Akashi Sake Brewery is a small artisanal sake producer based in Akashi city, a fishing town in Hyogo prefecture in Western Japan. Hyogo is the traditional sake brewing capital of Japan, known for the best sake rice and pure water.

Our signature range Akashi-Tai is true artisan sake, handmade in small batches by our Togi (or master brewer) Kimio Yonezawa and his close team of trusted craftsmen.

We brew using traditional methods, and only with the highest quality, locally produced ingredients.

Rice – and a deep understanding of every aspect of it.

Our Toji Kimio Yonezewa is obsessed with retaining as much of the character of the rice varieties we use as possible. To achieve this goal, to find the true soul of the rice, you sometimes need to go to greater lengths and respect even elaborate details.

You need to treat the rice with respect, use the right water, know which variety to use at each stage of the process, and not cut corners where others might say you can get away with it. For example, in our Daiginjos, we use 100% Hyogo Yamada-Nishiki both for Koji and for mashing, not just where we think you'll notice it most.

Some would say that won't make a difference, but we think that circles should be closed. The quest for perfection is all about incremental gains.

We brew using traditional methods – However, traditional doesn't have to mean closed-minded, conservative, or anti-progressive.

The way to truly respect tradition is to keep it alive, and to do that you need to be willing to question and challenge your methods. This requires strength of character to follow your own path, coupled with a profound respect for centuries of tradition and craft. Today's innovations are tomorrow's traditions.


"My mission is to make sake with character. Joyfully exuberant, generous and open-hearted sake.

Sake with depth, with flavour and aroma that lingers, enough to silence the table as that flavour keeps developing. Sake that can reveal the character of Hyogo’s water, rice and yeasts, among the finest in Japan, and really let them shine. Sake that makes every gathering a celebration of the simple joy of a shared meal. Sake that will pair up with your favourite food and dance.

Because I live for that magical moment when food and sake become one, and both are amplified. The food reveals hidden depths in the sake, and the sake lingers and prolongs the pleasure of the meal.”