Kikuhime is an extremely well known brewery in Ishikawa Prefecture, situated on the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Chubu Region. (Amongst sake drinkers it represents one of "those" breweries where soul and passion reigns supreme - and has done so since 1570.)
What makes Kikuhime unique though, is that they source their rice from the Hyogo prefecture instead. This is because the owner, Yanagi-San believes without a doubt that the best rice is grown there. Kikuhime saké is hand crafted with traditional brewing techniques, the same as they have for centuries. Because 80% of sake is made of water, Kikuhime utilizes fresh water sourced from Hakusan mountain for sake brewing. Kikuhime also lets sake mature for 10 years even though it is most recommended to drink it while it is fresh within a week after opening it.
Their toji masters work on the philosophy of quality over quantity and their clear goal is to make sakés that speak of character. Their saké has this timeless and authentic feel that bears no obligation towards trends.