Travel through the streets of this stunning town and explore a 400-year-old sake brewing tradition
Beginning in the Fushimi district of Kyoto, your guide will take you through the streets of this stunning town to various traditional and modern sake breweries allowing our guests to get a sense of the area’s 400-year-old sake brewing tradition.
What to Expect
Beginning in the Fushimi district of Kyoto, your guide will take you through the streets of this stunning town to various traditional and modern sake breweries allowing our guests to get a sense of the area’s 400-year-old sake brewing tradition. Known for brewing some of the best sake in the world, Fushimi’s secret lies in the natural spring water of the area. Because of the water holding less magnesium and calcium than other parts of Japan or the world, the sake of the area reaches levels of purity and taste other areas could not easily replicate.
Brewing takes place in the cold months of the year after the rice crop has been harvested and as a result, the air around Fushimi is saturated with the smell of fermenting rice during this time of year.
The neighborhood is a festive one that comes to life each day with sake bars and vendors selling the local sake to patrons.
During the tour, we will spend time at the Gekkeikan Okura sake museum where a brief history of sake can be understood. Since they have been making sake since 1637, with a nearly 4 century-old process, our guests really see how things have been done for generations.
At the Gekkeikan Okura sake museum, we will also get a chance to see the sake brewery. Our guests will get a sense of the traditional brewing process which involves a combination of water, malt, yeast and steamed rice. The different cut or variety of rice plays a big part of the distinction of the sake. If a grain of rice has less grain shaved off, it is more bitter. Generally, the more grain is shaved, the sweeter it will taste.
You will have a chance to sample different kinds of sake at the end of the tour. If you find a type you like, the brewery shop carries around 80 varieties for you to purchase and take home.
Everyday (Monday – Sunday)
Meeting Time Frame 10:45 – 11:00 am
Start Time 11:00 am
End Time 2:00 pm
The front of SoftBank shop in this address:
4-291-1 Ryogaemachi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu, Japan, 612-8082
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There are two train lines you can take to get to the meeting place.
Take the Keihan Train Line getting off at Fushimi Momoyama Station
Take the Kintetsu Line getting off at Momoyama Goriyo Station
Our guests will have a chance to learn about all the ins and outs of the sake brewing process, but due to sanitation and brewing laws in Japan we will not be able to see the actual active sake brewing areas.
We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to protect the enjoyment of all our guests and restaurant partners. We are sorry to say that if you are not able to arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will start regardless and no refund will be provided. We are also unable to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you’ve missed the start of the tour.
We suggest wearing comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Should you have any difficulty in finding the place, you may reach me at **********.
SAKE TASTING INCLUDED
LUNCH IN RESTAURANT
WALKING LEVEL MODERATE
What‘s not included
Hotel Pick-up and Drop off
The front of SoftBank shop in this address: 4-291-1 Ryogaemachi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu, Japan, 612-8082
Number of people
up to 10 people