For over 400 years, the tradition of brewing sake has flourished in the charming Fushimi Sake District of Kyoto. With nearly 40 sake breweries benefiting from the exceptionally soft and pure water in the area, Fushimi Sake District is a must-visit for Japanese sake lovers from around the world. As Kyoto’s natural spring water contains less magnesium and calcium, the subtle flavors made by the sake fermentation process can really shine through, a testament to the high-quality of sake here. During the Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour in Fushimi Sake District, you’ll learn to discern these flavors during a sake tasting. You’ll also get to stroll around the area, admiring the traditional Japanese architecture, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
First, you’ll visit the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, home to a sake brewery established in 1637, where you can learn all about the history of sake with a local tour guide. You will find out about the sake brewing process, and the essential components of water, malt, yeast, and rice. Slight variation in these components, like using a different type of rice, can have a big impact on the sweetness, flavor, and clarity of the sake. You’ll also sample many different kinds of sake after the tour. Equipped with the knowledge you’ve learned, you’ll become a Japanese sake connoisseur within the day! And, as a souvenir, you can even purchase a bottle of one of the 80 different types of sake that they offer, if you choose. Then, take a walk around the Fushimi Sake District and explore traditional shops at a local shopping arcade.
Tour of the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Visit a sake brewery with over 400 years of history
Several sake tastings with a guide to point out the distinct elements of each sake
Lunch in a local Japanese restaurant
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting point is in front of the local SoftBank shop
The food tour starts strictly on time. If guests do not arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will begin regardless, and no refund shall be given.
Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.
There’s a strict rule that only a person 20 years of age can drink alcohol.
Due to sanitation and brewing laws in Japan, this tour will not cover the active sake brewing areas of the breweries, however, the entire brewing process will be explained during the tour.