Sake Brewery Tour: Taste Your Way Through Kobe’s Sake Mecca

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Experience Details
Experience Location
3 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 15 guests
Spend a day in Kobe, the 'home of sake'. Sample various types of Japanese sake (nihonshu) from 3 different breweries, and learn about the history, culture, & brewing techniques from a sake expert.
Sights & stops: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan Kiku Masamune Meister Factory, Sakuramasamune Kinenkan Sakuraen, Hamafukutsuru Ginjo Brewery
Taste 10 varieties of sake at 3 different breweries
Learn about the history, culture, & brewing process of some of the finest sake (nihonshu) in Japan
Taste a variety of regional sake in a trendy and affordable 'kakuuchi' (in-store-by-the-glass) way
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Host will donate 7 meals
Experience Details
If Osaka is known as the “kitchen of Japan,” then Kobe is, without a doubt, the “home of sake.” While Kobe beef might be the first thing that comes to most people’s minds, the international port city is also home to Nada Gogō, the largest sake-producing region in Japan. The combination of top-quality ingredients, ideal weather conditions, and centuries-old brewing techniques make for sake with a rich and refined flavor profile unlike any other. Stops and sights include: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan Kiku Masamune Meister Factory Sakuramasamune Kinenkan Sakuraen Hamafukutsuru Ginjo Brewery During this tour, you will visit three different breweries and sample a wide variety of sake before ending things on a chill note at a famous izakaya. This experience is perfect for food and drink enthusiasts looking for a tasting tour served with a dash of sake brewing history! Kick off your adventure with a stop at the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, where you will learn about traditional sake brewing techniques passed down from generation to generation. Witness the delicate art of taru (barrel) sake making at the Kiku-Masamune Taru Meister Factory, kept alive by artisans since the Edo period. Each brewery also offers various types of popular Japanese sake, such as Junmai Daiginjo, for tasting. Top everything off with a stop at Hamadaya, a renowned liquor store-slash-standing bar in Kobe, where you can experience the kakuuchi, or in-store, drinking style. The simplicity and casualness of kakuuchi allow you to sample many varieties of sake and expand your horizons easily. Since Hamadaya is the last stop, you can take your time to savor each sip to your heart’s content. Enjoy discovering your favorite type of sake, be it dry and robust or smooth and rounded. By the end of this tour, you’re bound to come away a true sake connoisseur!
Try 10 types of sake
Admission to 3 different sake breweries
Hamadaya: 1 serving of sake and 1 finger food
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Food and drinks apart from those included in the experience
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
At the ticket gate of Sumiyoshi Station 5 Chome-1 Sumiyoshimiyamachi, Higashinada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 658-0053, Japan
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before departure; your guide will be waiting for you outside the ticket gate
Comfortable shoes are a must
Minors can participate, but alcohol tasting is strictly reserved for those 20 years and above
Experience Location
Hyōgo is home to the best beef in the world, Kobe beef, and that’s not all. From vast natural parks to one of the oldest and biggest castles in Japan, this prefecture covers all bases with natural beauty and a thriving food culture inspired by Chinese and French immigrants in the port cities.
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Earliest available date: December 4, 2023
¥ 11,300
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Host will donate 7 meals