Uonuma, the largest rice producing district in Japan
Rice is as important as water for sake production. The town of Echigo Yuzawa lies in the district of Uonuma, which produces the esteemed brand of table rice Uonuma Koshihikari. As a great producer of Japan’s staple crop, Niigata Prefecture brings to mind the image of rice as well as sake. Fertile land, sharp difference in temperature between seasons, and meltwater rich in minerals—these blessings of nature have long enriched the lives of people in Niigata. The residents draw on nature to grow rice and produce sake. Yuzawa, Uonuma, Niigata The people of Uonuma continue to uphold the ideals of coexistence with nature today.