I am going up to Hirosaki (Aomori) and Akita prefecture for GW. I have done a fair amount of research about where to buy sake up there, but I also want to visit at least two or three breweries. So far the only place I plan to stop is Kariho (sister brewery of Dewatsuru). Does anyone have other recommendations, keeping in mind I will only be on the train and will not take a car. Also, for sake recommendations in general please fire away.
Also, if anyone has been up there and can recommend any good restaurants in Hirosaki/Akita/Kakunodate/Tazawako that would be great