Saijo Sake town

This years Saijo Sake Festival is being held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October. Apparently this is a huge event in Higashi-Hiroshima. Too bad I won’t be there to see it.

Saijo was a lot quieter in June when our group of 4 thirsty Australians headed out from our temporary abode at K’s House, Hiroshima.

I previously posted about adventures pinned to hostel notice boards. Unfortunately a small detail had been omitted from the glowing tribute to Saijo and its series of sake breweries. Sake is not brewed in June, and bugger all is open to look at and sample!

We got the feeling something was amiss when the punctual as usual train dropped us at JR Saijo, and we were the only folks getting off. On a Saturday? On a nice day? Around 1:00pm? We thought this was a tourist mecca?

Having got hold of a map at the local information centre, we followed the suggested route to one closed brewery after another. Stumbling across the open Saijotsuru (crane) brewery was a great find. While brewing was not going on, one of the owners spoke english, so we were given a good idea of the brewing processes and types of sake – without actually seeing it in action.

So if you are heading down to the festival, check out this place. You wont be disappointed. Saijotsuru Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
9-17 Saijo Honmachi, Higashi Hiroshima-shi, 739-0011

Upon a recommendation of Saijotsuru we trotted around the corner for a great set menu lunch at the Kamotsuru. Very hospitable staff. Great food.

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Saijo is less than an hour out of Hiroshima by train. Make a day of it by doing a loop from Hiroshima – Saijo – Mihara – Setodo – Mihara – Hiroshima.

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About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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