Togura Kamiyamada Onsen’s local sake brewery is Obasute Masamune. Using rice grown in the legendary moon reflecting rice fields of Obasute Mountain, and clear water from a local spring, Obasute Masamune’s sake is recognized nation-wide and has won numerous awards. The historical brewery buildings, located on the Edo-era Zenkoji Kaido (the old path between Matsumoto and Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City), are full of character with impressive earthen walls and traditional construction.
I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to tour the brewery before, but normally it is not open to the public. However, on Saturday March 13th 2010, Obasute Masamune will hold a special “Open Brewery” day so the public can tour the facilities. Tours will start at 10 and 11am and 1, 2 and 3pm.
Come and join me for a tour of this historical sake brewery — it’s a unique opportunity to see the traditional buildings and the inner workings.
Obasute Masamune Sake Brewery Access:
From Togura Kamiyamada Onsen by car, take Prefectural Road #77 north to Route 403 and turn left. Climb for approx. 3.5km and the brewery will be on the left. Or take bus #6 from Yashiro Station on the Shinano Railway line, approx. 25 min.