Honma Taizo, founder of the Kunimare Shuzo—Japan’s northernmost sake brewery—located in Mashike Town, came to Otaru from Sado Island at the beginning of the Meiji period, establishing a business in Mashike in 1875. His story sheds light on the Sea of Japan as a major shipping thoroughfare at the time.
The Former Hokkaido Government Office is Hokkaido’s best-known symbol, which is decorated with illuminations as one of Hokkaido’s 150th Anniversary Project. You must see it.
Hokkaido’s refined sake is high quality and popular around the world. We asked the managing director of Hokkaido Sake Brewers Association, Kadota Akira, about the current situation and outlook.