Located 2hours flight west of Tokyo, Saga is one of the eight prefectures of Kyushu Island. Known as Shochu Kingdom, there are 38% of Japan’s shochu breweries are located in Kyushu. (Shochu is a spirit that originated in Japan)
Did you know not only shochu but also sake production is flourishing in Kyushu?
Since winning awards in domestic and international sake competitions, Saga has been attracting a surge of attention in recent years.
How did Saga prefecture become Sake Kingdom?
Saga is rich with soft water suitable for sake brewing and rice cultivation, and has flourished since 3-5 BC.
In the Edo period (1603-1867), Naomasa Nabeshima, the feudal lord of the Saga Domain at that time, encouraged sake brewing in order to restore the financial ruin of the domain. This was because sake was ten times more profitable when made into sake than when sold as it. You can feel a traditional atmosphere from the beautiful streets with buildings made of plastered walls from that time.
What is Saga Sake like?
Saga has the Genkainada Sea(玄界灘) to the north and the Ariake Sea(有明海) to the south, offering a wide variety of seafood, and is also famous for Saga Beef, a high-end wagyu brand.
In the midst of this glamorous food culture, sake has shifted to a quality that is slightly sweet but leaves an Umami (flavor similar to savory) aftertaste.
The autumn, the season for appetite and harvest, is just around the corner. A rich, mellow Saga sake goes well with your seasonal meal!
Mmm Ready to enjoy sake?
We picked three bottles of Saga Sake below and it will be ready soon. The bottle labels are inspired by rice, and each design represents a flavor. Have a wonderful Saga sake Autumn!