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[Summary] Yamagata Ciders! 9 selection for hot summer days

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The hot days will continue.
In these times I would like to drink a crisply chilled cider and feel refreshed.

Many people may think of pine cider when they think of Yamagata’s local cider.
Many years I was wondering why there is pine cider in Yamagata, a place where pineapples do not grow.

Aside from it, there are other Yamagata-like fruit flavored ciders and others that are sold only in hot spring areas and are perfect for bathing.

This time, I would like to introduce you to these delicious ciders.
If you find some in a hot spring area, roadside station, souvenir store, etc., please try it.

* [Drinking impression] is just an individual impression.
* Prices may vary depending on the store.

Ciders at hot springs resorts

1. Classic cider (Zao Onsen)

・ Zao Onsen Yutabiya Takayudo

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Zao Onsen Yutabiya Takayudou was born from the desire to make your stay at Zao Onsen more enjoyable and to spend a time that will be a memory of your life.

In addition to a shop where you can find fashionable hot spring items collected from all over Japan, there is also a rest area where you can stop by during your walk.

There is also a tourist information booth that introduces how to enjoy Zao Onsen and experience plans.

 

・ Introduction of cider

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The first cider of Takayudo’s original item is a refreshing cider that is just right for the bath.

Zao Tengu and Antelope are drawn on the label on Takayu-dori, which is very cute.
You’ll want to keep the bottle you’ve finished drinking.

[Drinking impression]
It tastes like a nostalgic ramune.
The sweetness is refreshing and it seems that you can drink it after the bath.

Price 270 yen (tax included)
Volume 340ml
Calories 41kcal (per 100ml)
Sales outlet Zao Onsen Yutabiya Takayudo
Online shopping
Distributor LABEL LINK Co., Ltd.
127 Zao Onsen, Yamagata City
080-3190-0019

 

Detailed information

Zao Onsen Yutabiya Takayudou

Zao Onsen Yutabiya Takayudou

19 Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture

Detailed information

Zao Onsen

Zao Onsen

Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture

2. Hijiori Caldera Cider (Hijiori Onsen)

・ Hijiori Onsen

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Hijiori Onsen in Okura Village has been open for 1200 years and is famous countrywide as a heavy snowfall area.

In the old-fashioned hot spring area, a morning market is held daily from spring to autumn to sell mountain vegetables, mushrooms, vegetables, etc. collected by local farmers.

The spring water is hydrogen carbonated and it has long been said to be effective against wounds and fractures.

It is also famous as a hot spring for beautiful skin that makes women happy.

・ Introduction of cider

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This is a cider with 10% of high quality carbonated water (carbon dioxide mineral spring) that springs from the Karudera Onsenkan.

In addition to plain flavors, there is also a sister product, “Hijiori Caldera Tomato Cider,” which is made by adding fruit juice to Okura Village’s specialty cherry tomatoes.

[Drinking impression]
A slightly carbonated and mellow taste that is easy to drink even for those who are not good at carbonation.
Perhaps because it is slightly carbonated, the sweetness stands out.
A cider that is easy to drink from children to the elderly.

Price 270 yen (tax included)
Volume 340ml
Calories 35kcal (per 100ml)
Sales outlet Hijiori Onsen souvenir shop
Online shopping
Seller Hijiori Onsenkyo Promotion Co., Ltd.
451-2 Minamiyama, Okura Village
0233-34-6106

3. Hot spring cider (Ginzan Onsen)

・ Ginzan Onsen

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Ginzan Onsen is one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Yamagata.
The hot spring town with a Taisho romance feels like you have slipped back in time.

At night, gas lights are lit, making the world even more nostalgic!
The photogenic hot spring town is sure to look good on Instagram no matter where you shoot it.

・ Introduction of cider

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A woman who drinks cider under the light of a gas lamp is reminiscent of Yumeji Takehisa’s beauty painting.
The retro and stylish design is perfect for souvenirs!

It is also recommended to drink slowly while soaking in the footbath.

[Drinking impression]
 It tastes like old-fashioned ramune.
The crisp carbonic acid spills over into the lit body.

Price 300 yen (excluding tax)
Volume 340ml
Calories 41kcal (per 100ml)
Sales outlet Ginzan Onsen Izu no Hana
販売者 Izu no Hana, Ginzan Onsen
440 Ginzan Onsen, Obanazawa City
0237-28-2036

4. Biribiri Dew

・ Sakata Beika

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Sakata Beika is famous for its Oranda Senbei rice crackers.
Lightly baked with a crispy texture and their moderately salty taste makes them addictive.

This rice cracker makers also offers a Biri Biri Dew cider.

・ Introduction of cider

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If you read the explanation written on the bottle…

Biri Biri Dew is dialect used in the Shonai region.

When to use it:
This is the first words that come out when you drink a carbonated drink.​
In addition, Magmag Dew (heartburn), Muramura Dew (ask the shop staff)

Or so it says on the bottle.

Really?! Is it okay to ask the shop staff (laughs)?
A glimpse of Sakata Beika’s humor makes me smile! !! !!

[Drinking impression]
Compared to other cider, it is more carbonated.
It is Biri Biri Dew!
It has a faint flower-like, plum-like scent.

