• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Discover two sides to Kyoto as you visit one of its most famous shrines, then learn about sake production and tasting, during this 3.5-hour excursion in Kyoto. Begin with a visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine, an iconic religious site with striking red torii (gates). Then visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, to learn how the drink is made and try some samples. Finish with another tasting at a Kyoto sake store. This 3.5-hour visit includes a guide, train transport and all sake tastings and entrance fees.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour tour of the highlights of Kyoto’s Inari district
  • Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for thousands of bright red torii (gates)
  • Enjoy a guided tour and tasting at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
  • See the tools used for brewing sake and get a feel for the atmosphere of an old sake brewery
  • Stop at a boutique sake shop for tastings of their sakes
  • Browse the shops at a local shopping arcade for souvenirs not found in most tourist areas

What You Can Expect

Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery Tour

Sake Tasting

Experience two unique aspects of Japanese culture as you visit one of Kyoto’s most notable shrines, then learn about its thriving sake culture and taste a few samples of your own. This combination visit to Fushimi Inari Shrine and sake experience is a great introduction to some of Japan’s most unique cultural practices.

Start your excursion by meeting your guide at JR Kyoto station in the morning, boarding a commuter train for a quick 5-minute ride to Inari station. This quaint village, just a few short miles from Kyoto, feels worlds away from the big city.

Walk from Inari station with your guide to the area’s iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine, situated on the hills of Mount Inari. Originally a religious site dedicated to the deity of rice, today the shrine is considered a fortuitous location to seek blessings for prosperity. Many people that have their wishes grant dedicated a torii at the site as a show of thanks. Pass through the pathway leading up to the shrine, walking beneath the thousands of bright red torii covering the trail. This eye-catching sight is a favorite shooting location for TV and film crews.

After a 15-minute exploration of the shrine, head back 15 minutes by train to the Gekkeikan Sake Brewery, founded in Kyoto in 1637, to get a crash-course in the production and history of this beloved beverage, a drink that you’ll often find at Japanese celebrations and festivals.

Check out the Brewery’s museum, providing an introduction to the history of the drink, and then see the tools and ingredients used to make sake, the components of which typically include water, yeast, malt and steamed rice. Before you leave the museum stop to enjoy a sampling of 3 varieties. Then take a short walk to a local specialty shop, selling more than 80 different kinds, as you experience a special tasting session with the shop’s owner.

Take a few minutes to browse the nearby shopping arcade before returning by train to Kyoto station, where you finish your excursion. 宜しくお願い致します。

Customer Reviews

Janice H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

So awesome our tour guide was great! She explained things so well and was so cool how she shared her culture, Yoko was the best!

puishih

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was a good tour, the guide was knowledgeable and helpful. Enjoyable experience. The sake sampling was great.

Sara D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour guide was wonderful - adjusting the tour as needed according to the needs and wants of the 6 people on the tour 2 couples plus my son and myself. Fushimi Inari is amazing - HOWEVER, if you really want to experience the full impact of the shrine, you should go in the early morning before the tourists get there it takes about 2-3 hours to walk the shrine in its entirety. It is crowded otherwise AND the tour can allow only an hour or so for walking. YET IF you want to know the history of the shrine, what the various things mean, the rituals, etc., definitely go on this tour.
As for the Sake Brewery Tour, it was very interesting - you get to walk through the museum you do NOT get to see Sake being made, including explanations of the various pieces of equipment you also get to enjoy a taste of several of the Gekkeikan products. The final leg of the tour is to a market where one can buy various items at excellent prices where you have a tasting experience in one of the better Sake specialty shop.

PETRE E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour if you want to discover the history of

Gizmetti

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Our tour guide was awesome. We ended up being the only group that signed up for the tour so it ended up being a private tour. She took us to the Fushimi Inari shrine and gave us a lot of information about the location, its symbolism, history, etc. All very fascinating stuff. After the Fushimi Inari shrine we headed to the Gekkeikan brewery/museum. We toured the museum while our tour guide gave us a great history lesson. We were able to test all the exclusive flavors of Sake found only at the brewery and browse the shop afterwards to take a few bottles home which were very reasonably priced. After the Sake tour we ended up at a Sake bar, the location in which I have forgotten but we had a Sake Master ask our preferences and then pick out four flavors of Sake for us to taste. The Master of Sake knows his stuff because all of us enjoyed the flavors presented to us. It was a great intimate experience with a tour guide who lives locally. She was very knowledgeable and very friendly. I would most certainly recommend this tour if you're a fan of history and sake. My group had a lot of fun on this tour. I would definitely do it again.!

Melanie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Small group experience with Youko, a sake afficionado. She was lovely and elegant and really knows her subject. First stop at the Fushimi Inari for a brief tour and lots of explanations from our guide. She knows where to stop to get a great photo...Then a nice small sake museum followed by a tasting in a sake bar in the market. Quite a bit of walking but very nice tour. Recommended.

Elizabeth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

There's a reason this heads up every 'must see' list of Kyoto: it is actually beyond words. Or even pictures. Just go, and you'll understand. At one point, my husband and I looked at each other and agreed, Yup, there's no way to REALLY describe this to anyone back home .
So let's discuss the tour itself, instead:
Tomoko, who spoke clear English and paid all our train fares, was an informed and friendly guide, sharing insights lots of travelers miss like don't walk up the center of the wide path to the temple: it's traditionally reserved for the deity!. In addition to the usual facts-and-figures, she shared how locals view their shrines and temples, and the motivations for people who have erected the magnificent Torii she actual knows someone who built one here, for example.
After viewing the lower third of the Shrine mountain, we took at train to a sake brewery, 2 tasting rooms, and a sake shop to round out the day trip.
You'll love this adventure!

Mike d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour of Fushimi Inari is an amazing sight and definitely the highlight of the Shinto temples we visited during our week in Kyoto. Our tour guide, Junko, was quite facile with English and offered many helpful insights regarding the Shinto temple visit and sake brewery tour. She was also very helpful guiding us along the complicated train system to arrive at each of our destinations. The final stop at the sake bar/shop was a great opportunity sample and learn about the different sakes. The selection of sakes for purchase at the shop was also outstanding. As an added bonus, our entire tour entourage consisted only of our group of three travelers, making the experience feel quite VIP.

dobrolioubov

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an amazing experience. A great mixture of seeing a must-see shrine, learning about culture and religion, gaining a perspective on sake brewing, and topping off with a sake tasting session that didn't lack in variety and left you feeling great.
Yoko Akamizu was our guide and she was easily the nicest person that we've come across in Japan. She went above and beyond with teaching about the country and even helped us buy baseball tickets online.
I only wish that we would've taken this tour at the start of our trip because we had so much more appreciation for everything we saw afterwards.

Stephanie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Though it rained pretty bad my trip was awesome! Our guide was very knowledgeable and polite in helping us and answering any of our questions.

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