Sake Tour & Tastings with a Sake Brewer in Kobe (Nada)

Organized by Andrew Russell
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Duration
4 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 8 guests
Language
English
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Explore the fascinating world of Japanese sake while visiting breweries and museums with an expert sake brewer. You will visit prestigious producers and taste a variety of local sake.
Highlights
Explore Kobe’s famous Nada Gogo sake district with a sake brewer guide. Visit breweries and museums and enjoy sake tastings as you learn more about the craft.
Learn about traditional sake brewing techniques that have been passed down for generations.
Taste a variety of local sake with your guide, including ultra-premium daiginjo and fresh namazake.
Learn insider’s tips from your guide, Andrew, a sake brewer and the host of Sake Deep Dive podcast, who has dedicated his life to the craft.
Enjoy a guided sake tasting and otsumami (light snacks) at a former brewery belonging to Kenbishi, one of Japan's oldest sake makers.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
One in every four bottles of sake sold in Japan comes from Nada Gogo, a cluster of towns near Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture, and for good reason. This region has mastered the craft of sake-making over centuries, becoming a lead sake producer, no mean feat in a country where sake is a national drink. The brewery-lined, fragrant streets of Nada Gogo draw throngs of sake lovers eager to try the finest local brews made with traditional techniques, and you, too, can explore the area’s sake legacy — with a sake brewer himself. Your guide, Andrew, will draw from his extensive experience working in sake breweries across Japan to show you a complete overview of the town of Nada, exploring its sake production. Enjoy a guided visit to local breweries and sake museums, as you taste fresh local sake varieties. You might know Andrew as the host of the Sake Deep Dive podcast or as the creator of the Origin Sake website, but you might not know that he’s also a passionate tour guide! Andrew loves sharing his love of sake with visitors from around the world in tours he leads and designs himself. Experience flow: -Meet your guide, Andrew, at Uozaki Station -Explore the area on foot as your host fills you in on the history and developments of the region -Visit Kiku-Masamune, a historical brewery where you can see traditional brewing and craftspeople making sake casks by hand (subject to availability) -Visit Hakutsuru, Nada’s largest sake producer, and enjoy a guided tasting -Wrap up with an immersive tasting at a brewery site that used to belong to one of Japan’s most renowned sake brands As you explore the traditional streets of Nada and visit its centuries-old breweries with Andrew, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the craft, learn what makes the area’s sake so remarkable, and fill your cup with different kinds of delicious, fresh sake.
Inclusions
A guided tasting with local sake varieties and a light snack at a former sake brewery
Guidance about the sake-making process from a professional sake brewer
Entry to breweries and museums
Trying at least seven local varieties of sake during the tour (including premium daiginjo)
Visit a barrel-making facility (subject to availability)
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet your guide at Uozaki Station, about 8 minutes by train from Kobe-Sannomiya Station on the Hanshin Line. More detailed information and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Remarks
Tours can be customized or extended upon request. Please contact your host upon booking.
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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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: May 25, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals