While the tour covers the popular Fushimi Inari Shrine and Uji Byodoin Temple, we'll also spend some time in Fushimi sake district for sake tasting and local lunch at an old sake brewery. In Uji, the home of the best Japanese tea, we'll visit traditional tea houses and enjoy their special tea that many eminent Shoguns also appreciated.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
At your hotel (subject to additional fee) in or selected JR/Keihan station depending on your hotel location
Fushimi Inari Shrine - 10,000 torii gates!
Fushimi sake brewery museum & tasting (400 yen)
Lunch at a former sake brewery
Option: Visit sake tasting bars and/or shops (additional costs: 300~1,700 yen depending on how many kinds you'll try)
Uji - home of Japanese green tea (lots of traditional tea houses, tea salons, macha sweets, etc. on the street)
Ujigami Shrine, UNESCO site, oldest remaining shrine building in Japan
Uji Byodoin, UNESCO world heritage site (600 yen & 300 yen to see inside the main hall)
Option: Traditional tea ceremony @500 yen with confectionery
Option: Tea workshop such as making Hoji-cha, maccha, maccha sweets, etc. (extra fee and reservation required)
Option: Gion at the end of the tour (extra hour required)
At your hotel (subject to additional fee) or JR/Keihan station
With this tour, not only visiting the photogenic Fushimi Inari and Byodoin Temple, you can also deepen the knowledge of sake and green tea, and enjoy the freshness and different kinds of sake and green tea served in a proper way.
Fushimi is a traditional sake district with 23 sake breweries including the giant "Gekkeikan" which was founded in 1673. We will visit the Gekkeikan museum to learn about sake making process and sake tasting, and have a local lunch in one of the sake breweries. You can also visit other shops and breweries for more comparison.
Uji is the home of Uji tea, where you'll see many traditional tea houses and different kinds of Japanese tea with opportunities to try special maccha sweets, green tea soba, maccha beer, etc.
Workshops are available if you're interested in making maccha, hojicha (roasted green tea), and green tea sweets.
This tour is also recommended for the foodies and those who get "templed out" in Kyoto!
- Transportation fee and lunch (you and guide)
- Entrance fee (Byodoin @600 yen and Sake museum with a bottle of souvenir sake @400 yen)
- Optional workshops and tea ceremony etc.
- Hotel pick-up
- Hotel drop-off (please request and pay 1,000 yen for transportation etc. upon the end of the tour)
1. Morning tour starts @9:00. Fushimi Inari => Fushimi sake area and lunch => Uji.
2. Afternoon tour starts @12:00. Fushimi sake area & lunch => Uji => Fushimi Inari (evening visit in fall to enjoy lantern lights)
3. You must be 20+ years old for sake tasting.
4. If you'd like to do tea workshop, please let me know in advance.
5. This tour will be focused on green tea and sake. You can pick one of them and shorten the other part, but if you don't like either sake or green tea, you should not book this tour. Please make a custom booking.
6. As per your request, we can finish the tour in Gion area for the afternoon tour (extra hour required).
We have engaged Seiko san for 2 days tour to Osaka and Kyoto. We have had an enjoyable trip where Seiko san was a fantastic guide. She is so knowledgeable and cater to our needs and requirement. She knows all the in and out of Osaka and Kyoto and meetings all our needs in food, tour requirement and timing. One word to summarise - Outstanding!
We love how attentive and accommodating Seiko is. My children adore her for being funny and friendly. Also, she knows her way around. Worth your every penny. We will definitely book her again.
Seiko is an excellent knowledgeable guide with great English skills and attentive, intuitive sense of what we were interested in and spent more time guiding and explaining the historical and cultural significance of them. We had an optional day planned for Nara but learned from her about the islands in the Seto Inland Sea. She noted that we enjoyed the arts and suggested it as another option. A bonus from a professional that really knows the country!
My sister, niece and I spent three amazing days with Seiko. We had so much fun, we wanted to have more days! She is so full of knowledge about Japanese culture, food, history, and art. She navigated us swiftly and effortless around Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka, and showed us many hidden jewels we would have missed if we had been on our own. She is also super sweet, a great conversationalist, and a lot of fun. After Day 1, she already felt like a old family friend. We hope to see her again!!
Thanks Chris, you guys were amazing! I had such a great time in the 3-day tour especially showing different kinds of sake and some of my favorite dishes to the gourmet family:) 3 days were not enough for me to accommodate your kind of people, so please come back and let me show you more! Thanks again! Seiko