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The taste of Nara's sake | Nara Time

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Japanese sake has been offered to gods since ancient times and has been an essential part of celebrations and festivities. Nara is believed to be the birthplace of Japanese sake. As an ancient capital, Nara hosted numerous large temples, where sake (called sōbōshu, meaning “temple sake”) was made back in those days. This was the first step that led to the development of the current sophisticated brewing techniques used in Japanese sake production. Sake made in Nara was called Narazake and represented high-grade sake at the time. Come and enjoy exquisite Narazake while reflecting on the roots of the delicate Japanese sake featuring the rich essence of rice.

The modern Nanto Morohaku passed down through generations

Narazake has established itself as an exclusive brand of Japanese sake. Experience Narazake in the rich cultural and traditional setting of Nara towns.

Story of Narazake

The story of the origin of Narazake begins in the Shōryaku-ji temple, which established the brewing techniques that form the foundation of modern sake brewing about 600 years ago. Today, Shōryaku-ji is the only temple that has a license to produce sake yeast starter called “Moto”. The special yeast starter called “Bodaimoto” was once stopped from production during the long history of Narazake, and Nara has a story of its miraculous revival. Nara’s Japanese sake aims to deliver the many stories behind the sake produced in this land and have more people experience and enjoy it.

photo of Shoryakuji Temple – Abbot Koshin Ohara
Shoryakuji Temple – Abbot Koshin Ohara

Characteristics of Nara’s sake

Water Uses the pure water from underground sources of the Kasugayama Primeval and Yoshino/Ikoma mountain range.
Rice Uses the high-quality rice produced in the Nara Basin and highlands. The rice contributes to the fresh, smooth flavor of the sake.
Yeast Each brewery has their own yeast type or blend. Sake made from the original Bodaimoto from Shōryaku-ji still survives today.

Places you can enjoy Japanese sake

photo of Places you can enjoy Japanese sake

Nara is home to a number of sake breweries that have inherited the Narazake brewing traditions and continue to produce Narazake to this day, as well as shops where you can casually enjoy a variety of sake.

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Nara sake producers

S.IMANISHI Co.,Ltd, Sake brewery of refined sake “Harushika”

photo of S.IMANISHI Co.,Ltd, Sake brewery of refined sake “Harushika”

The sake brewery where sake is enjoyed with all five senses.

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Yagi-Shuzou

photo of Yagi-Shuzou

A traditional sake brewed with selected natural spring water

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Awa Naramachi Restaurant

photo of Awa Naramachi Restaurant

Presenting the delicious produce of Nara

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Kuramoto Shuzo

photo of Kuramoto Shuzo

A Sake Brewery Nestled in the Mountains of Tsuge Since 1871

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Nara Sweets Craftsman Nakanishi Yosaburo

photo of Nara Sweets Craftsman Nakanishi Yosaburo

The traditional crafts of Naramachi

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Toyosawa Sake Brewery

photo of Toyosawa Sake Brewery

Devoted to premium hand-crafted sake.

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