Get on Sake Train this Winter/Spring!

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there is such a thing like ‘sake train’ in Japan? Here we’d like to introduce great sake event in Shiga prefecture, where only 35-45 min train ride from Kyoto Station.

Sake Train by Oumi Railway

Oumi railway in Shiga prefecture has an event “Oumi’s local sake train“. in winter/early spring.  At this event, you can try sake of11 different brands. Also they prepare some otsumami (snacks) prepare such as oden (Japanese hotchpotch) and small local dishes while you enjoy the ride.

This train will start at Hikone Station or Oumi-Hachiman Station and travels to Yokaichi station and will return to the station you departed at the end.  If you take the regular train to Yokaichi station, it takes about 30 min. But in this event, the train goes very slowly, so it will be about 2 hours ride, including break time.

In the train, there will be a long table and you have to sit in line. On the table, oden, some small dishes from local and 11 cups of sake will be served.  Staff will be walking around to serve 11 brands of sake.  They provide explanatory note of the sakes  to figure out what kind of sake you are drinking. (available in Japanese)

Event Details

From Jan.24, 2019 to Mar.24.2019
Every Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday

-4,500yen

What’s included

… 10 brands of sake (Junmai) (all you can drink), 2brand of sake (Dai-ginjo) tasting,
Oumi’s dishes, Soft drink, One day rail pass of Oumi railway)

-Foods that includes in the fee-
-Oden…Egg, Doikon raddish, red-Konyaku, Konnyaku, Burdock roll, Chikuwa
-Small dishes…Soup stock egg(Dashi roll), shrimp&bean,Ayu(freshwater trout) with Japanese pepper,
mushrooms, Shinoda-maki, Kinpira-gobou(Carrot&burdock), Sukiyaki style, Fried trout

-Option-
-Grilled mackerel sushi…650yen(reservation sale)

Making a Reservation and Other Things to Note

-Call reservation center to the following number to make a reversion or book online 
-Must make a reservation at least 5 days before you ride the train

・0749-24-8103 (Reservation center)
   (10:00-18:00–Mon.-Fri. / 10:00-13:00–Sat.)

-There will be no restroom in the train 
-No-smoking in the train.
-You may not bring some snacks in the train
-If the guests will be less than 20 people, they cancel the event on that day
(You can change the date of the ride)
-If there’s an accident, heavy snow etc, they will stop the operation
-they might take some photo for the ads.

Do not forget to check their official website for up-to-dated information.

Check out an article about this Sake Train Event (in Japanese)

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Our Sake Tour Reviews

  •   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

    thumb Ross P
    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

    thumb mihikareddy16
    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.

    thumb DebitoN
    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!

    thumb Jessica_Melbs_89
    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.

    thumb greengal2017
    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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    12/02/2019

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