A long-established sake brewery famous for ‘Ayakomachi’|Wakamiya Sake Brewery

Report by the foreigner who knows Ayabe well.

Name of facility : Wakamiya Sake Brewery Visit date : 2020/8/5 Visitor name : Sazonov Maxim

There are sake barrels in the sake brewery. It is cool inside and has sacred atmosphere.


We visited Wakamiya Sake Brewery, which located in Ayabe City and has a long history.

It was a good experience to learn a lot about sake and sake brewing with a lot of detailed explanations.


A Sake brewer, Mr. Kiuchi, told us enthusiastically about his passion for Sake brewing. He is keeping quality of sake for long time and will continue to take on the challenge of being a sake brewer loved by locals.


I think it would be very interesting experience for international visitors who don’t have much knowledge about Sake.

If you listen to detailed stories about Sake brewing from begging to the end, your image about Sake might be changed.


During tour, you will be able to go back-side that you cannot go usually and listen to their story about sake. Depending on season, you can taste sake.


At this Sake brewery, they treat Sake as like a creature and take good care of it.

I was impressed that they are devoting themself to brewing and enthusiastically researching about sake.

I was surprised that there was such a way of thinking.


There is a Yura river flowing through the northern part of Kyoto, close to the brewery. When you take a sip of high-quality sake made in sake brewery surrounded by rich nature, you will feel gentle breeze of Ayabe and imagine the scenery of nature.


If you treat it very gently and pay attention to the details, it will be very delicious sake.

It was a good experience that I felt their zeal for brewing.

They always make a new goal and improve their skills of sake brewery to move forward.


"Wakamiya Sake Brewery" is known for ‘Ayakomachi’, which represents Ayabe. It is a smooth sake and has subtle taste.


And now, number of people who drink sake in Japan is decreasing but I deeply respect for those people who continue sake brewing and inheriting Japanese culture and traditions.



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Sazonov Maxim

From Russia, came to Japan in 2018.

He likes to visit countryside in Japan and interested in Japanese culture and history.

His hobbies are Japanese martial arts (Jodo) and to do calligraphy.