Kinshi Masamune was founded in 1781 in the ancient capitol of Kyoto.
Eventually moving the brewing facilities to the Fushimi district for the favorable production conditions that exist there, we have been producing fine sake for more than 200 years and will continue to build upon our established traditions and techniques to bring the finest sake to generations to come.

Corporate Mission

Unfaltering determination to making people happy

Matsuya Kyubei, who founded Kinshi Masamune in 1781 to the south of Kyoto’s imperial palace, ardently wished for one thing – that his sake could play a role in bringing people together, enhancing their lives, and furthering their happiness.
Consistently dedicated to this founding spirit, Kinshi Masamune is striving to become a global contributor to society.

Management Principles

1.Contribute to people’s happiness
2.Implement customer-oriented marketing
3.Enhance the culture and gastronomic identity of Kyoto

The Brewers who Sustain Kinshi Masamune

The late Iwasaki Kumajiro (1915 – 1995): Master Brewer

In 1983, Mr. Iwasaki received the Minister’s Award (for contemporary master craftsmen) from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. He served for many years as the chairman of the brewers union in Fushimi, Kyoto.

Konishi Shoji (1931 – ): Master Brewer

Mr. Konishi has taken over for Mr. Kumajiro, working as master brewer since 1988. He received the Gold Prize in 1999 and 2001 at the Annual Japan Sake Awards held by the National Research Institute of Brewing.

Himeji Tomohiro(1975 – ): Master Brewer

Mr. Himeji joined Kinshi Masamune as a fulltime chief sake brewer in 2011. He is very particular about the process of producing koji (aspergillus oryzae fungus) in order to preserve the traditions of Kinshi Masamune’s Kyoto-brewed sake. His efforts earned him the “Gold Award” at the 2014 Junmaishu sake competition.

Corporate Overview

Company name Kinshi Masamune Co., Ltd.
Incorporated in 1936
Founded in 1781
Business Brewing and sales of alcoholic beverages
Capital 40,000,000 yen
President Yasushi Horino
Location Head Office
337-1 Shinmachi 11-chome, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8081 Japan
Tel: 075-611-5201  Fax: 075-611-0080
Kyoto Branch
Kameyacho, Sakaimachi-dori Nijo Agaru
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0811 Japan
Tel: 075-221-0419  Fax: 075-253-0543
Tokyo Branch
1-9-12 Shintomi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0041 Japan

Environmental Measures

Solar panels installed on the roof of the Head Office sake warehouse

As part of our measures to contribute to the environment, we have taken the initiative in our industry to use a clean energy solar power system which includes installing solar panels on the roof of the sake warehouse at our Head Office. This fusion of traditional architecture and leading technology will surely be seen as a landmark in the sake producing district of Fushimi in Kyoto.

The photo at the bottom left of the screen shows the same solar panels installed at the headquarters of Kyocera.

A digital display on the exterior wall at our Head Office indicates present solar radiation intensity and the amount of electricity being produced.