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TOKYO

Japanese Tea Tasting, Matcha-Making & Matcha Sweets in Tokyo

Join Chisei, a professional tea instructor, for a Japanese tea-tasting & matcha-making experience in Tokyo. You’ll try & compare 5 varieties of tea, enjoy Japanese sweets (wagashi), & then make matcha with a bamboo tea whisk.
from¥4,800
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HOKKAIDO

Discover Otaru: Town Tour, Seafood, Sake, & More (Hokkaido)

Meander through Otaru, an age-old trading town in Hokkaido. Explore Otaru Canal, meander through Sakaimachi Street's quaint alleys, discover the Triangular Market (seafood & produce), enjoy a fresh seafood bowl, & take part in a sake tasting.
from¥11,500
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NIIGATA

Sake Tasting at Niigata’s Oldest Shinto Shrine

Journey to the home of sake (Niigata) to learn about Japan’s beloved rice wine! You’ll experience a tasting, info session, & appetizer pairing in the main hall of the region's oldest Shinto shrine alongside a knowledgeable guide.
from¥7,500
Private Experience
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TOKYO

Tokyo Tea Tasting: 12 Types of Matcha, Sencha, & Gyokuro

Experience a taste of Japan in Tokyo with a certified Tea Advisor who will introduce the origins & preparation of 12 types of tea. Learn about sencha, matcha, & gyokuro tea & the diverse regions they come from in an immersive tasting session.
from¥11,000
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NAGANO

Discover Matsumoto: Landmarks, Sake, Kaiseki, & Castle Tour

Unique architecture, sake tastings, and long-trodden streets lead to a once-in-a-lifetime kaiseki meal brimming with Matsumoto's finest local flavors. Experience the history of the world-heritage site Matsumoto Castle and its surrounding areas.
from¥21,000
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NIIGATA

Niigata Sake Tour, Tasting, & Masterclass

Discover the world of sake in Niigata, a region that produces some of the finest in Japan. Learn sake history, customs, & culture from a Professional Sake Meister (Kikisake-Shi) then participate in a sake-tasting session. Appetizers included!
from¥9,750
Private Experience
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TOKYO

Tasting and Comparing Seven High Quality Japanese Teas

Escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo life with this tea-tasting experience! Taste seven different types of Japanese tea, including gyokuro, and enjoy complimentary Japanese sweet pairings. You will definitely feel relaxed after this experience!
from¥14,080
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SAITAMA

Saitama Wood-Aged Sake Brewery Tour and Tasting

Experience Saitama sake brewed the old-fashioned way in timber holding tanks at Yamane Shuzo. Enjoy sampling this wood-aged sake tasting.
from¥10,000
With sake
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TOKYO

Japanese Sake Tasting Experience for Team Building

Food brings people together. Build connections with your team and improve communication skills during this Japanese sake tasting competition. In a casual environment, your teams will work together to identify different types of sake, and win prizes.
from¥11,000
With sake
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YAMAGATA

Hirashimizu Artistries Tour: Pottery, Sake, and Silk

Join a pottery class in Hirashimizu, a peaceful Yamagata village that’s home to a variety of artisanal shops. Use regional pottery techniques to make your own dish, bowl, or sake cup! Then, join a sake sommelier for an in-depth workshop and tasting.
from¥10,000
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MIYAGI

Sushi Pairing and Kesennuma Sake Brewery Visit

Tour a sake brewery in Kesennuma and learn about the sake brewing process and how the brewery got back on its feet following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Then, enjoy a delicious sake and sushi pairing at a local restaurant.
from¥5,000
With sake
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Aki was AWESOME. On the day of the event he reached out via both email and WhatsApp to give us the specific meeting location (it's rather vague on the event page, which had us a little worried initially) and it was very easy to link up with him. During the tasting he was very energetic and upbeat which made it super engaging. Additionally, he is super knowledgeable when it comes to explaining the various nuances to the different types of sake. Everyone in my group learned a ton. Finally, he selected some excellent sakes. Our group weren't huge sake drinkers previously but enjoyed nearly all of the sakes we sampled. Oh and on top of all that- it was decent value as we got to try 7 different sakes (including the unpasteurized namazake type, which you can only get in Japan). Needless to say we all left there event buzzing.
Eric Straley
February 24, 2024
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Taste Seven Traditional Japanese Sake in Shinjuku
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I wanted to share my incredible experience attending a Sake Tasting and Takoyaki Cooking Class led by the amazing Momoko. It was an absolute highlight of my trip, and I can't stop raving about the expertise and enthusiasm she brought to the session. First and foremost, Momoko's knowledge of sake was truly impressive. Her passion for the craft shone through as she guided us through a delightful tasting experience, sharing fascinating insights into the different types of sake and their unique characteristics. Her ability to demystify the world of sake made the tasting accessible and enjoyable, even for someone like me who was relatively new to the experience. The Takoyaki cooking segment was equally fantastic! Momoko's clear instructions and hands-on guidance ensured that everyone in the class had a blast creating these delicious Japanese treats. Her friendly demeanor and encouragement created a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making the class not just educational but also a lot of fun. What sets Momoko apart is not just her knowledge and skills but her genuine passion for sharing the rich cultural aspects of sake and Takoyaki. Her engaging personality and ability to connect with participants added an extra layer of enjoyment to the entire experience. I would highly recommend Momoko's classes to anyone looking for a unique and memorable cultural experience.
Priscilla Miller
February 20, 2024
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Sake Tasting & Takoyaki Cooking Class in Osaka
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I highly recommend this tour. Masa gave a very good introduction to Nagano and the world of sake. I am glad we were able to interact with other locals as well in learning about Nagano and sake. This tour gave a more personalized feel when traveling. Masa and anyone else we interacted with were also very knowledgeable and answered any questions I may have had throughout the tour.
Terenz Mamotos
February 07, 2024
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Nagano Sake Tasting Walking Tour
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Karen, our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the area. She brought us to sake breweries which sold very good sake. She even brought us to a hole in the wall eatery which we would have never known about. Overall, an excellent trip..
Alyxandria Chua
December 24, 2023
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Kyoto: Sake Tasting at Local Breweries near Fushimi Inari
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Terrific tour. Learnt a lot about sake.
Tony Maher
December 20, 2023
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Fushimi Sake Tour in Kyoto with Sake Tasting
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Best Food and Drink Tasting Experiences in Japan

Want to learn how to order Japanese whisky like a pro, distinguish between the different types of Japanese sake, or brew the perfect cup of tea? These tastings in Japan will link you to specialists in their fields, so you can get insider tips and info about the world of Japanese beverages. Japanese sake enthusiasts can tour sake breweries, enjoy tastings of raw sake, and indulge in pairings of Japanese sake and sushi; while tea lovers can find zen in a cup of matcha and a bite of traditional Japanese sweets.

Book tastings in Japan and learn all about your favorite drinks, like sake and tea, which have been a vital part of Japanese culture for centuries and are still significant today. Matcha tea plays the starring role in the Japanese tea ceremony, a tradition that has its roots in Zen Buddhism and Japanese hospitality. Meanwhile, amazake, a fermented rice drink, is consumed during the Japanese New Year; and barrels of Japanese sake can be seen at many shrines, offerings from the breweries with symbolic and spiritual significance. During your trip, be sure to join a tasting in Japan and get a taste of the history and culture of the land of the rising sun.