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.

Since 2010

Since 2010

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.

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/

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

efront with Noren, Katsuyama

Storefront with Noren, Katsuyama