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Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery

A sake brewery where you can find sake carefully crafted using high-quality rice and water.

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Established in 1767, Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery is the closest brewery to Niigata Station, the gateway to Niigata Prefecture which is the home of the largest number of sake breweries in Japan. This brewery specializes in “junmai-jikomi”, a traditional sake brewing method of fermentation without the addition of any extraneous alcohol. While painstaking, this process brings out the pure flavor of rice in each batch. Here you’ll find a promise of flavor that stems from their selection of using only Niigata-brand rice that’s perfect for brewing, blended with the acclaimed natural spring waters from Mt. Suganadake.

The brewery offers tours of their facilities so more people can enjoy sake in many different ways. (Reservation required. Tour length about 30 minutes. There are English tours available at 2:00 pm on weekdays.)

Once inside the storehouse, visitors will find old original signboards, sake brewing tools, and other displays that send you back into a bygone world. You can even take a picture while trying on a “happi” (traditional Japanese coat). Sake tasting is available once your tour is complete.

At the brewery shop you’ll find a wide range of specialty sakes, from brews that pair perfectly with oysters, to eye-catching bottles that feature an iconic design that looks like vibrant koi fish. There is an array of uniquely designed souvenirs like “ochoko” sake cups and “tokkuri” decanters, including ones that look like rice balls. This is a perfect spot to pick up your favorite bottle of sake or a souvenir to take home for yourself or your favorite person.


  • You can enjoy traditionally brewed Japanese sake made with the finest ingredients.
  • You can enjoy a tour of the brewing facilities (Reservation required. Tour length about 30 minutes. Free).
  • This is the closest sake brewery from Niigata Station.
  • The high-quality sake is a perfect gift for your loved ones.


  • Exterior


  • Japanese sake

    Japanese sake

  • Finest brewing methods and ingredients

    Finest brewing methods and ingredients

  • Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery

    Imayotsukasa Sake Brewery

  • Signage and tools from the old days

    Signage and tools from the old days

  • Sake tasting available

    Sake tasting available

  • Shop




Name in Japanese
Postal Code
1-1 Kagamigaoka, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, Niigata
Closed Days
Open All Year (excluding Dec. 31st – Jan 3rd )
Business Hours
*Subject to change
A 15-minute walk from Niigata Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line. Also accessibly by a 6 minutes taxi.
Official Website
Official Website (English)