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Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour

1. Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour

The Gekkeikan Okura sake museum have been making sake since 1637, with a nearly 4 century-old process. You'll be able to see how things have been done for generations.  At the museum you will also get a chance to see the sake brewery and get a sense of the traditional brewing process which involves a combination of water, malt, yeast and steamed rice. The different cut or variety of rice plays a big part in the distinction of the sake. If a grain of rice has a little grain shaved off, it is more bitter. Generally, the more grain that is shaved, the more sweet it will taste.

Kyoto Railway Museum Entry Ticket

2. Kyoto Railway Museum Entry Ticket

Enter the world of trains and railways with entry to the recently expanded and modernized Kyoto Railway Museum. Explore the history of vehicles, from steam locomotives to Shinkansen bullet trains. The museum houses 53 railway vehicles that make up an index of Japan’s modernization efforts. Get up close to historically valuable railway vehicles such as the first edition of the 0 Series Shinkansen, the 500 Series Shinkansen that made the Guinness Book of World Records for reaching speeds of 300 km per hour, and the C62 steam locomotive, boasting to be the largest in its class to tow post-war express trains. Visit the museum’s giant diorama which measures roughly 30 meters in width and 10 meters in depth. See miniature model trains that are about 1/80th the scale of the actual trains. The diorama replicates the rail yard and other facilities indispensable to the railway so you can experience the railway system as the models run along their tracks. Experience the job of real train conductors by using a simulator used for training. Learn the job of a conductor from all different angles including seeing the tools they use to try on the clothes they wear. Ride in passenger cars pulled by actual steam locomotives. The 1km round-trip takes about 10 minutes and gives visitors a small taste of how it felt to travel by steam locomotive.

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A very nice guide who explains well We end the day very tired (do not plan anything after lol) Just a small flat: I would have liked to see in real life one of the stages of the manufacture of sake but maybe summer is not the good season for that Procedure: we visit, we eat and we drink. We revisit, we drink and we can still eat; this 2nd part in a nice bar

Hiroe Yoshida was very informative and was a fabulous tour guide!

My son Chris and I had a great time touring Kizakura Kappa Country Sake Brewery and learning about the history of Sake. The lunch was great and then my son and I sampled 18 sakes. Hiroe was a great guide and I would strongly recommend her.

With our Japanese tour guide Akari we spent nice hours on our 5 h sake tour. We visited the sake museum and did various sake tastings in different locations. Interesting excursion with a knowledgeable and fun guide. Christian & Eva