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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Our Sake Tour Reviews

  • star rating  Hashimoto-san showed me around in the old traditional Sake making district Fushimi and explained me a lot about the Sake making process. I could also visit a bar where I... read more

    miclsc
    4/13/2021
  • star rating  This is a must-do experience in Kyoto. The best part of the tour is that while there is tasting, there is also so much history and knowledge you acquire along... read more

    Crystal M
    4/05/2021
  • star rating  This is the must-do-tour in your life if you are interested in Japanese sake and culture. I am Japanese. And always I wonder about Japanese sake cuz I’ve never met... read more

    Kwbtars
    7/17/2020
  • star rating  Had a blast! Would absolutely recommend to people looking for a Sake Tasting experience in Kyoto (Kyoto Fushimi Sake District - the traditional Sake brewery district). Kotaro and the staff... read more

    KrisDanielUdang
    4/19/2020
  • star rating  I recommend this tour for those that skeptical about sake. Our guide, Kotaro, was a great host and he was very professional and knowledgeable. We had a great evening and... read more

    660joseantonioo
    4/05/2020
  • star rating  I booked this tour during their slow season and the beginning stages of Covid-19 so I ended up being the only person on the tour. It was fantastic! My guide... read more

    NiecyyNastyy
    4/01/2020
  • star rating  Awesome tour! I'm not a sake drinker (always thought I hate it), but I couldn't leave Japan without tasting some of it, obviously and I'm so glad I joined this... read more

    103anickf
    3/24/2020
  • star rating  Kotaro and Mayo were very informative about the processes of making sake and the different types of sake. It was very interesting to do the tasting session and see how... read more

    Laurab0567
    3/24/2020
  • star rating  So very glad I chose this tour. I had no knowledge of the creative process required for sake production. Kotaro painstakingly walked us through the entire “brewing” procedure and the... read more

    maggie44113
    3/14/2020
  • star rating  The Sake experience in Kyoto gave us the perfect Chance to learn everything we wanted to know about Sake. Our Host Kotaro was very friendly, answering all of our questions.... read more

    Leonferdinandcorin
    3/11/2020

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