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Explore Harie and Its Sake Scene at a Local Brewery

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Duration
4 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 10 guests
Accessibility
Stroller Accessible
Language
Japanese, English
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Near station
Explore the so-called village of the living water, learn about its costumes and take the chance to taste delicious sake at a local brewery.
Highlights
Discover the beauty of Harie, a tiny village where most residents have their own spring water
Learn about local costumes from a local
Visit a sake brewery founded in 1865 and taste their sake
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Kyoto prides itself with clear tap water, due to the vicinity with lake Biwa. However, a few hours by train from Kyoto you can find a more-than-worthy opponent. Leave Kyoto and experience the traditional vibes and slow-living feeling of a small village with a unique feature. Harie is home to an ancient and peculiar costume: spring water gets directly at each and every home of the village and it is still used by many residents as kitchen sink and well. Meet a local English speaking guide and let yourself on a peaceful journey to the strains of running water. Under the guidance of your local cicerone, you get the coveted chance to enter the houses of those inhabitants whose families have been making daily-use of the crystal-clear spring water to this day. You’ll learn about kabata, water springs, and the culture around them. Acquire deeper knowledge about this village learning more about its produce at a local sake brewery founded in 1865. Water and rice are fundamental ingredients for sake brewing and the village undoubtedly knows its stuff when it comes to freshwater. Explore the cellars and barrels where rice wine is produced and don’t miss out on the velvety sake tasting! Part with your guide at the station and take the opportunity to stroll around lake Biwa, or just go back to your hotel satisfied with the authentic local experience you just had.
Inclusions
Walking tour of Harie with a local English speaking guide
Sake tour and tasting
Exclusions
Any food or additional beverages
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting point is a station that is less than two hours from Kyoto by train.
Remarks
Please not that, unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Dominated by Japan’s largest lake, this prefecture offers a wealth of culture around its shores, as well as some of the best freshwater fish in the country.
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Earliest available date: April 18, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals