New Testimonials

We have added new comments from 2014 guests at our testimonials page. Thank you both for the wonderful time! “Thank you Sake Brewery Tours for showing me a sake experience of a lifetime! My love and passion for sake has grown deeper as a result of my recent adventure in Japan with you. Thank you for opening my eyes to the beauty of the Japanese culture as well. This was the most organized and exciting tour I’ve ever been on and I can’t thank you enough for sharing the sake world and Niigata lifestyle with us. Truly beautiful and fascinating! Arigatō,” Kristine Kelly, Niigata Tour 2014 See Kristine’s video from the tour “I spent quite some time living in Japan and thought I knew something about sake. But during the tour I quickly realized that I’d only taken a tiny sip from the cup of sake knowledge. So much learning, so many sakes, and some fantastic new friends in just the course of a few days. I was a wonderful experience and wonderfully photogenic trip for a photographer to be on. It’s surely made me a sake lover for life.” Tony McNicol from UK, Okayama Tour 2014 “Time for Sake Toursim?” by Tony Okayama by ©Jürgen Schmücking©Jürgen Schmücking. See more pictures by Jürgen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/schmuecking/with/12247673646/

2015 Tour Schedule

Two new destinations in 2015 will be finalized very soon. Dates are set: Feb. 2nd through 6th and Feb. 23rd through 27th. One tour is going into snow & onsen country and the other one is deep into the land of sake and shochu.
From our 2014 Niigata Tour

From our 2014 Niigata Tour

Special Bizen Guinomi is ready

Okayama Tour Guests' Bizen Guinomi During the Okayama Tour in January, guests worked with Bizen artists to create their own guinomi sake cups. Now after a few months, these very personal cups are fired and ready to be shipped to their owners. Enjoy sake with your Bizen guinoi!
Bizen Artist

Bizen Artist

Meet the first female Toji in Okayama

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Photo by ©Tsuji Honten

On the last day of the Okayama tour on Jan. 31, meet the fascinating young duo, sister and brother team who run their family brewery, Tsuji Honten (since 1804) in Katsuyama, Okayama. Souichi Tsuji runs the company while his sister, Maiko, brews sake. To be precise, Maiko Tsuji is the toji, master brewer, of the brewery and she is the only female toji in Okayama. Even today’s modern sake brewing world, there are only a few handful woman toji. So, take this opportunity to see this traditional brewing society through a woman’s perspective with Sake Brewery Tours! Here’s a good article about woman in the brewing world. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2011/07/29/food/sake-sisters-are-brewing-it-for-themselves/#.
Photo by ©Tsuji Honten

Photo by ©Tsuji Honten

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Storefront with Noren, Katsuyama

Chikurin in Saveur

Photo by ©Marumoto Brewery

Photo by ©Marumoto Brewery

©Marumoto Brewery

©Marumoto Brewery

Please read this great article by Saveur visiting sake breweries. One of them is Chikurin in Okayama which we will visit on Jan. 28th as part of our Okayama Tour. How about visiting Niichiro Marumoto, the sixth-generation brewmaster at Chikurin Marumoto Sake Brewery with the sake expert, John Gauntner? You will learn everything about sake, about Chikurin, and you even get to plow the rice field! http://www.saveur.com/article/travels/sakes-second-act Sign up for our Okayama Tour (Jan. 27 -31)