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Echigo Yuzawa Station Sake Festival

Sample local sake brews, all within the station itself

By Kim B    - 1 min read
Venue: Echigo Yuzawa Station When: Mid - Late Oct 2020
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

The Echigo Yuzawa area of Niigata Prefecture is known for two things in particular - snow and sake. You'll notice the region's pride in their sake even as you're passing through Echigo Yuzawa station, as it's home to the Ponshukan, a place where visitors can try brews from across the prefecture and bathe in a sake infused hot spring. Given this, it may not come as a surprise that the station also plays host to a sake festival within its walls.

For 1000 yen, festival attendees will receive a ticket which allows them to sample 10 different brews which originate from the local areas of Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma, Uonuma, Tsunan, Tokamachi, and Ojiya.

The two-day event does have differing hours, so bear that in mind. On Saturday the 19th of October the tastings are available from 3pm until 7pm, and on Sunday the 20th it's an almost all-day affair from 9.30 am until 3 pm.

Getting there

The festival will be held at Echigo Yuzawa Station itself, which is served by the Joetsu Shinkansen, the JR Joetsu Local Line, and the Hokuhoku Line.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sleiman Azizi 8 months ago
Geez, I love Echigo Yuzawa Station.
Sleiman Azizi 8 months ago
It feels cozy, like it's just the right size to not be too overwhelming yet still large enough to spend some time wandering around.