Saku Sake Brewery Agritourism Promotion Council

―The Saku Area in Nagano Prefecture―

It has always and everywhere been said that places that brew beautiful Sake have a high level of culture.
In this area, Sake brewing has since ancient times been carried out as a sacred Shinto ritual in close union with the gods of nature.

The clear waters that flow down from such famed peaks as the Yatsugatake and Mount Asama give birth to high-quality rice, supporting 13 different Sake breweries in this area.
For centuries, the people of Saku have appeased the spirits of the dead by passing down the art of brewing Sake.

The culture of Japanese Sake is constantly present in the lives of the people of Saku.
Travelers become kurabito, absorbing the climate that gives birth to the Sake, feeling the passion of the breweries, encountering the people, and experiencing for themselves everything that goes into every cup of Saku Sake.

In our logo, each “人” (person) character is linked to others, and this linking up of persons generates flowers, geometric groups, and bonds of fate.
In creating this logo, our hope was that just as Sake is brewed through the action of yeast, people will link up and form a leaven that will make this area more and more wonderful.

Saku Sake Brewery Agritourism Promotion Council

―The Saku Area in Nagano Prefecture―
It has always and everywhere been said that places that brew beautiful Sake have a high level of culture.
In this area, Sake brewing has since ancient times been carried out as a sacred Shinto ritual in close union with the gods of nature.

The clear waters that flow down from such famed peaks as the Yatsugatake and Mount Asama give birth to high-quality rice, supporting 13 different Sake breweries in this area.
For centuries, the people of Saku have appeased the spirits of the dead by passing down the art of brewing Sake.

The culture of Japanese Sake is constantly present in the lives of the people of Saku.
Travelers become kurabito, absorbing the climate that gives birth to the Sake, feeling the passion of the breweries, encountering the people, and experiencing for themselves everything that goes into every cup of Saku Sake.


In our logo, each “人” (person) character is linked to others, and this linking up of persons generates flowers, geometric groups, and bonds of fate.
In creating this logo, our hope was that just as Sake is brewed through the action of yeast, people will link up and form a leaven that will make this area more and more wonderful.

A Sake-brewery hotel where you can experience the making of Japanese Sake

Stay at a Sake brewery, make Sake, and become a kurabito
At this Sake brewery, founded more than 300 years ago, you can stay, actually make Sake on the premises, and experience what it is like to be a kurabito. We have breathed new life into the century-old buildings on the grounds of the brewery so that guests can stay in them while going through the kurabito experience.

13 different breweries, each with its own identity

With 13 Sake breweries in a single area, Saku is one of the leading Sake-brewing centers in Japan. The people here have been brewing fine Sake for a long time, doing so with a respect for nature and using advanced brewing technology. The personalities of the people brewing the Sake go into the Sake that they make, so you will enjoy tasting and comparing the Sakes from each of these breweries.

It is the entire community that brews the Sake

We offer Sake-brewery agritourism experiences where you can travel around the whole community and get a sense of Saku’s Sake culture, a culture that is a result not just of the climate, the agriculture, and the history but also of the ties that unite the people together.

Recommendations from Saku Sake Brewery Agritourism

A Sake-brewery hotel where you can experience the making of Japanese Sake

tay at a Sake brewery, make Sake, and become a kurabito
At this Sake brewery, founded more than 300 years ago, you can stay, actually make Sake on the premises, and experience what it is like to be a kurabito. We have breathed new life into the century-old buildings on the grounds of the brewery so that guests can stay in them while going through the kurabito experience.

13 different breweries, each with its own identity

With 13 Sake breweries in a single area, Saku is one of the leading Sake-brewing centers in Japan. The people here have been brewing fine Sake for a long time, doing so with a respect for nature and using advanced brewing technology. The personalities of the people brewing the Sake go into the Sake that they make, so you will enjoy tasting and comparing the Sakes from each of these breweries.

It is the entire community that brews the Sake

We offer Sake-brewery agritourism experiences where you can travel around the whole community and get a sense of Saku’s Sake culture, a culture that is a result not just of the climate, the agriculture, and the history but also of the ties that unite the people together.

Eating in Saku

Restaurants where you can enjoy foods unique to Saku — mushiri, Saku carp, and Shinshu salmon — along with local Sakes

Experiencing Saku

Experience some distinctive local activities — such as making genuine Sake, soba noodles, and sushi — together with the people of Saku.

Staying in Saku

This ryokan, founded in 1428 and still in operation, was the first Sake-brewery hotel in the world. It is an unparalleled place for spending some truly special time.

The shrines and temples of Saku

Encounter the history and culture that lie behind the Sake that the Japanese dedicate to the gods, visiting places such as a shrine where local Sakes are offered up as well as one of the few Zen temples in Japan that has all seven of the buildings required for a major Buddhist temple.

The Saku Sake log

Find out what people who visited Saku felt, thought, and saw.

YouTuber, in his 40s

The YouTuber who produces the “ONLY in JAPAN” channel, where he showcases the attractions of Japan, comes to Saku!

In video reports that feel like they are being streamed live, he tells about his experiences in Saku.

Bloggers in their 30s

It is their first visit to Saku.

Here they report on their experiences, accompanying their reports with a lot of pictures.

A company employee, in her 30s

A Food Tale About the Local Ingredients of Saku

The Sake and fish of Nagano, a land-locked prefecture, as experienced by a Sake-loving company employee who currently works in community revitalization and earlier was a reporter and a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers radio volunteer in Bangladesh.

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Getting to Saku

By car

From Tokyo

〈approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes〉

From Tokyo, take the Shuto Expressway, then the Kan-etsu Expressway, and then the Joshin-etsu Expressway, and exit at Saku Interchange

From Osaka or Nagoya

〈approximately 5 hours and 40 minutes〉
〈approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes〉

From Osaka or Nagoya, take the Chuo Expressway and exit at Okaya Interchange, and from there drive to Saku City

By train

From Tokyo

〈approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes〉

From Tokyo Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Sakudaira Station〈approx. 80 minutes〉

From Osaka

〈approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes〉

From Shin-Osaka Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo Station (approx. 150 minutes), and from Tokyo Station take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Sakudaira Station (approx. 80 minutes)

From Nagoya

〈 approximately 3 hours〉

From Nagoya Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo Station (approx. 100 minutes), and from Tokyo Station take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Sakudaira Station (approx. 80 minutes)

Getting to Saku

By car

From Tokyo
From Osaka or Nagoya
From Tokyo

〈approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes〉

From Tokyo, take the Shuto Expressway, then the Kan-etsu Expressway, and then the Joshin-etsu Expressway, and exit at Saku Interchange

From Osaka or Nagoya

〈approximately 5 hours and 40 minutes〉
〈approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes〉

From Osaka or Nagoya, take the Chuo Expressway and exit at Okaya Interchange, and from there drive to Saku City

By train

From Tokyo
From Osaka
From Nagoya
From Tokyo

〈approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes〉

From Tokyo Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Sakudaira Station (approx. 80 minutes)

From Osaka

〈approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes〉

From Shin-Osaka Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo Station (approx. 150 minutes), and from Tokyo Station take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Sakudaira Station (approx. 80 minutes)

From Nagoya

〈approximately 3 hours〉

From Nagoya Station, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo Station (approx. 100 minutes), and from Tokyo Station take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Sakudaira Station (approx. 80 minutes)

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