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1. Water Used for Brewing The water stored in this tank is used for brewing the nihonshu. In the old days, nihonshu was brewed in areas that had access to clean, fresh water. However, with an increase of problems affecting the environment, many breweries are struggling to gain access to fresh water. Despite such difficult conditions in Japan these days, the Nakazen brewery sources its water locally from Mt. Ontake spring water – pure water that requires no distillation. Between the entrance of the shop and the old Mt. Ontake road lies a small locked wooden passageway. Behind it lies a 30 meter long pitch-black cave. The passage increasingly shrinks ...