Tasty experience

Yuasa Machigoto
Soy Sauce Museum


Yuasa, with a substantial remaining cityscape that flourished around soy sauce brewing centered around the “ Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings” where old merchant’s and craftsmen’s houses (machiya) from 100 years ago and more line the streets, continues the tradition of brewing as the birthplace of soy sauce, and was designated as Japan Heritage for continuing to preserve this tradition. The place to experience the charms of such a city with your five senses is “Yuasa Machigoto Soy Sauce Museum.” You can enjoy a tourist experience with your five senses “ Look, hear, touch, enjoy the fragrance, and then taste.” Walking around machiya with impressive thickly tiled roofs and delicate latticework and white walled soil lacquered warehouses lining the main streets(tori)and lanes (shoji), experience the culture and charm that handmade soy sauce creates, and by methods such “Frying with, boiling in, brushing with, mixing with or pouring soy sauce on,” enjoy the charms of the soy sauce culture spreading around the world with your five senses.

Come to the city where you can enjoy delicious tastes and traditions,
lured by the fragrance of soy sauce.

Located on the western shore of the Kii Peninsula, Yuasa boasts inlets with gentle waves and the beautiful coastline stretching on. From its privileged geography, from ancient times it flourished as a harbor town. Soy sauce was born here around the Middle Ages. Within the bustling city where various businesses and cultures developed, the production of soy sauce, the decisive factor in the taste of Japanese food, started from the imagination of craftsmen that focused on the production process of “Kinzanji Miso.” The cityscape where warehouses and buildings related to soy sauce production remain was designated as a “Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings” and in 2017 as “ Japan Heritage,” being a city where the history and traditions of soy sauce production thrive.

A quaint cityscape ‒
About the Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings of Yuasa

The area designated by the state as a Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings is approx. 400 m East to West and approx. 280 m North to South, and buildings line the relatively wide main avenues(tori)and the maze like small streets (shoji) between them. Brewing warehouses from the past remain and you can feel the tradition of soy sauce production. The “makuita” hanging from the eaves and various types of lattice and “mushiko-mado windows” with lattices coated with plaster and other old machiya facades are the cityscape that is a fusion of culture that exemplifies Yuasa and a highlights thereof.

City Walking Map

Museum Opening/Closing Days

  Opening Hours Closing Days
Building 1
Yuasa Umaimongura
(Tasty Things Warehouse)

10:00 to 16:00

(If Wednesday is a public holiday, the museum will be closed on the following day.)

Year-end and New Year
(December 29th to January 3rd)

※[Building 3 Nishigura]
 is open mainly on weekends.
Building 2
Building 3
Building 4
Kadocho Shokunin-gura
Building 5
Handmade Soy Sauce Resource Center
Building 6
Tateishi Chaya

※We sell a ticket that allows you to enjoy “Walking and Eating” of Gozen  cuisine using seasonal ingrevdients from Wakayama prefecture.  (Soy sauce taste comparison experience 700 yen/Reservations  for a tasting experience of dishes made using Yuasa handmade  soy sauce 3,000 yen)For details please visit our website.


By train

※From Shin Osaka approx. 1 hr. 30 min. minimum/From Tennoji approx.  1 hr. 10 min. minimum

By car

※From the direction of Osaka get off the express way
 at the Arida I.C or Yuasa I.C.From the direction
 of Shirahama get off the express way at the Hirokawa I.C.

Approx. 5 min. from the Hanwa Expressway Arida I.C
Approx. 5 min. from the Yuasa-Gobou Road Yuasa I.C
Approximately 10 min from the Yuasa-Gobou Road Hirokawa I.C