Introduction of Sake Mochida Brewery


Today’s Sake Mochida

The city Izumo is said to be the hometown of the gods, and it is here that the eight million gods from all over the country gather in the tenth month of the lunar calendar (October). In Japanese, the tenth month is called “Kannazuki”, meaning ‘a month without gods’. But since they gather in Izumo, this is the one place that becomes the opposite, “Kamiarizuki” (a month with gods). 


Saka Shrine

On the outskirts of the town, there is a large shrine (Oyashiro) dedicated to the god of brewing: Izumo Matsuo Shrine, also known as Saka Shrine. Both the Engishiki (ancient book of laws and regulations) and local literature and songs mention Saka Shrine. It is said that the word 'saka' was transformed into 'sake', and Izumo City is thus said to be the birthplace of sake. It is also said that it was this Saka shrine where the gods gathered and held a 180-day banquet when the Izumo Taisha (main shrine in Izumo) was built. Blessed by the presence of the Saka shrine, Sake Mochida has inherited 140 years of skills from Izumo’s master brewers. 

With the skill of our Izumo master brewers, we polish sake rice produced in Shimane Prefecture and hand-make our ‘koji’ (sake starter) to create delicious sake, Masamune Yamasan.



History and background

Outside Sake Mochida

The street with the sake brewery is called "Cotton Road". Its old townscape remains, and five buildings such as the main building, sake brewery, and inspection station were designated as national registered cultural properties in 2017.

Historical buildings

The brewery was founded by the Mochida family in the 10th year of the Meiji era (1877 AD). Researching and applying the methods that best worked through theory and experiment, the brewery had the goal of creating "widely popular sake". The eldest son of the 4th generation of the founder’s family introduced a new type of quick brewing method. The brewery even set up the "Izumo Kokushu Brewery Experiment Station", inviting engineers from the Hiroshima Tax Inspection Bureau (currently the Hiroshima National Tax Bureau) and a master brewer from Hyogo / Nada. It is said that this thoroughness attracted a great deal of attention from industry tradesmen at that time.

In 1918, the height of production was the huge amount of 1572 ‘koku’ (283 kiloliters), and the annual tax payment was about 33,000 yen, showing that it was one of the top brewing companies by sheer volume in the San'in region at that time.

Inspiring surroundings of Izumo

Together with our traditional Izumo master brewers, Sake Mochida developed Daiginjo Sake, Ginjo Sake, low-alcohol Junmai Ginjo "Yume Shikibu", and Junmaishu (sake without added alcohol or sugar).

Since then, we’ve continued to experiment and challenge ourselves to create new and delicious sake and other drinks. Why don't you try our products made with the combination of skill, experience and sensibility in a small warehouse in Izumo?

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