reservations are only necessary for groups of more than seven people. Tools used in the past to make sake are displayed here, and visitors can taste over ten kinds of pure rice wine. Thanks to the detailed explanations of the workers, even the most inexperienced can enjoy tasting the differences between the various types of sake. The brewery also offers non-alcoholic amazake for non-drinkers.
  • Cave d'Occi Winery
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Kakudahama 1661
    This is a winery located along the hilly coastal area in Nishikan Ward, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture. In the vast vineyard there are various kinds of facilities such as a wine shop, a wine cellar, a restaurant, a bakery, a day-trip hot spring facility, an accommodation facility and an English garden. Wine is made from grapes grown in a climate where there is almost no snowfall and has low rainfall, where high heat is accumulated after the rainy-season, unique to the region. Wine tours, reservations required, are also held.
  • Shirataki Sake Brewery
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    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumagunyuzawamachi Yuzawa 2640
    This sake brewery is located a five-minute walk from Yuzawa Station, along Prefectural Route 351, in Yuzawa, Yuzawa Town, Minamiuonuma Ward. It was established in 1855, and brews famous sake such as Jozenmizunogotoshi, using Echigo-Yuzawa well water. In addition to the tour of the brewery (a reservation is required), visitors can also experience tasting sake in the showroom.
  • Henmi Syuzo
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    Niigata Sado-shi Nagaishi 84- Ko
    While there were once over 200 breweries on Sado this is one of only five breweries that remain on the island. Henmi-Syuzou is the smallest of the group and was founded in 1868. They continue to only make small batches of sake that triumph in showing off the natural flavor of the liquor. Their famous Shinryou sake, a beloved drink that's a common dinnertime companion, derives its name from the Mano Goryo mausoleum for the Emperor Juntoku who was exiled to Sado after losing the Jokyu War during the Kamakura period. The sake is sometimes called by the friendly nickname Shinryou-san.
  • Hokusetsu Shuzo Sake Brewery
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    Niigata Sado-shi Tokuwa 2377-2
    This sake brewery was founded in 1872. The brewery has passed down and refined masterful brewing skills since this time while also taking on the challenge of creating innovative, new alcoholic beverages incorporating novel methods such as music performance and ultrasonic vibration. The brewery primarily uses brewer’s rice grown together with specially contracted farms in the terraced paddies of Akadomari. These farms exclusively employ a distinctive farming method making use of superior water and avoiding reliance on pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The brewery’s shizukuzake, made by placing un-pressed moromiunrefined sake in special suspended bags and gathering until the drops which trickle down, has a delicate flavor and light aftertaste.
  • Niigata no Sake Asahiyama
    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Hanazono 1-1-1 Niigata Station Building CoCoLo Motodate 2F
    A showroom for products made by Asahi-Shuzo Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. located in CoCoLo, a shopping center with seven sales floors in all which is connected directly to Niigata Station. The shop stocks a wide variety of products, from some of Asahi-Shuzo’s most well-known items to local Niigata liquors and alcoholic beverages only sold here. Known for Asahiyama, one of Niigata’s top seishu refined sakes, this long-standing sake brewery is located in Asahi, Nagaoka City’s, a naturally abundant area which sees heavy snowfalls and which is home to Genji fireflies. This company continues to make superior sakes using waters from a spring known as the “Treasure Water” since ancient times. In order to aid as many customers as possible, this shop carries not only alcoholic beverages but also local foods and rice crackers made with brewer’s rice.
  • Ayumasamune Shuzo
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    Niigata Myoko-shi Saruhashi 636
    A sake brewery established in 1875. Situated amidst the lush mountains of Saruhashi, the brewery continues to craft delicately flavored local sakes. Situated close to the border with Nagano Prefecture, this area receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in a prefecture already known for snow. When it is time to begin kanjikomi winter sake brewing, the brewery’s 140-year-old Japanese zelkova wood structure becomes enwrapped in a deep blanket of snow. The heavy snow covering creates a clean and stable environment, optimum conditions for creating sakes which demand extremely minute regulation during the brewing process. The brewery’s Ayumasamune sakes have a smooth and refreshing flavor and have long been loved for remaining tasting delicious no matter how long you drink them.
  • Taiyo Sake Brewery
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    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Ino 1-4-31
    Located in Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture, Taiyo Sake Brewery came about when 14 local breweries merged in 1945. It is known as one of the first breweries to have marketed ginjoshu sake in Japan, winning numerous awards. Using rice produced in Niigata Prefecture and fresh local water perfect for brewing, Taiyo Sake Brewery is able to produce a wide range of sake from the highest quality sake to an evening tipple. Their Shiun sake, only available in the Murakami region, is a popular choice as a souvenir. Inside the brewery is an exhibition area which shows the equipment used for brewing, drinking vessels, and an introduction of townhouse culture. Visitors can also enjoy sampling sake fresh from the brewery.
