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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Taste the culture of Japan with a sake-tasting tour at Inari, home to some of the best sakes in Japan. Visit a sake brewery to learn the history of sake production and sample the local drop. Enjoy a tasting at a specialty sake liquor store and pay a visit to the god of rice –- Fushimi Inari Shrine.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery Tour

Sake Tasting

Travel by train from Kyoto to Inari, where you will find some of the best sake in the country. Start with a small walking tour of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, dedicated to the god of rice. The temple is famous for the thousands of brightly painted red torii (gates) that frame the pathways into the forest. The Fushimi Inari Shrine is also a place where locals come to seek blessings for prosperity. Those who have received good fortune return and place torii, which are inscribed with their thanks. The long tunnel of torii is one of the most iconic landmarks of Kyoto and a popular TV and film location.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

It was cold and wet but we had a great time. Well worth the trip. Best temple in town.

Katrina L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

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!

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