- Sake tour from Kyoto
- Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine dedicated to the god of rice
- See the thousands of brightly painted red torii (gates)
- Tour the Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Hall for a look at the history of sake
- Enjoy sake tastings at a boutique sake shop
- Browse the stores at a local shopping arcade
What You Can Expect
Next, make your way by train to a sake brewery to learn the secrets of this popular Japanese drink. In traditional Japanese life, sake has an important place at festivals, ceremonies and rituals. Depending upon the combination of water, malt, yeast and steamed rice, sake has a very distinctive aroma and a fruity sweet taste. Just as it takes a special kind of grape to produce a good wine, making excellent sake requires the use of a special type of rice, usually with high starch content.
Tour the Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Hall and learn the history of sake. Wander the museum and see the tools used in sake production, before sampling three different kinds of sake from sweet to dry. Then walk a short distance to a small liquor store specializing in over 80 kinds of sake. Take a seat at the bar to enjoy a special sake tasting.
Finish your tour with a wander through the local shopping arcade before boarding the train to Kyoto, where you tour concludes.
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. It was personalised - just my husband and me - and our guide Yoko was wonderful. Yoko speaks impecable English and she really knew her subject matter. Fushimi Inari Shrine is very different to other Shrines we have seen and is worth seeing, and the brewery museum was really interesting. We sampled and old and new style sake at the museum (my vote is for the old style), and tried 6 different sakes at specialst sake shop. A really great way to spend half a day!
Miata our tour guide was great. We learned a lot.