Kotaro, the guide, is amazing and really knows his stuff. The tour was interesting and helped us understand the process and tradition behind sake. Thanks a ton!
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
Go behind the scenes inside the region’s largest sake producer for a peek at time-tested techniques
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kotaro gave a really interesting and clear explanation of the history and processes of sake making. He clearly has a great passion for the topic and his enthusiasm really added to the experience. We left with a greater appreciation for the complexity and various styles...More
Thank you for joining our tour! We are happy to hear that you had a nice time at our tour. Try pairing various foods and sakes, and we hope you'll find your own best match!!
This tour was very in-depth and informative. Kotaro was very knowledgeable and passionate about Sake. By the end I feel I could buy a bottle of Sake and know what I was buying! The area and breweries are beautiful and I would not have visited...More
Thank you for joining our tour! We're happy to hear that you had a beneficial time.We hope you'll be able to choose your favorite sake in the future. Come and visit Kyoto again! Thank you!!
Great tour! An interesting trip to a local brewery to really understand how Sake is made. The Sake tasting was very educational, especially with the food pairing to see how food reflects on the taste of sake.
Thank you for joining our tour! We are happy to hear that you had a great time at our tour. Try paring various foods and sakes, and we hope you'll find your own best match in the future!!
We have been drinking sake for years, but the ‘Kyoto Insider Sake Experience’ gave us a thorough and structured introduction to Sake. The brewery visit gave us the basic knowledge of the production process; and the following tasting gave us the tools to read and...More
Thank you for joining our tour! We hope you came to like sake and Kyoto more. Try paring various foods and sakes, and have a nice sake life!! Come and visit Kyoto again! Thank you!!