Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting
Before your sake tasting session begins, embark on a tour of the modern brewery. 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 museum, and your guide can help you secure a taxi to your next destination.
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- Taxi fee to the brewery
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Sake tastings
- Entry/Admission - Horino Memorial Museum
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Minimum age is 4 years
- A maximum of 10 people per booking
- You can try and purchase several different kinds of sake
- Please note that you might be guided to a different brewery than the one you chose, due to some unforeseen circumstances
We highly recommend this tour of Matsui Brewery. The owner, Jiemon Matsui, guided us through the brewing process and conducted the tasting himself. We truly felt like special guests at the brewery. Yumiko, our tour guide and interpreter, made sure that the whole morning ran smoothly.
Me and my boyfriend didn't bring a big luggage to trip so we couldn't buy any sake, but the owner did not mind and still be very polite and welcoming. We are going to buy some of their own branded sake next time.
I really enjoyed this small brewery tour of the Matsui Shuzo Brewery. They've been around for a couple of hundred years, and supply many of the local shrines, and for good reason. The brewery staff and master brewer were super nice, and the sake was really excellent I bought a couple of bottles of my favorites to keep me company during the remainder of my trip. The tour guide, Ms. Kinoshita, was terrific she was very knowledgeable about sake and about the local area, her English was very good, and she was excellent company during the tour. I had a terrific time.
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.
Highly Recommended personal tour with experienced teacher.
It was just my girl and I and had a blast. Great sake and very informative.
Great exprience. I love going to Wine country in California so this was the sake version of that. The tour was given by the wife of the owner. Small sake distillery so we were able to get a behind the scene look at the making and production of Sake. Great way to spend a few hours and taste some great sake.