Yaeyama Islands

Yaeyama Islands

Hateruma Distillery

A simple and friendly awamori, much loved by the local people

Irinamihira Distillery Co., Ltd.

The kusu called Maifuna, with an alcohol content of 60 degrees, is a robust spirit, with a deep, sweet, unforgettable flavor.

The distiller broke off from Kokusen Awamori Corporation in 1989 to become the third awamori distiller on Yonaguni Island. The present owner, Nobuyoshi Irinamihira, the third to date, has been preserving the traditions passed on by his grandfather.

Kokusen Awamori Corporation

Famous for its 60% proof 'hanazaki', which is stunning and mild at the same time.

Yonaguni Island used to be called 'Donan' in the local dialect, which means 'hard to reach'. The island does indeed have high cliffs and the weather is fickle, so it was not easy to reach its shores. The island's nickname has now become the name of the island's liquor produced by Kokusen Awamori. The distillery was founded in 1958

Sakimoto Distillery Corporation

The aroma typical of awamori is a feature of the liquor produced in subtropical Yonaguni.

The distillery was founded in 1927 by 17 farmers on Yonaguni Island. It was taken over in 1972 by the present owner, Hajime Sakimoto, and is the oldest distillery on the island. Its brand, Yonaguni, named after the island, is a liquor that is now indispensable to the lives of the islanders.

Nakama Distillery

The illustration on the label of cranes sipping liquor from a gourd container evokes fond memories and a longing to go to paradise.

The Nakama Distillery produces the Miyano Tsuru brand in a village overlooking Miyara Bay, outside Ishigaki City. The distillery is run by its founder, Giichi Nakama, who is now 85 years old. He and his son, Yoshito, continue to produce awamori using traditional methods. It's a business managed by a family of four-father, mother,

Takamine Distillery, Inc

Kusu quietly awaits maturity in a distillery that engages in awamori production in a dreamy setting overlooking Kabira Bay.

This distillery is a factory fitted with a lot of glass. It overlooks Kabira Bay, Ishigaki Island, and the distant Omoto mountains. The gallery, constructed by the distillery in 1995, greets visitors with this splendid scenic view. Since its foundation in 1949, the distillery has been engaged in making awamori by hand, and

Seifuku Distillery, Inc.

State-of-the-art technology is applied in pursuit of a readily drinkable awamori with a light taste.
Seifuku Distillery places emphasis on making kusu.

The distillery now has a stock of some 720,000 liters of kusu matured for 15 years. The owner, Kenjin Kanna, assumed the post 18 years ago, and since then he has made great efforts to preserve the traditional methods of kusu-making, while introducing

Tamanaha Distillery

In the pursuit of creating awamori with a traditional flavor, the handmade products, produced with rigor and determination, have a deep flavor.

This distillery, the oldest in the Yaeyama Islands, is famous for its Tama no tsuyu brand, a favorite with the most refined awamori drinkers. It was founded by Yuwa Tamanaha, who broke off from the mainstream family based in Shuri on the Okinawan mainland to move to Ishigaki Island at the end of the Meiji era.

Yaesen Distillery, Inc.

The superb quality of the water from the Omoto mountains gives a boost to the production of kusu.

Yaesen is an awamori brand with many fans on Ishigaki Island, around Okinawa Prefecture and elsewhere. Many people give its softly sweet aroma as their reason for liking it, and the secret to that quality is in the water used to make the distilled liquor.

The distillery was founded in 1955. It produces awamori using

Ikehara Distillery

The distinct aroma and refreshing flavor have won many fans, and this is also a popular brand outside Okinawa.

Since the distillery began business in the central area of Ishigaki Island in 1951, the Ikehara family has been engaged in producing the Shirayuri and Akauma brands.The present owner, Nobuko Ikehara, began awamori-making with her father, Kokichi, the founder. But he died suddenly only three years after the business
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