KYOTO INSIDER SAKE EXPERIENCE

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What You will Experience

Uncover the little-known sake culture of Fushimi District in Kyoto. Insider sake brewery tour, sake tasting and food pairing with an expert will take you to the deep world of sake culture. In the brewery, come to understand the differences of sake and how these are produced. You’ll focus on the secret methods of sake brewing which have been passed down for generations. Through our expert-lead tasting session you’ll get the chance to learn the unique characteristics of different varieties of sake, discovering which type you most prefer and how to identify your favourites on menus and bottle labels. Through our food pairing session you will discover the way the taste of sake can completely change when paired with different dishes. This is a fun and educational experience for anyone who wants to learn more about sake and have a chance to try different types of sake

Insider Sake Brewery Tour

- Only included in 3-hour tour
You’ll take a short walk to visit 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 flavors produced there.  

 

Sake Tasting with an Expert

You’ll get to try flavors 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, sweet, rich, fruity – 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 flavor best accompany the different sake types. 

food pairing

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Meeting Point Inclusions ExclusionsAdditional Info
Fushimi-Kan

〒612-8053 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Fushimi-ku, Higashiōtechō, 755

Access

  • 13 min from JR Kyoto Station :  Take a train on Kintetsu Line to Momoyamagoryo-Mae Station. Turn right and walk down the Shopping Street for 5 min.
  • 16 min from Gion-Shijo Station : Take a local train on Keihan Line to Fushimi-Momoyama Station. Turn left and walk down the Shopping Street for 3 min.
  • 16 min from Fushimi-Inari Station

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    • Local English speaking sake expert
    • Entrance fees (only for 3-hour tour) 
      We'll go into a production area which public can't access. (depends on the brewery's schedule)
    • Sake tasting
      (10 kinds for 3-hour tour / 7 kinds for 1.5-hour tasting session) to understand different categories (include premium grade to freshly squeezed Sake only available in Japan )
    • Snacks for food pairing
      Pairing some food with various sake. You will be amazed how food change the sake taste! Let's learn how to enjoy food pairing
    • Cheat Sheet & Tasting Note (These will help you to choose your preferred sake in the future even you don't read Japanese.)
      • Transportation to/from attractions
      • Hotel pickup and drop-off
      • Confirmation will be received when your request is accepted
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • A small amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
      • Recommend to bring a bottle of water
      • Legal drinking age in Japan is 20; customers under 20 years of age will only be served non-alcoholic drinks
      • Vegetarian option for snacks is available, please advise at time of booking if required


  •   Enjoyed very much. Location was nice. Instructor was great! There was a nice variety of sakes presented. All in all a very enjoyable and informative experience.

    thumb TenMuses
    12/11/2019

      I've tried to learn about sake before having gone to several free 'educational' tastings and experiences - this is the first time I've actually absorbed and understood what I was told! Knowledgeable guides, very friendly and helpful who not only answered all our questions about...More

    thumb Ross P
    12/10/2019

      As with wine and whiskey, much thought and variability goes into the making of sake. No better way to learn about different kinds of sake and judge the taste for oneself than taking this tour.

    thumb JoshJoshi
    12/09/2019
  •   Kotaro was very knowledgable about the different types of sake, the production process, and what types of food to pair them with. We also learned how to read the labels to identify the different types of sake. The sake itself was delicious, and the pours...More

    thumb Christopher P
    12/09/2019

      Kotaro and Maria were both very friendly and knowledgeable during this tour. They gave a good overview of how sake is made, the various types and how to distinguish them, as well as tips for buying sake and pairing it with food. I feel like...More

    thumb mihikareddy16
    12/06/2019

      This was an extremely well structured, informative and enjoyable tour. The leader (Kotaro) was very knowledgeable and the visits and tasting were excellent. The notes that were used in the tasting were also excellent.

    thumb DebitoN
    12/05/2019
  •   We learnt so much in a really interesting and engaging way. The guides were so lovely and very informative. One of the highlights of our trip, I would highly recommend!

    thumb Jessica_Melbs_89
    12/02/2019

      I really learn more about sake. Just wish it was more in depth. maybe have 2 kind of courses? Also the pairing didn't really work. Only the vintage sake.

    thumb 159jennifer
    12/02/2019

      Awesome! Learned so much! That Junmai and cream cheese combo is unforgettable! Great tour, good hosts and unique.

    thumb greengal2017
    12/02/2019
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