A short trip from Tokyo is Suwa in Nagano. The city of about 50,000 people sits on the shore of lake Suwa and has mountains nearby. We love coming here as it is one train from Tokyo, as the air is refreshing, and Nagano is known for good sake and food, particularly soba.
We are big fans of Masumi sake, which has a lovely tasting room in Suwa. Nearby are four other sake breweries with tasting rooms worth visiting. You can make an afternoon of tasting and exploring sake. Then spend the rest of the day soaking in an onsen hot spring and dining in a ryokan.
Here are the five breweries, all within a few minutes of each other, and walking distance from the city center.
Nagano-ken, Suwa-shi, Suwa 2-9-25 長野県諏訪市諏訪2-9-25
Nagano-ken, Suwa-shi, Suwa 2-9-21 長野県諏訪市諏訪2-9-21
Nagano-ken, Suwa-shi, Suwa 2-8-21 長野県諏訪市諏訪2-8-21
Nagano-ken, Suwa-shi, Suwa 2-3-6 長野県諏訪市諏訪2-3-6
Masumi Miyasaka Brewing Company 真澄 宮坂酒造
Nagano-ken, Suwa-shi, Motomachi 1-16 長野県諏訪市元町1-16
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