The taste of Nara's sake

Japanese sake has been offered to gods since ancient times and has been an essential part of celebrations and festivities.
Nara is believed to be the birthplace of Japanese sake.
As an ancient capital, Nara hosted numerous large temples, where sake (called sōbōshu, meaning “temple sake”) was made back in those days. This was the first step that led to the development of the current sophisticated brewing techniques used in Japanese sake production.
Sake made in Nara was called Narazake and represented high-grade sake at the time.
Come and enjoy exquisite Narazake while reflecting on the roots of the delicate Japanese sake featuring the rich essence of rice.

The modern Nanto Morohaku passed down through generations

Narazake has established itself as an exclusive brand of Japanese sake. Experience Narazake in the rich cultural and traditional setting of Nara towns.

Story of Narazake

The story of the origin of Narazake begins in the Shōryaku-ji temple, which established the brewing techniques that form the foundation of modern sake brewing about 600 years ago. Today, Shōryaku-ji is the only temple that has a license to produce sake yeast starter called “Moto”. The special yeast starter called “Bodaimoto” was once stopped from production during the long history of Narazake, and Nara has a story of its miraculous revival.
Nara’s Japanese sake aims to deliver the many stories behind the sake produced in this land and have more people experience and enjoy it.


Shoryakuji Temple – Abbot
Koshin Ohara

Characteristics of Nara’s sake

Water Uses the pure water from underground sources of the Kasugayama Primeval and Yoshino/Ikoma mountain range.
Rice Uses the high-quality rice produced in the Nara Basin and highlands. The rice contributes to the fresh, smooth flavor of the sake.
Yeast Each brewery has their own yeast type or blend. Sake made from the original Bodaimoto from Shōryaku-ji still survives today.

Places you can enjoy Japanese sake

Nara is home to a number of sake breweries that have inherited the Narazake brewing traditions and continue to produce Narazake to this day, as well as shops where you can casually enjoy a variety of sake.

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Traditonal Narazake breweries

NARA-TOYOSAWASHUZOU Co.,Ltd.

The brewery continues its tradition of hand-crafting, with a focus on high-grade sake made purely from rice. Their products are characterized by their clear, pleasant flavor.
405, Imaichicho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8444, Japan
TEL:+81-742-61-7636
http://www.nara-toyosawa.jp/

Nishida-Shuzou

This brewery makes their sake in the coldest part of Nara prefecture. Their trademarked brand “Morohaku,” which takes its name from the primeval Narazake, has a light, delicate flavor.
188, Tsuge Tomodacho, Nara-shi, Nara, 632-0246, Japan
TEL:+81-743-82-0010
http://www.morohaku.net/

Kuramoto-Shuzou

Founded in 1872, the brewery uses underground water from the wells in the nearby mountain and home-grown sake rice.
Each and every one of their sakes are flavorful and brewed by hand, including their signature “Kingaku.”
2501, Tsuge Hayamacho, Nara-shi, Nara, 632-0231, Japan
TEL:+81-743-82-0008