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Sake brewery (酒蔵見学)

Let us show you the Sake brewery

There are a lot of Sake brewery where you can visit in Kyushu.

 

  

 
Sake is an alcoholic beverage brewed from rice, koji mold and yeast.
Its alcohol content ranges from 13% to 16% and its quality varies according 
to its fermentation processes.
Depending on the season, it’s served warm or chilled, and it tastes good in 
either case. 

 

Sake produced in Japan is divided mainly into four categories, depending on 
the degree of rice milling. 
They are, Honjouzou-shu (sake with at least 30% of rice polished away and a 
little alcohol added), Junmai-shu (pure sake with no milling rate specified), 
Ginjou-shu (quality sake with at least 40% rice polished away), Daiginjou-shu 
(top-quality sake with at least 50% of rice polished away).
In general, the more polished the rice grain is, the higher the grade of sake become.

 

There are three important factors in sake brewing, quality rice, quality water, 
and master brewer’s expertise.
Yamada-nishiki, which is famous as top-quality rice for sake brewing, is widely used to 
make quality sake such as Ginjou-shu.


The second most important factor in sake brewing is quality of water, so sake 
breweries have been traditionally built where underground water is available. 

Since Japan is a mountainous and rainy country blessed with high quality water, 
sake brewing has been developed in many part of Japan including Kyushu.

Finally, master brewer’s techniques and crucial. It takes a lot of experience and a 
discriminating taste to control the complicated process of sake brewing.
Master brewers have long beloved that good rice malt guarantees good sake.
 
 

 

Therefore, they try their best to prepare the best possible rice malt, which is crucial 
for sake brewing. 
Indeed, sake brewer’s techniques give distinctive flavors to different type of sake.

 

There is a tasting corner,  Let’s sample sake.

 

Festivals & Events in Kyushu

 

Tamaseseri / wooden ball catching festival   Fukuoka, January

New Year’s Festival held in January, at Hakozaki Shrine
A traditional form of fortune-telling, several hundred men 
wearing lion cloths compete on piggy back in two teams, 
the “sea” team and the “land” team team, 
for possession of a wooden ball. more


 

Nagasaki Lantern Festival   Nagasaki, Chanese new year

An annual festival in Nagasaki held on Chinese new year.
The festival has been started to celebrate a new year by 
Chinese who lived in Nagasaki, and it became the Nagasaki’s 
festival since 1994. More than 10 thousand lanterns are 
decorated at China town during the festival.  more

 

Yanagawa Sagemon Festival   Yanagawa, February through April

The festival is held from February 11 through April 3 in 
Yanagawa. Hina dolls are displayed by families with girls 
to pray for safe growth of their children, in Yanagawa, 
in addition to Hina dolls, colourful “Sagemon” are displayed.
more 


 

Kyokusui-no-en  Dazaifu, March

The festival is held at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine on first 
Sunday of March, a purification ceremony on a winding 
stream, is performed by ladies and gentlemen in a ceremonial 
court robe under the plum blossoms in full-bloom. 
more

 

Hakata Dontaku Festival   Fukuoka, May

The name Dontaku is a corruption of the Dutch word Zontag, 
meaning Sunday. The festival is said to have started as a 
New Year parade of merchants going to the local lord’s 
residence to celebrate. It is held on May 3 and 4 in Hakata,
Fukuoka-citymore 

 

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival    Fukuoka, June

The most exciting summer festival in Japa, takes place from 
July 1 to 15 and is held at Kushida-jinja Shrine in Hakata.

There are two kinds of festival floats called Yamagasa.
One is Kazari-yamagasa with 15 meters high, a gorgeously 
decorated festival float which is decked with elaborate dolls 
and castles.   more

 

Kokura Gion Daiko Festival   Kitakyushu, June

The festivals held in july around Kokura Castle, in which the 
main attraction is the playing the drums. The highlights of the 
Festival which you should not miss are the Taiko Performing 
Contest held at Kokura Castle on July 15th, and the Taiko 
Performing Parade held  on July 16th.  more

 

Tobata Gion Yamagasa     Kitakyushu, June

Float Festivals including Tobata Gion Yamagasa inscribed on 
UNESCO Intangible Heritage List in 2016.
The festival has a lot of energy and is very dynamic as is the case 
with festivals such as the Hakata Gion Yamagasa,with young men
wearing the happi  and hachimaki,carrying the Yamagasa and 
walking around the town shouting  “yoitosa yoitosa”. more ..

 

Wasshoi Million Summer Fastival    Kitakyushu, August

The Festival is one of the festivals representing Kyushu 
and  started in 1988 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of th
formation of the city and has more than one and half million
spectators every year.
  It is held in Kokura on the 1st Saturday 
and Sunday in August.  more 

 

Hojoya   Fukuoka, September

One of Hakata’s three main festivals, held in September at the
Hakozaki Shrine, and is a celebration of all living creatures. 
The festival has a a history of over 1000 years.

Join the cheerful crowd in colorful yukata and experience a rare, 
unhurried slice of old-time festivities in Fukuoka.  more


 

Nagasaki Kunchi   Nagasaki, October

It is one of big-three festival in Japan, held on October 7 to 9 
at Suwa Shrine. The festival features Chinese dance including 
Ja-odori, this time dancing all around the city but especially at 
Suwa Shrine. The whole of Nagasaki Kunchi dance was 
designated on Important Intangible Cultural Asset.  more

 

Sumo Tournament    Fukuoka, Nobember

Sumo is a Japanese traditional martial art.
Professional Sumo Tournament is held six times a year, 
in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.
Fukuoka Tournament is held at Fukuoka International 
Center in November.  more 


 

Chrysanthemum exhibition   Throughout Kyushu, mid October to mid Nobember

The chrysanthemum has been a familiar flower to Japanese 
as the symbol of the Imperial Family and a symbol of longevity 
and rejuvenation. 
The Chrysanthemum exhibition is held annually in autumn 
from mid October to mid November in many shrines, temples 
and gardens throughout Japan.  more

 


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About Japan

 

Japan is a destination like no other.


You will find a lot of things which you have never seen,  
never eaten or experienced.

 


 

Cuisines & Beverages  

Japan is a foodie’s paradise, with some of the finest and most varied cuisine
in the world 
Japanese cuisine encompasses the regional and traditional foods of Japan,
which have developed through centuries of social and economic changes.
 more

 

Activities

We offer many activities and fun things to do in Kyushu.
Fruit picking, Canal boat cruise
Japanese cultural experience in Kokura  Castle
Foot bath, Factories tour, visit Sake brewery  more


 

Festivals and Events

Let’s meet real Japan
There are many local festivals throughout Kyushu because almost

every shrine celebrates one of its own.

Most festivals are held annually and celebrate the shrine’s deity or a 

seasonal or historical event. more


 

 

Culture & more about Japan

The culture of Japan has evolved greatly over the millennia, 
from the country’s prehistoric time Jomon period, to its 
contemporary modern culture.
You can find a lot of unique culture and things.   more

 

Culture & more about Japan

 

Onsen Resort (温泉)

There are many volcanoes around Japan especially Kyushu 
region, and therefore many Onsen resorts have been made.
Each Onsen is said to have its own healing property.
Onsen resorts or hotels either use water from an actual spring 
or they boil mineral water.

 

 

Japanese castle (日本の城) 

Castle is called Shiro in Japanese and were originally military fortifications 
designed to keep the enemy out.
In the Sengoku (civil war) period from 15th to 16th century, territorial warlords 
competed in building castles in mountainous areas across the country.
more

 

Japanese religion (日本の宗教)

Why is Japanese religious orientation eclectic?

Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto, has no founder or written
doctrine and places a great emphasis on ancestor and nature 
worship.  more 


 

Torii (鳥居)

Torii is a gate-like structure placed at key point in the path 
leading to the Shinto shrine.

It is very unique for the vermilion torii gate of
Itsukushima Shrine to stand in the sea.


