You haven’t truly explored the ancient former Japanese capital Kyoto until you’ve dived into the world of sake culture. This three-hour insiders’ sake tasting tour will see you visit one of the city’s best distilleries to learn about the secrets of tradition sake brewing techniques that have been passed down through the generations.
Afterwards, you’ll have an in-depth sake tasting experience that will introduce you to brands and bottles that never leave Japan. Sake is a complex drink that, like wine, has differing tastes ranging from dry to sweet. This introduction will help you to understand the different types of sake and give you a solid grounding in sake’s history.
The tasting is accompanied by various otsumami, traditional Japanese small plates and snacks that perfectly pair with the different sakes.
While you can try plenty of sake in Kyoto’s restaurants, tasting with an expert local guide will give you a much deeper understanding of the culture, history and flavours of this complex and often misunderstood drink. You’ll sample 10 different types ranging from top grade bottles to freshly squeezed sake to give you a broader overview of the drinks’ tastes.
Kotaro has lived in the Fushimi district of Kyoto, the area of the city renowned for its sake production, his whole life. His sake tour will help you delve into the unique history and culture of sake leaving you with a deeper understanding of Japanese culture. Join him on his daily Kyoto sake tour and distillery visit.
This small-group tour is on request. To join, use the calendar to select your date and book the tour with your card. Confirming the tour takes up to 24 hours. If we cannot confirm the tour, we will refund it in full. For special requests, private bookings, or dietary requirements, please contact us.
This tour has been created for those looking for a much deeper understanding of sake and its history and culture. The three-hour tour is split into two parts. The first is a sake distillery tour to give you some background on the beverage. The second is a tasting paired with traditional Japanese snacks. Please note that the legal age for drinking in Japan is 20+.
You’ll meet your guide at the Fushimi-Kan in the Kyoto district of Fushimi-ku. It’s easy to find and there will be more details including the address and directions on your booking confirmation. Please try to arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start of the tour.