The history of Kirishima Shuzo begins with a culture of shochu deeply rooted in the lands of Southern Kyushu.
Founder Kichisuke Enatsu begins manufacturing Honkaku Shochu in Kawahigashi, Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture under the Kawahigashi Enatsu Shoten name, the forerunner of Kirishima Shuzo.
- First well successfully drilled; waters later named Kirishima Rekka-sui.
- At a meeting of the Kyushu Old Style Shochu Council, held in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, Junkichi Enatsu proposes the name "Honkaku (authentic) Shochu" for what was then known as Otsu-type shochu.
- Kirishima Shuzo begins using Kogane-Sengan sweet potatoes, one variety considered ideal for producing shochu, as the raw ingredient in its sweet potatoes shochu.
- Tokyo office is opened.
- Osaka office is opened.
Shibita Factory completed
Kirishima Shuzo leads the industry in introducing cutting-edge equipment.
Today, the factory offers tours where visitors can observe the actual shochu manufacturing process, and welcomes visitors from at home and abroad.
- Fukuoka office is opened.
- Yoriyuki Enatsu becomes Kirishima Shuzo's third-generation president.
Miyazaki office opened.
- Kuro Kirishima, a black koji-based Honkaku Shochu, goes on sale limited in Miyazaki Prefecture, followed by a nationwide launch in 1999.
- Company obtains ISO 14001 environmental management certification. The Kirishima Festival is held at Kirishima Factory Garden (and twice annually, in spring and fall, in subsequent years).
- Aka Kirishima, made using Murasaki-Masari sweet potatoes, is launched in limited numbers.
- Construction of the expanded Shibita factory is completed. Construction of a shochu lees (a by-product of distillation) recycling plant is completed at the Main factory.
- Shochu lees recycling system wins the New Energy Foundation Chairman's Award at the 12th New Energy Awards.
- Shibita factory wins the 2009 Chairman's Award from the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center.
- Construction of the expanded Main factory is completed.
- Kirishima Shuzo reaches No.1 in shochu industry sales for the first time (for fiscal 2012).
*Per Teikoku Databank research
- Kirishima Shuzo wins the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award at the 23rd Global Environment Awards.
Begins sweet potato power generation business.
- Shiro Kirishima Honkaku Shochu is launched nationwide.
Shifts to a holding company structure.
- Kirishima Shuzo wins the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Commissioner's Award for Energy Efficiency (industrial division) at the Energy Conservation Awards for fiscal 2015.
In May of 2016, Kirishima Shuzo marked the 100th anniversary of the brand that made shochu a national drink.
Under the corporate slogan of “spurring passion from quality,” the company continues to create and offer value, inspiration and reliability, while aiming for even greater growth.