Home to Shirayuki sake, a brewery operated by Konishi Brewery Co., Ltd.
The 2nd proprietor, Sotaku Konishi, carried sake to Edo by land and went to a place he could see Mt. Fuji and was impressed with the scene of the noble mountain. At that time he named his brewed sake Shirayuki (white snow).
The factory village includes a museum with lots of tools on display and plenty explanation of the sake brewing process in Japanese and English. After visiting and comprehending the information you can call yourself a sake novice in Japan (which is almost equal to a sake expert abroad, at least by knowledge of proper sake terms ;D).
There is also a library of books on sake, a brewery restaurant (offering sake and tasty self brewed beer) and a brewery shop.
At the entrance of the Bokusenji temple, you will find that small two stone deities are displayed. No one knows who made it. But flowers are constantly left by someone.
In the graveyard, You will find the memorial stone for Onitsura Uejima (1660-1738),famous haiku poet who was born in Itami City.
This place is opened to the public except Mondays. Unfortunately it was Monday I visited. The very old house and sake storehouse are restored there.
This restaurant is part of the Shirayuki Brewery Village Chojugura. Despite the fact, that the restaurant is owned by a Japanese sake brewing company, it is in the style of a European beer hall serving self-brewed Belgian style beer to the food.
After our before your meal you can visit the Sake brewing museum.
Favorite Dish: The food is excellent, and my recommendation is to accompany it with the beer tasting set of four types: Blonde, Blanche, Dark and the original Kōsetsu (jap. 香雪 - engl. snowfall) brew.
Koncyu-Kan is in the Koyaike Park. It has movie hall, exhibition room for insect, butterfly farm, and study room. The most interesting facility is butterfly farm. Under the tropical atmospher, you walk through butterfly paradise. This is also nice place you take your kids or grandchildren.
We took the bus in front of JR Itami staion and got off at Matsugaoka station. The Koyaike Park is across the street.
Koyaike Pond is well known that many ducks come in winter from north. And they stay a while with mute swans which live there. The famous priest Gyoki supervised the construction of this Pond in 731.