Saijō Sake Matsuri
Saijō is famed for local sake or Saijō Sake. Within the narrow streets of the Sakagura Dori ("Sake Storehouse Road") area near JR Saijō Station are the Namako wall (white-lattice walled) and Sekishu Gawara (red-roof tile) roofs of ten well-known sake breweries; Chiyonoharu, Fukubijin, Hakubotan, Kamoki, Kamoizumi, Kamotsuru, Kirei, Saijotsuru, Sakurafubuki, and Sanyotsuru. In July 1995, Saijō was made the home of the Brewery Laboratory of the National Tax Office.
The Saijō Sake Matsuri is an important part of Hiroshima culture, which draws crowds of between 100,000–200,000 revelers and sake connoisseurs each October before the brewing season (October–March) begins. Visitors also enjoy numerous attractions, sidestalls and games. There is also a wide variety of traditional as well as modern carnival food available.
- Official website (in Japanese)
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