Category : sake brewery and tasting
Duration : 3 hours 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Price : 9,000 yen
Included : English guide / Taste sake over 30 types / Entrance to museum / Souvenir 180ml
Day : Everyday except Tuesday
Welcome to our sake tasting experience in Kyoto. Fushimi area is famous not only Fushimi Inari but also for sake production. Kyoto stands 2nd in sake production in Japan. Kyoto’s sake is considered sweet sake because of its soft and mellow water.
We’ll explore at least two of our favorite breweries. We’re passionate about sake, and we’d like to share with you the process of sake making, comparing different kinds and brands. You will taste the differences between sakes—the highest quality, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and many other seasonable sakes.
We’ll visit breweries, founded almost 400 years ago. You will get to know the production method, while getting a feel for the deliciousness by tasting freshly made sake. We can also taste some sake in the beautiful garden! Try only local unpasteurized sake and a traditional wooden flavored sake .
Finally, we’ll visit a food court where that will have all of Fushimi’s sake available to taste. We can taste up to 17 varieties from Fushimi area at the one place! It’s a hidden gem in this area. We’ll help to find your favorite type of sake!
Meet up in front of the ticket gate of Momoyama Goryoumae station on Kintetsu line. (桃山御陵前駅、近鉄線)
*Google map below
1st stop; local shrine
starting this tour, we’ll visit landmark local shrine in fushimi area. Pray your happiness, health, success and more. Ancient people found water is pure, heal illness, then ancient imperial named “Gokounomiya” in 6 century. Nowadays, once a year, there is a famous tea ceremony in this shrine.
2nd stop; smallest local brewery
*On Wednesday might be the other brewery.
At this local brewery, they offer over many varieties of sake coming from small batch. We will taste 3 different sakes chosen for us such as refreshing sake, cloudy sake and high quality – fragrant sake.
3rd stop; liquor shop
The liquor shop run by 4th generations over 100 years. They are very passionate about sake. Let’s compare 3 grade sake, 1st grade Daiginjo to 3rd grade Junmai. You’ll find basic sake.
4th stop; small brewery
Established 1677 in Fushimi, it’s a small brewery. We’ll try unpasteurized, fruity and dry sake. They got a gold medal of Kura master, famous competition in France.
5th stop; biggest brewery
Established 1637 in Fushimi, the first brewery is ranked second biggest brewery in Japan. Harmony and innovation, these are the mottos in this brewery. They experiment with new types of sake every year. We’ll tour a sake brewery that has a museum and offers a small souvenir; a 180ml bottle of sweet sake.
6th stop; fancy food court
It’s a hidden gem, even to locals. Sake bars from all of Fushimi and 8 restaurants work together in this establishment. Sit down at the bar and simply enjoy your choice of food being delivered straight to you from the restaurants. There is a tasting set menu 17 types of sake (Special Discount). Optionally, you can choose different foods to eat along with the sake tasting.
What you can expect in this tour
I welcome you to join my sake tasting experience in Kyoto, where we’ll explore at least two of my favorite breweries and two local bars. This area is famous for producing excellent sake, in part due to the fact that they use “Fushimi”, a sort of precious holy water, to create their elixirs.
We are passionate about sake, and we’d like to share with you the process of its fabrication, comparing different kinds and what makes Kyoto’s sake so special.
Please note that transportation costs and lunch are not included.
I recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, as there is a bit of (easy) walking involved.
The legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years of age. Parents traveling with their children are, however, welcome to bring them along free of charge. The children will not be permitted to drink alcohol. However, they will be able to try a healthy and tasty drink called amazake, which is non-alcoholic and is given to all Japanese children. If you’re planning to bring your children, please let us know at the time of your booking.
If you would also like to bring back souvenirs to your loved ones, we recommend that you bring a long a backpack.
All sales are final. As long as there are no special circumstances such as natural disasters or flight cancellation, the cancellation fee is 100%.
In front of the ticket gate of Momoyama Goryoumae station on Kintetsu line.
It takes 15 minutes by train from Kyoto station on Kintetsu line.
[From Kyoto Kintetsu] Kyoto Station (Kintetsu Line) ⇒ Momoyama Goryoumae Station. (Kintetsu Line) (10-13 minutes)
[From Umeda] Osaka Station (JR Line) ⇒ Kyoto station (JR Line) ⇒ Transfer to Kintetsu Line ⇒ Kyoto Station (Kintetsu Line) ⇒ Momoyama Goryoumae Station (Kintetsu Line) (59 minutes)
[From Namba] Namba station (Midosuji Line)⇒ Yodoyabashi station (Midosuji Line) ⇒ Transfer to Keihan Express Line ⇒ Yodoyabashi Station (Keihan Line) ⇒ Chushojima station (Keihan Line) ⇒ Transfer to local train ⇒ Chushojima station (Keihan Line) ⇒ Fushimi-Momoyama (Keihan Line) ⇒ Walk to Momoyama Goryomae station (Kintetsu Line) (1h15 hour)