In Japan, it’s typical to enjoy eating food while drinking alcohol and chatting with family and friends. That also goes when it comes to the country’s national drink: sake (a.k.a. “rice wine,” or as it’s officially known in Japanese, “‘nihonshu”). Making sake is a fine art that has been honed in throughout Japan, with different sake brewing regions and makers offering their own unique take on this quintessential Japanese alcohol. If you are a foodie visiting Tokyo and want to learn about sake from an expert, this Sake Tasting Class in Tokyo with Japanese Food Pairings is perfect for you!
Held at a modern Japanese home in Tokyo, your friendly host is an experienced Japanese chef and sake sommelier. Her home is beautifully decorated and she is extremely welcoming, so you will feel right at home as you dive into the world of Japanese sake! Feel free to ask your friendly host anything regarding Japanese cuisine and nihonshu as well as Japanese culture.
During this informative sake tasting class, you will learn all about the basics of sake including the process of how sake is made using rice, pure water, and koji. With insight from an English-speaking sake sommelier, you will learn about the flavor factors that play into the different varieties of sake and how to taste sake properly. Along with tasting sake, you will learn about which Japanese condiments best go with sake and how to best pair sake with Japanese food.
Enjoy drinking and learning about sake in a friendly atmosphere during this intimate experience. At the end of this sake tasting class, your friendly host can also drop you off at her favorite, locally famous liquor store. This is your perfect chance to purchase delicious sake as a souvenir, armed with new knowledge from the class.
English-speaking sake sommelier
Tools and ingredients for sake tasting
Sake tasting set
Side dishes for food pairing
Recipes in English (via email)
Transportation to and from the venue
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet at Akasaka Exit of Yotsuya Station. The home cooking studio located a 7-minute walk from the Station. A precise map will be sent to you after booking has been completed. The station is served by the JR Chuo Line, JR Chuo-Sobu Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, and the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line.
Please select Weekend Booking in the options below if booking on a weekend
The drinking age in Japan in 20 years old so sake will only be served to participants ages 20 years and older
Vegan and vegetarian options are possible with advance notice
Menu is seasonal depending on supplier’s produce available
As this experience is held in a private home, all male participants must be accompanied by at least one female participant