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    in brewing tradition.

    • Niigata
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  • Fujisan

    Sake
    Brewery Tours

    Exclusive Japan travel experiences

    • Niigata
    • Fujisan
2017 Tour

Kyoto et Hiroshima

Sylvain Huet & Sake Brewery Tours vous proposent une circuit de découverte et d'immersion dans l'univers du saké japonais entre Kyoto et Hiroshima

Circuit francophone, du 5 au 12 mars 2017

2017 Tour

Okayama Tour 2017

Go off the beaten path to explore this rich art center and home of Omachi sake rice. In addition to immersing yourself in sake tradition by meeting the brewers, this tour adds many cultural experiences very rarely seen even by locals, let alone as up close and personally as we will. You will also have time to explore the historic, artsy towns of Kurashiki and Katsuyama on your own. On the last day, soak in an open-air bath by a river deep in the snowy mountains, far from the city. Taste just pressed daiginjo for the season right at the source.

2017 Tour

Niigata Tour 2017

Learn about sake from the world’s leading expert, John Gauntner, in an intimate class setting. Maximum group size is limited to fourteen people. Visit the leading sake producing region of Niigata and its rugged, remote island–Sado. There are over 90 breweries in the prefecture, and you will have the opportunity to really get to know four brewers and the cultural heritage of each area.

Taste just pressed sake for the season right at the source and with meals.

Our Tours

  • Taste sake just-pressed for the season right at the source and with meals. And, there’s a rare opportunity to actually get dirty and plow a rice field.

  • A sake fan’s dream tour with visits to four sake breweries across the Tohoku region during the brewing season, bridging the contrast between the snowy mountains of Yamagata and Miyagi’s Matsushima Bay.

  • Exquisite local cuisine, sake and Geisha dance performance. Learn about sake from the world’s leading expert, John Gauntner, in an intimate class setting.

  • Sample the distinctive cuisines in three nearby regions-Kyoto, Nara, and Shiga-along with their local sake.

  • Explore the snow country and visit four breweries. Each brewery introduces you to different aspects of the brewing tradition. Soak in hot springs to fully enjoy Akita.

  • Explore the major sake brewing region, Fukuoka, on the southern island of Kyushu and visit three breweries during the brewing season.

  • With the optional tours, you do not have to worry about any arrangements other than your international flights!

John Gauntner

John Gauntner

Etsuko Nakamura

Etsuko Nakamura

“Join our five-day excursions into the world of sake brewing, drinking, and enjoyment. Each tour features an exclusive seminar with respected expert and author, Mr. John Gaunter.“

Touring the breweries and sharing meals with the brewers will give you special insights to their lives, histories and philosophies. Enjoy sumptuous cuisine, just-pressed sake only available during the brewing season, and exploration of fantastic cultural highlights.

John Gauntner, known as the “ Sake Guy ” in Japan, is the world’s leading non-Japanese sake expert. He has published five books and written hundreds of articles on sake. He teaches a series of intensive educational sake courses in Japan and the US. He is also the only non-Japanese to function as an advisor and consultant for the Japanese government on sake promotion and the worldwide sake market.

Tour Leader Etsuko Nakamura is a Sake Samurai, Advanced Sake Professional certified by The Sake Education Council and a Government Certified Bilingual English Guide [Registration Number: EN02400].

She shares her passion for sake and food on her blog–Tokyofoodcast.com and has toured more than 130 sake breweries around Japan. She creates and leads customized tours for special interest groups.

Latest News

Registration closed for 2017 Okayama Tour

Thank you to everyone who signed up for our Okayama Tour. We have a full group and the registration is closed as of September 2. If you are interested in traveling with us in 2017, please consider Niigata Tour for a sake adventure in the snow country. Also, please email us to be contacted in case a spot opens up for Okayama. We look forward to hearing from you.

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2017 Niigata Tour

We are very excited to announce our 2017 Niigata Tour: February 26–March 3.
japan_map_sake_Niigata Visit the leading sake producing region of Niigata and its rugged, remote island–Sado. There are over 90 breweries in the prefecture, and you will have the opportunity to really get to know four brewers and the cultural heritage of each area. Walk in the snow-covered plains with the rice growers. Taste the hospitality of traditional, elite Niigata society at dinner with a Geisha performance. Savor the praised Niigata rice and a simple farm kitchen lunch. In Murakami, experience local salmon culture and a unique tea culture in traditional machiya houses. On Sado Island, pick up sticks and be a Kodo drummer yourself. On the last night on the island, soak in open-air onsen hot springs by the sea.
Tour Cost: 350,000 JPY for double occupancy/380,000 JPY for single occupancy Guests will check in at the designated hotel in Tokyo on Sunday, February 26. This tour includes Mr. John Gauntner’s lecture and one way transportation to Niigata. http://saketours.com/?page_id=946

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