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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  •   My cousin and I went to this 'sake experience' and what an experience! Kotaro is very welcoming and sweet. He simply created a nice and relaxed atmosphere. The 'Kyoto insider sake experince' is both educational and very interesting. Also, it was interesting to learn more...More

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    8/18/2019
  •   Kotaro spoke excellent english. History of area was very interesting. Sake factory tour was informative and detailed. Got to try many different types of sake back at the HQ with excellent food and an informative review and taste description of each sake. Everything I could...More

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    8/15/2019
  •   Kotaro explaind a lot of things and it was really interesting. It was great to test diffrent type of sake and to know what the diffrences were abbout them. With a little bit of excersie you can read the sake bottles without any help. We...More

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    8/12/2019
  •   Had a great time with this tour, it was easy to find, just down the street from the train station we used to get there. From there it was a small walk to the brewery we visited and was an overall great experience and learned...More

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    8/07/2019
  •   great experience with Kotaro. came here with friends. he knows his stuff and is extremely passionate and professional. the food pairing with sake was A+++. thanks!

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    8/01/2019
  •   We were not well versed on Sake. Trying it here and there. Well now I feel like an expert. The process explanation as well as finding your preferred taste with and without food. Thanks Kotaro was lovely to meet you. The small group was also...More

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    7/27/2019
  •   Had a blast learning about Sake with Rieko and Kotaro. Great value for money as we tasted 10 different kinds of Sake. Each sake was unique, and when paired with food was a whole different experience. One pair even tasted like Tiramisu! Great in any...More

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    7/27/2019
  •   A fantastic introduction to the world of sake - the brewery gave us an appreciation of the work and traditions that go into the making of sake. Amazing to find out how long they have been making it and why Kyoto is such an excellent...More

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    7/22/2019
  •   We really enjoyed the tour of the brewery in combination with the sake tasting. Not only was the teacher well versed in the material, but he was able to convey the information in a way that we could understand and remember. We used our new...More

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    7/22/2019
  •   Great way to spend an afternoon in Japan! The class teaches how to interpret, appreciate, and pair different kinds of Sake. An included Sake brewery tour was also a fun way to learn more about the history of the beverage before trying it. Kotaro was...More

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