Ushiku Chateau

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(uchiku shatou)

Just an hour outside of Tokyo by train is Ushiku Chateau, a stunning architectural masterpiece modelled after a French winery. Visitors can marvel at the chateau’s intricate details and design while learning about its fascinating history. Completed in 1903 in an area surrounded by vineyards, the Ushiku Chateau established a system for cultivating, harvesting, producing, bottling, and shipping wine.

The Ushiku Chateau played a crucial role in establishing Japan’s winemaking industry and is recognized as the country’s first full-fledged winery. With a vineyard spanning over 160 hectares and boasting over 130,000 vines at its peak, it produced a wide variety of high-quality wines that were enjoyed by wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.

Aside from touring the winery, visitors can also explore the expansive verdant garden that surrounds the chateau. The garden is meticulously maintained and provides a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. The historic atmosphere of the garden is perfect for those looking to unwind and relax.

One of the highlights of visiting Ushiku Chateau is trying out their wine and craft beer. The chateau produces a range of exquisite wines and craft beers that are perfect for bringing back home as souvenirs. The wine and craft beer produced here are made using only the finest ingredients and are crafted with precision and care.

For those looking to indulge in fine dining, the casual French restaurant housed in the chateau’s red brick cellar is a must-visit. The restaurant offers a delectable menu that features locally sourced ingredients and pairs perfectly with Ushiku Chateau’s wine and craft beer.

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