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Andrea M
Perth47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
My partner and I visited the sake breweries in Saijo. My partner was particularly interested in these breweries and it proved to be a a lovely half day trip. The train ride is only about 30 or 35 minutes from Hiroshima (on the JR Sanyo line; exiting at Saijo station); a pretty ride through lots of smaller towns. When we arrived in Saijo, we popped into the tourist information office in the train station where we got a great map that outlined all 13 breweries in town and a walking tour to see them all. The map was in English and was easy to follow (as was the other pamphlet we picked up later). We tasted at two breweries, both had English-speaking staff. The tastings were free. I'm not really that 'in to' sake but I still really enjoyed the afternoon. The town was lovely and it was a great little trip that took us about 2-3 hrs.
Written 29 May 2014
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sixtysix66_66_66
Victoria, Canada481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
As others have said, Saijo is about a 30 minute train ride from Hiroshima. The lady at the tourist information office right in the train station spoke very good English and gave us a map in English of the sake places and some ideas for restaurants. Saijotsuru was a smaller brewery that had excellent sake and the lady there explained to us in very good English the sake making process. The largest brewery, Kamotsuru had about 12 sakes out with posters in English explaining each bottle for you to help yourself. We saw a tour group here but otherwise were surprised how few visitors there were at the breweries. We had an excellent lunch at France-ya. No English menu just a few small pictures of the set lunch choices but the food was the best we have had so far in Japan.
Written 25 October 2015
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must_need_H2O
Marion, MT651 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Business
There is a major chip manufacturing fab about 25 min from the train station, and I come here to do installations of various manufacturing equipment. This is a great city to visit, with many different things to do here. The food is wonderful and the people are very friendly and if you try to speak Japanese they will smile and correct you... nicely. While staying at one of the hotels I wandered around the town and found lots of things to do, see, eat and well if I drank I would do the Sake tour. Taxi's are plentiful and the city bus system is quite regular. (note the black taxis are a little more expensive than the white taxis I am not sure why). There are some museums worth going to and the shopping is excellent for finding that just something to remind you of your visit to Saijo.
The Good: A nice clean city worth visiting
The Bad: If you are caught in a big rain storm without an umbrella
The Ugly: rush hour traffic can be interesting in a taxi.
On the Scuba bubble scale of 1 to 10 bubbles, I give Saijo 8 bubbles
Written 14 September 2015
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Leslie W
Collbran24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Sake breweries all closed, except for one, to the public! Nice pictures obtained of the outsides, with closed signs.
Went there 8 years ago, loved it. Now a lot larger, what town isn't, but we arrived there today, Friday, to tour the well-known sake brewery town, but only one was open.
So if you decide to catch a train, be sure and mark Kamotsuru Sake Brewing Company on your map. They have a nice exhibition of the sake making process, and sell their sake on premises with very nice staff. No samples, free or otherwise. Nice to see how careful they are with their water and local rice as ingredients: consider buying their products on that alone probably anywhere in Japan.
So with that disappointment, thought we'd get lunch. Saw few restaurants in the area but found a place with a downstairs and upstairs dining room up some wooden stairs we ate at years ago. No customers in it, but no walk ins, they told us, reservations only. We went back to the train station. One hour visit, max.
What can I say?
Written 31 March 2023
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Jet Age Explora A
Ballarat, Australia122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Saijo - Hiroshima is one of the three most important sake producing areas in Japan (the other two being Fushimi - Kyoto & Kobe - Nada district).

A serene 45-minute train ride away from Hiroshima Station (on San-yo Line), Saijo offers eight sake breweries, all within easy walking distance of JR Saijo Station. None seem to run tours but free tastings are available, which is very handy for making those all important sake purchasing decisions.

If you feel like something to eat, there are cafes, shops, etc. scattered around in the streets surrounding the breweries.

Worth getting there to feel the vibe of a 'sake town', the easy accessibility to a wide range of breweries & the chance to buy their signature products at factory prices.

Check tourist office near railway station or internet sites for tour maps.
Written 29 May 2017
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Andrew1234
Doylestown, PA574 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
Overall: 3.75 stars

For anyone interested in or curious about sake, Saijo is worth visiting for a few hours. The town is famous in Japan for a full-bodied "feminine" style of wine. Located due east of Hiroshima, it is an easy, 30-minute ride on JR Rail. The town is scenic and contains eight different brewers all within a short walk of the station. Be sure to pick up a well-produced English brochure at one of the TICs located at the station and in town.

The handsome factories offered plenty of samples. One brewer (Kamotsuru) was particularly generous in this regard. In addition, cool well water was available at several locations. The town also hosts an adequate selection of restaurants for lunch and dinner.
Written 2 October 2015
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Sharon S
41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
Maybe I'm biased but I love small town vibes, especially buoyed by sake. It was cold but felt great to be warmed by the fragrance and numerous tastings. Be prepared to make semi drunken purchases which you hopefully won't regret. Loved Kirei personally. A wonderful day trip from Hiroshima City. Don't rush, go early and savour the sakes!
Written 19 February 2017
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Chris_in_Saijo
Glendale, AZ66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
This is a cute little college town with the history of sake rolled into one! Best time to come is October, it has cooled down in time for Sake Festival! Sunsets are breathtaking. Fall and spring are optimal, beautiful flowers, hard on the hay fever.
Written 17 July 2016
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In4itt
Montevideo, Uruguay324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
Was in Hiroshima for a few days, so had to take the train up to Saijo to visit the Sake breweries. It was educational as well as pallet pleasing. Went to 8 different breweries to sample their product. The first one we stopped at had about 12 different sakes set up to sample, so we really had to keep the sample pours small or probably wouldn't have found our way back to the station after the 8th stop! This should be added as a thing to do in Hiroshima as it is only an hour train ride out of town.
Written 9 September 2015
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Jesse & Aiza Tronson
Snoqualmie, WA260 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
I was in the area and went to check out the local sake brewing that is famous in this area in Japan. Its not very far from Hiroshima at all, maybe only 30 minutes. Just get on the train and get off at Saijo station. If you are an sake aficionado and like to take a side trip that very few foreigners take, then this is the place. There are about 4 or 5 breweries to visit and each has their own selections of sake to try. Outside of tasting sake and looking at the breweries, there is very little to do. It is by no means a must see place as it was quite dead feeling. Also be aware that there was nobody that could speak English, but if you been to Japan many times and want to try something different, then try here.
Written 28 April 2013
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