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TOKYO

Toshimaya Shuzo Sake Brewery Tour

Unlock the secrets of Japanese sake during a visit to one of Tokyo’s oldest sake breweries. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the meticulous brewing process, enjoy a sake pairing, and learn about the history of this beloved national drink.
from¥14,000
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With sake
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KYOTO

Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour in Fushimi Sake District

For over 400 years, Kyoto’s Fushimi Sake District has been producing some of Japan’s most premium sake. During this sake brewery tour, visit a sake museum, tour a historic brewery, and taste a variety of sakes with a guide.
from¥24,200
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KYOTO

Create a Handcrafted Sake Cup and Visit a Kyoto Sake Brewery

In Kyoto, the prefecture renowned for its sake production, learn about traditional methods used in sake making, then you’ll make your own sake cup out of cedar or cherry blossom wood, under the tutelage of a local craftsman.
from¥12,000
(4)
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NAGANO

Miso in Matsumoto: Fermentation Factory Tour and Lunch

Learn all about miso in this tour of a miso factory in Matsumoto, Nagano! The factory has been in business since 1868 and ages its miso for up to three years. Try this rich miso in a variety of foods available after the factory tour like miso soup.
from¥7,000
Rain or shine
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KYOTO

Kyoto Whisky and Sake Tasting Tour

During this evening tour in Kyoto, stop at an award-winning bar where the bartenders can fix you up a personalized drink, taste seasonal Kyoto delicacies alongside a sake tasting, and enjoy a whisky and chocolate pairing in Pontocho.
from¥35,200
(3)
With sake
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TOKYO

Tasting and Tour at One of Tokyo’s Oldest Sake Breweries

Ozawa Shuzo sake brewery is the perfect place to catch a breath of fresh air away from the bustle of the metropolis. Taste fine sakes made using crisp water that trickles down from the surrounding mountains, then enjoy a vegetarian lunch.
from¥19,800
With sake
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HYOGO

Sake Tour & Tastings w/ a Sake Brewer in Nishinomiya (Hyogo)

Uncover the sake-making secrets of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture! See the Nishinomiya Shrine and stroll the city, then tour sake breweries and taste a wide variety of Japanese sake in this unique experience designed and led by a sake brewer.
from¥13,500
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HIROSHIMA

Hiroshima Sake Town Tour in Saijo

Saijo, Hiroshima, is one of Japan’s top 3 sake brewing towns. On this tour, find out how their high-quality sake is made, visiting local sake breweries and honing your palate with tastings at each. Then try bishu nabe, a local hot pot made with sake!
from¥23,000
(1)
With sake
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HOKKAIDO

Make Your Own Gin in a Distillery in Asahikawa, Hokkaido

In this EAT! MEET! JAPAN award-winning experience in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, you will tour a local distillery, learn about gin and try different kinds before mixing botanicals to make your own. Lunch, cocktails and snacks included!
from¥16,500
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SHIZUOKA

Traditional Soy Sauce-Making & Brewery Tour in Hamamatsu

Calling all soy sauce lovers! Explore the world of Japan’s supreme condiment with a historic shoyu (soy sauce) brewery tour, make your very own bottle of soy sauce, try various soy sauce products (including ice cream), & take some saucy souvenirs!
from¥17,600
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AICHI

Nishio, Aichi: Taste & Make Miso at a 100-Year-Old Brewery

Only an hour from Nagoya is the coastal town of Nishio, famous for its artisanal miso-making. Here, you’ll explore a brewery with over 100 years of history as you learn all about miso, a key ingredient in Japanese cuisine.
from¥13,000
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HOKKAIDO

Distillery Tour and Gin Tasting in Asahikawa (Hokkaido)

Learn the ropes of Japanese gin making from a distillery owner in Hokkaido’s second-biggest city, Asahikawa! Tour the Takasu Distillery and try different kinds of gin, including their original branded gin.
from¥2,000
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This was a great tour with Kumi. It was a bit of travel but good to be in a different area. No hotel meet for our tour. The Saki tasting was great and an amazing Ramen for lunch. Kumi is a great tour leader and I’m looking forward to returning on another tour one day.
Alana Chandler
May 19, 2024
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Toshimaya Shuzo Sake Brewery Tour
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We had such a lovely time with Thomas! He was very knowledgeable, engaging and funny! We gained great insight into Japanese whiskey culture and discovered new favorites.
Elena Lerner
May 18, 2024
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Kyoto Whisky and Sake Tasting Tour
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We had an amazing time with Ross! He was really fun, engaging and attentive to our preferences. If you are curious about sake or love sake, highly recommend!
Elena Lerner
May 18, 2024
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Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour in Fushimi Sake District
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This tour was a highlight of our trip to Japan. Kyoko took the 1 hour train with us and also facilitated and translated the tour with the team at the Toshimaya Brewery. Kyoko was more than a guide; she’s a sake somm and cares deeply for preserving Japanese culture, personally supporting the brewery with her time and energy. She got to know us and told us all about the area, the sake industry, and gave us recommendations for things to do in Tokyo. The brewery was a precious place to behold and we had a peaceful and informative afternoon. We’re now much more interested in sake and supporting the national drink of Japan after this tour. Thank you, Kyoko!
Alex Bryson
May 09, 2024
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Toshimaya Shuzo Sake Brewery Tour
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Had fun with family making our own sake cup and enjoying the countryside
Iris kuwaye
March 05, 2024
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Create a Handcrafted Sake Cup and Visit a Kyoto Sake Brewery
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Walk around any city center in Japan past 10pm and one thing is abundantly clear: the Japanese love a good drink. The country is home to some of the best breweries and distilleries in the world, which produce more varieties of Japanese sake, beer, and whisky than anyone could ever hope to sample!

Japanese beer breweries produce premium pints which are sold in top restaurants all around the world, and have been doing so for the past 150 years. Japanese whisky distilleries have been rolling out casks of world-class spirits and the best whisky bars for about as long, and some have even recently started beating the old-school Scottish and Irish producers for the top spot in the world!

With an even longer pedigree, Japan’s top sake breweries have up to three centuries of experience under their belts; a visit to a historic sake brewery like Tokyo’s Toshimaya Shuzo is a top culinary and cultural experience wrapped into one.

Whatever your poison, byFood’s range of brewery and distillery tours in Japan have something for you. Book your spot on one of these Japanese drinking experiences for an afternoon of culture and history, with a delicious tasting (or five) to boot.