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[Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa] Sake Brewing Maker Can Be Sampled and Visited

July 8th, 2016

Otokoyama Sake Brewery

Otokoyama Sake Brewery (男山株式会社) is a sake brewing maker in Nagayama located in the northeastern part of Asahikawa city, and Otokoyama Junmai Daiginjoshu (男山 純米大吟醸) has been given the gold medal by Monde Selection for about 40 years ago, and the sake brewing maker is one of most famous sake brewing makers in Hokkaido. They have opened a business since 1899 in the Asahikawa. Although this building is a sake brewing factory making and selling various types of Sake, it has Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum (男山酒造り資料館) and Front Garden, so it is popular tourist attractions with tourists. About 200,000 people visit here. In front of the sake brewing factory, the visitors can drink water used as sake freely, and can take a walk through the beautiful Japanese‐style garden. At the building, the visitors can observe the history of the sake brewing, and can sample the sake that won in the world international contests freely. Sake Event "Sakagura Kaiho (酒蔵開放)" is held on the 2nd Sunday of Feburary, and about 10,000 people come here.

Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa

Movie of Sakagura Kaiho

The name of Otokoyama that Mr. Sanuemon Yamamoto (山本三右衛門), a founder of Momenya (木綿屋), brewed the sake in Itami, Hyogo Prefecture during Kanbun era (寛文年間 * from 1661 to 1673) is named after Otokoyama Hachimangu Shrine (男山八幡宮 * present Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine(石清水八幡宮)) in Kyoto. In those days, the Otokoyama is well-known to the public as one of the most delicious sake. The Otokoyama Sake Brewery succeeded to a seal‐cutter of legitimacy sake brewing from Momenya Yamamoto Family, and has become the head family among a lot of Otokoyama brewing makers in various places of Japan. It is an unusual tourist attraction in the Hokkaido that the visitors can enjoy the sake with about 340 years of history. Except the Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum, they has Otokoyama Nature Park (男山自然公園) that is famous for Dogtooth Violet.

Dogtooth Violet of Otokoyama Nature Park
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa

A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum. But High Speed Asahikawa-go (高速あさひかわ号) and Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), express buses, runs between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, and Taisetsu Liner (たいせつライナー), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the New Chitose Airport, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Kushiro, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)", an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Obihiro.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, the New Chitose Airport, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Kushiro.

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Asahikawa
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
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Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Asahikawa
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Rakuten
Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa
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Rakuten
Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From Asahikawa to New Chitose Airport
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Rakuten
Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Asahikawa to Kitami
Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Kitami to Asahikawa
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa

ASAHIKAWA

Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous. Article is here

Downtown of Asahikawa
ASAHIKAWA

Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum

The Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum is roughly divided into 4 areas. There are the front garden at the outside, tasting and sake shop area on the 1st floor, sake history exhibit and views of sake brewing on the 2nd floor and sake tool exhibit on the 3rd floor. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Japanese‐style Garden
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
Water Wheel
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
Around Entrance
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa

A gourd‐shaped pond and a water wheel are built at the front garden, and there are sake barrels on a sled and Longevity Water (延命長寿の水). The water is river-bed water of Daisetsuzan Mountain Range used for water preparaed for brewing, and anyone can drink it for free.

Longevity Water
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
Hard Water
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
Sake Barrel
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
Shishi-odoshi
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
Room Made of Sake Barrel
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa

The Otokoyama Sake appearing on ukiyoea pictures and an old secret proces of the Otokoyama Sake are displayed on the 2nd floor. In addition, the sake brewery can be viewed there, and sake preparation can be seen at the season.

Documents Are Displayed on 2F
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
Sake Brewerie
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
History of Otokoyama Is Described
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa

Old sake tools are displayed on the 3rd floor, and brewing process of the sake and the history of the Otokoyama can be learned.

Old Sake Tools Exhibit
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
Ceramic Sake Barrel
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa
Old Sake Tools Exhibit
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa

Atmosphere of Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum in Asahikawa

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (50 cars)
Business hours 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day Year-end and New Year holidays
Telephone number +81-166-48-1931
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 79 469 227*46

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

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Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa(ホテルWBFグランデ旭川)
JR Inn Asahikawa(JRイン旭川)
Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa(星野リゾート OMO7 旭川)
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Premier Hotel -CABIN- Asahikawa(プレミアホテル―CABIN―旭川)
Hotel Trend Asahikawa(ホテルトレンド旭川)
Super Hotel Asahikawa(スーパーホテル旭川 天然温泉 大雪山の湯)
Asahikawa Toyo Hotel(旭川トーヨーホテル)
R Hotels Inn Hokkaido Asahikawa(Rホテルズイン北海道旭川)
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Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae(ホテルルートインGrand旭川駅前)
Smile Hotel Asahikawa(スマイルホテル旭川)
Hotel Crescent Asahikawa(ホテルクレッセント旭川)
Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae(Y’s HOTEL旭川駅前)
Kuretake Inn Asahikawa(くれたけイン旭川)
Art Hotel Asahikawa(アートホテル旭川)
Dormy Inn Asahikawa(天然温泉 神威の湯 ドーミーイン旭川)
9C Hotel Asahikawa(9Cホテル旭川)
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Hotel Liberte Asahikawa(ホテルリベルテ旭川)
Hotel Mates Asahikawa(ホテルメイツ旭川)
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Court Hotel Asahikawa(コートホテル旭川)
Asahikawa Park Hotel(旭川パークホテル)
Asahikawa Plaza Hotel(旭川プラザホテル)
Asahikawa Sun Hotel(旭川サンホテル)
Toyoko Inn Asahikawa-Eki Higashiguchi(東横イン旭川駅東口)
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Asahikawa Mongoru-mura(旭川モンゴル村)
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Guest House Asahikawa Ride(ゲストハウス アサヒカワライド)
Hotel Tetora Asahikawa Station(ホテルテトラ旭川駅前)
Sora E Hotel Asahikawa(ソラヘホテル)
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Hotel Route-Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(ルートイン旭川駅前一条通)
Yado Retro House Ginza Asahikawa(宿レトロハウス銀座旭川)
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Toyoko Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(東横イン旭川駅前一条通)
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Hotel Penthouse Asahikawa(ホテルペントハウス旭川)
HP
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Asahikawa Capital Hotel(旭川キャピタルホテル)
HP
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Business Hotel Asuka(ビジネスホテル飛鳥)
HP
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Ryokan Fujien(旅館 不二苑)
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Ryokan Senshoen(和風旅館扇松園)
Takasago Onsen(高砂温泉)
A-Gate Hotel(えーげーと ほてる)
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Ryotei Yukinoya(旅亭 雪の屋)
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Ospa Court Miyamae(オスパーコート宮前)
HP
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Ryokan Tsuji(旅館 つじ)
HP
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Toukaen(東花苑)
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HOTEL KANDA(ホテル カンダ)
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Platon Hotel(プラトンホテル)
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Guest House Ito(ゲストハウス 伊東)
HP
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Tabi-no-Yado Patchwork(旅の宿パッチワーク)
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Tatsu-no-Yu Onsen(龍乃湯温泉)
HP
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Yumin Backpackers(遊民バックパッカーズ)
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Rakuten
M's HOME(えむずや)
HP
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Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Asahikawa is here

Asahikawa

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