5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:  45 minutes (approx.)
Visit a traditional or modern sake brewery for a 45-minute tour and sake tasting in Kyoto, and you’ll be steeped in the history of Japan’s most famous drink. At the Horino Memorial Museum, learn how sake was once made, or visit the modern sake brewery of Matsui Shuzo. Then, enjoy a sake tasting while your expert guide describes the ingredients and process that created each characteristic flavor. You’ll leave this tour a sake connoisseur! Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.


  • 1-hour sake brewery tour and tasting in Kyoto
  • Visit the Horino Memorial Museum or Matsui Shuzo (depending on which option you've selected)
  • Tour a traditional or modern-style brewery building for a look at sake production
  • Enjoy sake tastings with a professional guide
  • One-way taxi transfer to Matsui Shuzo included (or walk to the Horino Memorial Museum)
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting

Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting

Meet your guide at a machiya, a traditional Japanese house located in central Kyoto. From here, your guide will accompany you to the sake facility of your choice. Select from two options: Horino Memorial Museum, a former sake brewery, or Matsui Shuzo, a modern-style sake brewery currently in operation. (See descriptions of each location below.) It's a short walk to the nearby museum or a short taxi ride (included) to the brewing facility.

Before your sake tasting session begins, embark on a tour of the traditional townhouse or modern brewery (depending on your selection). You'll see the tools used in sake production, hear about sake history in Kyoto and learn the secrets to making this traditional Japanese drink – still popular at Japanese festivals, ceremonies and rituals today.

Then, take a seat and enjoy your sake tasting! You’ll sample several types of sake with different alcohol content. As you sip each small cup, your guide will describe the special combination of water, malt, yeast and rice that creates each distinctive aroma and flavor, ranging from sweet to dry.

Your sake tasting and tour concludes at the brewery or museum, and your guide can help you secure a taxi to your next destination.

Option 1: Horino Memorial Museum
This former sake brewery, housed in the prior home of the Horino family, produced one of the highest quality sake brands in Japan. There is an exhibit of sake brewing tools, a demonstration of different ways of brewing sake, and an area for making sake with your own label. Your tasting includes several different types of sake.

Option 2: Matsui Shuzo
This family-owned sake brewery has been in operation since 1726. Originally established in Kyogo prefecture, the modern-style facility later moved to Kyoto. At this working factory, you'll observe how sake is currently made, using innovative modern technology while keeping with tradition for small-scale production. Your tasting includes several different types of sake.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We are very glad to choose this tour. Our guide Yoshie is a certified Sake Sommelier, who is very passionate about the Sake culture as well as very helpful in answering our questions.

The Sake Brewery Matsui Brewing is highly recommended. It is small however the owner is the 15th generation who is very kind, friendly and well knowledgable. We also visited other bigger brewery, we are very glad that we have visited Matsui.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Highly Recommended personal tour with experienced teacher.

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