If you are planning to travel by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto on the JR Chūō Line, what I like to call the Nomikaidō, it is a perfect opportunity to visit Japanese wineries, whisky distilleries and sake breweries.
To experience Japan’s premier winery region, where the locals have been dedicated to the art of winemaking for over 140 years, your first stop has to be JR Enzan Station:
Wine Country Tour Map 2020
Full-Day Walking Tour of Japanese Wineries
Full-Day Walking Tour of Japanese Wineries: The Sequel
Koshu Wine Companion (2019) Full-Day Tour
Half-Day Walking Tour of Japanese Wineries
Koshu Wine Companion (2019) Half-Day Tour
I highly recommend stopping at JR Nagasaka Station to experience Yamanashi Meijo Sake Brewery (Shichiken), a sake brewery that has been in operation since 1750:
Shichiken Sake Brewery
The Japanese have a way of making all things foreign just a little bit better, and whisky is no exception. To experience the fine whisky of Suntory Hakushu Whisky Distillery, which utilizes the purest waters of the Japanese South Alps, your final stop has to be JR Kobuchizawa Station:
Suntory Hakushu Whisky Distillery
Begin your adventures off the beaten path by booking a night in my Airbnb property.
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