Yamagata, Japan

At a Glance

• Toko is located in the Yonezawa region of Yamagata, a city known for its warrior legacy.

• Current president Kenichiro Kojima is the 24th generation of the legendary Kojima family.

Toko was founded in 1597, making them one of the oldest active breweries in Japan. After the Kojima family became the exclusive purveyor of sake to the famous Uesugi samurai clan, the Kojima family became known as samurai loyalty.