Ippongi Sake Brewery is located in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, a town nestled in the foothills of Mt. Hakusan (lit. White mountain) known for its deep winter snows. Katsuyama is called the Dinosaur Kingdom, as more dinosaur fossils have been excavated here than in any other region in Japan. The history of Katsuyama traces back over 1300 years ago, to the time when Heisenji Temple was founded by the great monk Taichou in AD 720. In the 15th century, when Heisenji Temple was at the height of its prosperity, it wielded an enormous influence upon the central government and samurai society.
Perhaps because of this rich historical background and its beautiful nature, Katsuyama was ranked 1st place on Forbes Magazine's "The World's Cleanest Cities" list in Asia, and 9th place in the world.
Enjoy Ippongi Ginkobai Hannya-tou umeshu chilled after dinner – and discover the devilish nature of this drink! Umeshu is a Japanese plum liqueur, and Ippongi make some of the best. Here, they’ve combined it with chilli pepper for an intriguing sweet, silky-smooth drink that sneaks up on you with a hot kick.
‘Hannya tou’ is a Japanese legend about a beautiful young woman, whose husband repeatedly cheated on her. The young woman went wild with jealousy, and eventually it consumed her – turning her into a demon. This transformation of young beauty into a wild demon is the perfect namesake for this surprising liqueur.
- Fukui Prefecture