Shochu for any occasion

  • Straight

    If you want to try shochu in its purest state, straight is the way to go. The traditional way to enjoy Kuma Shochu, with its high 35% to 40% alcohol content, is at room temperature or heated, poured from a traditional gara pitcher and sipped from small choku cups.

  • On the Rocks

    If you’re looking for a sweeter sip, take your shochu on the rocks. Your shochu will start out similar to straight shochu, but gradually change in flavor as the ice melts.

  • With Water

    Adding water lowers the strength of the shochu, making it easier to drink and letting you adjust the drink to match what you’re eating or how you feel. Make sure to use only quality water with Sengetsu.

  • With Hot Water

    The best ratio for bringing out the flavors of the shochu is 3 parts shochu to 2 parts water. Into a glass, first pour hot water, then add shochu with enough force to mix the two and let the flavors mingle. Shochu and hot water is the preferred way of enjoying shochu among the locals of Hitoyoshi-Kuma.

Shochu : It’s good for you!

Did you know that the delicious flavor of honkaku shochu isn’t the only thing it’s got going for it?

Honkaku shochu works to promote good cholesterol (HDL), which helps prevent hardening of the arteries. It also helps promote the enzyme urokinase, which helps prevent thrombosis by breaking down blood clots. It has also been reported that the substances that provide these health benefits are the same substances that give shochu is characteristic flavor and richness.

For those who don’t drink, you can take advantage of these health benefits by using shochu in your cooking. But as with anything, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, so please remember to be responsible when enjoying shochu.

The treasures of
KUMA shochu

Premium Aged Shochu

  • Clay Pot Aging
    Clay Pot Aging

    Kuma Shochu becomes gentler and more aromatic the longer it ages. We have shochu at Sengetsu that has been aging for 50 years.

  • Cask Aging

    We have over 50-years-experience aging shochu on oak casks, and we use our expertise to create aged shochus of superior flavor and quality. We trust you’ll be impressed with our shochus carefully cask-aged for years in the misty Hitoyoshi Valley.


Fruit Liqueurs

  • 1 bottle Sengetsu Shochu (750ml)
  • 500g plums
  • 300g rock sugar
Mix and let sit for 3 months
  • 1 bottle Sengetsu Shochu (750ml)
  • 500g pineapple or other fruit
  • 250g rock sugar
Mix and let sit for 1 month

Cocktail Recipes

  • Kumamotojo Shochu – 15ml
  • Akazake – 15ml
  • White curaçao – 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Shake and pour into a glass
  • Kawabe Shochu – 30ml
  • Watermelon (the sweeter the better) – As needed
  • Lemon juice – As needed
  • Melon liqueur – As needed
Mash the watermelon to release the juice, stir the watermelon juice with the shochu and lemon,

Sengetsu Shiromigura
Distillery Tour Info

Sengetsu’s Shiromigura is one of Hitoyoshi’stop tourist spots. You’ll find almost 30 different Sengetsu shochus, including some that are only available at the distillery. We also have a variety of local snacks and pickled items for sale as well. Shiromigura offers excellent views of the ruins of Hitoyoshi Castle and the Kuma River.

Distillery Tour Info

  • Admission
  • Hours
    9AM-5PM (last entry 4:30PM)
    Your guide will give you a 15-minute tour of the facility, followed by a shochu tasting
  • Tour size
    Tours available for single and group visitors
  • Parking
    10 spaces available at Sengetsu Distillery
  • Address
    Shinmachi 1-banchi, Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture
    (Cross the bridge in front of Hitoyoshi City Hall, go straight for 100 meters and Sengetsu is on your right)
  • Closed
    Open year-round (open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s)
  • Contact
    Sengetsu Shuzo +81-966-22-3207