If you want to try Japanese liquor, the first choice is, of course, sake. Out of more than 40 sake breweries in Chiba Prefecture, here are two highly recommended ones on the way from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo. Come loosen up a little with authentic Japanese sake and the perfect dishes to go with it!
Taste sake at Magariya and have a barbecue in the mountains!
Iinuma Honke is a long-established sake brewery with over 300 years of history. Just next door, the brewery operates Shisui Magariya, an establishment that features a restaurant, gallery, and gift shop. The building used for the facility is the former “Kiyono Residence” built in the traditional Japanese architectural style “magariya” in Niigata, and later relocated to Chiba.
In the restaurant, you can enjoy a meal and sample different types of sake delivered straight from the brewery. Popular dishes include udon noodles and shiratama zenzai (rice cakes served in sweet red bean soup).
The establishment is surrounded by nature, and there is a place to enjoy barbecue at the end of the path leading out of Magariya and into the nearby mountain. Make a toast with sake under the beautiful blue sky!
Address: 106 Mabashi, Shisui-machi, Inba-gun, Chiba-ken 〒285-0914
Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Try not just the sake, but the sake lees and rice malt amazake, too!
Takizawa Honten, the only sake brewery on Naritasan Omotesando Street, was founded in the year 1872. It is said that Eizo Takizawa, the founder of the brewery, decided to go into business because of an omen he received when he visited Narita some years earlier.
Their core product is Chomeisen, sake made with water springing up from a well at the brewery. It was given the name “Chomeisen,” meaning “sacred sake for life and longevity,” from the fact that many people who drank from the well claimed that it cured their ills.
At their adjacent direct sales shop, they sell not only Chomeisen, but also sake lees, and even amazake (a sweet, low alcoholic drink with rice grains in it) made using rice malt.
Address: 546-1 Kami-cho, Narita-shi, Chiba-ken 〒286-0032
Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Mondays to Wednesdays), 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Sundays)