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Sado Island: The magic of winter - Day 6


by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Ro M.

Last updated : Feb 24, 20214 min read

Things To Do

The last day has come! This day was at the Obata-Shuzo brewery, one of the most important sake makers in the country.


1.- Obata-Shuzo Brewery

For Obata-Shuzo, there are 3 elements that are crucial at the moment of making sake: Rice, water and people, but also the importance of Sado Island, the Toki bird. All these elements need to be in harmony to make the perfect sake, and that is the creast of the family: “the four diamonds”. Obata-Shuzo won many awards in different competitions. They cultivate their own rice carefully under the eye of very skilled farmers. Every element of the creast is taking care to make their sake the best. They consider nature an important factor, the water, the rice, the climate but also the people, the brewers are also a key element in this process. They are in charge of all the other elements which creast the sake. For that, they are very committed in teaching the way of doing it. They have many apprentices that are being evaluated all the time to develop the skills needed in the brewery.

The place is huge! It is so prepared for tourist also, so we can understand a little bit what this is all about. The tour starts with a video (in english and japanese) that explains about the philosophy of the place and also shows the facilities that we can enter to. Then you get into the sake tasting and shopping room. In that room you have many kinds of sake that you can taste before buying to chose the best for your likes, but also you can taste them without buying afterward. In this place they also sell chocolates, cakes and many other food with their main ingredient: sake. I must say, I tried the cake... It is delicious!!!!!!!

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After being at the main place of the brewery, we went to an old school that now belongs to them. This school was closed many years ago and they use the facilities as a second place to do sake. They have even a library related to food and drinks.


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2.- Kosado restaurante

Our visit ended and we were very hungry, so we decided to have lunch at this particular place called Kosado. We were told that here you can have the most delicious hamburgers, but also the biggest ones!!!!!! That was a challenge! You have different sizes of hamburger. I ordered the 2nd size with set, which comes with miso soup, rice, fries and some vegetables. The biggest one is supposed to be for 5 people!!!! Can you imagine how big it is????? Also the set is for 5!! They said that once a month, there is an old man that goes to the restaurant and always asks for the biggest one, and he always finishes it!!!! They food was as we were told, delightful!!! And as an Argentinian, I was looking for meat for a long time and this place was just perfect for my absence of it in the last past months!!!!! “Panza llena, corazón contento” (full belly, happy heart)

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This is how it ends my stay in Sado. I can´t find the right words to describe it. I am so surprised of all the things I was able to do and I didn´t know that they existed!!!!! Sado has its beautiful and special history and because of its history, one of the greatest culture. What are my thoughts? If you want to know about Japan, you have to come to this place and be involved with local people.

Sado Tour Guide - Keiichi S.

Keiichi S.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)

Hello! I'm Keiichi . Call me Kei. I am an apple and pear farmer .I have approximately 900 apple trees.I grow 10 kinds of apples and 4 kinds of pears with my wife. Besides my business,I like learning English and Taichi practice. last year,I got a tour guide licence which is valid in Sado. Sado is a fascinating and picturesque island with scenic spots ,historical places and relics,traditional performing arts,delicious dishes and so on. I'm sure you will be satisfied with hospitality of Sado islanders. I strongly recommend you to visit Sado.I'm ready to help you enjoy youself. if you have any questions about Sado,contact me. one more fantastic information, during fruits season(from September to early November),you can taste my apples and pears .                                                                                                                                  

Niigata Tour Guide - Mutsuko W.

Mutsuko W.

5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)

Yokoso! Welcome! Hi, I'm Mutsuko, a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. A true Niigatite, I was born and raised in Niigata City with roots dating back generations. I would be pleased to show you another side of Japan in my beautiful and unique prefecture. The Warm Hospitality: Niigata Prefecture is located on the west coast of the Japanese Archipelago, facing the Sea of Japan and provides a true insider look into the Japanese spirit. Only two hours away from Tokyo by Shinkansen, it has been perfecting the art of casual hospitality through centuries as a culinary hotspot and nature getaway for the those escaping the rat-race. History at your own Pace: Appreciate history and culture at your own pace in Niigata. Yahiko, National Shrine has been soothing souls, and inspiring locals, poets, and travellers for over 2500 years. Historically significant buildings greet seafarers at Niigata Port and the old town area, Furumachi. Cross the symbolic Bandai Bridge to the other side of the Shinano River where we can move from the ancient to the modern in the Bandai area to shop and gather with young and old for entertainment such as movies, music, manga, and anime. Over the Sea, Over the Mountain, Over the Fields: Nature is good to Niigata Prefecture, giving us four clear-cut seasons. People from all over the country, and travellers wanting to experience Japan with the Japanese join us to soak in the sun on our beaches, relax at spa resorts, challenge themselves on world class ski hills, and dance together at festivals that draw world class performers. Travel with Me: With direct trains to and from Tokyo and an international airport, Niigata is just a stone's throw away to have a unique taste of Japan. Whether you're planning a day trip or a longer stay, I invite you to visit Niigata City and other parts of the prefecture, and while here, it would be my pleasure to help you create unique memories during your stay.                                                                                                                                  

Niigata Tour Guide - Fujiko M.

Fujiko M.

4.97 / 5
(30 reviews)

Hello! My name is Fujiko Maeda. I'm a national-licensed tour guide. I was born in Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata Prefecture. I once worked in tourism industry for about 10 years when I lived in Tokyo. Now I'm a persimmon farmer but when time permits I'm happy to guide you here in Sado mainly but also other places, too. We have a lot to offer like beautiful nature, historical sites, local specialties, traditional performing arts, festivals, islanders smiles and so on. If you'd like to know real Japanese lifestyle, please visit Sado. I'm sure you'll be satisfied. Let's explore Sado or other wonderful and beautiful places with me! Also, if you have any questions about Sado or Japan as a whole, please don't hesitate to email me.                                                                                                                                  

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