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Ishii Miso Brewery

石井味噌

Ishii Miso Brewery was founded in 1868 (the end of the Edo era) and is still producing miso by a unique traditional and natural method.

Miso, soybean paste, is an essential ingredient in Japanese cuisine. We have miso soup every day and sometimes use it for other dishes. Miso is a fermented food so it is very healthy. Nagano Prefecture, where Matsumoto is located, is the top producer of miso (46%) in Japan. Miso used to be made in homes, but now many Japanese people don't know how to or find out how to make miso.

In Ishii Miso Brewery, you can see inside the brewery and have a lunch including miso soup, salad with miso dressing, rice balls, and even ice cream made using their miso.

One special thing about this brewery is that they ferment the miso for over three years. Normal, cheap ​mass-produced miso is fermented only a few months in a factory. The taste of Ishii's three year old miso is much deeper and tastier than normal miso.

Ishii uses wooden barrels to ferment miso, which is also unique. Normally the barrels are plastic or metal, but wooden barrels enable air to permeate making them good for fermentation.

Many foreigners visit this brewery even though it does not appear in guide books.

See more in our blog article "Ishii Miso Brewery with Tour, Lunch, and Miso Ice Cream!"

Old buildings along the approach
Access 15 minutes walk from Matsumoto Station
A 15-minute drive from Matsumoto IC (It has a large parking lot that enables even a big tour bus to park.) (Google Map, near Matsumoto Museum of Art and Matsumoto Art Performing Centre)
Hours 8 am - 5 pm (seeing inside the brewery and shop) / 11 am - 2 pm (lunch, reservation is recommended)
Closed a few days before and after New Year's Day
Admission Free
Tel 0263-32-0534 (no English spoken)
English Web page http://ishiimiso.com/english/guide1.html
Japanese Web page http://ishiimiso.com/

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