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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 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 fermented food so it is very healthy.
Nagano Prefecture where Matsumoto is included is the top producer of miso (46%) in Japan.
Miso used to be made in homes. But now, many Japanese don't know or find out how to make miso.

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

A special point of this brewery is that they ferment miso over three years. Normal cheap ​mass-produced miso is fermented only a few months in a factory. Their 3 year miso's taste is much deeper and yummier than normal miso.

They use wooden barrels to ferment miso, which is also unique. Normally the barrels are plastic or metal, but wooden barrels enable air to permeate so they are good for fermentation.

Many foreigners visit this brewery even though it does not appear in guide books and there is no English website.

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 8am - 5pm (seeing inside the brewery and shop) / 11am - 2pm (lunch, reservation is recommended)
Closed a few days before and after New Year's Day
Admission Free
Tel 0263-32-0534 (no English spoken)
Japanese Web page http://ishiimiso.com/

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