Sake Culture in Kaga
There are three sake breweries in the city of Kaga, and the head brewer of each is Kaga-born. While elsewhere head brewers are usually recruited from the Master Brewers Union, breweries in Kaga have stuck with local talent and so have continued to refine distinctive local characteristics that are rooted in the past.
In March 2017, Kaga passed the Kampai Jorei, a “cheers ordinance” that advises the use of local sake for toasts. This encouragement to use local brews is intended to foster hometown affection, to give local sake greater presence, and to spur the development of related crafts and business.
For example, for the toasts, you could use elaborate and beautiful Kutani-yaki porcelain or Yamanaka Lacquerware, nationally and internationally coveted objects made by Kaga artisans. By drinking, from vessels crafted by artisans who have absorbed rich local traditions and techniques, hometown sake made by skilled local master brewers using ingredients from the rich natural environment of Kaga, you can more deeply enjoy the taste of Kaga.
Yamanaka Lacquerware and Kutani-yaki pottery
Authenticated as traditional folk crafts by the national government, Kutani-yaki and Yamanaka Lacquerware are both made in the city of Kaga. Seize the moment to the fullest: when drinking local sake, choose to drink from your choice of a wide range of styles and sizes of locally crafted sake cups.
Kaga no Sake
As a special souvenir of Kaga, this 500-limited set went on sale in April 2017. The sake was a jummai daiginjo made with the rice and water from Kaga, and the set included a Kutaniyaki cup designed by Choza Yamamoto, who has crafted tableware chosen for Imperial Household banquets. The 2017 edition sold out immediately. An upgraded 2018 edition is due for release.
Yamashiro Onsen Kosoyu
Kosoyu is one of the two public bathhouses in Yamashiro Onsen. This bathhouse is a reproduction of the Meiji period Soyu bath, not only in its exterior and interior appearance, but also in it's recreation of the style of bathing at the time called Yuami, which means enjoying just being in the hot spring.
The view of Shibayamagata
Shibayamagata is the symbol of Katayamazu Onsen. It is called the lake of seven colors as its surface varies according to the weather. You will see the sacred Mt. Haku over the lake, and a large fountain as high as 70 meters in the middle. The Ukimido Temple floating in the middle of the lagoon and the illuminated large fountain are fantastic. In summer, people can enjoy the fireworks close up from the sightseeing boat on the lake every day.
Dainichi-zakari Sakagura Shiryokan Sake Museum
An old-established brewery with 250 years of history since its foundation. Tools used for sake brewing in the olden times and antiques are displayed in the museum. (Free of charge) At the beginning of the sake-making season (from December to early March), tours on sake brewing are available with a reservation.
Sake breweries in this region