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Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

  • An insider’s guided visit to the largest sake brewery in Fushimi, with exclusive tasting

  • Compare multiple sake brews, from dry to sweet and fruity, including one only found in Japan

  • Get in-depth background on the rich history of Japan’s tasty rice-based brew from your guide

Kyoto Insider Sake Experience
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Insider Sake Brewery Tour & Expert Sake Tasting
10am - 1pm Sake Experience
Insider Sake Brewery Tour & Expert Sake Tasting

Delve deep into the world of Japan’s tastiest rice-based spirit during this insider’s guided tour and tasting at a sake brewery. Get exclusive access inside the largest sake producer in Fushimi, a sake-rich region home to 36 other breweries. Sample dry, fruity, and sweet blends and learn about time-honored brewing techniques passed down over generations. You’ll even taste a sake brew that isn’t found outside of Japan.

What to Expect

Meet your guide at Fushimi Kan and set off on your three hour tour exploring the Fushimi District of Kyoto, one of Japan’s most famous sake producing areas, and home to over 30 breweries.

  • Insider Sake Brewery Tour

You’ll take a short walk to visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum the largest sake brewery in Fushimi, where you’ll deepen your knowledge of sake and witness traditional brewing processes which have been passed down from generation to generation.

At the end of your brewery tour you’ll have the chance to taste a few of the flavours produced there, and friendly staff from the brewery will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. After finishing up with your first sampling, you’ll move on to the full tasting session.

  • Sake Tasting with an Expert

You’ll get to try flavours of sake you may never have experienced before – as we’ll introduce you to bottles which have never been exported. Your expert guide will explain the differences in taste – dry, fruity, sweet – and how each of these are produced.

  • Food Pairing

You’ll also be served various otsumami – Japanese snacks which traditionally accompany alcohol – so you can see which types of food and flavour best accompany the different sake types.

Tasting and food pairing sessions last from one hour to one hour and 30 minutes, but you are more than welcome to stay on at the venue to continue your sake education as you please. Alternatively, our guide will be on hand to recommend bars and restaurants in the local area.

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Reviewed 6 days ago
Fantastic Sake Experience!

My husband and I had a great time on this tour! Kotaro's sake experience was a good balance between sake education, exploring a unique part of the Fuishimi district and plentiful tastings of sake. We came away knowing more about what type of sake we...More

1  Thank Adela S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Hightlight of Kyoto

Kotaro had immense knowledge about sake and it's history, which really made it a highlight of our Japan tour as someone interested in spirits and liqours. The tour at Gekkeikan brewery was super interesting and helped with an understanding of the proces behind sake. The...More

1  Thank Helmermis
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Highly recommended

Kotaro’s Sake Experience was a great way to learn more about sake. Very enjoyable afternoon, well-organised tour with an informative, friendly host.

1  Thank Veggie-Reenie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fun and informative tour and tastings

I had an amazing time on the tour with Kotaro today! He was super friendly and knowledgeable. It was really interesting to hear about the history of sake in Fushimi and to taste all the different sakes from here. 10/10!

1  Thank Alexander M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Educational and fun!

This was a highlight of our stay in Kyoto. Kotaro is passionate about sake and it shows! He gave a concise history of sake made in the Fushimi area and a detailed explanation of how sake is made and categorized. We had great afternoon touring...More

1  Thank J E
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