The Attraction of Northern Hokkaido

Fine Wine

その土地を知るためには
その土地の酒を飲むが良い。
清らかな水と空気に
磨き抜かれた日本酒や、
豊饒の大地に育まれた
香しきワインがある。
口に含むたびに、
きた北海道の物語を
語りかけてくれるだろう。

To know this land,
you should sample its alcoholic drinks.
The clear skies and water,
refined Japanese Sake,
and fragrant wine,
born from the plentiful soil.
Every time we tip the glass up
we can hear,
the tale of Hokkaido.

Otokoyama Sake Brewery

Famous Sake which brings the brewing methods of the Edo peri-od into the present day.

Otokoyama sake uses underground water from the Taisetsuzan Mountain Range and is made in a harshly cold climate, which happens to be the great for brewing sake. It is a re-presentative of Hokkaido Sake. Created almost 340 years ago, Otokoyama gained popular-ity as a well-known Sake in the Edo period (1603-1868), and is still being made in Asahikawa while maintaining the original traditions. It has won awards at a number of international beverage competitions and is currently exported to over 20 different countries. The Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum passes on the history and culture of Sake, and has valuable documentation and Sake sets including drinking cups on display.

Kunimare Sake Brewery

The northern-most Sake brewery in Japan which continues to be loved by locals.

The Kunimare Sake Brewery in Mashike town has been the northern-most brewery in Ja-pan since the 1882. It continues to be loved by the people of Hokkaido as a regional drink thanks to the brewery’s dedication to flavor and preservation of traditional brewing meth-ods. Sake rice produced in Hokkaido is used with the plentiful underground water from Mt. Shokanbetsu to make a dry Sake which has a crisp flavor that gets better with every sip. This Sake goes especially well with Mashike sourced seafoods, such as sweet prawns, sea urchin and North Pacific giant octopus. The brewery itself offers tours in which you are al-lowed to wear a Kunimare Sake Brewery worker’s coat and take photographs of the brew-ing process.

TAKIZAWA WINERY

Natural wine made with natural yeast.

The Takizawa Winery in Mikasa City has a motto: "Wine making with a sense of vitality". The wine is made with grapes which have been cultivated by using as little herbicides and pesticides as possible, and fermented by using the grapes own natural yeasts. The strong aroma and sharp tartness of the wine bring out the uniqueness of the land of Hokkaido and are the center of attention for wine-lovers. There is a shop with a nice view on the sec-ond floor of the winery where you can taste each kind of wine.

Tsurunuma Winery

In a European-like landscape.

Hokkaido has a crisp climate with low humidity. The Tsurunuma Winery in Urausu Town is said to have natural features which closely resemble Rhineland in Germany. The biggest characteristic of the winery, which sits on a hill looking south over the town, is its vineyard which is the biggest in Japan. The grapes are mainly northern European varieties, as they are suitable for cold climates, and are cultivated across a 447 hectare vineyard by using a European style hedging method. Hokkaido wine made here has won Gold Awards at wine competitions.