Sake is an alcoholic beverage made from rice polished to remove the bran, yeast, koji spores, and copious amounts of fresh water. In this experience, you will visit the Sawanoi Ozawa Shuzo sake brewery, located in verdant Ome City, Tokyo. In Ome, you'll find spectacular views of the surrounding mountains of Okutama and the lush Mitake Gorge. Make your way to the Sawanoi Ozawa Shuzo brewery.
While Sawanoi Ozawa Shuzo regularly hosts tours of its facilities and conducts sake tastings, the brewery usually conducts these tours in Japanese, passing out English brochures to non-Japanese speakers. This experience, however, features an exclusive tour led wholly in English, and thus represents a rare opportunity to soak up Japanese sake culture first hand without information getting lost in translations.
Initially established in 1702, the brewery's founders built Sawanoi Ozawa Shuzo in an area blessed with abundant natural resources, including pure and delicious natural spring water. As the water in this area has been an essential ingredient in sake production from the earliest days, the company has incorporated the name Sawai into the brand name.