Sake, Japan's national tipple, is a treasured craft in Nikko. The secret to great sake is pristine natural water, which Nikko has in abundance. Immerse yourself in the city’s culture and beauty while enjoying locally made, traditional sake.
Nikko's local sake
Sake has been brewed in Nikko and the surrounding area for centuries. In the Imaichi area in particular, the history of sake brewing culture runs as deep as the groundwater used in its creation. Fed from the Daiya River that runs down from the Nikko mountains, the cool climate and pure water used in every bottle of sake brings out a refreshing taste unique to the area.
Many foods pair excellently with Nikko’s sake, including other local delicacies like yuba, tamarizuke (pickled vegetables) and beef dishes such as sukiyaki. There are many places to find and enjoy sake in Nikko, including ryokan, izakaya and bars found around town, and even the breweries themselves.