Kyoto Sake Brewery & Tasting Tour with Food Pairing

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    12 guests
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    10h00 - 13h00
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    10 sake tastings paired with food
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    79 USD

About your Kyoto tour

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.

Why this tour is awesome

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.

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Your guide

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.

Kotaro - The Sake Expert
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Traditional sake brewery barrels with beautiful Japanese design

Traditional sake brewery barrels with beautiful Japanese design

Visit one of the best traditional sake breweries in Kyoto

Visit one of the best traditional sake breweries in Kyoto

Learn about the history and culture of sake in Kyoto

Learn about the history and culture of sake in Kyoto

Samples several sakes at the brewery

Samples several sakes at the brewery

Taste more than 10 sakes led by a local expert

Taste more than 10 sakes led by a local expert

Your tasting will be paired with otsumami Japanese snacks

Your tasting will be paired with otsumami Japanese snacks

Meet fellow travelers from around the world

Meet fellow travelers from around the world

Includes

  • Price US $79 per person
  • Language English / Japanese
  • Small group Maximum of 12 guests
  • Tastings 10 sakes paired with food
  • Drinks Sake tasting
  • Duration 10h00 - 13h00
  • Guide Local sake guide
  • Cancellation Cancel up to 7 days
  • Distillery visit Local brewery tour
  • Age 20 years and older
  • Instant confirmation Tour on request
  • Pick up / drop off Not included

Dietary information

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian options available
  • Vegan Vegan options available
  • Pescatarian Fish options available
  • Lactose free Suitable for lactose intolerant
  • Gluten free Suitable for gluten intolerant
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Discover what Kyoto sake is all about

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How to book

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.

What to expect

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+. 

Meeting point

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.  

Cancellation Policy

This tour can be cancelled up to 7 days before departure for a full refund. Within 4-6 days before departure a 50% refund. Within 72 hours, no refund can be offered.

Why you should book with us

  • 99% 5 star reviews across our tours
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  • No hidden charges - all food tastings included in the price
  • Authentic food experience, escape the tourist traps