Sake brewery tour: Katayama Shuzo in Nikko, Tochigi
I just posted about Watanabesahei Shoten a day before but here, let me introduce about another wonderful sake brewery in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture – Katayama Shuzo located in walking distance from Watanabesahei Shoten.
Katayama Shuzo’s Kuramoto Toji Tomoyuki Katayama san is same age with Watanabesahei’s president Yasuhiro Watanabe san and they went to same school during youth days. (until junior high school – they went to different high schools and Universities)
Founded in 1879, Katayama Shuzo is led by Tomoyuki san who is the 7th generation, the style he learned is Shimotsuke Toji (one of the Toji guilds) and it is a very small sake brewery.
The characteristics of the sake is, undiluted Genshu sake.
It was hard to pick one – they were all Muroka Namagenshu (undiluted, unfiltered, unpasteurized sake) but I bought the middle Junmai Ginjo Sugao and also their fantastic sake cake to take back home!
Sorry I forgot to take the photo of what was inside since it was so yummy! I heard that it is served at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Nikko – so you know how good that is!
Thanks to Katayama-san and NearbyTokyo.com & sakevoyage.com for providing good information about Katayama Shuzo.
You might want to find more here: https://nearbytokyo.com/katayama-sake-brewery/
Both Watanabesahei Shoten and Katayama Shuzo are walking distance from train stations depending on where you are coming from and if you ever travel to Nikko, be sure to drop by these wonderful breweries. I put google map of Watanabesahei in the previous post but here is the google map of Katayama Shuzo so you won’t get lost.
Have a nice sakeful day!