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On the Sake Trail in Saijo

In and around Saijo's brewery district

Saijo has a reputation as one of Japan's prime producer of the national drink - Sake. Saijo, a scenic train ride east of Hiroshima City, is home to an impressive collection of sake breweries, each with their own unique technique for producing sake. Even if you're not a sake fan, walking through the main brewery district to the east of JR Saijo Station is absolutely worth doing. A stroll through the area will have you stepping back in time, with old style buildings lining the streets and an old world charm which lingers in the air. You're free to wander into many of the brewery's front areas, where there will often be sake available to sample and information about the sake making process. Take advantage of these and learn as much as you can about this fascinating drink which has come to represent so much in Japan.

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