Welcome to Saijō
A short train ride east of Hiroshima is the town of Saijō (西条), where seven sake breweries are clustered within easy walking distance of the station. The brewers here know their stuff – Saijō has been producing sake for around 300 years – and most open up their doors to curious and thirsty visitors for free sake tastings. A beginner's guide to sake and what makes each local brewery special is available at www.saijosake.com.
When you're done sake tasting, you can pay your respects to the god of sake at Matsuo-jinja, a short walk to the north of Saijō Station.