Traditional Soy Sauce-Making & Brewery Tour in Hamamatsu

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Experience Details
Experience Location
3 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 10 guests
Vegan, Vegetarian
Learn about one of the staple condiments of Japanese food culture and make your very own bottle of soy sauce at Meijiya Shoyu Brewery in Hamamatsu (Shizuoka).


Learn how to make soy sauce (shoyu) at one of Japan’s most renowned soy sauce companies
Make your very own bottle of soy sauce to take home with you
Try various kinds of soy sauce & soy sauce products, including shoyu ice cream
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

Take a deep dive into the world of shoyu (soy sauce) production in Hamamatsu, a historical castle town with a rich food culture and an abundance of nature. Learn how soy sauce is made at a family-run company with nearly 150 years of history and deepen your knowledge about this versatile Japanese pantry staple. After the tour, you will even get to try your hand at making your very own bottle of soy sauce! Located halfway between Tokyo and Osaka, Hamamatsu is only a Shinkansen ride away from the hustle and bustle. Bordered by forested mountains to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, the Tenryū River to the east, and Lake Hamana to the west, the city is surrounded by nature in all directions. Hamamatsu’s unique location and pleasant climate have given birth to notable specialty products such as grilled eel, delicious seafood, and juicy mandarin oranges, as well as laid the foundation for exceptional shoyu making. Start your experience with a nostalgia-inducing tour of Meijiya Shoyu’s wooden factory, a registered tangible cultural property that’s over a century old. After learning about the shoyu-making process, you can try soy sauce squeezing using special workshop presses made by the current owner. The soy sauce will then be pasteurized and bottled so you can take it home with you and store it at room temperature. You can also taste several types of soy sauce by dipping tofu in them! What makes Meijiya soy sauce so unique is the soybeans and wheat used for making their products. Their “Kuradashi” soy sauce is produced from tea soybeans and wheat grown on their own farm, resulting in a mild-tasting soy sauce that is naturally thick and rich. Meijiya Shoyu also offers a wide variety of soy sauces, table sauces, miso, and even shoyu ice cream–a surprisingly tasty treat! With so many soy sauce products to try, this tour is sure to satisfy any soy sauce lover!


English-speaking guide
Soy sauce-making workshop, where you can take home the soy sauce you made
Soy sauce taste comparison with tofu
Souvenirs (a 100ml bottle of double-heated soy sauce and an original towel)


Transportation to and from the meeting point
Food and drinks apart from those included in the experience

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

Meijiya Shoyu / 明治屋醤油


Each child under 12 years old must have at least one adult accompanying them (e.g. two children = two adults)
To protect the brewery’s koji mold, please do not eat natto before the tour
No gluten-free options available
Duration 1.5-3 hours (approx); varies depending on the number of people

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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Experience Location

A coastal prefecture located in central Japan between Tokyo and Osaka, Shizuoka is home to Mount Fuji (the highest mountain in Japan), beaches and hot spring resort towns, and a thriving agriculture industry producing some of the most delicious and highly coveted produce in Japan.
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Earliest available date: July 30, 2024
¥ 17,600
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals