Category : Sake brewery and tasting
Duration : 3 hours 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Price : 8,000 yen
Included : English guide / Taste over 20 varieties
Day : Everyday *Except for 3rd Tuesday
Welcome to our sake tasting experience in Itami. We’ll explore at least two of my favorite breweries and visit traditional Japanese house with beautiful garden. Itami is the original place of filtered sake.
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.
The other brewery is the smallest brewery around here. You will get to know the production method, while getting a feel for the deliciousness by tasting freshly made sake.
Finally, we will also visit an innovative brewery, that makes old-recipe sake around 300 years ago. They founded over 500 years ago, that still makes sake and craft beer in Itami.
2:00 pm Meeting
Meet up in front of the ticket gate of JR Itami station on JR Line. (JR伊丹駅、JR線)
*Google map below
With a 250 years old history, this is one of the smallest brewery in Itami area. The brand is famous about selected the best sake in west on the sake ranking edo piriod (17 century). Let’s taste 1st quality Daiginjo to 3rd quality Jyunmai and fruit flavor sake.
2nd Old sake brewery and traditional Japanese house with a beautiful garden
Established in 1674, This is the oldest house in Hyogo prefecture and important cultural prosperity. It was a sake brewery, we will see inside and watching video to learn Itami history. Move to Traditional house and view Japanse garden from tatami room.
Established in 1550, the brewery ranked 17th sales ranking brewery in Japan! You will taste many kinds of sake such as high quality sake to daily table sake, and get into sake museum. Let’s wear happi, half size Japanese cloth, take photo for memory.
4th Sake and craft beer tasting and food pairing at the restaurant
With 63 years of experience, the final and last brewery that we will visit features a sake master who’s become a symbol to this brewery. While making traditional, high quality sake, it’s also taking a new innovative and creative route. For example, they produce sake using Whiskey production methods, by utilizing American Oak. Using Sherry wine barrels imported from France, this brewery ages the sake with it. They also came up with the idea of mixing sake and Chardonnay, giving this new beverage a very refreshing twist. It will change the way you see sake. This is also optional, there is a paid tasting counter where you can enjoy small cheese platter from top dairy cattle raised in Mt. Rokko.
Finish at JR Itami station on JR Line. (JR伊丹駅、JR線)
What you can expect in this tour
As the proverb says “Nada (Kobe) sake for men, Fushimi (Kyoto) sake for women”, Nada’s sake is influenced by mineral rich water and it is characterized by its dry taste. We will enjoy more than 20 varieties of sake in 3 hours. The guide will be familiar with Nada area and sake, and will provide a friendly atmosphere. You will be informed about the history of sake, customs, brewing methods and how to enjoy snacks that go well with the alcohol. Enjoy different types of sakes depending on the season you visit. Let’s learn and go on an adventure deep into the sake world.
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%.
JR Itami station in front of the ticket gate.
[From JR Osaka station] JR Osaka station (JR Line) ⇒ Itami station (JR Line) . (20 minutes)
[From Namba] From Namba Station (Osaka Metro Line) ⇒ Umeda station (Osaka Metro Line) ⇒ Walk to JR Osaka station (JR Line) ⇒ Mikage station (Hanshin Line) ⇒ Itami station (JR Line) . (40 minutes)
[From JR Kyoto station] Take the rapid service from Kyoto Station (JR Line) ⇒ Osaka Station (JR Line) ⇒ Walk to Kobe-Sannomiya (Hanshin Line) ⇒ Kobe Sannomiya Station (Hanshin Line) ⇒ Ishiyagawa station (Hanshin Line). ( 1 hour)