About US

Established in 1849, Shimazaki Sake Brewery has a long history of brewing sake. Well-known as the “Cave Brewery” in Japan, Shimazaki Sake Brewery ages their award-winning premium sake in a nearby cave, which was dug during WWII. Be sure to take a walk through the cave and sample their sake.


Shimazaki Sake Brewery was founded in 1849 in Nasukarasuyama, situated close to the Naka River, which begins at Mount Nasu in the northeastern part of Tochigi Prefecture. We have been brewing strong, rich sake that draws out the complex flavor of rice grown in a blessed natural environment.

Kumakichi, the second generation brewer and sumo enthusiast, named the sake “Azumai Rikishi,” meaning “Sumo of the East.” Our motto is “Azuma Rikishi, a famous sake that is unbeaten in a fight.” This is still the representative brand of our brewery.

We began a project to long-term age our sake in 1970. Since then, we have set aside a portion of each year’s Daiginjo without missing a year. By utilizing a natural cave as a warehouse for aging sake, we challenge ourselves to produce an interesting, new flavor of sake in a unique storage environment.


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Please come and visit our cave brewery and taste our award-winning aged sake.
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CEO Kenichi Shimazaki