What is that like a beehive?

There are ten sake breweries in Tokyo. I went to one of them to join the factory tour. In the tour, the sake company' s man explains to visitors how to brew sake, by showing processing plant, and materials including rice and its groundwater. I drink sake almost every day but I had never learned knowledge about sake until I experienced the tour. Since then, I have become a lover of sake more than ever. By the way, a ball-shaped thing like a beehive is called Sugi-Dama, which literally means ceder ball, in fact, made of ceder branches. It is usually seen at the entrance of a sake brewery. There are two reasons that it is hung under the eaves of breweries. One is simply for a sign of sake brewery like a barber's pole. The other is a kind of announcement that it starts to squeeze new sake for the first time in the year, usually in February and March. At that time, Sugi-Dama has a color of fresh green. It is no exaggeration to say that knowing more about sake is to deepen understanding of Japanese culture. Why don't you join my tour? Let's talk about sake and Japanese culture while drinking sake.

Did you like my article?

You can send me a message to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

I'll be waiting for you, so please check my profile and get your trip plan now

Tours By Guide

One day Nikko Excursion: Nature & History

Nikko
11.5 hours

Nikko is located 150 km north of the center of Tokyo. Through this tour, you can see Nikko Toshogu Shrine and the surrounding area, and get close to nature. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is well known for its extravagantly designed exterior. It is registered as World Cultural Heritage along with Rinnoji Temple and Futarasan Shrine. You can also enjoy viewing scenic beauty in mountains.

FROM$395/ per group

Kamakura History & Neighboring area Excursion [Cherry Blossom Viewing]

Kamakura
8 hours

JR Kamakura station - Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine - including mountain trail, but not long - Kotokuin(famous for the large statue of Buddha) - Hasedera Temple - by local train - Enoshima(a popular scenic spot) - Odakyu line or JR line - Shinjuku or Yokohama

FROM$224/ per group

Yokohama one day vivid and beautiful tour [Cherry Blossom Viewing in Sankeien]

Yokohama
8.5 hours

After meeting at your hotel - by train and bus - from 9:30 am enjoying strolling in Sankeien Garden - by bus - from 11:30 am walking through various sightseeing spots: China town, Yamate old foreigners' residential area, Yamashita Park, Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal and the Minato Mirai area - by train - at your hotel(break up)

FROM$233/ per group

Colorful Walking Tour in Tokyo [Cherry Blossom Viewing in Shinjuku Gyoen]

Tokyo
8 hours

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory(a panoramic view) - Shinjuku Gyoen National Park - Meiji Jingu Gaien(a famous street lined with ginkgo trees) - Nezu Art Museum(besides exhibits, a wonderful Japanese garden) - Omote Sando(a high-end shopping street) - Ota Memorial Museum(specializing in Ukiyo-e, wood-block printing) - Meiji Shrine

FROM$224/ per group

Excursion to a fine Flower Garden and a High-class Temple [Cherry Blossom Viewing]

Tokyo
5 hours

After meeting at your hotel - by train and bus - Jindaiji Temple(located in Chofu city) - Jindai Botanical Garden - Jindaiji Temple Town(lunch, shopping and handmade pottery) - by bus and train - Shinjuku station(break up)

FROM$162/ per group

Narita & Neighboring Optional Tour [Cherry Blossom Viewing in Naritasan Park]

Narita
8 hours

After meeting at 9:30 am - a 20 minute walk - Narita-san Shinshoji - to Narita station around 12:30 pm - two optional tours: one is Kawamura Art Museum(a 2 hour facility tour & a 2 hour round trip to and from Narita station) , the other is Boso-no-mura(a two hour facility tour & a two hour round trip to and from Naraita station) - at Narita station around 5:30 pm(break up)

FROM$242/ per group

Plan your trip to Tokyo with Hiroyuki I.

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.

Send Message