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3 Industry

From Hachinohe's foundation to a new charm

Hachinohe - representative of northern Tohoku's industrial cities
Industry has been supporting Hachinohe’s development from behind the scenes,
but now it has started to shine as one of the city’s attractions.

Hachinohe's sake breweries

 The Hachinohe region has thrived as a sake-brewing area due to its famous spring waters and the advanced techniques of the Nanbu Clan’s master brewers. Even now, two breweries that have operated since the Edo era are still producing high-quality sake.

 One is Hachinohe Shuzo, which dates back to 1775. Its two major brands are Mutsu Otokoyama, a dry sake beloved in local fishing villages, and Mutsu Hassen, which features a splendid ginjo-type aroma and a refreshing sweetness that are favored by women. Both brands are popular.

 The other brewery is the Hachinohe Shurui's Hachitsuru Factory, which has been in operation since 1786. The Hachitsuru brand, which was named by combining the “mukai-tsuru” (two cranes facing each other) in the Nanbu family crest with “hachi” from Hachinohe, has been appraised by various tasting meetings, etc., for its high level of technical prowess.

 Tours are available (reservations required) at both these breweries, where the fragrance of sake fills the air, bringing to mind the depth of the Nanbu manufacturing techniques.

Hachinohe Shuzo
Hachinohe Shurui's

Limestone Road

 The Hachinohe Limestone Mine is operated by Hachinohe Kozan K.K. Also known as "Hachinohe Canyon", the lime quarry is the lowest point in Japan at 170 meters below sea level. An underground conveyor belt with a total length of 10 km connects Hachinohe Canyon with the wharf where the silos and the cement factory of the Hachinohe Cement Co., Ltd. are located. Limestone is transported daily to be exported from the wharf or made into cement. The dynamic sights associated with limestone are familiar to residents of the city as one of the driving forces behind the development of industry in Hachinohe.

 At Hachinohe Canyon there is an observatory from which you can experience the scale for yourself. Also, the cement factory and the silos on the wharf are a continuing presence in the industrial scenery of Hachinohe.

Ultimate functional beauty and factory views

 Hachinohe represents of northern Tohoku's industrial cities. The rows of large-scale industrial facilities produce an imposing view that includes port facilities of giant quays and rows of cranes, Tohoku’s largest grain terminal, the LNG terminal supplying natural gas throughout Tohoku and smelters that continue to operate all night long.

 Some factories are illuminated at night, which makes enjoying the views from yakata-bune cruises a popular activity, found to have value not only in supporting Hachinohe’s factories but also in offering views of the city’s attractions.

Column「Hachinohe roofed pleasure boat "Niida Maru"」

 The sea at Hachinohe, which symbolizes the city's industry, has four different kinds of scenery. First, the fishing port, which boasts one of the largest volumes of seafood products landed in the country. Second, the rich natural beauty of Sanriku Fukko National Park and the Tanesashi Coast. Third, one of northern Tohoku's leading industrial zones. Fourth, shipyards and commercial facilities.

 Yakata-bune cruising on traditionally styled sightseeing boats is unusual in Tohoku, but you can appreciate Hachinohe"s many different faces while savoring delicious sake and cuisine aboard the "Niida-maru". Hachinohe combines an industrial zone with a fishing port. Why not enjoy every aspect of the city's variety of views?

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