UNESCO biosphere reserve list, world class water Mount Kaikoma of Minami Alps National Park. Shichiken, a sake brewery built on the foot of Mount Kaikoma, is the only brewery making sake with underground water from Mount Kaikoma.
We deliver high quality sake made with water and sake from the natural rich Hakushu.
Founded in 1750 by first generation Ibei Kitahara, who separated from Shinshu Takatoo Kitahara family, who had been engaged in sake brewing for many generations. Ibei Kitahara fell in love with the water quality of Hakushu, and began sake brewing in Daigahara-shuku, a post station on Koshu Kaido. The current representative Hyogo Kitahara is the 12th generation. Currently Shichiken is the sake brewery with the largest market share in Yamanashi prefecture. Since 2014 Managing Director Ryogo Kitahara had been appointed sake brew master aims to produce sake that embodies the premium quliaty of Hakushu water.
Even though Shichiken implements new brewing technologies, however our brewery staffs are still passionate about the manual procedures involved in the sake making process. We wish to challenge various possibilities of sake based on the technologies cultivated in sake making, without changing the essence of traditional sake making. And the foundation for this is our root Hakushu. We are committed to carefully making sake that embodies the Yamashi rice, which is nurtured with local water, oxygen, and nature.