Saijo

Saijo, Higashihiroshima: Address, Phone Number, Saijo Reviews: 4/5


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sabahuddin_sokout
Kabul, Afghanistan29 contributions
Comfortable and calm place to relax
Feb 2020
If you want to have a relaxed stay, you have to choose Saijo, it is close to the airport, clean with all facilities available. Hotels with low cost and train available very where.
Written March 8, 2020
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Basil T
London, UK36 contributions
A wonderful place for sake lovers
Nov 2018 • Friends
Saijo is a town known for two things: sake brewing (with several old sake breweries within a small distance from each other, including my favourite Kirei) and the main campus of Hiroshima University. I come to Saijo at least once a year in autumn, do my business duties and enjoy the beautiful nature, great food and, of course, great sake. On a couple occasions my visits coincided with an annual sake festival that is held over a weekend in October, that is quite an experience - crowds of cheerful people having great time, wonderful street food and a lot of free sake sampling.
Written February 2, 2019
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,123 contributions
I'm sure visitors will enjoy strolling the brewery district and tasting their sake.
Dec 2018 • Couples
We made a brief visit to Saijou in Higashihiroshima City which is famous as a sake brewing town. I hadn’t visited Saijou in many years, but it appeared that the town center had undergone quite a lot of development. We parked our car in a car park about three hundred meters south of JR Saijou Station. It appeared that a sake festival had just ended on Sunday. From there we went to explore the sake brewing area in between called Sakagura-doori Street. I was happy to see that Sakagura-doori Street hadn’t changed much. Saijou Honmachi Historial Park, introducing the history of sake brewing in the area had been newly opened in spring 2018. I learned that until the end of the Edo era, this area was a relatively large lodging village called Saijou Yokkaichi on the Saigokukaidou route linking Kyoto with Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Yokkaichi meaning a market was held on the 4th, 14th and 24th days of every month. I was surprised to learn that of the seven sake breweries in Saijou, with the exception of Hakubotan founded in 1675, all breweries only started after the Meiji Restoration. I'm sure visitors will enjoy strolling the brewery district and tasting their sake.
Written January 22, 2019
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lauren s
Tokyo, Japan61 contributions
Must see town outside of Hiroshima city
Nov 2018 • Business
This is a very charming and walkable town with multiple sake breweries and tasting rooms! Loved it. The information center was very helpful and there is an amazing café with locally roasted coffee and souvenirs and sweets
Written November 8, 2018
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LAMYA Z
Higashihiroshima, Japan15 contributions
City of natural beauty.
Nov 2017 • Couples
Saijo is very beautiful city to visit and a perfect place for the photography lovers.It is known as the town of sake , so the sake festival is held here once a year.People will love to drive here. The momiji, cherry blossom are so beautifully observed here that people need not to go to other places.The weather is also tolerable rather than being extreme.
Written October 14, 2018
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EycheESS
Japan48 contributions
Capital of Sake
Jun 2018 • Couples
Saijo is my favorite city or village whatever you can say. It’s not big city yet it has all the amenities that you will need.

As the Higashihiroshima campus of Hiroshima University located here it is very nicely organized.

Particularly the Sakagura Dori (Saki street) where most of the sake breweries are located you must visit. Almost all the companies have outlets where you can buy and even taste sake free. There are information centers right next to it (its located right next to saijo JR station).

If you want to park your car then plenty of coin parking available around.
Written June 14, 2018
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Designatedroamer
London, UK75 contributions
Pleasant afternoon trip from Hiroshima but no tours
Jun 2018 • Couples
I planned our trip to Saijo as the second half of a day trip from Hiroshima (first half being rabbit island at Tadanaumi). It was a sunny Saturday in early June.

I went to Saijo assuming that the sake brewery experience would be something like whisky tasting in Scotland - brewers far apart, with the need to pay for tour and then get a taste at the end. However, all breweries save 1 on the map ( In English - can be obtained from tourist office in the train station) were in a 10 minute radius of one another (and so we toured the town in 2.5 h instead of 4.5). Also, tasting is mostly free, which is great. There is no tour of the breeding process we could see although a couple brewers do show a video of the sake process, one in English.

The downside was that - perhaps bring British - we only felt confident getting samples at 2 of the 5 brewers we visitedon (note: one brewer seemed to offer paid samples in their tea room). I think other people might have been more confident and asked - samples were clearly on offer and Japanese tourists were sampling and having discussions. Signs were in English saying samples were possible but we didn't know what to say.

Despite this minor inconvenience, this was a great activity. We got some really nice sake, a great interaction with one of the sellers at Hakubotan, and find out Obama had had some sake from one of the other brewers. We also had a pleasant visit to the cafe run by one brewer, the town itself was a pleasant break from hiroshima, and the train trip from Mihara had nice views, snaking through rice paddies and mountains. It was also a nice break to not have to walk too much after a week of touring on foot.

Overall I would certainly take the couple hours to go to Saijo!
Written June 2, 2018
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c2chen
Singapore, Singapore280 contributions
Sake Town
Apr 2018 • Couples
We took the 30 minutesJR train ride from Hiroshima station to Saijo station. At the Saijo station, drop in at the tourist information office. The friendly staff was helpful in providing a map and suggesting a route to visit the 7 sake breweries all within walking distance from the station. As it was raining, we only managed to visit Kamotsuru and Fukubijin. At the former, there was an video presentation on the brewery and the making of sake. So its worth a visit if you have to choose amongst the seven breweries. In addition there were sake for tasting at no charge. At Fukubijin, barely 2 minutes walk from Kamotsuru, you need to pay a small fee for tasting. The visit to both breweries took just over an hour, after which, we decided to head back to the train station. Despite the rain, we had a good visit and managed to purchase some sake at Kamotsuru.
Written June 1, 2018
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ViajesyVino
Australia121 contributions
Great half-day trip from Hiroshima
Sep 2017 • Solo
Saijo is special - it has many traditional Sake breweries where you can explore showrooms and shop for sake and other locally produced liquor.

At the station, head to the tourist information centre. The staff can give you an English map of the area. You can then take time to explore on foot.

On the map, note the various fountains in the brewing district. These are pure springs that locals use, and still supply water for sake production.
Written January 8, 2018
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines20,280 contributions
Great place to visit on a rainy day
Sep 2017 • Couples
We had to postpone our trip to Miyajima because of the rain so we decided to take the train to Saijo, 30 minutes from Hiroshima. The town was famous for its sake breweries, 7 of which had been producing the national drink for over 100 years. We visited the tourist office at the station and were given a map of the town indicating the location of each brewery which were all within 5 minutes walk from the station. We started at the Kamotsuru Brewery where the process was explained in a 10 minute documentary, followed by free tasting. Later we visited Fukubijin, Kamoizumi, Kirei, Saijotsuru, Hakubotan and Kamoki Breweries , having 2 or 3 samples at each. All the tasting was free except for one brewery which charged 50 yen per shot. We bought several small bottles to take home.
Written October 15, 2017
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