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
As of November, Niigata Tour in 2016 is full. We are going to add Kyushu Tour (March 6 through 11) in 2016. Kyushu proved to be really fascinating sake and food destination. Stay tuned for the announcement or let us know if you want to reserve a spot.
Since our first tours in 2010, we have visited 7 regions in Japan so far. Thanks to everyone who joined our tour and who keep coming back every year, we continue to discover new wonders of the sake world.
Join our Niigata Tour in 2016 to get to know the fascinating craftsman and to taste Niigata.
Thank you for your patience.
We are still working out the details, but in 2016, Sake Brewery Tours travel to Niigata.
Niigata Tour Schedule:
Sunday, Feb 28 – The group stays at the designated hotel in Tokyo.
Monday, Feb 29 – We will start the tour early morning with a sake lecture in Tokyo. Then travel to Niigata.
Friday, March 6 – We will finish the tour in Niigata around 4:00 pm. You are free to continue your travel in Niigata or travel back to Tokyo with the group.
Wine Enthusiast has a great article on Niigata sake to let you take a peek into where we visit with our Niigata tour.
Or see the video of some of the unforgettable sake moments we shared on our previous tour.
Please contact us to reserve a spot!