 

Ema (絵馬)

Ema is small pentagon-shaped wooden plaque dedicate to Shrine and Temple.
One side of the plaque usually has a picture of horse or the animal representing 
the zodiac sigh of that year. On the other side, which is blank, people write 
their wishes for wide variety of things, then hang the Ema up 
the certain places in the Shrine or Temple.more

 

Inari Shrine (稲荷神社)

The shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice.

They can be recognized by fox statues at entrance, 
which are considered the messenger of Inari.
more 


 

Kimono (着物)

Kimono is the traditional is the Japanese traditional costume. 
A material of Kimono is usually silk or cottom.
These fays, fewer people wear Kimono. There are various type
of Kimono such as Furisode for single lady, formal Kimono for 
married women and Yukata for summer. more 

 

What is jizo? (地蔵)

Jizo is a statue of Buddhist saint, the Bodhisattva generally 
standing by the country roadside. Jizo is considered as 
guardian deities of children who can protect children from 
demons of hell. more 


 

 

Sumo (相撲)

A Japanese traditional martial art, which is the match of two 
Sumo wrestlers in the round ring called Dohyo.
Professional Sumo Tournament is held six times a year, 
in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.
more 

 

Martial art, Karate (空手)

Karate is a martial art developed in the Okinawa, Kyushu, 
and is art of self-defense that use no weapons and relies 
instead on three main techniques; arm strike, thrusts and 
kicks.  more

 

Japanese cuisines and beverages

Japan is a foodie’s paradise, with some of the finest and most 
varied cuisine in the world.

 

 Traditional cuisine of Japan (日本食)

It is based on steamed rice, soy bean soup and The traditional 
cuisine of Japan is based on steamed rice, soy bean soup and 
other dishes; there is an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. 
more 

 

 

Baked Eel(うなぎの蒲焼)

Eel are very nutritious, and are believed to provide us with a 
lot of physical energy.
Before eating, powdered “Sansho”, a kind of spice, is usually 
sprinkled over the eel to heighten its flavor.  more 

 

Grilled eel on rice (アナゴ飯)

It is a local cuisine in Hiroshima.
Charcoal grilled eel seasoned with soy sauce and 
mirin served on boiled rice.
The aroma that rises the cooking eel is mouthwatering.

 

Yobuko Squid (呼子のイカ)

The squid has a sweetness that melt upon the tangue. 

In the finely crafted style of sashimi known as Ikezukuri, the flesh 
of still-living seafood is served.
The freshness is outstanding in fact, flesh is usually still twitching 
while served up on the plate.   more

 

Udon, wheat noodle(うどん)

It is noodle from wheat flour, and is a little thicker than 
Soba noodle.
Udon is eaten either from bowls filled with hot soup, or by 
dipping it into special soup as in the case of Soba. more..

 

Soba, buckwheat noodle(そば)

Long, thin brownish noodle made from buckwheat flour 
to which is added wheat flour, egg, and sometimes yam 
starch. It is eaten either in hot soup, “Kakesoba” or as a 
cold dish, “Morisoba”.In Morisoba, noodle is piled up on 
small flat bascket. more 

 

Hakata Ramen at Yatai (博多ラーメン)

Food stalls “Yatai” is one thing to enjoy in Fukuoka
Despite a decline in recent year, there are said to be 
more than 160. The food stalls have all kind of food, but you 
have to try Hakata ramen, usually made with white soup from 
pork bone and thin noodles. more

 

Kawara soba(瓦そば)

literally means a roof tile buckwheat noddle.
The meal is a local cuisine in Kawatana, Yamaguchi prefecture.
The buckwheat noddle which is served on the heated roof tile.
more 

 

Dango-jiru (だんご汁)

The meal is a local specialty in Oita.
It is made by boiling flat noodles made from wheat flour 
together with ingredients such as radishes, carrots, 
burdock roots, aroids, and shiitake mushrooms in miso 
flavored dashi (broth). more

 

Typical Japanese breakfast (日本の朝食)

It consist of steamed rice, soybean soup with asari clams, 
tsukune (chicken meatloaf with egg, dried laver seaweed, 
natto ( fermented soybeans) and raw egg mixed 
with steamed rice. more

 

Sake Brewery(日本酒の酒蔵)

There are a lot of Sake brewery where you can visit in Kyushu.

