Choujugura: Shirayuki Brewery Village
"Choujugura: Shirayuki Brewery Village" houses a restaurant and sake brewing facilities alongside exhibition facilities. A rare traditional brewery building from old Itami Gocho has been preserved and repurposed. It has been widely acclaimed for its innovative use of a traditional sake brewery building.
It takes about one minute to walk from Choujugura to the "Oimatsutansui spring" of Itami Oimatsu Brewing Co., Ltd. Many people can be seen queuing to collect water there every day. Both of these sites are located on "Itami Sake Brewery Street", part of the old brewing area of Itami Gocho.
- Address: 3-4-15, Chuo, Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture, 664-0851
- Tel: 072-773-1111
- Fax: 072-773-1399
Miyanomae Culture Village (Bunkano Sato)
The cultural zone of Itami, the birthplace of sake
"Miyanomae Culture Village" is a nickname for Itami's cultural area, which includes Itami City Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts & Crafts, the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Kakimori Bunko, and Itami Gochokan. Itami Gochokan comprises the Former Okada Residence and Brewery (a nationally designated important cultural property), the Former Ishibashi Residence (a prefecturally designated cultural property), and the Shin-machiya, which houses the general information office.
The Edo period town houses, the sake cellars and Japanese gardens are all open to public at ordinary times. Each facility hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year.
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.)
Itami Sake Brewery Street (ITAMI-SAKAGURA-DOORI)
During the Edo period, the growth of the brewing industry made this a prosperous area. Being the center of the old Itami Gocho region, many town houses, breweries, shrines, and temples sprung up. Now, the area has a bustling but relaxed atmosphere, and embodies the history of Itami as the birthplace of sake.
The street extends from JR Itami station to Hankyu Itami station, and passes the remains of Arioka Castle, an artificial stream dating from the Edo period, Chojugura Brewery Village, Oimatsu Tansui spring, Sangenderamae Plaza, and Higashi Shopping Street. The street and the surrounding area are filled with many independent restaurants and bars. A number of events related to Itami's sake culture take place throughout the year, including the Itami Machinaka Bar, Shirayuki Brewery Festival, and Sakadaru Yoichi Night Market, when the area becomes particularly lively.
Water from local wells has long been 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 is a little harder than tap water in Japan.
The stone mill full of water was used to polish rice in the sake breweries in old 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 is natural water and has not been heat treated. (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