There is a quaint area in Kobe known as Nadagogo, The five villages of Nada. It is home to several of Japan’s top sake breweries, some situated in classical Japanese style wooden houses.
There are many sake museums that provide you with a look at the ancient methods and tools used in sake brewing. Some of the breweries also offer humble museums with great interactive tours. It’s an excellent place to visit if you’re an alcohol enthusiast, a history buff, or if you would just like to try fresh sake at their tasting rooms for free.
With a rich history spanning for more than 6 centuries, Nada births fine, unsurpassable sake using natural elements and one very indispensable resource. Sake from Nadagogo uses Yamada Nishiki farmed in the Hyogo Prefecture. This top quality “King of sake rice” is the best rice for brewing.
Another natural element used is Miya mizu. Discovered in the late Edo Period, this groundwater has been proven to be a big factor in generating that notorious flavor that cannot be defeated in the world of sake. The indispensable resource comes in the form of Tamba-toji, master brewers from Tamba. With their exceptional skills and years of wisdom, they oversee and are a large part of the whole production. The last element used is Rokko Oroshi. Cold wind from the Rokko Mountain keeps the sake yeast cool, preventing it from going bad. Sake from Nada produces 30% of the sake that comes from Japan!
The five villages of Nada or Nadagogo, Nishi-go, Mikage-go, Uozaki-go, Nishinomiya-go, and Imazu-go, are located along the coast of Hyogo Prefecture – only 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) from central Kobe. Nada sake is known for having a masculine sharp and dry flavor. It’s definitely worth going to see for yourself. If you don’t have time to travel to Nadagogo, there are multiple restaurants that serve and use the sake provided from these magnificent breweries in Kobe! Impress the restaurant staff by asking for Nada sake in Japanese, “Sumimasen, Nadagogo sake kudasai!”, and enjoy the finest sake in all of Japan, kampai!