  • Iwanohara Vineyard
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    Niigata Joetsu-shi Kitagata 1223
    The winery north of Joetsu City in Niigata Prefecture includes vineyards and a wine shop, a wine cellar with an attached yukimuro refrigerated snow room, and a restaurant where visitors can enjoy wine and local foods. Zenbei Kawakami, known as the “Japanese father of wine” established the winery in 1890. It is said to be one of the oldest wineries in existence in Japan and has continued making high-quality domestic wines. Various wines such as premium wine made only from grapes grown at the vineyard on site and the famous wine “Miyukibana”, which was awarded a silver medal in the “Japan Wine Competition,” are available at the shop.
  • Takarayama Shuzo
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Nishikan-ku Ishize 2953
    The Takarayama Shuzo brewery is a sake (rice wine) brewery located in Ishize, Nishikan Ward, Niigata City that was founded in 1885. Takarayama produces sakes that include the Seishu (a class of superior special-designation sake) “Takarayama” sake made using Niigata-grown Koshitanrei rice (a rice strain specially developed for sake-brewing) and the “Precious Treasure Takara no Yama” sake that is offered to the gods at the Yahiko-jinja Shrine. Free guided tours of the brewery are available twice a day (once in the morning and once in the afternoon), although advance booking is required. Participants can see how sake is made, and can also taste freshly-brewed, authentic Japanese sake.
  • Obata Sake Brewery
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    Nigata Pref. Sadoshi Manoshinmachi 449
    A 30-minute drive from Ryotsu Port or take the bus to the Manoshinmachi Bus stop and walk about five minutes. The first place in Niigata to allow visitors to see their brewery, these makers of famous Manotsuru sake opened in 1892. Now they're open every day of the year for tours and you can sample various types of Manotsuru sake along with original confections. They also put on special closed workshops in one of their warehouses. Space is limited but you can experience their craft at these special warehouse lectures.
  • Echigo Yukikura-kan
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    Nigata Pref. Uonumashi Suhara 1643
    This brewery is managed by Tamagawa Sake Brewery, a company well-known for its Uonuma Tamafumi and Koshino Tamaume sake. It was founded in 1673, and has continued to create Japanese sake since the time of Tokugawa Ietsuna. Visitors can tour the brewery, and through the course of the 15-minute tour, can see places such as the snow warehouse, the place where steaming of the brewer's rice takes place and the storehouse. During the tour, visitors can drink the spring water that is used during the process and if they bring a bottle, can take it home with them. Finally, there is a free tasting session, where visitors can enjoy more than ten different kinds of Japanese sake, and depending on the date they visit, may even be able to enjoy some freshly-made sake. The Yukikura Pickles (homemade sake pickles) and sake cakes which are available for purchase make wonderful gifts.
  • Ichishima Sake Brewery Inc.
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    Nigata Pref. Shibatashi Suwachou 3-1-17
    This venerable sake brewery is located nearby Isoshirei-jinja Shrine in Shibata City. Visitors can tour the brewery without a reservation. The brewery has a collection of many artifacts that tell the story of their 200 years in the sake-making business. It exhibits a variety of vintage brewing equipment and containers, including a large steaming pot, yeast barrels, brewing pot, tubs for straining sake, tokkuri (sake serving bottles), iwaidaru (celebratory kegs), and more. The brewery's onsite sake shop, Muso, always has seven to eight different products available for free tastings or for purchase, such as their popular daiginjo (top-quality sake made with heavily-milled rice) and their refreshing umeshu (plum wine) made with sake.
  • Agricore Echigo Winery
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Minamiuonumashi Urasa 5531-1
    This winery in Minamiuonuma City has been making wine with skills cultivated in Bordeaux, France and grapes cultivated by Minamiuonuma's climate for over 40 years. Its wines are highly praised by wine professionals for their quality. The winery ages their wines in rooms chilled with natural snow. As they put it, their unique wines are cultivated, protected, and brewed by the snow. The winery's shop offers a selection of their wines, including their snow-aged wine sekki and wine-related items, as well as free wine tastings. The shop's restaurant serves cuisine made with fresh local ingredients as well as their wines.
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata Sanjo-shi Koanji 1332
  • Marunao
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Sanjoushi Yada 1662-1
  • Print SHOP magic Nigata
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    Nigata Pref. Nigatashi Chuou-ku Hakusanura 1-300 (Sato Office A)
  • taruhiglassworks
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Chuo-ku Nuttarihigashi 3-5-17
  • mineral Work
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    Nigata Pref. Murakamishi Nakahama 1076-2
  • Akiha Glass
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    Niigata Niigata-shi Akiha-ku Kusozucho 2-12-32

Niigata Areas


Found along the northwestern coast of Japan, Niigata prefecture is celebrated for its high-quality rice and breathtaking nature, most notably its spectacular mountains, whose white peaks draw in snow sports lovers from far and wide over the winter months. Hit the slopes at Yuzawa, pick out your favourite modern artist at Echigo Tsumari, or take a ferry over to Sado Island for an extra adventure.

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