We are now accepting applications for the Sake Making program at the Gakkogura 2022 !
We will have people who want to experience the most essential part of making sake with us.

 

●Gakkogura was certificated as the first case of Special Zone of Japanese Sake.

The Gakkogura is a previously abandoned school on Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, that has been rehabilitated as a sake brewery. Sake is brewed in cool conditions during the summer. The raw ingredients are produced on Sado Island. As an energy source, Sado Island produced renewable energy is used.
Here, we offer the “Gakkogura Sake Making Program” for those who want to learn how to brew sake. This year, in addition to a One Week Course, we have introduced a 20 Day Course for a longer and more authentic learning experience. If you are interested in this program, please check the following information below and apply.
*For more information about Gakkogura, please click here.
*On-site accommodation rooms and a café will be newly established from summer 2022.
*The Gakkogura was certificated as the first so-called Special Zone of Japanese Sake.

●Contents of Sake Making Program

The Sake Making Program includes an "One Week Course" that focuses on koji making and three-stage fermentation mash preparation, and a "20 Day Course" that covers everything from the fermentation starter making to koji making and three-stage fermentation mashing process.

About Sake making program in 30 seconds

《1 Week Course》Sake Making Program

【Contents of the experience】

The duration of the program is set at one week so that participants can experience the processes from koji making to three-stage brewing, which is the core of sake production. In addition to the washing the rice, soaking, steaming, koji making, and brewing, there will also be a visit to the rice field to understand local circulation, an orientation to understand the meaning of each work, and a sake tasting session to experience professional sensory testing.
You will also experience one night of koji making. On that occasion, you will stay overnight in a newly built accommodation room at the Gakkogura.

 
《Specifics are as follows.》
Day 1
Orientation, Steaming rice, Koji making
Day 2
Koji making, Rice washing, Soaking, Rice field tour
*Koji making at night (with reception & overnight stay), potentially on day 2 or 4
Day 3
Steaming, Koji making, Washing, Soaking
Day 4
Steaming, Soe-shikomi, Koji making
Day 5
Odori,rice washing, soaking, Sake tasting
Day 6
Steaming rice, Naka-jikomi, Washing rice, Soaking rice.
Day 7
Steaming rice, Soe-shikomi, Graduation ceremony

*The basic schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (may vary daily).
*The last day ends around noon.
*Schedule is subject to change.
*Other activities and optional tours are also available.

1week key point

【SCHEDULE】

Class 1  Closed Applications  30th May〜5th June
Class 2  13th June〜19th June
Class 3  Not accepting applications
Class 4  Closed Applications  11th July〜17th July
Class 5  25th July〜31th July
Class 6  Closed Applications  15th August〜21st August

【Details 】

The Participation fee: 80,000yen  ( tax included ).
Includes the cost of work clothes, a sake tasting seminar, aroma samples, lodging for one night, and one reception parties.
Number of applicants: About 4
Eligibility: Healthy people over 20 years old
Location: Mainly at the Gakkogura (1871 Nishimikawa, Sado City)
Preparation: Comfortable clothing
Conditions:  In principle, participants must be able to participate for the entire week.

【How to apply 】

Please apply using the application form below. We will examine your application carefully and we will contact you.


《20 Days Course》Sake Making Program

【Contents of the experience 】

In 20 days, participants will experience the sake production flow, from making the fermentation starter, making koji, which is the core of the sake production, to the preparation of the three-stage fermentation mash.
During the program, participants will not only experience rice washing, soaking, steaming, koji making, and mashing, but also visit the local sake rice fields to understand the regional cycle. You will also receive an orientation session to understand the meaning of the whole production process, and experience a guided sake tasting session.
You will also experience two evenings making koji, on which you stay overnight in a newly built room at the Gakkogura. Optionally the processes from fermentation mash management to pressing can be added.

 
《Specifics are as follows》
Day 1
Orientation, Steaming rice, Koji making (Fermentation starter koji)
Day 2
Koji making, Rice washing, Soaking, Koji making at night (with reception & overnight stay)
Day 3
Steaming Rice, Shubo-shikomi
Day 4-Day 13
Fermentation starter preparation
Day 14
Orientations, Steaming rice, Koji Making (Soe Koji, Naka Koji)
Day 15
Koji making, Rice washing, Soaking, Rice field tour
*Koji making at night (with reception & overnight stay), potentially on day 17.
Day 16
Steaming, Koji making , Washing, Soaking
Day 17
Steaming, Soe-shikomi, Koji making
Day 18
Odori, Rice washing, Soaking, Sake tasting
Day 19
Steaming rice, Naka-jikomi, Washing rice, Soaking rice
Day 20
Steaming rice, Tome-koji, Graduation ceremony

*The basic schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but depending on the day,
*The last day ends around noon.
*Schedule is subject to change.
*Other activities and optional tours are also available.
*Please note that there will be extremely little work on days 4 through 13, during which the fermentation starter is prepared.
ImageDepending on the number of applicants, there is a possibility that the last week of your program overlaps with participants of the 1-week sake brewing experience.

20days key point

【Schedule】

Class A-1  17th May〜5th June

【Details 】

Participation Fee: 150,000 yen (tax included)
Includes the cost of work clothes, a sake tasting seminar, aroma samples, lodging for two nights, and two reception parties.
Number of applicants: About 4
Eligibility: Healthy people over 20 years old
Location: Mainly at the Gakkogura (1871 Nishimikawa, Sado City)
Preparation: Comfortable clothing
Conditions: In principle, participants must be able to participate for the entire 20 days.

【How to apply 】

Please apply using the application form below. We will examine your application carefully and we will contact you.

 

【Application Form 】

Fields marked with * are required.

(1) Name*
(2) Occupation*
(3) Date of birth/age
(Must be 20 years of age or older)*
/ /
age :
(4) Gender*
(5) Your address*
(6) Email address*
(7) Phone number*
(Cell phone number if available)
(8) Desired program*
1st choice :
2nd choice :
(9) Self-introduction*
(400 words or less)
(10) Motivation for applying*
(400 characters or less)
(11) Languages spoken
(Multiple answers allowed)

Other : (Please specify)
(12) Car*

Other :
(13) How many times have you been vaccinated against corona ?*

(14) Any other information about your stay, or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or allergies
(15) Do you agree to the terms listed below?*

Handling of Personal Information
Your personal information will be used only for the purpose of responding to your inquiries, contacting you, and providing you with information about our services. It will not be used for any other purpose. We will not provide your personal information to any third party without your consent.

We will contact you for confirmation after receiving your entry.
Please be note that we will decide whether or not to accept your application after screening your documents.

《Precautions》

All applicants are required to agree to the following terms and conditions:

*You will be notified 2 weeks prior to the starting day of each batch in case of cancellation. But there will be still possibilities we should make sudden cancellations due to the Corona virus situation even just before starting day. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
*Please note that your transportation, accommodation will not be covered if a cancellation occurs.

 

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