What’s Special about our Sake Tour?

Now is one of the Best Seasons to Visit Kyoto!

Hi everyone, thank you for visiting our page! Here is another tour report of Kyoto Insider Sake Experience!

Autumn is the great season to visit Kyoto. The weather is stable (except when we have typhoon!) and the temperature is not too high like summer. (In summer it could get over 35 degrees!). On this day, we welcomed the groups from India, Germany, France and Switzerland. One of the guests has been working at the winery in her country and shared the story what it is like. She told us it would be good to learn what sake and wine have in common in terms of making process.

Well, she picked the right tour to do so – our tours are focused on learning all the basics of sake as well as tasting varieties of sake 🙂 It is always honer to hear from our guests that they like our tour a lot! We know sometimes it is difficult to find the activity that you really want to experience as you never know what it’s like until you actually join it.

What’s Special about our Sake Tour?

All sake tastings you get in Kyoto Insider Sake Experience are carefully selected to help better understanding when learning sake. Through our expert-lead tasting session you’ll get the chance to learn the unique characteristics of different varieties of sake. Also discover which type you most prefer and how to identify your favourites on menus and bottle labels.You will get a ‘cheatsheet’ in the tour, which helps you to remember what you learn and to buy a bottle at the sake shop on your own.
At the brewery visit, you can go in to production area of Gekkeikan, the largest sake producing company in Kyoto. Although the area isn’t opened for everyone, you can go in there if you are with us. (There is a possibility of skipping production area when it’s too crowded with tourists in the brewery of Gekkeikan (月桂冠). )



If you have an interest in sake tour, or in order to enjoy your trip in Japan more, come and join our tour Kyoto Insider Sake Experience. You will have a chance to taste local sake in Kyoto and learn all the basics of sake to find your favourite bottle. If you have any food allergies or preference we can arrange alternative snacks for food pairing based on your requests! Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Send us a message if you have any questions about the tour 🙂


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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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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  •   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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