Matsunoi Shuzojo, one of the smallest breweries, has won more gold medals than any other breweries in Niigata at Japan National Sake Competition in the last decade including 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, & 2007. As their production is so limited, most of the sake is shipped to customers in their hometown, Tokamachi in Niigata. This tokubetsu junmai sake, being loved by local sake connoisseurs, is Tokamachifs hidden gem.


Basic Information


Brand:             Matsunoi [matsu-noy]

Nickname :      Wishing Well Type of Sake:  Tokubetsu Junmai.

Seimai Buai:   Rice milled to 55%. 

Alcohol:          15-16% in volume

Size & BPC:  720ml, 12-pack

UPC Code:     844650030006




Producer: Matsunoi Shuzojo     Founded: 1895

Location:        50-1 Ueno Tokamachi-shi, Niigata, 948-0122 Japan


President:      Makoto Furusawa        

Toji (Master Brewer): Yutaka Furusawa 

     Makoto & Yutaka Furusawa are the fifth generation of the owner/founding family.


Ingredients & technical data


Rice:                Takane Nishiki

Water:             On-site well water, soft water

Yeast:              Kyokai #10

No sulfites, no preservatives.


Nihonshu-do (SMV):  +5       Acidity:           1.4     Amino acids: 1.1


Other information


Suggested service:     Serve chilled, at room temperature, or slightly warm.

Tasting note:               Shy nose with hints of the sea.  Dry, earthy, complex.


Matsunoi Shuzojo has won gold medals at Japan National Sake Competition in 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, etc.