Kizakura Sake Museum

Kyoto – Water for Making Sake

Underground Kyoto, there is a rich spring water resource. The spring water from underground Kyoto, is very important for sake making process.
“Fushimizu”, is the famous spring water in Fushimi. They named “Fushimi” the name of the town from this water,”Fushimizu”.

History of Kizakura

Kizakura, is one of the famous brewery companies in Fushimi that uses this Fushimuzu. It has the 9th sales volume in Japan.  Jiichiro Matsumoto established Kizakura as a branch family of the big sake brewery in Fushimi in 1925. The sake made in Misugura, one of the brewery in Kizakura build in 1964, has had been awarded the gold medal for 10 times since 2003. If you visit the Kizakura, you’ll notice a unique characters, called “Kappa”. This”Kappa”(a imaginary creature in Japan) is the image character and symbol of Kizakura. They even have a “Kappa song” that is also famous in the CM. Kizakura brews not only sakes, this company even brews unique beers. The beers that Kizkura makes, uses sake yeast and have lots of flavours.

Kizakura Sake Brewery is Open for Visitors

If you’re interested in Kizakura, museum is open for visitors . You learn about the history and the sake/beer making process of Kizakura.
First you can learn about sake making process. By watching a short movie and seeing the koji making through the window. Here is the only place you can see the koji making room in Japan.

Next you can learn about the beer making process. Here, you’ll be able to watch the heat treatment process, testing part and the bottling part of beer. In the last, you can see the fermentation tank of the beer.

After the factory tour, you can taste a cup of amazake for free. Amazake is a sake drink which is alcohol-free.
If you want to taste sake, you can taste few kinds of sake in charge.(100yen per cup)

After amazake/sake tasting, there’s a bottle shop so you can buy some delicious sake and beer to have some at home. If you want to have some sake soon, there will is a very nice restaurant too. You can have some great sake, beer and delicious meals there.

If you are interested in visiting the museum, you need to make a reservation before you visit. Please note they may not have English speaking staff and some of their exhibition is not written in English. There will be a free shuttle bus from Chushojima station.

But if you don’t know what kind of sake do you like, why don’t you join our sake tour,”Kyoto Insider Sake Experience“.
You will definetely have a better sake life!

【INFORMATION】
Kizakura Sake Museum
・Address: 53, Kajiwara-cho, Shimomisu, Yoko-oji, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City 612-8242
・Tel:+81 75-611-4101

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Our Sake Tour Reviews

  •   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 differences among the many types of sake created with different rices, percentages of polishing, pasteurization...More

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    3/14/2020
  •   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. I liked the variety of Sakes we got to taste and especially the food-pairing was...More

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    3/11/2020
  •   Very informative tour and tasting. The guide, Kotaro, spoke perfect English and was very knowledgeable. The regular museum was closed (like most of Japan at the moment) but we still managed to visit another brewery instead. The tastings were great - very different styles of...More

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    3/10/2020
  •   Highly informative tour with excellent explanations behind the different types of sake. Find out which you like and how to find it in a bottle shop!

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    3/09/2020
  •   We had a fantastic time during our insider sake experience tour. Kotaro was very knowledgeable and friendly and made the experience very enjoyable for us. We learned the true way to enjoy sake both by itself and with food thanks to Kotaro. I would definitely...More

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    3/03/2020
  •   Extremely informative to finally understand the various types of sake and choose your favourite and how to combine with food. Highly recommended!

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    3/03/2020
  •   Kotaro was very knowledgeable and described the tour very well. He answered all of my questions and helped out a great deal with my understanding. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in learning about sake

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    3/03/2020
  •   The tour included a visit to a brewery with our guide, Asahi, giving a very informed overview of how Sake is made. He was able to answer any questions we had and made it an easy process to understand. There were tastings of 3 Sakes...More

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    3/01/2020
  •   The many reviews saying how good this tour is are spot on: this is a very good tour. Kotaro is very knowledgeable, ready to answer questions from all, whether general, technical or historical. The info he provided, particularly with the food pairing (which was a...More

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    2/22/2020
  •   Totally awesome experience. Everything was made clear. Meeting point was easy to find - just a couple of hundred metres from the nearest train station. The tour itself was extremely informative and enjoyable. There was two tastings involved - one at the main Sake brewery...More

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