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Sake Tasting in Kyoto

By Viator, December 2017

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A spirit made with fermented rice, sake is Japan’s most iconic drink. And the heart of the country’s sake industry lies in Fushimi, a city known for its ultra-pure spring water and long history of brewing tradition. But you can taste the best sake Fushimi produces while visiting the former Japanese capital of Kyoto. Here are some sake tasting options and tours to consider, with some suggested pairing activities to make the most of your trip. 

Sake Tastings
Let your palate be your guide as you sample some of Japan’s finest sake on a tasting-themed excursion. Stop by a top sake brewery or sake bar to savor their latest creation, or pair your sake tasting trip with food-themed activities like a cooking class or trip to Kyoto’s famous Nishiki Food Market.

Brewery Tours
Pay tribute to Japan’s sake brewing traditions by exploring its production process. Learn the ins and outs of this unique drink by visiting brewing facilities like the famous Gekkeikan and its adjacent Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, or tour a more modern distillery like Matsui Shuzo. Some trips even pair your brewery visit with stops at nearby landmarks like Fushimi Inari Shrine.

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Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Get an excellent introduction to the cuisine of Kyoto with this small-group guided tour of the city's best food spots. Start at the deliciously vast ...  Read more

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Kyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market Walking Tour

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Explore the Nishiki Food Market and learn how to make a home-cooked Japanese meal on this Kyoto culinary walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, learn about ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting, Kyoto, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting

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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. ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $55.51

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