This small, traditional brewery was founded over 130 years ago. It’s located about 30 minutes east of Kochi city in the historic town of Akaoka.
The master brewer, or toji, is from the local Tosa guild of brewers, and the sake is brewed by hand by a small team. The brewery is proud of its character as a local Kochi brewery, making sake with Kochi’s own Gin no Yume brewing rice, using local yeasts developed by the Kochi Prefectural Industrial Technology Center.
Akaoka has two popular festivals, and Toyonoume sake features prominently in one. At the infamous Dorome Festival, men compete to down 1.8 l of sake at a go, while women down 720 ml. This festival symbolises the enthusiasm of Kochi people for unbridled drinking. Sake is also enjoyed at the Ekin Festival, which celebrates the life of local artist Ekin, a large man who drank heavily as he painted scenes of gruesome mayhem. His dramatic works are shown in the atmospheric streets of the town by candlelight.
Visitors are welcome, and the owner Takagi-san will show you around in English.
Name in Japanese: 豊能梅
Pronunciation: toyo no ume
Address: 443 Akaokacho, Konan, Kochi 781-5310