Sawaguchi Sake Store is one of the coolest spot to visit in Hachimantai, located within a minute distance by car, from Nishine Interchange, the first gate of Hachimantai. Since Sawaguchi opened its door in 1971, Sawaguchi has been the liquor store that sells the remarkable, local sake “Washino’o.” The owner’s selected sake, wine and other liquors from all over Japan are lined up, keeping them in the best condition. There is the Japanese room up of the store,  for enjoying your sake. The room, often opened for parties, is also available with catering food (ask the owner for details).

The best season to visit here is winter and summer. In the hiking season – May to October,  lots of local people get together and enjoy BBQ in the parking lot beside the store. This is the moment when many of Hachimantai people burst their joy! Whereas, in winter, surrounding the traditional Japanese fire place – Irori, with the owner and his family, plus his Shiba dog, you will have the relaxing moment in the store.

Details

Kurohdono-sake Ginjo:
  • Semi dry
  • 17.8%
  • Ingredient Rice: Yamada Nishiki
  • 720ml   2,225 yen
  • 1800ml   4,644 yen
           
Seng:
  • Semi dry
  • 16.8%
  • Ingredient Rice: Yamada Nishiki
  • 720ml 5,508 yen
  • 1800ml 11,016 yen
yuinoka:
  • Semi sweet
  • 16.0 %
  • Ingredient Rice: Yamada Nishiki
  • 720ml 3,618 yen
Kurohdono-sake Junmai Ginjo:
  • Semi dry
  • 16.8 %
  • Ingredient Rice: Yamada Nishiki
  • 720ml 2,657 yen
  • 1800ml 5,508 yen
kitayama ginjo:
  • Semi dry
  • 16.8%
  • Ingredient Rice: Gin Ginga
  • 720ml 1,706 yen
  • 1800ml 3,413 yen
shiboritate ginjo:
  • Semi dry
  • 17.8%
  • Ingredient Rice: Yamada Nishiki
  • 1800ml 6,480 yen
  • Limited production from February to mid March. Reservation only.
kuranomai:
All local people such as farmers, sake stores, sake lovers and brewers created the ideal sake. This is the one.
  • Semi dry
  • 14.5%
  • Ingredient Rice: Hanano Mai
  • 720ml   1,339 yen
  • 1800ml   2,592 yen
koragakoi junmai:
This is the dry Washino'o, being matured for two years.
  • Dry
  • 16.0%
  • Ingredient Rice: Gin Ginga
  • 1800ml   2,700 yen
Yukino-tusutsumi:
  • Semi sweet
  • 15.3%
  • Ingredient Rice: Yamada Nishiki
  • 720ml   1,548 yen
  • 1800ml   2,916 yen
shiboritate genshu:
Fresh, smooth, and undiluted sake. This is produced only in mid December.
  • Semi dry
  • 19.7%
  • Ingredient Rice: Gin Otome
  • 720ml   1,426 yen
  • 1800ml   2,808 yen
hojun jukusei:
  • Semi sweet
  • 19 - 20%
  • Ingredient Rice: Gin Otome
  • 1800ml   3,024yen
yuhi mangokusho:
  • Sweet
  • 15.5%
  • Ingredient Rice: Sasa Nishiki
  • 720ml   1,253 yen
  • 1800ml   2,484 yen
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