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Yuasa town in Wakayama Prefecture“Japan’s First Soy Sauce”-Kishu Yuasa’s Soy Brewery

Townscape filled with soy source aroma

Townscape filled with soy source aroma

Summary

The history of Japanese soy sauce dates to a Zen monk who brought back a method of making special miso from China during the 13th century. Yuasa, located in what was formerly known as the Kishu domain of Wakayama Prefecture, has become famous for creating the first Japanese soy sauce out of the liquid that accumulated in the miso tub. The town prospered from soy sauce brewing and is lined with houses with impressive thick-tiled roofs, delicate lattice screens, and white earthen-walled warehouses. As visitors walk through Yuasa’s remarkably well-preserved narrow warren of streets, they will be welcomed by the smell of delicious soy sauce wafting out of the historic breweries.In Yuasa, the history and traditions of soy sauce brewing continue to thrive through the inviting aromas, beautiful objects and local customs that exist in the lives of its inhabitants.

Cultural properties

  • “Daisenbori”with soy source storehouses
    “Daisenbori”with soy source storehouses
    “Daisenbori”with soy source storehouses
  • Soy source brewing house
    Soy source brewing house
    Soy source brewing house
  • Folding screen with Yuasazu picture
    Folding screen with Yuasazu picture
    Folding screen with Yuasazu picture
  • Festival at Kenkoku Jinja shrine
    Festival at Kenkoku Jinja shrine
    Festival at Kenkoku Jinja shrine

Map of cultural properties