Choujugura: Shirayuki Brewery Village
"Choujugura: Shirayuki Brewery Village" is a building which combines a restaurant with sake brewing facilities and exhibition facilities. A rare and traditional sake brewery of the old Itami Gocho has been well kept and effectively used in here. It is really valuable and wide acclaimed for its best use of the traditional sake brewery.
It takes about one minute to walk from Choujugura to "the water diverting place of Oimatsutansui" of ITAMI OIMATSU BREWING Company. Many people gather there every day, which makes it a crowded place. And it is also an interesting spot of "the street of sake breweries" in Itami Gocho which thrived because of the brewing industry.
- Address: 3-4-15, Chuo, Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture, 664-0851
- Tel: 072-773-1111
- Fax: 072-773-1399
Miyanomae Cultural Village (Bunkano Sato)
The cultural zone of "Itami, the birthplace of sake"
"Miyanomae Cultural Village" is a nickname for the cultural zone, which includes Itami City Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts & Crafts・Itami, Itami City Gochokan (nationally designated Important Cultural Property The Former Residence of the Okada Family, prefecturally designated Important Cultural Property The Former Residence of the Ishibashi Family and The Shinmachi Family) and the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Kakimori Bunko.
The town houses in Edo period, cultural property of sake cellars and Japanese gardens are all open to public at ordinary times. The exhibits in each exhibition area are quite popular.
Guidelines on facility
Address: 2-5-28, Miyanomae, Itami City, Hyogo, 664-0895
Guidelines on use (common guidelines)
Open: 10:00 a.m. ~ 6:00 p.m. (Last admission at 17:30)
Closed: Mondays (If Monday is a national holiday, the facility is closed the following day instead.); Closed from December 29 to January 3
A 9-minute walk from Hankyu Itami Sta.
A 6-minute walk from JR Itami Sta.
(No parking lot available. Please make use of the Miyanomae underground parking lot.)
The street of sake breweries in Itami (ITAMI-SAKAGURA-DOORI)
The brewing industry during the mid-Edo period made this busy street. It is in the prosperous central area of the old Itami Gocho, which has assembled many shops, sake breweries, shrines, temples and other buildings. As "the street of sake breweries", this quiet street brings vitality to the history of "Itami, the birthplace of sake", which is also a symbol of prosperity.
The street starts from JR Itami Station and extends to Hankyu Itami Station. Along the street, there are "Arioka Castle Ruins", "Omizo" (a Japanese domain in the Edo period) where you can see the historic buildings of Edo period, "Choujugura: Shirayuki Brewery Village", "the water diverting place of Oimatsutansui (a kind of famous water in Itami)", "Sangenteramae Hiroba (The square in front of the temple, Sangentera)" and "Higashi Shopping Street". On both sides of the street are various kinds of distinctive restaurants. Many events related to "the birth place of sake" such as "Itami Machinaka Bar" (event name, similarly hereinafter), "Kura Matsuri" and "Sakadaru Yoichi Night Market" are held all year around, and there are also flea markets and etc.
Water from wells is used for sake brewing in Itami.
Water from this well is used for sake brewing by ITAMI OIMATSU BREWING Company.
The water is pumped out of the well from 95 meters below ground. The water from this well has a higher hardness than the tap water in Japan.
The stone mill full of water was used to polish rice in the sake breweries in Itami Gocho.
The water from this well has passed the test of water quality (51 criteria for tap water quality) and is safe to drink, but it cannot be heat treated as natural water. (It is unsuitable for long preservation and has to be used as soon as possible.)
- Address: 3-1-8, Chuo, Itami City, 664-0851
- Tel: 072-782-2470