HANAIZUMI Sake Brewery

The Nango district of Minamiaizu, where the Hanazono Sake Brewery is located, is still one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Japan, with nearly two meters of snow falling every winter. In the past, when roads and distribution systems were not as developed as they are today, the snow closed off the mountain passes, preventing goods from reaching the village and making it difficult to obtain sake. Local people who felt that "if there was no sake available, we would make it ourselves" got together and started brewing their own sake, which is said to have been the beginning of the Hanazono Sake Brewery. This is why, unusually for a sake brewing company, there is no hereditary head brewer. Today, the toji (master brewer) and everyone who works at Hanaizumi is a local from the Nango area. They live here, love the land, and brew sake with harmony and smiles in the midst of the peaceful nature. Sake is nurtured in the rich nature and climate of Minamiaizu. That is Hanaizumi Loman. Using rice grown in Aizu, "Takashimizu" and "Jizosawa Suigen" springing locally, local brewers brew sake with all their heart and soul. The special features are in-house rice polishing and the "glutinous rice four-stage brewing" process used for all brands. Sake is usually brewed in the "three-stage brewing" process, in which water, koji, and rice are brewed in three separate batches, and then steamed glutinous rice is added. The brewers have added their own unique evolution to the traditional method that has been passed down from generation to generation. This process produces a refreshing yet gentle flavor with a full-bodied taste that is unique to Hanazono. Currently, we are said to be the only brewery that uses the "glutinous rice four-stage brewing" method for all of its brands.


Makoto Hoshi
Shin Nakamaru
Fukushima 646-1 Nakata, KAI, Minami Aizu-cho, Minami Aizu-gunGoogleマップで開く
Goods only] 8:30-16:30 (except 12:00-13:00)
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and year-end and New Year holidays,


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The building is designed to let you feel the richness of nature through the traditional beauty of Japanese architecture, including the entrance, furniture and fittings made of rich natural wood, and solid flooring. The building is designed to give you a nostalgic feeling even though you are visiting for the first time. The hotel is equipped with a starry sky telescope, and the interior design is inspired by the starry sky. The hotel is also equipped with an astronomical telescope, allowing you to observe the Milky Way, meteor showers, and the moon.

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Surrounded by the clear waters of the Inan River and quiet nature, this lodging facility offers year-round enjoyment: fresh greenery in spring, fishing and firefly watching in summer, autumn colors in fall, and snow sports in winter. The baths, characterized by their red roofs, boast spacious indoor and outdoor baths of Western and Japanese styles, each with a sauna, to heal tired minds and bodies. The men's and women's baths are switched every day, so you can enjoy both baths.

guest house

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