Explore the 400-Year-Old Sake Brewing Tradition with a Brewery Tour + Lunch in Kyoto, Japan

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Tasting
Sake
Activity
Brewery Tour
Included
Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
City
Minimum Drinking Age
20
$
115
/ Person
Anne K
Activity Overview
Travel through the streets of stunning Kyoto, Japan and learn about the 400-year-old tradition of Japanese sake brewing. 

Your sake brewing tour will begin in the Fushimi district of Kyoto, your guide will take you through the streets of this stunning town to various traditional and modern sake breweries allowing you to get a sense of the area’s 400 year-old Japanese sake brewing tradition. Fushimi is known for brewing some of the best sake in the world, the secret lies in the natural spring water of the area. Since the water has less magnesium and calcium than other parts of Japan or the world in general, the sake produced in this area reaches levels of purity and taste that other areas can not replicate.

Brewing typically takes place in the cold months of the year after the rice crop has been harvested and as a result, the air around Fushimi is saturated with the smell of fermenting rice during this time of year. 

Fushimi is a festive neighborhood that comes to life each day with sake bars and vendors selling their local sake.

During your tour, we will spend time at the Gekkeikan Okura sake museum where the history of sake is explained. Since they have been making sake since 1637, with a nearly 4 century-old process, you really see how things have been done for generations.

At the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, we will also get a chance to see the sake brewery. You will get a sense of the traditional brewing process which involves a combination of water, malt, yeast and steamed rice. The different cut or variety of rice plays a big part of the distinction of the sake. If a grain of rice has less grain shaved off, it is more bitter. Generally, the more grain is shaved, the sweeter it will taste.

Of course, you will have an opportunity to sample different kinds of sake at the end of the tour. If you find a type you like, the brewery shop carries around 80 varieties for you to purchase and take home.

Tour Highlights:
  • 3-hour tour of Kyoto’s Fushimi district
  • Visit a small and large sake brewery to get a sense of the differences of scale and try their sake and other products.
  • Guided tour at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
  • See how a brewery works and get a sense of what goes into the production of the world’s best sake.
  • Browse the shops at a local shopping arcade for souvenirs unique to the area.
On this tour, you will have a chance to learn about all the ins and outs of the sake brewing process, but due to sanitation and brewing laws in Japan, we will not be able to see the actual active sake brewing areas.
 
Practical information
- Meeting Time Frame: 10:45 – 11:00AM

- Minimum of 2 people needed to book this tour. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Meeting Location: In front of SoftBank shop in this address:

4-291-1 Ryogaemachi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu, Japan, 612-8082

You can copy and paste this to Google Maps: 〒612-8082 両替町4丁目291−1京都府京都市伏見区

Please note, this tour is special because it is in the less crowded area outside of the overly-busy downtown Kyoto. Please see the train info, time, distance and cost estimates here:

Train

Kyoto station -Momoyama-goryo (kintetsu line) 15 min, 260yen

Shichijo station (closest to Kyoto station)- Fushimi-momoyama(Keihan line) 15min, 210yen

Taxi

6.7km, 25min, 2700yen

Your guide will be there holding an “Arigato Japan” sign.

We suggest wearing comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.

We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This tour will start promptly at 11:00 AM. This is to protect the enjoyment of all our guests and restaurant partners. We are sorry to say that if you are not able to arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will start regardless and no refund will be provided. We are also unable to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you’ve missed the start of the tour.
 
Included
  • Sake Tasting
  • Lunch in a restaurant
  • Visit 2 sake breweries (1 small and 1 large sake brewery to get a sense of the differences of scale and try their sake and other products)
  • 3-hour tour of Kyoto’s Fushimi district
  • Guided tour at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Rates
Per
Price
Person
$
115
Add-on
Price
Pricing info
$
150
Additional private group price for 1 -4 people
$
200
Additional private group price for 5 -8 people
$
250
Additional private group price for 9 -12 people
Timing
Dates
Start Time
Daily11:00 AM
Duration
3 H
Frequently Asked Questions
In accordance with Japanese law you must be over 20 years old to purchase and consume alcohol. And if you would like to drink on our tours we recommend you bring an identification card just in case the staff requests proof of age.
Yes, it is possible to change the time and place. Please tell us at least one week before your tour. If you have booked a PRIVATE TOUR, adjustments are more flexible but changes can only be made with sufficient advanced notice.
Yes, all of our administration and tour guides can speak English. Most are fully bilingual.
Yes, we have vegetarian menu options available for all tours; please tell us in advance so we can make the proper arrangements.
Yes, people who have allergies may join the tours; however please keep in mind that we cannot make a 100% allergy free food guarantee since all the food is prepared in the same kitchen. Cross-contamination is possible.
Out of respect for our other guests, we must start the tour on time. There is a grace period of 5 minutes after the tour start time; however if you are not there by the end of the grace period you most probably will be left behind. As our tours are structured with stops at popular eateries, our schedule is created to arrive at times outside of their peak hours. Also, we have reservations for certain periods of time. We must meet our scheduled times to ensure the best tour for everyone.
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Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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I very much enjoyed visiting this 400 year old historical sake brewery and learning about the hidden gems of the area from Toshi! He was an amazing guide and made my experience one to remember forever.
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