SAKETIMES NEWS – Mar 26th, 2019

In the news this week: Instead of our regular three news stories, this week SAKETIMES would like to introduce you to five sake festivals coming to several places in Japan this spring. Spring is a special time in the sake industry, because a lot of the brewing takes place in the winter months and is generally completed in March, giving breweries lots to celebrate. This, combined with the natural beauty of the cherry blossom season and mild weather of spring is Japan, makes it a great time for some sake-related fun.

[Tokyo] 12th Washu Fest in Nakameguro (Mar 30 – 31)

 A flyer for the Japanese sake event "12th Washu Fest in Nakameguro (Mar 30 - 31)" to be held in Nakameguro
The cherry-blossom-lined Meguro River in Tokyo will be the fitting venue for the 12th Washu Fest in Nakameguro – taking a floral theme this year. In addition to some internationally recognized sake brands, there will be plenty of ginjo, namazake, and umeshu present with flowery names like Shikisakura, Umenoyado, and Hanayuki.

During the two-day event, organizers will treat attendees to two and a half hours of all-you-can-drink sake alongside bottles that can be purchased and taken home. There will also be live music, regional food booths, and an appearance by Miss Sake 2019.

◎Event Information

LINK: SAKETIMES | 2019/02/15 | 旬の新酒やしぼりたてを楽しめる「第12回 和酒フェス in 中目黒」が中目黒駅直結の中目黒GTタワー前広場で3/30(土)、31(日)に開催

[Tokyo] Brewery Tour & Sake & Wine & BBQ in Ozawa Brewery (Apr 6)

 The flyers 「100BA [Brewery Tour & Sake & Wine & BBQ in Ozawa Brewery] Spring Version (Apr 6)」held at Ozawa Shuzo in Ome City, Tokyo

It’s always a treat when this centuries-old brewery in western Tokyo opens its doors for tours and other festivities. And there are few better ways to enjoy the cherry blossom season than in the surprisingly natural beauty of this brewery’s grounds.

Visitors will first enjoy a brewery tour and then a serene stroll along their babbling brook. Afterwards, there’s an array of sake, wine, and BBQ all carefully selected and prepared by experts in each field. There will also be games and a possible appearance by the mysterious “Prince of Ozawa Brewery” during this day-long event.

◎Event Information

LINK: SAKETIMES | 2019/03/26| 日本酒ファンとワインファンの交流を図る「Team100」が「100BA “spring ver.” -日本酒&ワイン&BBQ大会 in 小澤酒造 “春”-」を4/6(土)に開催

[Nagoya] Jizake No Utage 2019 (Mar 23 – 24, Mar 30 – 31, Apr 6 – 7)

 The flyer for 「Zisake no utage」held at Nagoya's Kin-shachi-street

Underneath the cherry blossoms and against the backdrop of the elegant and significant Nagoya Castle, people from all over Japan and the world converge at the Jizake No Utage – or “Regional Sake Feast.”

For three weekends this spring, the renowned restaurant Kinshachi Yokocho will hold a festival of its most popular sake and food spanning several blocks. Word has it that this year will feature some exceptional sake served along with Nagoya’s best fried foods like pork cutlet and chicken.

◎Event Information

  • Name: Jizake No Utage 2019
  • Date: Saturday, Mar 23 – Sunday, Mar 24, Saturday, Mar 30 – Sunday, Mar 31, Saturday, Apr 6th – Sunday, Apr 7th
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kinshachi Yokocho Yoshinao Zone, 1-2-3 to 1-2-5 Sannomaru, Naka Ward, Nagoya
  • Admission: 2,300 yen in advance, 2,500 same day (additional drink tokens can be purchased at the event)
  • URL:

LINK: SAKETIMES | 2019/03/18 | 金シャチ横丁一周年記念祭「地酒の宴 2019」が、名古屋城下で3/23〜4/7の土日に開催

[Osaka] Kamigata Sake World 2019 (May 4 – 5)

With all the energy and gusto that Osaka is known for, the Kamigata Sake World festival returns, bringing restaurants from all over Japan and even as far as Paris to the famous Dotonbori River in the heart of the city. Organizers are calling it the “largest sake event in the world” – a claim which they qualify with a “(?)” in true Osaka fashion.

A great feature of this two-day event is that you only need one ticket to attend both days. It’s recommended too, as the lineup of restaurants will be a little different on each day.

◎Event Information

  • Name: Kamigata Sake World 2019
  • Date: Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Minatomachi River Place, 1-3-1 Minatomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka
  • Admission: 700 yen in advance, 1,000 yen same day (tickets last for two days)
  • URL:

[Kyoto] Sake Spring Kyoto 2019 (May 25 – 26)

 Maiko who is in "Sake Spring Kyoto" it's the sake event held in Kyoto

The Sake Spring events began in Kyoto and grew to an international festival, traveling to Tokyo, Okayama, and Paris where it’s amassed 50,000 cumulative attendees. This spring, they’ve returned to Kyoto where they’re taking over the popular shopping districts of Kiya-machi and Ponto-cho.

Areas will be set aside for people to wander around while carrying their sake and enjoying the live entertainment. In keeping with the event’s spirit of “opening new possibilities in sake” Sake,” Spring Kyoto will feature innovative team-ups between local restaurants and major national breweries for the best in sake and food, both large and small.

◎Event Information

  • Name: Sake Spring Kyoto 2019
  • Date: Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
  • Main Location: World Kyoto, 97 Shinmachi, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
  • Sub Locations: Kiya-machi and Ponto-cho area eateries
  • Admission: 3,000 yen in advance, 4,000 yen same day (includes all-you-can-drink and and original cup)
  • URL:

LINK: SAKETIMES| 2019/03/15 | 全国の銘酒を楽しむ飲み歩きイベント「SAKE Spring 京都 2019」が5/25(土)〜26(日)に木屋町・先斗町にて開催!

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