Watanabe Sake Brewery – Hōjōgura

  • Browse our entire range of sake, rice and other gifts
  • Learn more about the world of sake through our tasting programs
  • Try special brews and vintages unavailable in stores!

Watanabe Sake Brewery – Hōjōgura

Farming Rice, Protecting Fields

We are a small sake brewery in Itoigawa’s Nechi Valley, known for its beautiful rural scenery. Our sake, Nechi Otokoyama, is made completely in the  Nechi Valley. We own the fields, we grow the rice, and we brew the sake.

The Nechi Valley is covered in deep snow each winter and experiences beautiful changes throughout the seasons. We proudly make our sake using owning sake we have grown ourselves in the Nechi Valley, with water sourced from local wells.

Visit our brewery shop, Hōjōgura, to learn more about how are sake is made. Sake tasting and other activities can be arranged with advance reservation.

Address2673-1 Negoya, Nechi
Contact InfoTel: 025-556-6630 FAX: 025-556-6631 E-mail:
Business Hours9:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Days ClosedClosed Tuesdays and Dec 31 - Jan 3 (May be closed some days in January and February)
Parking & Transit InfoParking available for up to 5 cars / 10 min walk from Nechi Station / 15 min drive from Itoigawa IC