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 more sweet it will taste.
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.
Arigato Tours are a great way to meet other travelers and food fans from around the world. However if you would prefer a private tour please see the additional fees below and click the add on button on your cart when you check out.
For a more customized experience, make your tour private for an additional $175 + TAX (min. 2 people) (5+ $250 + TAX)
Private Food Tour Add-on (1-4 people) (+$175.00)
Private Food Tour Add-on (5+ people) (+$250.00)
|Everyday (Monday – Sunday)|
|Meeting Time Frame||10:45 – 11:00 am|
|Start Time||11:00 am|
|End Time||2:00 pm|
Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays, weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in this case.
I very much enjoyed visiting this 400 year old historical sake brewery and learning about the hidden gems of the area from Toshi! He was an amazing guide and made my experience one to remember forever.
Please keep in mind, however, that we cannot make an allergy free or dietary restriction food guarantee since food is prepared in kitchens that do not belong to Arigato Japan. Also some stops may not have a viable substitution but we will make every effort to compensate at different stops throughout the tour.
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.
Our guide will be there holding an “Arigato Japan” sign.
We suggest wearing comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.
On rainy days, we recommend bringing an umbrella. They can be easily purchased at any convenience store.
Please note, this tour is special because it is in the less crowded area outside of the often, overly-busy downtown Kyoto. Please see the train info, time, distance and cost estimates here: