Yamaguchi Sake Brewery, Kurume, Fukuoka.

Had a day trip down to Kurume and popped into Yamaguchi Shuzo.

Yamaguchi Brewery is located in the middle reaches of the Chikugo River, a major river in Kyushu, and the city of Kurume (formerly Mii County). The brewery is located right on top of high-quality water wells. The well to the south of the warehouse was dug in the Edo period (1603-1868), and it is said to have been ‘dug by Mr Yamaguchi’ because it was so pure and produced a large quantity of water.

At the end of the Edo period, Risuke Yamaguchi (6th generation), who had previously dealt in antiquities and oil, obtained a licence to brew sake from the Kurume and Arima clans and started his own business as a sake brewer and founded in 1832. Since then, it has been dedicated to the precincts of Sasayama Shrine every year as an official brand of the Arima clan.

Since the end of the Showa period (1926-1989), the brewery has been keen on producing pure rice sake, and the percentage of sake with a specific name in the brewery currently exceeds 90%. The organic, pesticide-free rice initiative started in 1991 and has now expanded to include the cultivation of Yamada Nishiki with 20 contracted farmers.

Every year in October, the Chikugo no Dokura (Chikugo storehouse) is held, providing a place of rest and relaxation for visitors to the beautiful Cosmos Road.

Yamaguchi Brewery address here. 〒830-1122 福岡県久留米市北野町今山534番地1  (English – 534 -1 Imayama, Kitano-machi, Kurume, Fukuoka) Few minutes walk from Nishitetsu Kitano Station.


  1. It seems to me that Japan is home to some very long-lived businesses such as this one. Isn’t there a stationery company or company dealing “office” supplies tat has been operating since the early 1600s?

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  2. Hi. Good question. I don`t know sorry. From personal experience most of the oldest Japanese businesses are traditional style hotels called ryokans, sake breweries and some temple/shrine construction companies. I`m guessing office supply companies never really started until after the Meiji period in 1868.

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