Fushimi sake district – known as one of Japan’s famous sake producing area. Why is Fushimi famous in sake producing? One of the important reason is the spring water underneath Kyoto. This spring water’s output is in Fushimi, and many breweries are able to use this rich spring water. In Fushimi there are many breweries that founded long time ago. And the Kyoto citizens use the buildings that still remain as not only brewery, also as restaurants, museum and bottle shop. Now, there are about 30 breweries in Fushimi. But there’s only a few places that allows visitors to come and see insider the breweries or factories. This time here we will introduce the recommended places in Fushimi that breweries or factories are open for visitors.
Kizakura is the brewery that produces sake and beer. Kisakura has sake tour at Kizakura Fushimigura factory. They offer shuttle buses from Chushojima station (Keihan railway). What you can see there mainly is 1 the history of Kizakura. 2 sake koji making room (you can see only at Fushimigura, not at other Kizakura shops!). 3 the craft beer tank and bottling line. Tour duration is about 30 min. The building has a bottle shop and restaurant that serves sake.
・Brand: Kizakura ・Established: Simce 1925 ・Adress: 53 Kajiwara-cho, Shimomisu, Yoko-ooji, Fushimi-ku, 612-8242, Kyoto ・Factory visit: At Kizakura fushimigura 10am-4pm (New Years holiday period from December 30th to January 4th) ・Reservation: Required ・Free tasting: None ・Sake tour contact:075-644-4488 ・URL: http://kizakura.co.jp/husimigura/index.html
Kinshiasamune is a sake brewery founded by Kyubei Matuya in 1781. In 1880, the sake producing brewery moved to Fushimi. At this brewery, you can see the modern sake producing process. It will be a 30-40 min. tour and you’ll be able to taste the sake that is produced at this factory. Be aware when you visit. – you cannot eat natto from the day before you join the sake tour. (Because, the fungus is very important in sake making process. Natto fungus is very strong so if this fungus enter the factory, it will destroy the sake sill). Second point is, you cannot wear a perfume to the sake tour.(The smell from the sake making process is very important to the sake masters)
・Brand: Kinshimasamune ・Established: Since 1781 ・Address: 337-1 11 Shinimachi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto ・Sake tour: At New Tokiwa Brewery except Sunday, Public holiday *No brewery tour from Jun to Sep as there is no sake produce during that period ・Reservation: Required ・Free tasting: Yes ・Sake tour contact: 075-611-5201 ・URL: http://www.kinshimasamune.com/en/
At the Gekkeikan Okura memorial museum, you can see the sake making process and the history of the sake. In the museum, you can see the sake making tool from the old days. The visit takes about 40 min and at the end of visit you’ll be able to taste three kinds of sake, such as Ginjo and plum wine. There is an option of going in to “Sake Koubou”, a sake making plant that produces high grade sake.
・Brand:Gekkeikan ・Establish：Since 1637 ・Address：247 Minaihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-city ・Museum visit： 9:30 – 16:30 ・Reservation：No reservation is required for general visit Reservation is required for optional tour “Sake koubou” ・Free tasting： yes (3 types of sake) ・Sake tour contact：075-623-2056 ・URL：http://www.gekkeikan.co.jp/english/
You can join their sake tour during October to May next year. This visit takes from 40 to 60 min and 2 to 14 people are able to join the tour one time. Appointment can be made by e-mail with their form on website. One thing to note is that you must apply the e-mail form from three months to two weeks prior to the day you want to join the tour. There is no such a thing like ‘free sake offer’, but you’ll be able to have sake tasting at the “Sake bar EN”.
・Brand:Soukuu ・Establish： 1902 ・Address： 672-1 Ima-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-city ・Sake tour：During October to Next May (2-14 people/tour) ・Reservation：Required ・Sake tour contact：http://www.sookuu.net/contents/link.html (By mailing form) ・URL：http://www.sookuu.net/
When visiting Kyoto, you can’t miss a sake tour of Fushimi. – so why not join us on a hunt for the area’s best sake, and best combination with food pairing session and find your favourite along the way?
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 could compare several Sakes. Pretty loved this place! In the end I could try out which sake kind suit the best to which dish or snacks. I definitely recommend this tour, you can take your time and enjoy! Very friendly people! Also recommended for people traveling alone.
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 the way. This was my third time doing an experience with Kotaro-san and it was completely exceptional! Every time I have attended one of his experiences, I have learned so much about sake and also cultural relevancy in Japan. I cannot recommend this tour enough. My first experience was a solo one, the second with three friends (heavy drinkers who enjoyed themselves) and the third time was with friends who are less drinking-oriented and more interested in the historical components of the tour. Kotaro-san tailored each tour to the energy of the group I brought with us and I CANNOT wait to come back with my husband next time. 100% recommend, hands down the best tour in Kyoto!
Crystal M 4/05/2021
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 anyone who knows well about Japanese sake. But this time I did met the right expert in Kyoto. You can learn about Japanese Sake very well how you should combine the sake with food, which was like magic happening in your mouth and how they make. I do recommend you to take this tour. I don’t think I could have had a sake tasting tour as well as this is in Tokyo. You gotta take this. Besides the Japanese man who will be your tour guy can speak English well. The way of his explaining about Japanese sake was really easy to understand. Please take this tour!!!
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 were phenomenal.
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 food pairing session that help us understand how to enjoy the different types of this traditional beverage.
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 Kotaro Hashimoto was very kind and informative, I learned so much from him. He gave me a handy 'cheat sheet' to take with me for the rest of my time in Japan so help me buy Sake. He also took the time to send me his ppt on everything I learned from class. He taught me about 'mouth mixing' and opened my eyes to the hard work Sake takes, 10/10 would recommend!
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 tour. Kotaro was so informative and the tasting was amazing. He showed us that sake is so complex and there is one for everyone's tasting. If you're in Kyoto, please don't hesitate to join this tour.
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 different sale could taste depending on the food it was paired with. As someone unable to read Japanese and with little knowledge of sake I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone considering it. Thank you!
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 differences among the many types of sake created with different rices, percentages of polishing, pasteurization...More
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 I liked the variety of Sakes we got to taste and especially the food-pairing was...More