This is for sure the most alcoholic secret cave in Japan and the world. After all, in what cave can you find gallons and gallons of sake hidden like this?
In Japan, these sakes are deep in the Nasu Karasuyama slope. There are racks upon racks of aged sake that rest peacefully in these mysterious caves.
Find out more about this incredible cave here. In addition to having numerous Japanese drinks, she is also very beautiful.
The Secret Cave in Japan and World War II
Walking along a wooded hillside, you come across a door carved into the rock and closed to the world… It doesn’t get much more mysterious than this unusual setup, and it’s hard not to imagine what could be on the other side of the door. .
However, this is a guided tour of Japan and anyone who gets there and manages to enter the cave has authorization. So, you will be in doubt about what is there, just some unsuspecting.
These imposing steel doors lead to a cave system now dedicated to aged sake from the nearby Shimazaki brewery.
Although the dark tunnels are now officially the “sake storage cave” (どうくつ酒蔵) of Shimazaki Brewery, they were originally excavated at the end of WWII and used to house a tank factory. Over the course of a year and a half, 400 people carved the caves into the rock of the mountain, and when the factory was finally ready, it produced a total of 20 tanks for battle.
The Secret Cave in Japan and Sake
With the end of the war, artificial caves began to be used for other purposes. With an entire mountain of rocks surrounding the tunnels, the temperature is cool and consistent year-round, rarely straying from the average of around 10°C. This makes tunnels the perfect place to store alcohol and allow it to ripen in the best possible way and be enjoyed later.
Most Japanese sake is actually enjoyed fresh, drunk within a year or so of when it is made, and sake aficionados can tell you that sake is quite difficult to age well.
But Shimazaki Brewery says that environment gives aged sake a smooth, aromatic flavor, and so does the cave – three main tunnels about 3.5m wide and high, 100m long and connected by five 60m cross tunnels. for a total of around 600 m of tunnel – it is full of shelves and crates and cases of sake bottles.
Shimazaki Brewery’s sake warehouse caves are open to visitors throughout the morning and afternoon on weekends and holidays between March and December, or other days by prior arrangement.
Source: hyper japan