We are the only sake tour company based in Kyoto Fushimi Sake District. Good and strong relationship with local breweries and insiders allow us to provide you deeper sake experience. Meet our local sake experts in the tour – we invite you to dive deep into the world of sake!

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

Our Tours

3-Hour Sake Tasting +Brewery Tour

  • 3 Hours
  • JPY ¥12,000 per person (USD $79.74)
  • Insider Sake Brewery Tour
  • 10 kinds of sake tasting
  • Food Pairing

1.5-Hour Sake Tasting Experience

sake tasting
  • 1.5 Hours
  • JPY ¥8,900 per person (USD $59.14)
  • 7 kinds of sake tasting
  • Food Pairing

Advanced Sake Tasting Experience

sake tasting
  • 1.5〜2 Hours
  • JPY ¥8,900 per person (USD $59.14)
  • 10 kinds of unique (special) sake tasting

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

-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-lead tasting session you’ll get the chance to learn the unique characteristics of different varieties of sake. 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 polishing rice on scent and flavour.

Pure 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 a little about Japan’s food culture, as well as sake.

Reviews by Our Guests

  • star rating  This was a fabulous introduction to sake. All of the information was presented clearly. The range of sake was incredible. We learnt so much. Mayo was the best teacher. This... read more

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    star rating  Great - and well worth the money - Extremely good! We were expecting just a walk around and a tasting, but the Sake Experience went into great detail about how sake is made, the many differences and variation,... read more

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    star rating  Excellent Introduction to Sake Types - Our guide for this tour was Kotaro. He was fantastic and we learned a lot about sake from him.

    I particularly liked how this tour took the time to... read more

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  • star rating  Educational and Informative - Very educational and informative, even if you have (or think you have) a strong knowledge of sake aka nihonshu. Mr. Hashimoto gave a great amount of detail into the creation... read more

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    star rating  Kyoto sake tasting course  - This course for beginners was amazing, interesting and fun to do . I highly recommend this . Also the location is in a very interesting neighbourhood with lots of surprising... read more

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    star rating  The BEST alcohol tasting tours ever! - I have been on a number of tasting experience tours in different countries. This is the BEST I have ever had! Kotaro-san, the guide, is the best guide. He is... read more

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  • star rating  Very lovely ceremony and nice attention to details. Dressing in the kimonos made you feel like a real Japanese man and woman! Picture opportunities were great. I highly recommend... read more

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    star rating  Fun and informative sake tasting.  - It was very interesting to learn about sake's production. We had a lot of fun during the tasting. Kotaro was very knowledgable, friendly and passionate about sake. I highly recommend... read more

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    star rating  Get the most from your sake! - I have enjoyed sake for some time, but was pretty hit or miss when choosing a bottle. Our guide/sake sommelier did a fabulous job walking us through the intricacies of... read more

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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!

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

Our Online Sake Course is..

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