Sumikawa Shuzo

Flavor and brand vision

Sumikawa Shuzo strives to bring pure clarity of flavor in accessible premium sake. Despite being on of Japan’s more recognized brands, most of its sales remain local, reflecting the brewery’s deep focus on community roots.

Techniques and style

Sumikawa Shuzo is at the forefront of sake brewing in Yamaguchi, combining state of the art facilities with passionate labor to make exquisite premium sake.
Toyobijin was also served at a state dinner between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016, and President Putin still claims it as his favorite sake.


Sumikawa uses a wide range of rice varietals, many of which are not locally grown, but where possible sources its rice directly from Yamaguchi farms. This includes standing orders for the incredibly rare Kame no O variety from Yamaguchi’s only grower of it, Fukumoto Organic Farms.

Recommended temperatures and pairing

Toyo no Megami is a super-premium sake and as such is best chilled. It’s fresh, vibrant flavor works well with an enormous range of cuisine, as well.

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