The abundant waters of Chikugo River as well as the large grain rice and fragrant Hita cedar trees in the Jojima area make it an excellent place for brewing sake. Even today, many sake breweries remain active, and every year in February, the Jojima Sake Festival & Brewery Hopping event attracts approximately 110,000 people. This kurabiraki event gives visitors a great opportunity to sample each brewery’s sake including new sake available only during the event period, and amazake. The main venue will also offer sake tasting and will serve a range of local delicacies such as Jojima unagi (eel) and sweets made with sake lees. A free shuttle bus will run between the eight participating breweries and the main venue so visitors can take in the local scenery while trying some of the best sake around!
How to enjoy the festival
Explore Jojima’s sake breweries!
Sample some of the best sake that the breweries have to offer! Limited edition sake will also be on sale during the kurabiraki.
Peruse the many, many booths at the main venue
Sample Jojima sake at the stand-up bars or try some local delicacies from one of the many food stalls.
Jojima Sake Tasting
Jojima sake is famous for its rich, distinct flavors. Choose amongst 39 different varieties!
• Note: some varieties may sell out.
• Ticket: ¥700 (incl. 12 tickets & a sake cup)
A (one ticket per glass): Futsu-shu ~ Honjozo class
B (two tickets per glass): Junmai-shu class
C (three tickets per glass): Junmai Ginjo-shu ~ Junmai Daiginjo-shu class
Kaku-uchi (fees vary)
The kaku-uchi (standing bars) are ideal for visitors who want to sample a wide variety of sake in an informal, relaxed setting. It’s also a great place to meet and chat with other people.
Oyster x Sake Bar (Steamed oysters ¥500, Kaki Sake ¥300/cup)
Enjoy large, flavorful steamed oysters fresh from the Buzen Sea with ponzu sauce from a well-established vinegar cellar. Next, pair those with Kaki Sake, a sake brewed for this event to go well with oysters – wow!
Genki Nabe (¥400/cup)
Miso soup filled with tasty dumplings and locally sourced vegetables are on offer. A touch of Jojima sake draws out the flavor of the stock. Limited portions available.
Chikugo Sake Brewing Song
This song has been performed by successive generations of Chikugo-based sake brewers. Members of the sake brewing society join in for a powerful rendition of this well-known folk song.
Jojima Ryujin Taiko Drum Performance
Taiko drumming has a long history in various parts of the Chikugo region. Enjoy the powerful beats and thrilling performance!
Enjoy a cup of warm sake heated in bamboo.
People from all over the world are discovering Jojima Sake Festival & Brewery Hopping event.
Click on photo to view panoramic view
Year established: 1900
Specialty: Sake that can be perfectly paired with meals.
Year established: 1875
Specialty: Unique sake brewed using original and traditional techniques.
Year established: 1897
Specialty: Rich in flavor and full-bodied, handmade sake prepared in a wooden koshiki (steaming vat).
Year established: 1745
Specialty: Sake with a wonderfully smooth quality brewed with softened water.
Year established: 1895
Specialty: Sake with an accented flavor. Their most popular sake is Yamakanbai Junmaishu.
*Not open to public. Sake only available at main venue.
Year established: 1892
Specialty: “Healthy sake” that has gained the brewery a strong following.
Year established: 1854
Specialty: Special genshu (refined sake) produced with locally-harvested rice.
Year established: 1898
Specialty: Junmai sake brewed using rice harvested exclusively in Fukuoka Prefecture.
26th Jojima Sake Festival & Brewery Hopping
• 2/15 (Sat.), 2/16 (Sun.)
• 12 tickets for sake tasting (incl. sake cup): ¥700
• Main venue: Chomin no Mori
• 764 Jojima-machi Naratsu, Kurume City
• Official website (Japanese)
Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station ⇄ Nishitetsu Mizuma Station
Jojima Sake Kurabiraki Kinen Kippu (commemorative tickets) will be on sale at Nishitetsu train stations. (¥100 discount for the sake tasting at the main venue for visitors who have purchased a return ticket to Mizuma Station.)
*A shuttle bus will be available from Nishitetsu Mizuma Station and JR Araki Station (9:00~17:00).