Kashima City is one of the most famous brewery areas in the prefecture.
This land is blessed by good quality rice and pure water from the Taradake mountain range located in the southwest of Saga Prefecture. Brewing has been popular here since the Edo period, and even now, there are six operating breweries within the city.
“Nabeshima Daiginjo” ,made by Fukuchiyo Shuzo, one of the six breweries, was chosen as the Champion Sake, the world’s highest honor, in the International Wine Challenge in 2011. The International Wine Challenge is a competitive exhibition for wine and is considered the world’s largest and most authoritative competition of its kind. Since the award, Kashima City has come to be known as “the town that produced the world’s greatest sake,” and the city has been receiving attention from inside and outside of the prefecture, including an increase in visitors.
Kashima, the town with Yutoku Shrine and tidelands, now has a new attraction. The town has now also become “the town of breweries.” The entire town has come together as one in its desire to protect and pass on the hopes of brewers who have been making delicious sake for many years. A new wind is now blowing through Kashima.
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