The Saijo Sake Festival in Hiroshima!

This is a report is about our trip to the annual Saijo Sake Festival held in Hiroshima. We drank many different sakes and compared them!

Nowadays, sake is popular worldwide. However, sake is quite expensive, and you have to buy it in a bottle when you purchase, which makes it pretty hard for us to try manu different types of sake. If you have the same problem, we recommend the Saijo Sake Festival.

“I went to the Saijo Sake Festival!! It’s been 3 years since I last went!!”

The Saijo Sake Festival is a fun event where you can sample around 1000 kinds of sake from all over Japan and even peek at the Saijo sake cellars as you drink. It is held on the second week of October, starting on Saturday and ending on Sunday. The festival is held at the Saijo town of Higashi-Hiroshima city, Hiroshima, and mostly located in Saijo Chuo Park and on Saijo Sakagura Street.

200,000 people visit the “Saijo Sake Festival”!

It is about 40 minutes from Hiroshima Station to Saijo Station by train.
We arrived at Saijo Station at around 1 pm, but it was super crowded inside and outside the train.

(We were planning to leave earlier, but we overslept…)

“That’s a lot of people!!”

When it came to the sake cellars, it was crowded like a packed train!

“We gotta get drunk ASAP!!!!”

There’s no way we can do this without getting drunk!


You can enjoy free samples and limited edition sakes at the “Saijo Sake Festival”!

“Ahh, that really hits the spot!!”

Free samples,

limited edition sake (100 yen per cup), and so on… we just kept drinking and drinking.

This was delicious, but I don’t remember its name...

We drank the ultimate “kamedashi” nigori sake (a sake that is drained in a more rough process than typical sake),

and that tipped me over the edge into “Drunk Territory”!!!

“Hehehe, I’m no scared of the crowds!!”

“Mmm? I’m getting drunk pretty fast?”

Because I drank without eating anything, it was amazing how fast I got drunk.
I have to eat something!! So…..

Saijo Sake Festival has many varieties of snacks too!

Croquette (fried mushed potatoes and vegetables)

Gelato made of Daiginjo (top-quality) sake! There was a Daiginjo soft ice cream too, but it was sold out. I really wanted to try it….!

We also ate octopus tempura, jako (fish paste) tempura, and cheese tempura. (I just realized that they were all fried…)

“You are eating your hair too! Your hair!” (says my friend)

I had a little hair with my food....

Let’s have fun exploring the sake cellars!

We went around to many different sake cellars. This is the sake cellar at Kamotsuru.

Sake cellar at Sanyotsuru.

They let us look inside the sake cellar.

The hot “genshu” that we had

at the sake cellar of Hakubotan. (“genshu” refers to squeezed sake that has no water added. It is a bit stronger than typical sake that has water added, but has a rich flavor.)

This was the most delicious one(´ω`)

That’s a lot of sake for 100 yen! So cheap!!!

We met these people from a Rio’s Carnival or something.

It has been 3 years since I visited this Sake Festival. The scale had definitely grown and there were many tourists from all over Japan and other countries. There were many portable restrooms, which made me feel better because I have to go quite often! Haha.

We saw a non-Japanese person having a trouble with another person on the packed train back home.
But I didn’t have the time for that….↓

“Crap, I’m about to throw up… I’ll have to do it on my new beret…”

I managed to hold it in.

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Written by Kinako Kashiwagi

Lives in Hiroshima. I draw comics and illustrations. My hobby is traveling alone. I want to visit every prefecture in Japan!