Traditional distillery Denbeegura

The highly dedicated craftsmanship of Hamadaya has fostered the tradition of this distillery.

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Here lives Hamada Spirit Master distillers keep in place our traditional taste, craftsmanship and spirit and dedicate themselves to making Shochu

Denbeegura Shochu distillery was founded in 1868. It has been embracing the traditional taste, craftsmanship and spirit of Honkaku Shochu. In this Shochu distillery every Shochu is hand made.
Denbeegura has put in place strict requirements on everything it uses from the fermentation jar, pot still to the koji mold chamber.
The skills honed over the years produce the unrefined Shochu of sophisticated Honkaku Shochu.
We pay close attention to the weather, temperature and humidity of the day because we consider Shochu production to be a craft and therefore hand make everything.
Our master distillers take pride in making Honkaku Shochu and do everything they can to maintain the mild flavor and dignified air because these are hallmarks of Denbeegura.
believe such a dedication is essential to maintaining tradition and work hard to Shochu to please the palate of everyone.


Traditional wooden pot still brings back the taste our founders produced.
We also have stainless steel pot still the designing of which incorporates Hamadaya’s know-how.


We make it a rule to use only the raw ingredients produced in Kagoshima Prefecture.


We do each process with great care and stick to our made-by-hand method.


Our professional skills, honed over many years, are the bedrock of Hamadaya’s Shochu making.


Koji mold, water, air and jars are all alive. We take great care to keep an environment in the Shochu distillery that allows these living creatures to do their job.


We stick to our traditional production method by using jars.


Difference in aging and storage methods creates different characters of Shochu.


We at Hamadaya take pride in doing what we do with great care every day.


Distillery workers dedicated themselves to producing Honkaku Shochu with great care.


The tour of Denbeegura distillery includes a visit at Denbee Museum, where traditional shochu-making utensils are on display. There is also a restaurant.


Eat, drink and have a good time at Denbeegura

Denbeegura is always open for visitors.
The distillery has a shop where you sample a variety of Denbeegura shochu products and buy the one you like. Adjacent to the shop is Shochu and Restaurant Denbee where you enjoy not only lunch but also a dinner with Shochu and local Craftbeers.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Denbeegura.


From Kagosima Airport

Approx. one-hour by car on the Kyushu Expressway and Minami Kyushu Expressway (three minutes from Ichiki Intersection)

From Downtown Kagoshima City

・Approx. 45 minutes by car (Japan National Route 3)

・Approx. 25 minutes by car on Minami Kyushu Expressway (three minutes from Ichiki Intersection)

・Approx. 30 minutes by train on JR (Approx. 20 minutes on foot from JR Ichiki Station)

From JR Kushikino Station

Approx. 15 minutes by car (Japan National Route 3)

Contact Us


4-1 Minatomachi, Ichiki-Kushikino-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture, 899-2101
Tel: +81 996-36-3131

Opening hours

Tour of a warehouse and Store (Closed on Wednesdays)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Denbee Shochu Restaurant (Closed on Wednesdays)

・Lunch 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

・Dinner 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM *Requires reservations.

Tour of a warehouse

Distillery Tour Start Time

・11:00 AM

・2:00 PM

*1 Duration: 40m (approx.)
*2 Runs two tours a day. Advance reservations required.

Max capacity


Itinerary(Complimentary gift included)

- In-person guided distillery tour by a distiller

- Tasting: a selection of 3 brands (Den, Ukichi, and Kaneshige) and a few from seasonal recommendations

- Quiz rally activity

Tour price

Adults (age 20+) …JP¥500 (tax included)

Under age 20 …Free

Additional information

- Driving participants will receive tasting samples to take home.

- Tasting and gifts are reserved to participants aged 20 and over.

Accepted Payment Types

- Cash, credit card