 

Price 300 yen (excluding tax)
Volume 330ml
Calories Not shown
Sale place Oranda Senbei Factory
Seller Sakata Beika Co., Ltd.
2-24 Ryoucho, Sakata City
0120-54-6220

 

5. Kitamae Salt cider

・ What is Sakata salt?

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※ The photograph is an image.

Sakata salt is a mineral-rich salt coming from the seawater off the coast of Fukura in Yuza Town.
The seawater off Fukura has penetrated the underground below Mt. Chokai and has been filtered over many years in underground water with plenty of minerals.

Yuza Town’s specialty rock oysters also grow into delicious mineral-rich oysters thanks to this nutritious underground water.

・ Introduction of cider

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When you pour it into a glass, the blue color is refreshing! !!
You can drink while watching the setting sun of the Sea of Japan, or you can drink it under the shining sun.

Cider made with salt from Sakata is soothing to the sweaty body.

[Drinking impression]
You can taste the salt and feel it a little in the sweetness.
It is a cider that has a plum-like flavor and a mellow sweetness that is comfortable and easy to drink.

Price 295 yen (tax included)
Volume 200ml
Calories Not shown
Sale place Shonai Tourist Product Center
Souvenir shop / convenience store
Online shopping
Seller Ocha no Yamaichi YK
12-1 Midorimachi, Tsuruoka City
0235-23-9743

Fruit cider

6. Yamagata Pine Cider

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Speaking of Yamagata cider, the Pine Cider may be the most known!
If you are from Yamagatayou have probably been familiar with it since you were a child.

Why are pineapples that are not cultivated in Yamagata found in a local cider?
It seems that it was born from a longing for tropical fruits, which were hard to find at that time.

・ Introduction of cider

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A slightly colored pine color, this pigment uses safflower.
It sounds like Yamagata.

The pineapple design is also pop and nice!

[Drinking impression]
When you open the can, the scent of pineapple drifts, and the expected value rises even before you drink it.
The strong carbonic acid is comfortable, and the refreshing sweetness is addictive.

Price 108 yen
Volume 250ml
Calories 105kcal (per 250ml)
Sales outlet Souvenir shop
Product hall, roadside station, etc.
Manufacturer Yamagata Foods Co., Ltd.
1176-1 Urushiyama, Nanyo City

7. Obanazawa Watermelon Cider

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80% of watermelon production in Yamagata Prefecture is made in Obanazawa City.
The sweetness and juiciness of Obanazawa watermelon is already addictive.

By the way, Obanazawa is the birthplace of the Hanagasa festival and home of the famous hot spring resort Ginzan Onsen.

・ Introduction of cider

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It is characterized by having the largest amount of juice (30%) in the Yamagata Kudomo series.
The design of the can is also full of watermelon feeling!

[Drinking impression]
The true “watermelon” taste that does not disappoint.
It tastes like eating fresh watermelon, and you can enjoy watermelon all year round.

Price 133 yen (tax included)
Volume 200ml
Calories 92kcal (per 200ml)
Sales outlet Souvenir shop
Product hall, roadside station, etc.
Manufacturer Yamagata Foods Co., Ltd.
1176-1 Urushiyama, Nanyo City

8. Yamagata cherry cider

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Yamagata is known cherry.
The glittering red jewels are a luxurious delicacy that fascinates many people.

In recent years, in addition to Sato Nishiki, varieties such as Beni Shuho and Gassan Nishiki have become popular, and in 2023, the 500-yen coin-sized Yamagata Benio will make its appearance on the market.

・ Introduction of cider

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The pop design of the cherries is so cute!
It is a cider that you definitely want to pour into a glass and enjoy the colors.

[Drinking impression]
​ When poured into a glass, the scent of cherries spreads, and the pale cherry color is even more eye-catching.
While many cherries lose their original flavor when processed, the cider does not destroy the image of cherries and have a distinctive cherries-like taste.
200 ml is just the right volume.

Price 120 yen (excluding tax)
Volume 200ml
Calories 86kcal (per 200ml)
Sales outlet Souvenir shop
Product hall, roadside station, etc.
Manufacturer Yamagata Foods Co., Ltd.
1176-1 Urushiyama, Nanyo City

9. Yamagata La France Cider

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Yamagata’s autumn taste of La France.
It is a popular fruit with a mellow aroma and a moist texture.

As another special product of Yamagata next to cherries, it is a fruit that is in great demand for gifts.

・ Introduction of cider

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The last item in the Yamagata Kumono series is La France Cider.
Since no coloring agent is used, you can enjoy the natural color.

[Drinking impression]
When poured into a glass, a rich and gorgeous scent typical of La France spreads.
The sweetness is just right and the aftertaste is refreshing.

Price 120 yen (excluding tax)
Volume 200ml
Calories 96kcal (per 200ml)
Sales outlet Souvenir shop
Product hall, roadside station, etc.
Manufacturer Yamagata Foods Co., Ltd.
1176-1 Urushiyama, Nanyo City

◆ Summary

What did you think?
Locals cider are interesting because they have a unique taste.

The design drawn on the cans is also very fashionable, so why not keep them as a memory of your trip?

If you find any of these ciders, give them a try.

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