1.5 Hour Sake Tasting Tours

Sake Tasting & Food Pairing Experience with an Expert

 

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What You will Experience

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Sake Tasting with an Expert

You’ll get to try flavors of sake you may never have experienced before – as we’ll introduce you to bottles which have never been exported. Your expert guide will explain the differences in taste – dry, sweet, rich, fruity – and how each of these are produced.

Food Pairing

You’ll also be served various Otsumami – Japanese snacks which traditionally accompany alcohol – so you can see which types of food and flavor best accompany the different sake types. 

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Meeting Point Inclusions ExclusionsAdditional Info
Fushimi-Kan

〒612-8053 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Fushimi-ku, Higashiōtechō, 755

Access

  • 13 min from JR Kyoto Station :  Take a train on Kintetsu Line to Momoyamagoryo-Mae Station. Turn right and walk down the Shopping Street for 5 min.
  • 16 min from Gion-Shijo Station : Take a local train on Keihan Line to Fushimi-Momoyama Station. Turn left and walk down the Shopping Street for 3 min.
  • 16 min from Fushimi-Inari Station

map to meeting point

    • Local English speaking sake expert
    • Entrance fees (only for 3-hour tour) 
      We'll go into a production area which public can't access. (depends on the brewery's schedule)
    • Sake tasting
      (10 kinds for 3-hour tour / 7 kinds for 1.5-hour tasting session) to understand different categories (include premium grade to freshly squeezed Sake only available in Japan )
    • Snacks for food pairing
      Pairing some food with various sake. You will be amazed how food change the sake taste! Let's learn how to enjoy food pairing
    • Cheat Sheet & Tasting Note (These will help you to choose your preferred sake in the future even you don't read Japanese.)
      • Transportation to/from attractions
      • Hotel pickup and drop-off
      • Confirmation will be received when your request is accepted
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • A small amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
      • Recommend to bring a bottle of water
      • Legal drinking age in Japan is 20; customers under 20 years of age will only be served non-alcoholic drinks
      • Vegetarian option for snacks is available, please advise at time of booking if required


  •   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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    2/19/2020

      My husband and I did the sake experience in late January with Kotaro. We had a great time! It was educational, memorable, and truly unique. We got to learn how sake is made, what sake means to Japanese culture, and more importantly, we got to...More

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    2/17/2020
  •   Kotaro was our passionate, informed guide. Great balance of education, history and local knowledge, all culminating in a generous sake tasting at the brewery and matched with food in the family home. Make the time to do the 3 hour tour - well worthwhile!

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    2/14/2020

      I’ve done beer and whiskey tours before but always wanted to find out more about nihonshu (Japanese sake). Kotaro San was very friendly and informative with a good sense of humor. Definitely would recommend this to anyone coming to Kyoto. We chose this over the...More

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    2/13/2020

      My friend and I had an amazing night with Kotaro as our guide. The tour was incredibly informative and interesting. The sake and food pairing was both delicious and enlightening. I highly recommend this experience. My only complaint is that I didn't take the time...More

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    2/10/2020
  •   This was my girlfriend and I’s first tasting tour and we can only hope that out others in the future will be as professional and well organized as this. Our group was a perfect size and the afterwards sake tasting and food paring was super...More

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    2/10/2020

      I am not usually one to go on tours while on holiday, but I am so glad I tried this Kyoto Insider Sake Experience! It was very interesting and insightful, and both Kotaru and Marika (they have a very clever way of remembering their name...More

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    2/09/2020

      My wife and I found a brochure in our hotel in Kyoto and this sake experience sounded interesting, when we got to the start location and meet Kotaro he was most welcoming to all the guests. During our experience he showed us how passionate/knowledgeable he...More

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    2/08/2020
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