This sake is called Birokuchou - Jazakari by Niigata Meijo. The reason I purchased it is because it is only brewed and sold in Niigata, and nowhere else. They do not sell it outside of Niigata. A truly wonderful sake with excellent flavor profiles. The guinom i is called "shiho-hai" and it's a must-have sake ware if you want to use it for drinking chilled sake.
Naturally of course the hot spring had to be enjoyed as well, and so I entered it and went straight to heaven. Hot with nice calcium aromatics in the nose.
I often tell people the best time to come up this way, or anywhere in Hokuriku or Tohoku, is either in June or late September when the rice paddies change colors. Around July you can see water soaked rice fields, and in late September you can see golden rice field ready to be harvested.
|I arrived just at sunset. From Ojiya Station to Katakai is a 30 minute taxi ride. I paid 3000 yen. Buses are infrequent, as you would expect in the countryside.|
|Fatty beef on a stick! Lovely|