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Satsuma Shuzo's Shochu factory and museum, Meijigura, is open to the public throughout the year. Admission is free. Meijigura is both a museum for all things Shochu, and the actual production factory for our traditional handmade Shochu "Tezukuri Meijigura"and other traditional making style Shochu like "Banshokou", "Satsuma Shiranami Kametsubo Jikomi", and "Meiji no Shochu" etc. The name Meijigura is a Japanese word made up of the words Meiji, from the Meiji Era, and the word Gura, for distillery. We use this name Meiji because we use the traditional methods from the Meiji Era for making our handmade Shochu brands.
Meijigura's production cycle usually runs from August until May to maximize visitors' chances of seeing the Shochu production process in action. (The sweet potato Shochu production cycle in our other locations runs only from August until December.) To maximize freshness and flavor, our Imo Shochu only use fresh, never frozen, sweet potatoes.
After seeing Meijigura, we suggest coming over to Kedogawa Beer House for lunch or dinner, served our Shochu brands.
(Except 12/31 and 1/1)
Hours: 9am to 4pm
Kedogawa Beer House, located on the same grounds as Meijigura, serves our unique craft beers, brewed using sweet potato. We also serve lunch and dinner throughout the year. Three unique sweet potato brews are available to try: "Satsuma RED", made from purple sweet potato, and "Satsuma Gold" and "Satsuma Black", made from the Kogane Sengan variety of sweet potato. Of course our Shochu varieties are served as well. Come enjoy our delicious craft beer, or Shochu, with fresh local food at Kedogawa Beer House.
Kedogawa Beer House
(Except 12/31 and 1/1) Lunch: From 11am - 3 pm
Dinner: From 5pm - 9pm
（Last order : 8 pm）
Address : 26 Tategamihonmachi Makurazaki Kagoshima , Japan 898-0025
Please use the information kiosks at Kagoshima Airport and Kagoshima Chuo station to arrange transportation. Information about times, costs, and schedules for transportation are provided below as a courtesy, and subject to change. Please bear in mind also that the return transportation schedules may vary, so please verify your return trip schedule as well when scheduling your transportation to visit us.
From Kagoshima Airport, By Bus and Taxi:
Take the express bus to Kaseda/Makurazaki. The bus takes about 1hour 50min, and costs about 2200 yen per person. This bus leaves the airport every 95 min.
The bus terminates at Makurazaki. From the Makurazaki bus station, Meijigura is about a 10-minute taxi ride, and costs about 700 yen.
From Kagoshima Chuo Station, by Bus and Taxi:
From the East 16 departure spot, take the bus bound for Kawanabe/Makurazaki. This bus takes about 1hour 40min, and costs about 1400 yen per person. The bus leaves the station every hour. The bus terminates at Makurazaki. From the Makurazaki bus station, Meijigura is a 10-minute taxi ride,and costs about 700 yen.