The rice fields of Nara in the region of Kinki are renowned for their shifting weather; during the colder months, they transform into a beautiful winter landscape. Sake production originating from the Nara prefecture, which has been linked to local monks for many years, has gained notoriety for its large grains of rice that are still present in the sake. Annually, over 40,000 tons of sake are produced in these rice fields.
Japanese sake has been offered to gods since ancient times and has been an essential part of celebrations and festivities. Nara is believed to be the birthplace of Japanese sake. As an ancient capital, Nara hosted numerous large temples, where sake (called sōbōshu, meaning “temple sake”) was made back in those days.