Category : Sake brewery and tasting
Duration : 4 hours 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Included : English guide / Taste over 12 varieties
Day : Everyday (Except for Monday)
Welcome to our sake tasting experience in Kobe. We’ll explore at least three of my 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 also visit a special brewery, founded over 250 years ago, that still makes sake in small batches. It is the one of the smallest breweries around here. You will get to know the production method, while getting a feel for the deliciousness by tasting freshly made sake. Finally, we’ll visit an innovative brewery that makes brandy, sherry, Chardonnay in sake and citrus fruit sakes.
Meet up in front of the ticket gate of Ishiyagawa station on Hanshin Line. (石屋川駅、阪神線)
*Google map below
With a 250 year old history, this is one of the smallest brewery in Nada area. The production volume is as small as 40,000 bottles of 1.8 L each per year. They are a high-quality brand that is famous all over Japan, even though the production scale is small. We will taste unpasteurized-sake, which can only enjoyed in Japan.
*Please note that this brewery is closed on weekends, but we will arrange to visit another brewery.
Established in 1751, the liquor store owner is a 13th generation. There is a full-fledged and rich variety of Japanese sake, including “Junmai Ginjo” that was served 5 times at the Nobel Prize banquet. In the souvenir corner, there are abundant items such as snacks, deep-fried rice, and soup. We recommend that you purchase souvenirs to bring home to your loved ones. Optionally, there is a paid tasting counter, and you can enjoy popular sake 300 yen per cup and the highest class drip-pressed sake for about 1,500 yen per 45ml cup.
The biggest brewery in Japan! You will walk along huge sake tank, and get into sake museum. Let’s wear happi, half size Japanese cloth, take photo for memory.
4th brewery *Except for Monday. On Monday we’ll visit other sake bar.
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.
*Please note that this brewery is closed on Mondays, but we will arrange to visit another brewery.
Finish at Uozaki station on Hanshin Line. (魚崎駅、阪神線)
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 12 varieties of sake in 4 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.
Rescheduling is encouraged over canceling and will not cost you anything.
Canceling the tour will result in a 90% refund of tour price. If cancelation is between a week and three days before the tour, it will result in a 50% refund. Otherwise, your tour cannot be refunded.
Ishiyagawa station in front of the ticket gate.
[From Umeda] Umeda station (Hanshin Line)⇒ Mikage station (Hanshin Line) ⇒Transfer to local train ⇒ Ishiyagawa station (Hanshin Line). (37 minutes)
[From Namba] From Osaka Namba Station (Hanshin-Namba Line) ⇒ Amagasaki station (Hanshin Line)⇒ Switch to Express line ⇒ Mikage station (Hanshin Line) ⇒Transfer to local train ⇒ Ishiyagawa station (Hanshin Line). (50 minutes)
[From Kyoto JR station] Take the rapid service from Kyoto Station (JR Line)⇒ Sannomiya Station (JR Line)⇒ Walk to Kobe-Sannomiya (Hanshin Line) ⇒ Kobe Sannomiya Station (Hanshin Line) ⇒ Ishiyagawa station (Hanshin Line). ( 1h 10mins)