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Meijigura

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.

Meijigura

Meijigura

Open Everyday
(Except 12/31 and 1/1)
Hours: 9am to 4pm
Admission: Free

ACCESS

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.