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Suehiro Sake Brewery

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Suehiro Sake Brewery

Suehiro Sake Brewery was founded in 1850 and for 8 generations it has been family owned. The brewery is named after the founder Suehiro Shuzo. It is located in Aizuwakamatsu of the Aizu region in Fukushima. Their sake has won awards both in domestic and international markets on an annual basis. Yamahai is a traditional method that uses a slow open fermentation process and the Suehiro Sake Brewery utilizes this craft on their premium products. They are also the official sake supplier of the Toshogu shrine in Nikko. Their sake can be seen at some sumo and kabuki events for spectators to enjoy. The Gensai sake from the brewery is Emperor Hirohito’s favorite and can be purchased at the shop. Suehiro Sake Brewery offers tours through their facility while explaining the sake process. Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, a famed medical researcher, was a close friend of the owners of Suehiro and many items from him are displayed in the facility. The cafe in the brewery has desserts that incorporate sake into their recipes. There is a small museum attached to the building that features the largest private collection of old school film cameras in Japan. The 500 cameras displayed range from the first SLRs to spy cameras.