We take full advantage of the blessed nature of Tamba
and produce for all kinds of customers.



Kotsuzumi and Kyoshi Takahama

Hakuun Nishiyama was the third company president of our company and brewery. He was inclined to Haiku and was very close to Kyoshi Takahama. His real name is Ryozo Nishiyama. He was born on April 3, 1877 as the first son in Nishiyama Shuzojo, Ichijima, Tamba City. Influenced by the Haiku reader, Hakutsuki Nomura of Hototogisu. Hakutsuki introduced him to Kyoshi in 1903 and that brought him deep into the world of Haiku. Together with Hakutsuki, Hakuun was acclaimed in Tamba in Haiku.


In 1915, Kyoshi read, “Here it is, the great Sake. It’s called Kotsuzumi,” at the brewery, which was also Hakuun’s home. That was published through Hototogisu and became famous and known especially to scholars and Haiku readers. Since then, the name Kotsuzumi has meant a lot to us.



3 buildings in our property were designated as Japan cultural heritage.
They are the main building, the fence and Sasaan.


The main building was built in 1891, is two-storied and a wooden building. The style is from the typical Tamba houses in mid-Edo Period. It’s now used partially as a store and partially as a house.


Sasaan is wooden-built and a building of a mixture of Japanese and Western styles. It was designed by a famous architect, Osamu Akamatsu of Osaka in 1941. It has a modern atmosphere because of the perfect match of Japanese rooms and Western-style space. The name, Kotsuzumi was given by the Haiku reader, Kyoshi Takahama and since then, this was a salon for many scholars like him.


Sasaan is a building that wasn’t built only in a traditional style, but with a new style on top of it. That reflects on our style of keeping the traditional brewing ways but take in new styles of bottle design and such.