• Kotobuki Toraya sake brewery

Kotobuki Toraya sake brewery


Our sake is made using meltwater at a long-established sake brewery with a 300-year history. It receives many awards every year at competitions in Japan and overseas.

Established in the Edo period (Kyoho era, 1716-36), "Kotobuki Toraya sake brewery" has been brewing sake continuously for 300 years. Located in the Takase district of Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture in the north of Japan, its terroir is a landscape of safflower fields that extend in front of the storehouse, which are certified as a Japanese Heritage site and were the location of the Studio Ghibli movie Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro). The clear mother water that is indispensable for sake brewing is the natural, soft underground water from the Zao mountain range, meltwater from the famous "Snow Monsters" and elsewhere in the Zao mountain peaks that has permeated the granite formation over a long period of time and is pumped from the groundwater vein that was created over the course of 400 years. The sake brewing is also deeply rooted in the local area, using high-quality sake rice and [[[山形酵母]]] locally cultivated in Yamagata Prefecture. The brewery produces many types of sake, from those that are sold throughout the year such as Junmai Daiginjo, Junmai, Daiginjo, Ginjo, and Honjozo to seasonal sake that is available only during certain times of the year, allowing you to choose a sake that suits your tastes and the situation. Making full use of both traditional sake brewing and modern brewing technology produces an even better quality of sake. The spirit and the finely-honed skills of the brewers, which have been established over the course of 300 years, are all present in the sake of "Kotobuki Toraya".

Company name.
Kotobuki Toraya sake brewery
93-1 Kitada, Nakazato, Yamagata -shi, Yamagata, 990-2235, Japan