Hanamaki has a reputation as a home of excellent brewers. Nambu Sake Master Brewers are one of the top three classes of brewers in Japan, along with the Echigo and Tanba Brewers.
Sake production is one of Iwate’s major industries. Iwate’s environment is well-suited to producing sake, because of its excellent water and rice. Once Hanamaki brewers qualify and are chosen as Nambu Sake Master Brewers, they are invited to advise at over 300 breweries across Japan.
Taste delicious sake here in Hanamaki.
Nambu Sake Master Brewer Museum
This building, a restored sake depot with traditional depot architecture, is a very important structure historically and culturally. It displays a lot of equipment for making sake, including a 2m-diameter wooden tub, and movies about sake brewing history and the production process.
Sakashokan (gift & souvenir shop)
They have many unique gifts and souvenirs, especially sake cakes, sake buns and sake noodles. Also you can taste and buy sake produced by Nambu Sake Master Brewers.
Ohasama, Hanamaki, is a major grape-producing area with similar conditions to Bordeaux in France, which means less rain, a big temperature difference between day and night and mildly alkaline calcareous soil.
It has been more than 40 years since winemaking began in Ohasama and the brand, Edel Wein, is now nationally well-known. With the motto, “Excellent grapes become excellent wine”, the winemakers work with grape growers to improve wine quality. As a result, their wines win many prizes.
Come and visit the winery and enjoy good food with fine wine.
Wine Chateau Ohasama
You can enjoy tasting wines, shopping for gifts and learning the process of wine production.
Enjoy unique events, such as the Hayachine Kagura Dance and grape crushing performed by girls with their feet. Sample local food and wine.
This is shochu (distilled spirit) made from Japanese millet that contains eight times more dietary fiber than rice. It has a reputation for sweetness and mild flavor.