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?
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.
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
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.
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
Christopher P 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
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.
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!
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.
Awesome! Learned so much! That Junmai and cream cheese combo is unforgettable! Great tour, good hosts and unique.
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