[Kokonoe Mirin Jidaikan]
Explore the history and delicious flavors of mirin at an earthen-walled storehouse full of history and dignity
Located at the mouth of Yahagi River (which faces Mikawa Bay), Hekinan City has been known since ancient times as one of the best brewing regions for mirin, refined sake, miso, tamari soy sauce, and other produce made using an abundance of water, together with rice, wheat, and soybeans. With more than 240 years of history, Kokonoe Mirin is the Japanese mirin industry's oldest brewery. The 300-year-old large earthen-walled storehouse is a testimony to this. At the top of the stairs at the entrance, there is a mirin museum called Kokonoe Mirin Jidaikan, where you can see old tools, books, and more. Enjoy the true taste of hon-mirin made with traditional methods at the brewery.
|Posted photos||Main The numerous tools bear witness to all the history.
Upper left: Books that evoke the times of generations now passed. Upper right: Equipment related to mirin brewing and other precious materials are on display. Bottom: Visit the storehouse, which has also been registered as a national Tangible Cultural Property.
|Address||Hamaderamachi 2-11, Hekinan City, Aichi|
(9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays / Japanese only)
|Opening hours||Tour times: Tours start at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on weekdays|
|Holidays||Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the same as the headquarters' holidays
* Please inquire for details.
* A reservation must be made no later than the day before.
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Mikawa-Anjo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 7 minutes, and alight at "Kariya Station". Take the Meitetsu Mikawa Line for approx. 30 minutes, alight at "Hekinan Station", and walk for approx. 5 minutes.|
updated on Sep 30, 2019
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