Sake Tasting at Niigata’s Oldest Shinto Shrine

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Duration
1.5 hours
Number of Guests
4 - 14 guests
Language
English
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Private Experience
Journey to Niigata for a sacred sake-tasting experience at the region's oldest Shinto shrine! You’ll experience a tasting, info session, history lesson, & appetizer pairing with a friendly guide.
Highlights
Enter the main hall of the oldest shrine in Niigata City
Learn about the relationship between Shinto and sake from expert guides with extensive knowledge of the history, culture, & traditions of Niigata
Learn about sake: tasting tips, pairings, flavor profiles, etc.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Niigata is known (and loved) for plenty of things, but sake sits atop the list. Thanks to its fertile land and proximity to the sea, this captivating region is famed for its rice and sake production, with over 90 sake breweries dotting the landscape. While sake is now a common drink both locally and internationally, up until around 1,000 years ago, it was mainly produced in shrines and temples. Discover the ancient relationship between this sacred sip and shrines with this immersive cultural experience! You’ll learn about sake, activate your senses with a tasting and pairing, and enter the main hall of the oldest Shinto shrine in Niigata. Niigata is the fifth largest prefecture in Japan, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west and soaring mountain ranges to the east; the landscape is a testament to Japan's geographic diversity. This natural climate and the city’s positioning have solidified the region's position in the sake production industry, with Niigata being known as the home of sake! People all over Japan visit the area to sample the high-quality and diverse range of sake–there’s even a two-day sake-tasting festival that draws flocks of sake-loving visitors from far and wide. Your sacred sake-tasting adventure will begin at the oldest Shinto shrine in Niigata, where your friendly guide will greet and guide you to the main hall. You’ll be briefed on the history of sake and Shinto shrines in Niigata, as well as the broader cultural context in Japan. Afterward, the tasting begins! Four types of sake will be sipped, paired with special appetizers, and studied–you’ll learn about flavors, pairings, production, and beyond.
Inclusions
4 types of specialty sake
A curated selection of appetizers
Entrance to the shrine
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the experience
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Roughly 10 minutes by bus from Niigata Station Mae
Remarks
This is a private experience
The legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years old
When driving, the legal alcohol limit in Japan is 0 (zero)–this is strictly enforced
Any accidents/incidents before or after the tour are the guests’ responsibility
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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Known as the prefecture of rice and sake, Niigata is a popular area for skiers and onsen-goers that also offers stunning natural attractions in every season.
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Earliest available date: April 19, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals