Brothers working together to cherish local origins

No reservation required, you can visit this “Soy Sauce Brewery” and allow your five senses to explore their creative products. Ranging from soy sauce soft serve ice cream, to tamago kake gohan, or “raw egg over white rice” seasoned with soy sauce, this brewery will satisfy your taste buds. This company is well known in the soy sauce industry, and the owner, Yoichi Yugeta, is determined to keep his soy sauce safe and delicious.

工場に併設された、誰でも気軽に自由に見学ができる「醤遊王国」/Also known as the “Soy Sauce Kingdom,” anyone can freely visit the brewery.



A place where your five senses can experience soy sauce

Driving through the rural countryside in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture, you will find “Soy Sauce Kingdom”. When you first step in, you find yourself at a small shop, all selling various soy sauce goods. When you walk up to the second floor, you will see a small restaurant, packed with tourists enjoying the famous soy sauce soft serve ice cream and tamago kake gohan.

卵かけご飯や醤油ソフトクリームなども楽しめる/Here, you can enjoy the tamago kake gohan and soy sauce soft serve ice cream.



No reservation required for factory tours

“I will start the factory tour,” rang the overhead speaker, “On the other side of the restaurant, there is a glass window that shows soy sauce at various maturity levels. Beginning with the raw material processing, they start steaming the soybeans and roasting the wheat.” The commentary continued throughout the entire tour, and the 20−minute tour is held every hour.

ガラス越しに諸味の醤油を見学できる/You can see the different maturity levels of the soy sauce from the glass window.
ボタンを押すと対応する桶に照明があたる仕掛け/When you push a button, a light will shine on the corresponding tub.




Returning to the original soy sauce

At the beginning of the Heisei Period (1989−present), Yugeta Soy Sauce was mostly involved in wholesale business of oils and juices. When Yoichi Yugeta, the fourth generation owner, took over the family business, he decided to produce soy sauce, the original function of the brewery.

“Since soy sauce is a food product, it must be safe to eat. Soy sauce is a seasoning, so if is not delicious, it loses its purposes,” said Yugeta. They started to garner serious attention when Yugeta Soy Sauce began using domestic raw materials and kioke (large wooden barrels). And they believed that in order to make the soy sauce−making process more familiar and transparent, they opened “Soy Sauce Kingdom” in 2006, a store and restaurant for customers to feel comfortable and cozy. At that time, it was rare to invite customers to the actual soy sauce brewery.

麹づくりと経営担当の兄の弓削多洋一さん(左)と、品質管理担当の弟の真寿さん(右)/Brothers Yoichi Yugeta (left) and Masatoshi Yugeta (right). Yoichi Yugeta is in charge of making and managing koji. Masatoshi Yugeta controls the quality of the soy sauce.



A 4:00 a.m. start, even before overseas business trips

Koji−making is critical for brewing soy sauce. Even though Yoichi Yugeta is the manager and chief brewer, steaming is his top priority: “Steaming soybeans is very important to making good koji.” If you have a business trip abroad, you must wake up at 4:00 a.m. to steam the soybeans. Only until then can you switch to your suit and head for the airport.

蒸した大豆と炒った小麦を混ぜて室に運ぶ様子/Mixing steamed soybeans and roasted wheat together
出来上がった麹を塩水と混ぜて仕込みをする様子/Mixing the finished koji with salt and water.
発酵がはじまりつつある諸味/Through fermentation, the mixture will become unrefined soy sauce.



Brothers working in tandem

There have been many instances where Yoichi Yugeta and Masatoshi Yugeta have quarreled on how to make the soy sauce better. However, they know that if they want to be one of the best soy sauce shops, they must work together. Many of their customers are locals, and 90% of the soy sauce they make is rooted in local produce. Today, they aim to be loved by the local people.

醤油本の取材で訪問した時の一コマ。編集者の萩原さんは醤油ソフトクリームがお気に入り。/A photograph during our visit to Yugeta Soy Sauce. Editor Hagiwara enjoyed eating the soy sauce soft serve ice cream.



価格 : 333円+税
原材料 : 大豆、小麦、食塩
〒350-1201 埼玉県日高市田波目475
TEL:049-286-0811  FAX:049-286-0828