Taste the best natural water in Japan and the local beer made at the foot of Mt. Fuji!
Mt. Fuji not only shows its magnificent figure to people but also brings various nature's blessings in fact. Mt. Fuji's abundant groundwater is one of them. This time, I will use a rent-a-car to go to taste the local beer made from Mt. Fuji's natural water which pumped up from 100 meters below ground.
Driving about 10 minutes after coming off at Kawaguchiko interchange, you could see Michi-no-Eki (roadside rest station) Fujiyoshida on your right. For safe driving, let's take a break before traveling to the next point. It will be relieved if you think you can finally take a break.
Arrive at Japan's greatest Mt. Fuji and the home of delicious water “Michi-no-Eki (Roadside rest area) Fujiyoshida”
Michi-no-Eki Fujiyoshida is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, and you can shop and eat besides taking a break. Let's go to the cafe restaurant across the parking lot from Michi-no-Eki this time. It is a place where you can taste the beer made from the groundwater of Mt. Fuji.
I feel warmth from the exterior wall that the image of the brick. The shop is spacious and you can see inside the shop from the glassed wall.
The store's rights can be seen from outside. Shall we go inside now?
Refilling beer service can be offered because of the brewery within facility.
The first thing you can see when you enter the shop is the beer brewery on the other side of the glass. Do you feel sorry if you enjoy drinking beer in front of the driver? No problem. Brewed beer can also be purchased here as a souvenir.
The expiry date is about 2 months if you keep refrigerated. Normal beer’s expiry date is more than half a year. The reason why this beer has a shorter life is because heat treatment wasn’t applied. A miscellaneous flavor still remains, but it hasn’t been done heat treatment in order to keep good flavors. It is their commitment. Therefore, it is a rare local beer which is hardly available outside Fuji-Goko (the Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji) area.
1-liter cans, three kinds lined up on the left side of the photo, or a larger 2-liter bottle on the right side are perfect for souvenirs. You can enjoy the beer relaxingly after arriving at a hotel with the driver as well.
What I would like to pay attention is the 2-liter bottle. Once you buy the bottle here, you can bring it empty and ask for refilling new beer from next time. I asked about this system because I have never seen it before. It seems that there is not much service in other places, and it is a method of offering that is possible only by the fact that a brewery is installed within the facility. They have many repeat customers for this service.
Speaking of souvenirs along with the beers, a store staff strongly recommended me a spare rib! It is a vacuum pack of the special spare ribs of the shop. The size is quite big, so half size might be good enough.
Local craft beer brewed at the foot of Mt Fuji, using the authentic technique of Germany
There is a café restaurant next to the brewery. It has a very mood in contrast to the rugged image of a brewery. Jazz music is played as BGM, and record jackets of jazz were decorated on the wall.
Mt. Fuji's beer has three types, Pilsner, Weizen, and Dunkel, and all in German. When this brewery was built twenty years ago, a meister was invited from Germany for guidance. The meister not only inherited German techniques to brew beers but also devised recipes of beer making use of the great taste of Mt Fuji's water. The restaurant has a tasting menu, which allows you to compare all three types of beer made in the brewery. It is around thousand yen, and comes with mix nuts.
What I would like to recommend beginners is Pilsner on the leftmost. It is the most popular beer, which has not only clear taste but also bitterness. Weizen, in the middle, is popular among women. With fruitiness and refreshing bitterness, it is easy to drink for women who are not big fun of beer. Then, how about Dunkel? It seems to be popular among those from overseas especially European who travel in Japan. It is blackish-brown color, and has a heavy and rich aromatic taste.
If you want to eat more food with beer, I would recommend this menu. When it comes to beer, it's a sausage! But I did not choose this just for that reason. Can you see there are two types of sausages here? The white sausages below are made with Mt. Fuji's beer. It has more juiciness with a light texture compared to the sausages above without the beer.
The blessing of Mt. Fuji is everywhere
Well, I introduced the local beer made with groundwater of Japan's greatest Mt. Fuji. How was it?
What I felt after tasting the beer is the strong malt fragrance when approaching my mouth and the very fresh flavor. Natural water made over several hundred years at the foot of Mount Fuji. Natural water is said to have different tastes depending on places. The blessings of Japan's greatest Mt. Fuji will entertain us even in such way. Thanks to Mt. Fuji. Receive this blessing when come for a trip to Japan.
“Harves Terrace” (Fujiyama Beer)
●1936, Araya, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture
Within the area of Michi-no-Eki “Fujiyoshida”
●11:00 ~ 21:00 (LO for meal 20:00, for drink 20:30)
* may differ depending on the season and weather
●By Bus: 1-munite walk from the bus stop of “Fuji Radar Dome House” from Fujikyu Railway Fujisan Station.
By car: 10 minutes from Kawaguchiko interchange on Chuo Expressway
*The above information was last updated February 10, 2018. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
*The legal drinking age is 20 in Japan.
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