Cleaning and safety practices
3-hour tour of Saijo district in Hiroshima
Visit 4-6 local sake breweries to perceive the differences
See how a brewery works & learn more about world’s best Sake
Enjoy a local specialty hot-pot lunch only made here
Dessert stop with sweets and snacks.
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Enjoy sake tastings at 4-6 local Japanese sake breweries
2 food stops including a hot pot made with high-grade sake and a local cafe to enjoy sweets!
Lunch and dessert included
Get insights into local life and Japanese culture from a local English speaking guide
Hotel pick up not included (can be arranged for an additional charge)
Additional drinks or food (not included but possible to purchase at guest’s expense)
Know Before You Book
Strict policy on tour start time guests who are late will be left behind and we are unable to re-connect them to the ongoing tours. There is no refund for missing a tour due to late arrival.
Starts promptly at 11:00am, ends at 2:00pm.
Dietary Restriction flexibility: Pescetarian and Gluten-free friendly. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions and if these are allergies (please let us know the severity) or preferences
At least 2 people are required, maximum of 10 for this activity to take place.
You must be 20 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol.
The operator and its guides reserve the right to refuse or withdraw guests that are unfit to take the tour for any reason, or act in a dangerous manner. A guest's participation in any service will be terminated if the guest breaks any local laws or regulations put in place by Japanese authorities.
The operator reserves the right to expel any participant from any service who is intoxicated, acting belligerently, endangering others or behaving in a way which may tarnish or act upon the operator’s reputation or cause distress to third parties, participants and/or individuals.
Walking level: moderate. (wheelchair ok)
Children must be accompanied by an adult/parent.
What you can expect
Join us on our Japanese Sake (rice wine) tour in Saijo to visit 4-6 historic sake breweries and enjoy a local lunch & snacks, with an English speaking local.
Saijo is a hidden gem for Japanese sake fans. The town has eight breweries, seven of which are situated along Sakagura-dori (Sake Brewery Street). On our tour we will take a stroll through the historic streets going from brewery to brewery to enjoy samples of local sake.
Saijo breweries are concentrated in such a tight area because of the “shikomi mizu,” the water that is essential for producing sake. Hailed as a “miracle water” with a medium hardness suited to sake brewing, it bubbles under the ground of this area in the Saijo district. What’s more is that apparently there are subtle differences in the water’s components according to a brewery’s location. Shikomi mizu is an absolute must for sake.
Our tour begins with atasting and sake explanation at Kamotsuru. This sake brewery is representative of Hiroshima sake. Kamotsuru boasts an impressive line up of 12 unique bottles. Visiting this spot first we will see many artifacts and learn about the brewing process. Please note: that the sake brewing process in not available to the public in Japan due to sanitary and health inspection regulations.
After our first brewery visit, we will head off to try a local specialty hot-pot dish made with premium sake, called Bishu Nabe, and other tasting plates made with Saijo ingredients. Learn about the history of this tasty dish at a local lunch spot (bishu nabe must be ordered in advance so please no last-minute bookings for the tour are possible, but we may have an alternate lunch menu). After lunch, stroll the picturesque streets and go brewery hopping. Tasting rooms are each unique and you can sample many kinds of sake and sake based products. Visit a local cafe and enjoy sweets and a snack break inspired by Japanese rice wine.
At each brewery, we will be able to sample different kinds of sake. If you find a type you like, the brewery shops carry a huge variety for you to purchase and take home.
Cleaning and safety practices
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Social distancing measures in place
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Temperature checks given to staff
- Temperature checks available
- Masks required