FOR PRIVATE GROUP EXPERIENCE

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KYOTO INSIDER SAKE EXPERIENCE

Fushimi sake district

Private tour can be arranged for the group of between 8 people (10 ppl during busy season) and 25 people. Please see the following information and contact us for more details.

If your group is smaller than 8 people, please book a regular tour from Tours Page.

Please note during peak season, the minimum number of participants for private tours is 10.

Peak Season – March, April, May, September, October, November and from 18th December to 9th January

Notice
Gekkeikan Okura sake brewery, which we visit on our 3-hour sake tour, will be undergoing renovation from mid-November 2023 to the end of February 2024. Sake tasting and shopping will not be available at the brewery during this period.
However, we will be able to visit the exhibition rooms, so our 3-hour tour will continue to visit here to discover the history and production of sake.

Private Tours for Group of Between 8 people (10 ppl during busy season) and 14 people

ExperienceInsider Sake Brewery TourSake TastingFood PairingPriceDuration
fushimi district
3-Hour Sake Tasting + Brewery Tour
10 kindsJPY ¥12,000
(USD $79.74)
3 Hours
sake tasting
1.5-Hour Sake Tasting Experience
7 kindsJPY ¥8,900
(USD $59.14)
1.5 Hours
sake tasting
Advanced Sake Tasting Experience
10 kinds
(Special sake)
JPY ¥8,900
(USD $59.14)
1.5〜2 Hours
Experiencefushimi district
3-Hour Sake Tasting + Brewery Tour
sake tasting
1.5-Hour Sake Tasting Experience
sake tasting
Advanced Sake Tasting Experience
Insider Sake Brewery Tour
Sake Tasting10 kinds7 kinds10 kinds
(Special sake)
Food Pairing
PriceJPY ¥12,000
(USD $79.74)
JPY ¥8,900
(USD $59.14)
JPY ¥8,900
(USD $59.14)
Duration3 Hours1.5 Hours1.5〜2 Hours

1.5 hours – Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

◇ Capacity from 8 to 18 people / (from 10 ppl during busy season)
◇ Starting Time : need to confirm
◇ 7 Sake Tastings and food pairing with an expert – Tour details
*Price varies depending on the number of participants.

3 hours – Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

◇ Capacity from 8 to 14 people / ( from 10 ppl during busy season)
◇ Starting Time : need to confirm
◇ Insider Sake Brewery Tour + 10 Sake Tasting and food pairing with an expert – Tour details
*Price varies depending on the number of participants.

Private Tour for Group of Between 15 people and 25 people

2 hours – Kyoto Insider Sake Experience

◇ Capacity from 15 to 25 people
◇ Starting Time : need to confirm
◇ Insider Sake Brewery Tour + 5 to 10 Sake Tasting with an expert
*Price varies depending on the number of participants and programs.

Insider Sake Brewery Tour
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.

sake tasting bar

Interested in learning sake?

  • Learning Sake is a great way to experience Japanese/Kyoto culture while exploring the secrets of sake.
  • Not sure how long to stay in Kyoto? Coming from Osaka or Kobe? Our tours have a choice of experiences, and we can accept appointments at noon on the day (depending on the availability). It will help you to arrange your trip flexibly and freely!
  • We are also happy to arrange your company events or optional tours. Although our regular private tours are as above, we will do our best to provide you the most suitable itinerary.

– Please fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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– We only accept reservations for tours up to 6 months in advance.

Cancellation Policy for Private Tours
Up to 45 days prior to the tour date : 100% refund
44 days to 14 days prior to the tour date: 50% refund
13 days to the tour date : non-refundable
*Even during the refundable period, any fees incurred due to cancellation will be charged.



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    • 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

      avatar thumb Togeth
      2024-01-26

      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

      avatar thumb cbb1984
      2024-01-13

      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

      avatar thumb Alyssa K
      2024-01-05
    • 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

      avatar thumb AndrewBrou
      2024-01-03

      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

      avatar thumb tim d
      2023-12-31

      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

      avatar thumb hweelengtoh
      2023-12-17
    • 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

      avatar thumb elisa123171
      2023-12-16

      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

      avatar thumb palora91
      2023-12-11

      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

      avatar thumb Jim J
      2023-12-11