It is located in Ome City, Tokyo, about 90 min from Shinjuku. The location of “Sawanoi” was once called “Sawai” village and was named after the name of the place.
“Sawai” is a name of a place named after the place where rich famous water flows. It is an ancient Japanese architecture. This sighnbord is historical and emotional We also have English pamphlets. The tour starts here “Sasagoya”. You can also attend a lecture. Let’s start with the history of sake. Storage is in cool, dark places. Each tank holds 4500 Sho bottles (1 Sho=about 1800 ml). It is the state of rice polishing. The white one is polished and the other one is brown rice. The automatic squeezing (Assaku) machine squeezes clear sake out of unrefined sake (Moromi). There is a cave with spring water behind the Kura storehouse,
and we can get clear water from more than 170 years ago. There is a “Shimenawa” at the entrance to the cave. “Shimenawa” means that a place or thing always has a sacredness different from everyday life. You can see the spring water from this window. It’s 140 meters upstream from here. You can try a cup of sake after the tour. If you want to try various tastes slowly, you can enjoy Sawanoi’s sake here. You can buy a cup of sake cup at this counter. There are 17 kinds on this day and the 2nd glass is 100 yen off. You can buy dried snacks at a reasonable price. There is an outdoor garden-like facility near the Kura storehouse. It feels good to eat outside on a sunny day. Some facilities have a roof, so you don’t have to worry about rainy days. You can see Mitake Valley in the facility of Sawanoi. You can enjoy nature with wild birds. There is a bridge called “Fukyo Bridge” in the garden where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the valley. There is a promenade, and walking while looking at the river is exceptional.