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Kura Study Tour

Take a Study Tour into Our Kura to Have an Uncommon Experience

We guide you through our over 100-year-old kura buildings where we actually brew our "Tamajiman" sake. This will be an uncommon experience for you. Inside the buildings, you will see the beauty of the old Japanese architecture of the kura that has been maintained since it was first built.
Reservations are required for the study tour.
Open Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.(except National Holiday)
French is available.
No charge
For details, call:
Tel: 042-553-0100 (Ask for the person in charge of the Kura Study Tour.)
E-mail:liveinfo@tamajiman.co.jp


See Some of the Movie Introducing Our Kura for Tour Participants

We videotaped our kura buildings and other facilities and made a short video (about 13 minutes) so tour participants can enjoy the tour more effectively.
Here are some video clips excerpted from the video.

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Introduction of Ishikawa Brewery Hongura (Main Storehouse)
Introduction of Ishikawa Brewery Hongura (Main Storehouse)
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Translation of narration

Ishikawa Brewery, with its premises surrounded by tall whitewashed walls, is located in Kumagawa of Fussa City, in the western part of Tokyo.
The history of Ishikawa family started in the Muromachi Period (1333 - 1573 A.D.). We started the sake brewing business in 1863 and, since then, we have been brewing sake with its renowned rich taste and aroma. Ishikawa Brewery maintains a respect that is faithful to the art of sake brewing and, therefore, we are able to produce excellent sake and beer that have been acclaimed by many people. The spirit of sake brewers has been maintained in this historical and time-tested environment. Learn how our sake is made and see how our staff members work in these magnificent buildings, and add to your pleasure of tasting our "Tamajiman" sake." "Tamajiman" has a fragrant aroma and a pleasant aftertaste.

Translation of narration

In this Hongura building, first-quality water and rice are used to make our sake. The building is a storehouse built in 1881. It stands 13.25 m high with a frontage of 25.2 m and depth of 31.5 m. The roof is covered with tiles, and its area is as broad as 990 square meters. It is said that a building on such a scale is rare for existing wooden kura buildings. Such a kura has been essential for sake brewing for many years because a steady temperature is maintained throughout the year. Now that the process of sake brewing has been modernized, the temperature is easier to control, but Ishikawa Brewery wants to and does respect our buildings because we want to preserve the culture of sake brewing and culture of Japan.

Other Storehouses (Historical Museum) Fussa no Birugoya
Other Storehouses (Historical Museum) Fussa no Birugoya
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Translation of narration

The brewed sake is stored in Shingura, the building next to Hongura. There are some other kura buildings on the premises of Ishikawa Brewery, and they are used for different purposes. This kura building, which is called Zougura, was being used as a rice granary in the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912 A.D.). Now, we serve handmade buckwheat noodles in a Japanese restaurant, "Zougura," on the first floor of this building, and display historical items in the museum on the second floor. The material of the museum includes articles concerning the 400-year history of the Ishikawa family, and sake brewing in the old days.

Translation of narration

Next to the beer factory is a beer restaurant, "Fussa no Birugoya," where you can enjoy our beer fresh from the brewery. In the summer season, the restaurant is in such a great bustle that we almost run out of beer, and the open space in front of the restaurant is used as a beer garden. Our greatly popular beer, "Tama no Megumi," won the Gold Prize in the Japan Beer Grand Prix 2000, proving its top-class value on a worldwide base, being recognized as the best local beer in Japan both in name and reality.

Beer of Ishikawa Brewery Sake of Ishikawa Brewery
Beer of Ishikawa Brewery Sake of Ishikawa Brewery
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Translation of narration

This is a beer caldron used in the old days. We have enshrined this caldron because we had been hoping to revive beer brewing. Finally, in 1998, the long-awaited beer brewing started for the first time in 111 years. We named the beer Local Tokyo Beer, "Tama no Megumi," which is made from natural ingredients including the same source water used for our brewing our sake and carefully selected barley (100% barley).

Translation of narration

In the center of the premises are two 400-year-old zelkova trees, called Meoto Keyaki. At the root of these trees, Daikokuten, the god of rice, and Benzaiten, the goddess of water, are enshrined. Sake is made from rice and water, and quality rice and fresh water are essential for making excellent sake. Consequently, Ishikawa Brewery gives a great deal of devotion to the god of rice and goddess of water. The source water is pumped from a point 150 m below the ground. This water is the middle-hard water , which is very suitable as source water for sake brewing . Varietiers of the rice suitable for brewing sake are used , include "Yamada-nishiki" from Hyogo prefecture, and other carefully selected . The rice being hand-washed in this video has been polished down to the core of grains. The degree of rice polishing depends on the type of sake to be made. For Ginjo sake, rice is polished down until the weight becomes half of its original. Incidentally, the weight of most polished rice for sake brewing is only 35% of its original weight.

     
   
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