Saijo lies in the center of Higashi-Hiroshima City, which is just next to Hiroshima City.

The chimneys peering out from the town scene provide evidence of sake production. Surrounded by green mountains and located on a basin at an altitude of 250 meters, Saijo has wildly varying extremes of temperature from day to night and winter to summer, making this an ideal environment for manufacturing sake. With abundant subsoil flow from Mt. Ryuo and many rice farms, the region is widely recognized as being one of Japan's three finest sources of superior sake, along with Nada and Fushimi. This is the story of what I experienced when visiting Saijo...

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