Sake is an alcoholic beverage brewed from rice, koji mold and 
yeast. Its alcohol content ranges from 13% to 16% and its 
quality varies according to its fermentation processes.
more

 


 

 



 


 

Kyokusui-no-en

 

Kyokusui-no-en is a Japanese traditional ceremony held at
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrineon first Sunday of March, a purification
ceremony on a winding stream, is performed by ladies and gentlemen
in a ceremonial court robe under the plum blossoms in full-bloom.

After the Tobiume-no-mai dance by shrine maidens, 
Kyokusui-no-En Festival begins.
Vermilion-lacquered cups full of sake are set afloat down 
the stream. 

Before the cups reach each of the participants sitting along 
the stream, they have to make up a Japanese poem called 
waka, and write it down on a strip of fancy paper.
When the cups reach the participants, they drink the sake 
and hand the paper strip and cup over to an attendant.

The ceremony has its origin in a historical fact that 
Ono-no-Yoshifuru, an elder brother of a noted-calligrapher 
Ono-no-Tofu, held a ceremony to appease the soul of 
Michizane Sugawara and to beguile tedious hours 
in a rural life.

 

Traditional Japanese cuisine (日本料理)

 
Please enjoy Traditional Japanese cuisines which can be eaten only 
at the local area

 
 
Kyushu has excellent ingredients such as fish, vegetables and fruits and there 
are lots of distinctive cuisine in each region. 
 

The traditional cuisine of Japan is based on steamed rice, soy bean soup and 
other dishes; there is an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. 


 

 

Side dishes often consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked 
in broth. Seafood is common, often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or in 
sushi. Seafood and vegetables are also deep-fried, as tempura. 
Apart from rice, staples include noodles, such as udon and soba.

 

Set menu of pike conger, can be eaten at Nakatsu area

 

   

   

 

Japanese Cultural experiences in Kitakyushu

 

Time to enjoy dressing in kimono tea ceremony 
experience, and Rickshaw riding experience at 
Kokura Castle Garden and Kokura Castle.


You can also take beautiful photographs in this 
location to provide you with wonderful memories and 
recollection of your visit to Kokura Castle.


 

Tea ceremony

The Tea ceremony follow a traditional ceremony of serving
tea to guests.
The original form of tea ceremony was introduced to Japan
from China by Buddhist monks, and perfected by Master 
Sen-no-Rikyu based on the spirit of Zen in the 16th century.


 

Experience riding in the Rickshaw  

invented in Japan in the beginning of the 20th century.

 

Hakata Ramen at Yatai

 

Food stalls “Yatai” is one thing to enjoy in Fukuoka


Despite a decline in recent year, there are said to be more than 160.

The food stalls have all kind of food, but you have to try Hakata ramen, usually
made with white soup from pork bone and thin noodles.    
When you order, you can specify noodle texture, such as yawa, meaning “soft”,
or bari-kata, meaning “very hard”. In local dialect bari means “very”.
Anther unique thing is kaedama.

 

The thin noodles takes moments to cook, so you can just order an additional noodle serving,

but don’t drink too much soup before ordering more noodles. Besides ramen stalls, there are

gyoza dumpling stall, Western-style bar stalls and more. It’s hard to pick out just one.

The stalls have a unique and strange appeal. Eating in such cozy spaces with others creates 

a friendly feel of community.

 

 

Sumo

 
Sumo is a Japanese traditional martial art, which is the match of two Sumo 
wrestlers in the round ring called Dohyo.
The winner is one who first makes his opponent step outside of the ring or 
into touching the ground with anything other than the sole of feet, 
there are 48 wining techniques.

  
 

Professional Sumo Tournament is held six times a year, 
in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.

 

Fukuoka Tournament is held at Fukuoka Kokusai Center in November.

 

 

We can organize the Sumo Stable tour in Fukuoka. 

 


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