Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum

Visit Sake Town Fushimi in Kyoto

When you visit Fushimi, the sake town in Kyoto, you’ll see the beautiful sight of the breweries. This is one of the famous scenery in Kyoto. One of the reason why Fushimi is famous in sake is the rich spring water. This rich spring water is called “Fushimizu”, water in Fushimi, in Japanese.

Gekkeikan is the second largest brewery in Japan. 1637, Jiemon Okura,the founder of Gekkeikan, started the brewery in Fushimi. Since he came from a village called Kasagi, he named his brewery”Kasgiya”.For almost 250 years,Kasagiya made various kind of sakes and grew in to a bigger brewery.

What is Special about Gekkeikan?

Still now, Gekkeikan makes various kind of sake. Its sake is particular about the ingredients. All the sake Gekeikan produces is additive-free and only uses rice,kome-koji and distilled alcohol. Because the Gekkeikan’s sake has a pure taste, it fit for any cuisine, especially home-cooked dishes.

” People’s not making the sake, the kome-koji and the yeast are making our sakes”
This is the way of thinking about Gekkeikan’s sake brewing.

Since Gekkeikan makes sakes in respect, Gekkeikan is one of the purveyor to the Imperial household. Which there’s only 4 sake companies that is the purveyor to the Imperial household.

The Gekkeikan brewery is open for visitors as a museum, Okura memorial hall. If you enter the museum, you can feel the history and atmosphere of the old sake brewery. At this Okura memorial hall, you can learn the histoy of Gekkeikan, sake making prosess,and see some sake making equipments such as sake barrel, sample of sake rice, old bottle of sake and historical materials. Unfortunately,there’s only few English explanation in the museum and in the leaflet.

Why is Fushimi so famous in sake? What’s the secret of the sake making process?
If you want to learn more, why don’t you join our tour,”Kyoto Insider Sake Experience“!

【INFORMATION】
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
・Address:247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City 612-8660
・Tel: +81-75-623-2056

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  •   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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    12/02/2019
  •   I had tried sake before my trip to Japan, but really knew nothing about it. This tour was great, I left with an understanding and appreciation of sake. I loved being able to try several different kinds of sake, while learning what my preferences were....More

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