Tanba, Oishi’s Kimoto Sake

Kimoto is a natural technique established in the Edo Era that skillfully uses microorganisms to grow a high-quality yeast. Kimoto is a technique for growing yeast. Kimoto is a process where cooling steamed rice, kome-koji (rice with specific mold spores for sake brewing) and shikomi-sui water (water for sake brewing) are ground together for several hours in the midnight of the coldest season in a process referred to as “motosuri” or “yama-oroshi.” Next in a step called “utase,” the brew is aged at low temperatures for three days, then warmed up little by little via a hot-water keg, purifying the sake yeast. It is an incredibly complex process. Oishi Sake Brewery doesn’t use machines, but instead relies on the techniques of the chief brewer to make handmade local sake.

History of Oishi Sake Brewery

Genroku Era (1688 - 1704)

The first generation of brewers, Tarobe Oishi, set up a branch family from the village headman and founded the brewery.


『Tarobe Sakeya』 changed its name to 『Sakakiya』.


Started selling to consumers under the trademark 『Kinsei』.


Added a new trademark, 『Okinazuru』, to further commercialization. Expanded sales from the whole Kinki region to Tokyo, Kyushu and Nagoya.


Opened a Kyoto sake store called 『Okinazuru』 in Shimbashi, Tokyo.


Opened a yakitori (skewered grilled chicken) restaurant called 『Okinazuru』 in Kameoka, Kyoto.


Started a sake brewery tour called 『Sake-no-Yakata』.


Expanded Yagi-gura (manufacturing plant).


Opened 『Shukian』 tearoom and specialty goods store.


Opened a sake store called 『Sake-no-Yakata』, in front of Kameoka Station.


Newly established 「Miyama-ji Sake-no-Yakata」 and Miyama-gura (manufacturing plant) in Kyoto.

Corporate Philosophy

In the climate and natural features of Tanba and the luxurious natural setting of the rural district, Kameoka, during the Genroku Period (in the Edo Era), Tarobe Oishi set up a branch family from the village headman and established Tarobe Sakeya. Then, in the Meiji Era, under the name of Sakakiya, it began serving its local sake to people in the region. From the Taisho to the Showa eras, it did business under the Azuma Sakaya name. After World War II, it changed to its current name of Oishi Sake Brewery.Tanba has long been a source of excellent grains. The characters in its name imply a “red wave,” denoting a mecca of rice (that ripens to a golden yellow). It’s a famous spot whose very name is synonymous with Japan’s countryside. The original landscape of a village in the foothills is unchanged from long ago. This area, near the cities of Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto, tends to put people at ease.Flowing through the middle is the Kami-katsura River (part of the Hozugawa River), whose source is the Kitayama watershed famous for its Kitayama cedars. It’s a pure river that stretches to Mt. Arashiyama. Old sake breweries (with space for storage) are built along this river. Every year from autumn to spring since operations began about 300 years ago, Tanba’s veteran sake brewers make sake in the traditional way in the cold of winter.From October 2014, we began looking for a better spot to make sake and found a place known as Kayabuki-no-Sato. It’s a beautiful place in Miyamacho, South Tanba, Kyoto, and we established a brewery there. It’s a convenient place for making sake, with access to the source of Miyama River’s water. It’s also the perfect temperate environment for kimoto process, and devoting oneself to making sake one bottle at a time. Our motto is “making our customers happy, one person at a time, with local Tanba sake. We’re a small, but spirited company shining its light into the 21st century and sending Tanba sake around the world via the Internet. Under the Tanba originated SAKE brand, we’re out to challenge ourselves in global markets.

President and Representative Director
Hiroshi Oishi


Making sake for 300 years in the beautiful and abundant nature of Tanba, since the Genroku Era
Tours of Oishi Brewery’s directly operated Sake-no-Yakata, its headquarters and main brewery are available.
The traditional techniques of handmade sake. Taste Tanba sake at its origin.

Sign up for a free tour of a sake brewery

Groups of 20 or more wanting to tour 『Sake-no-Yakata』 (sake brewery) need to make advance reservations.

For reservations, call
+81 771-22-0632

Reservation form

Tour content 1F Bottling plant and direct sales store, 2F Sake-making exhibition room
Tour of a sake brewery opening hours 8:30 - 18:00
Parking Capacity for 10 large buses or 50 passenger cars
Holiday Open every day (except midsummer Obon holiday and New Year’s Day)/Tours are free


OISHI SHUZOU Tanba-ji Sake-no-Yakata (Main brewery)
Kakiuchimata13, Hiedanocho Saeki, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto, 621-0033, Japan
TEL:+81 771-22-0632  FAX:+81 771-23-2188

Main Building

1F Bottling plant and direct sales store

There’s a sake-tasting corner and a shop to buy sake and Tanba specialty goods.

2F Sake-making exhibition room

At Oishi Sake Brewery, we have an exhibit room that will take you back in time 300 years to our beginning.

Shukian (former refinery)

Relax in Shukian and its surrounding garden.
■Japanese-style teahouse (sweet sake, etc.)
■Purchase of Tanba specialty goods (local miso, soy sauce)

Main brewery (former shikomi brewery)

A direct-sale sake shop opened in celebration of our 300th anniversary. (Tasting counter available)
You can purchase your favorite sake at the volume just right for you and with your choice of bottle at the buy-sake-by-the-measure corner.

  • Entrance to Main brewery

  • Sold by weight

  • 1F Exhibition

  • MURO

  • Nostalgic museum


Mt. Miyama, well-known as Kayabuki-no-Sato
We moved out brewery in October 2014 to this area with its perfect winter environment for sake brewing and its access to many famous Japanese water sources. The featured direct-sale store, Miyama-ji Sake-no-Yakata, sells various Japanese sake brands, pickled vegetables, soy sauce and a rich variety of other curated products. There is also a large variety of sake to taste at any time. Please come and enjoy the environs.

Sign up for a free tour of a sake brewery

To tour Miyama-ji Sake-no-Yakata (Miyama Sake Brewery), please make reservations.

For reservations, call

Reservation form

We moved our brewery to Miyama so that we could get more people to understand “good sake” and the attractions of sake in an age where fewer people are drinking sake. Now, we can make even better sake here in this good environment. We are offering tours of the brewery.

※Most sake-making occurs in winter, so some tours will be affected at certain times.


Miyama-ji Sake-no-Yakata (Miyama Sake Brewery)
Sintakase13, Miyamacho Minami, Nantan-shi, Kyoto, 601-0711, Japan
TEL:+81 771-77-0007 FAX:+81 771-77-0256

Miyama Sake Brewery

A direct-sale sake shop opened in celebration of our 300th anniversary. (Tasting counter available)
You can purchase your favorite sake at the volume just right for you and with your choice of bottle at the buy-sake-by-the-measure corner.

  • Rich in nature

  • Tasting counter

  • Making Kimoto Sake