Saké Tasting

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What?  A saké tasting tour through the streets of the charming Fushimi area of Kyoto.

PLEASE NOTE: this is not a brewery tour, but rather a tasting and educational tour. We will taste sake (up to 9 different kinds), talk about the ABC’s of Japanese sake and take a look at how it is made. 

When?  Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays  1:30 – 4:00 or so

Where?   We will meet you  at the North Exit of Chushojima Station located on the Keihan train line at 1:30. Easy access from central Kyoto or Osaka.  Others are joining the tour as well, so please try to be on time.

Who? The tour will be led by Jason Davidson. Born and raised in Minnesota, a state in the Midwest region of the United States, he has spent the past 10 + years living in the Fushimi area of Kyoto. 

How Much? 5,000 Japanese Yen per person to be paid in cash on the day of the tour. Please try to have the exact amount. That would help us out. 3,000 Japanese Yen for children 10 and older. Children under 10 can join for free.

 Do you know what Junmaishu is? How about Kôji? Sakamai? We’ll learn about these important saké words and more on this 3 hour walking / tasting tour through the charming Fushimi area, the heart of the saké brewing district in Kyoto.

We will visit a saké brewery / museum, a liquor shop and a small  family-owned and operated tasting bar where you can taste sake from breweries in Fushimi.  At each location, we will learn and taste different saké from Fushimi. This should give you a great inroduction into the world of Japanese saké!

The tour will be conducted in English. It is an open tour, so you might be walking and tasting with other participants.

Children are welcome to join the tour with parents. However, we can’t guarantee that we can arrange for non-alchoholic beverages. 

Whether you are a seasoned saké enthusiast, or just want to have fun learning about Kyoto culture through saké, this just might be the tour for you!

How to Join?  Please send an email to:

We need the following information: 

1. Names of all participants 

2. Date of tour you are interested in joining

3. Contact person’s email address 

4. If children are joining, please let us know.

IMPORTANT: Once I receive an email request for a tour, I will send a suggested plan via email. Please confirm with me to reserve your spot(s) on the tour(s). I cannot reserve spot(s) until I get a confirmation email.

IMPORTANT: The locations we visit have their own schedules. Sometimes they are closed. The tour might have to be changed accordingly, but we will always visit 3 interesting places with sake tasting at each.

Why not combine the Food Tasting Tour and the Sake Tasting Tour? and/or Cooking Class?

Questions? For more information: or check us out on Facebook.

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