I've visited Echigo-Yuzawa Station for sake tasting. There is a Sake Museum "Ponshu-kan" in the rear area of the station building. Echicgo-Yuzawa is in Niigata pref., and well known for skiing, rice harvest and Sake brewery. Many people visit for skiing during the season, from December to March.
Here, this lovely drunken guy happily welcome the visitor to this sake museum. This is my first visit this museum and had great time there!
There are 93 sake dispensers from the breweries in Niigata prefecture.
First I paid 500 yen fee at the entrance. I got 5 coins and a small tasting cup.
Each dispenser indicate how many coins required for tasting the sake. Mostly 1 or 2 coins and rarely 3 coins. There are taste descriptions on each machines, however, there are no English explanation.
This sake requires 2 coins. I inserted coins in the machine and press a button. Then the brewed sake poured the certain amount in the cup.
Here is condiments area. There are various kinds of salt and local miso. Those are goes with sake.
Various of local sake can be bough at the area. There are small size 180ml to large 1800ml bottles, great to drink at home and as a gift.
Hope you not too drunken at the museum.
Ponshu-kan at Echigo Yuzawa station