Fun and Educational –
Most Popular Sake Tasting Tour in Kyoto!

Fun and Educational –
Most Popular Sake Tasting Tour in Kyoto!

We Are the Only Sake Tour Company Based in Kyoto’s Fushimi Sake District

We have been sharing our passion for sake since 2018. Our strong relationship with local breweries and insiders allows us to provide you with a deeper sake experience. Meet our local sake experts on the tour – we invite you to dive deep into the world of sake!

Through our expert-led tasting session you’ll get the chance to learn the unique characteristics of different varieties of sake and what food to pair it with. After joining Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, you will discover which type you most prefer and how to identify your favourites on menus and bottle labels. Joining our sake tour is surely a great introduction to your sake experience.

What Makes Our Sake Tour Unique

Private Sake Tasting Rooms

We have two sake tasting rooms dedicated to sake. Our tasting rooms are exclusive and inaccessible to the general public, allowing for tastings that focus on the subtle aromas and flavours of sake.

Certified Sake Experts

insider sake brewery tour

Because our tours are led exclusively by certified sake experts, we are able to answer your questions, find your sake preferences, and guide you deeper into the world of sake.

Fun and Educational

The entire tour is designed to be both entertaining and educational, with visual information and actual sake-related materials used throughout the tour. After the experience, guests can purchase their favourite bottles on the spot.

Our Sake Experts

Name: Kotaro
Qualifications: Sommelier of sake

Name: Kiyomi
Qualifications: Sommelier of sake

Name: Momoko
Qualifications: J.S.A. Sake Diploma

Name: Mayo
Qualifications: Sommelier of sake

Name: Rieko
Qualifications: Sommelier of sake

Name: Greg
Qualifications: Sommelier of sake

Name: Miyuki
Qualifications: Assistant

Our Tours

Our Tours

3-Hour Sake Tasting +Brewery Tour

tour
  • 3 Hours
  • From JPY ¥12,300 per person (From USD $78.59)
  • Insider Sake Brewery Tour
  • 10 kinds of sake tasting
  • Food Pairing

1.5-Hour Sake Tasting Experience

sake tasting
  • 1.5 Hours
  • JPY ¥9,300 per person (USD $59.42)
  • 7 kinds of sake tasting
  • Food Pairing

Advanced Sake Tasting Experience

sake tasting
  • 1.5〜2 Hours
  • JPY ¥9,300 per person (USD $59.42)
  • 10 kinds of unique (special) sake tasting

3-Hour Sake Tasting +Brewery Tour

tour
  • 3 Hours
  • From JPY ¥12,300 per person (From USD $78.59)
  • Insider Sake Brewery Tour
  • 10 kinds of sake tasting
  • Food Pairing

1.5-Hour Sake Tasting Experience

sake tasting
  • 1.5 Hours
  • JPY ¥9,300 per person (USD $59.42)
  • 7 kinds of sake tasting
  • Food Pairing

Advanced Sake Tasting Experience

sake tasting
  • 1.5〜2 Hours
  • JPY ¥9,300 per person (USD $59.42)
  • 10 kinds of unique (special) sake tasting

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What You Will Experience

What You Will Experience

Insider Sake Brewery Tour in Kyoto

Take a tour with us and you will:
-Discover the history of sake and the Fushimi Sake District of Kyoto whilst touring a traditional brewery/museum

-Come to understand the differences in flavour and smell and how these are produced. You’ll focus on the secret methods of sake brewing which have been passed down for generations

-Get the chance to compare the differences between Western wine and beer production and sake brewing, to understand what makes the sake brewing process so unique

Sake Tasting
with an Expert

Through our expert-led tasting session you’ll get the chance to learn the unique characteristics of different varieties of sake. You will also discover which type you most prefer and how to identify your favourites on menus and bottle labels

Our expert will help you notice the difference in taste between ‘junmai’ sake (which has no added alcohol or sugar) and alcohol-added sake. We’ll also explain the effects of rice-polishing on the aroma and flavour

Pure rice sake, refined sake, cloudy sake, aged sake – we’ll help you discover the distinguishing characteristics of each type.

Food Pairing

Discover the way the taste of sake can completely change when paired with different dishes. We hope that the food pairing section of our tour will also allow you to find out a little about Japan’s food culture, as well as sake.

Reviews by Our Guests

  • star rating  Educational, practical, and fun - better than a winery tour! - Great educational experience on the history of sake production, differentiating different types of sake, and suggested food pairings. This was much more practical than any winery tour we have... read more

    avatar thumb G7076YZstephenp
    2024-06-19

    star rating  10/10  - The best experience for any tourist (or local)! Loved learning about different types of sake & the sake making process! We also got to experience tasting sake with preferred food... read more

    avatar thumb Alyssa B
    2024-06-12

    star rating  Highly recommend this experience  - Amazing experience. We learned so much about sake and had a lovely time. I still keep the information card in my wallet so I remember what I liked best.

    avatar thumb Emily B
    2024-06-11
  • star rating  Memorable experience and education - We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, education, and tasting. Our guides were approachable, humorous and spoke with candor. We came away with a better understanding of sake and the confidence to... read more

    avatar thumb LJSRQ
    2024-06-08

    star rating  Very interesting and engaging Sake tour  - A fully comprehensive and interesting Sake experience. All bases covered in a really interesting way. Three hours very well spent. I liked also that there was no pressure to buy... read more

    avatar thumb Frankieloves
    2024-06-06

    star rating  Perfect - I highly recommend this experience. The content was interesting and engaging, and the host was extremely knowledgeable and personable. I wish I'd signed up for the advanced class but I'll... read more

    avatar thumb Lee M
    2024-06-03
  • star rating  Great experience with an amazing host  - This was a great experience. I was apprehensive going by myself, but Mayo (our guide) created such a friendly welcoming atmosphere I knew it would be enjoyable. Great explanation of... read more

    avatar thumb andrewsG1227HE
    2024-06-03

    star rating  Amazing experience learning about Sake.  - Mayo was an incredible host and taught us so much about Sake (nihonshu!). The samples and food pairings were fantastic. This experience shouldn't be missed!

    avatar thumb Rhiannon W
    2024-06-03

    star rating  Excellent Sake Tasting Experience  - I had a great sake tasting experience with Greg. I learned a great deal and got some excellent recommendations. This is definitely a must if you want to expand your... read more

    avatar thumb Norbert N
    2024-06-03
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Online Sake Course

Online Sake Classes are designed to meet the interests of all sake lovers, whether you are a sake beginner, a sake enthusiast or a wine, beer or whisky lover. We invite you to explore the deep world of sake through our online sake classes. We hope that sake fans all over the world will discover the way to enjoy great sake!

Our Online Sake Course is..

  • Held on Zoom
  • Can be joined wherever you are
  • 60 minutes each
  • ¥4000 – ¥5500 per screen
basic sake 101

[NO.1] Basic Sake 101

Sake Making Process

[NO.2] Sake Making Process

Advanced Class of Special Methods to Brew Sake

[NO.3] Advanced Class of Special Methods to Brew Sake

Advanced Class of Microorganism & Fermentation

[NO.4] Advanced Class of Microorganism & Fermentation

Advanced Class of Sake Renaissance

[NO.5] Advanced Class of Sake Renaissance