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Fushimi Inari and Sake Brewery Tour

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    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。
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Simogyō Police Station Kyōto Sta. Police Box, Japan, 〒600-8555 Kyoto, Shimogyō-ku, Higashishiokōjichō, 烏丸通塩小路下る東塩小路町京都駅ビル1階
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Momoyamagoryo-Mae Station, Kannonjicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 612-8101, Japan
    • Local guide
    • Sake liquor store tasting
    • Entry/Admission - Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 4 years old
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Seems like a strange combination however works really well once you begin the tour. Understanding the culture makes the whose sake experience a lot better. Our tour guide was Yoshi and she was just incredible. She could answer all our questions and more. She was so lovely and
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    I know this sounds like an odd combination, but it is sort of the best of both worlds. Two cultural experiences that are informative and interesting. We went in December and the weather cooperated and we had decent weather, even tho it was a bit cold. There is a bit of walking
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    We had been to many temples on the tour we were on, but the last day we decided to go off on our own. We took a local bus out to the temple and walked up the beautiful walkway part of the way (not up to the full length) and found it beautiful and restful. Saw a number of
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    A must see/experience! This Shrine was quite lovely, from the impressive entrance, to the scattered shops, to the beautiful walk to the top! There are an overwhelming amount of shrines, views and landscape to capture on photo, and quaint little shops to stop in for a visit with
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    This tour was most interesting. Junko wea well-organized and informative. The shrine, while crowded, was quite impressive. Sake tour was interesting, not crowded. The sake tasting was delicious.
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