Yamamoto Honke

“Bringing traditional sake to our customers, spun by the depth of history.”

Yamamoto Honke is a long-established sake brewery that has been doing business in Fushimi, Kyoto for over 300 years. By traditional Kyoto techniques and one of the highest quality natural water in Japan called “shirakikusui,” this company is able to provide the finest sake in the area. Yamamoto Honke is grateful for the blessings of mother nature and fully utilizes it in order to carefully brew their sake.

Established 1677
Location Fushimi, Kyoto
Representative Eleventh generation Yamamoto Genbei

The History of the Yamamoto family

Enpo 5 Years
4th Year of Keio
Taisho Era
Showa 37
``Genbee-san's Demon Roll``
Torisei Main Store

Yamamoto Honke was founded in 1677, one of the seven famous waters of Fushimi, at the present location where Shirakikusui springs. The owner has been named Genbei for generations.

The battle of Toba-Fushimi, which broke out in the middle of the night of January 3, caused enormous damage to the town of Fushimi. The existing head office was rebuilt the same year.

Fushimi is located inland, and since goods were transported exclusively by water such as the Go River and Takase River, it became known as a famous brewery next to Nada after the Meiji era.

A nationwide boom with “Mother, full, yaka”
The TV commercial featuring Junzaburo Ban, a popular comedy actor, had an impressive phrase, “Mother, full, yaka,” and evoked a “sacred” boom nationwide.

He developed pure yeast preparation and received the Eda Award, the highest honor in the brewing world. “Genbee-san’s Oni Koroshi” was born and has been well received for its refreshing taste.

Yamamoto Honke opened the main store of “Torisei,” an izakaya where you can easily enjoy sake and delicious food sent directly from the brewery.

Taisho Era

Sake Brewing


The more important the sake brewing process is, the more human hands are involved. Politely, earnestly, face sake purely.

Origin of “Sacred”

“There is something sacred in the cup, and there is nothing to do with a hundred melancholy.”

-Bai Juyi


A natural groundwater used for sake brewing. Low in iron and containing moderate mineral water, it creates a rich taste and round aftertaste.

Over 300 years

Since the founding of the brewery in 1677, Yamamoto Honke continues to craft sake and introduce new technologies to this day.

A brewery that conveys
new possibilities of sake

Direct Sales Shop

Yamamoto Honke offers original products such as brewery limited sake, sake lees, and roasted sake that can only be purchased here at this direct sales shop. Even if you are not familiar with alcohol, staff will explain it carefully, so please feel free to come and visit.
  • Address 186 Kamiaburakakecho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8047, Kyoto Prefecture

  • Business Hours 11:00-19:00 (Closed on Mondays)

  • Services Sale of foods and paid tasting sake lees and limited sake

Torisei Main Store

Yamamoto Honke has developed a sake that one can enjoy with a variety of meals, including Japanese food. As an initiative to enjoy sake during meals, the brewery also have contact with general customers at the Torisei restaurant. Torisei is a chicken restaurant that goes well with sake and is also directly managed by Yamamoto Honke. It is crowded with many customers on weekdays and holidays who want to enjoy seasonal sake and dishes.
  • Address 186 Kamiaburakakecho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8047, Kyoto Prefecture

  • Business Hours 11:30-23:00 (Closed on Mondays)

  • Phone Number 075-622-5533

Official Yamamoto Honke Website https://yamamotohonke.jp/