Tamanohikari Brewery (玉乃光酒造)

Rice, Water, Koji,

and human spirit.

Nothing but the best sake-

Since 1673.

Tamanohikari, born in 1673.

For 340 years, with care and dedication,

we have continued to brew the finest sake,

striving each year to make it better than the last.

We take great care in selecting not only the type of rice we use,

but also how it is planted.

Tamanohikari led the industry in reviving junmai,

sake made without added alcohol or sugar.

Our sake is made from rice, water, and koji.

And the simple wish to make delicious, timeless sake.

Putting true sake flavor over profit.

The first to revive junmai in 1964.

Junmai is a term for pure sake made only with rice and rice koji. For years, adding alcohol to sake to increase volume was the mainstream. During World War II, it was done because of rice shortages. After the war, sake makers did it to increase profits. Today 80% of sake on the market has added alcohol.

In 1964, Tamanohikari revived junmai for the first time in the industry. Because junmai takes up to 1.8 times the rice that added-alcohol sake requires, this practice was done at considerable cost to the brewery. Yet it could not raise the price of its products in fear that sales would plummet. What is more, few people in those days had a true appreciation for junmai. For Tamanohikari, it was one hardship after another.

Still, we believe this centuries-long tradition of making sake only with rice is the way to achieve the true flavor of sake. That’s why to this day, Tamanohikari brews only junmai.

The Junmai Ginjo Brewery


Kyoto, Japan

Half a century has passed since Tamanohikari revived the tradition of junmai pure rice sake. Today more and more people appreciate the quality of junmai and ginjo pure sake. But still, you could look all over Japan and you will find only a handful of breweries dedicated to the making of junmai ginjyo and junmai dai-ginjo. As one of Japan’s only junmai ginjo breweries, we will continue to uphold the traditions of years past here in Fushimi, Kyoto, and simply make the best possible sake.

Enjoy Tamanohikari Junmai Sake, and 20% off discount.