Sep 20, 2018 Eat&Drink Higashi-Hiroshima

Saijo Sake Festival; A Festival for Sake-Lovers, by Sake-Lovers

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Every year since 1990, there has been a “Sake Festival” in Saijo, Higashi-Hiroshima City, to celebrate Japan’s famous traditional alcohol, sake. Not only is this festival where more than 1000 sake makers gather, there are guest artists and stage performances to enjoy while you try out some of Japan’s best sake. With the motto “A festival for sake-lovers, by sake-lovers.” this is surely a sake aficionado’s utopia.

Where Sake-Lovers Gather; The Sake Festival

The Sake Festival started off as the People’s Festival in 1974, but in 1990 they decided to make sake the symbol of the event. It’s a big occasion, with more than 200,000 festival-goers visiting Saijo’s Sake Brewery Street and Central Park each year.

“Can people who can’t drink alcohol still participate?” you might be wondering. The answer to that is, “Of course!” Children and the elderly, even those who may not enjoy drinking so much can enjoy the various food stalls, stage performances, and other events.

Amongst the food stalls are also a shooting range, where you can win prizes, and a haunted house for you to explore. In addition, guest artists will perform on stage throughout, so there really is something for everyone at the Sake Festival!!

Sake Festival Schedule 2018

This year 2018, the festival will take place on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday the 7th.

6th (Sat) 10:00am – 8:00pm
7th (Sun) 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Great Gathering of Japan’s Sake Makers

Perhaps it goes without saying, but of course the number one draw for the Sake Festival is naturally the fact that over 1000 sake makers from all over Japan come together to celebrate sake.

As though to say “If you think you can drink all of this than bring it on!”, a tent in the park square sits selling all-you-can-drink tickets for ¥2,100 (1,600 if purchased in advance).

Oftentimes these tickets will sell out around noon, so it’s recommended to get there early in the morning to secure your pass to a day full of fun. Don’t forget to try as many different brands of sake as you can to compare flavors and find your new favorite sake!

Last year’s headlining guest artists were Chris Hart, Chitose Hajime, and FISHBOY. There is also a “1000-man Relay Toast,” dances, and other live shows so it’s sure to be a blast!

Festival Access

Location : Near JR Saijo Station

JR Train from Hiroshima Station

Time: 45mins Price:¥580 Change: None

Hiroshima Sta.

Saijo Sta.
JR Sanyo-Line
Bound for Shiraichi


One of Japan’s ‘Big Three’ Places to Drink; A Festival Unique to Saijoumachi

Saijo is a city simply overflowing with sake and stands with Fushimi in Kyoto and Nada in Hyogo in the top 3 places to drink Japan’s traditional drink of choice. With that in mind, there’s no better time to visit Saijo than during its Sake Festival. Go and experience some of the finest alcohol in all of Japan and taste what a true Hiroshima Autumn feels like!

Event Detail


Saijo Sake Festival
Venue Saijo Town, Higashi-Hiroshima (map)
Closest Station JR Sanyo Line “Saijo Station”
Open The 2nd Saturday&Sunday in October
Oct 6-7th in 2018
Website Official Website
Entrance Fee Differs depending on the venue.
(Sake Hiroba:¥2,100)