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Sake Brewery Visit and Sake Tasting Private Tour @ Niigata Prefecture

Takano Y.

5.00(17) reviews
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 2 people

Tour will start in the early morning from your hotel in Tokyo. We will take Shinkansen train to a a local district in Niigata prefecture where we spend a half day tasing various sake, soy source and then Kaiseki dishes for lunch. Will try to match sake with our lunch just like we do for wine After the sake brewery tour, will be able to come back to your hotel in Tokyo in the evening.


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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo

Sake Tasting at Yoshinogawa Sake Brewery which was founded in 1548

Soy Source Tasting at Koshino Murasaki Brewery

Sake Brewery Tour at Sake Brewery known for best pure-rice daiginjo "Kubota Manju "

Vsit to famous Saffron Wine Storehouse with colorful reliefs of zodiac animals on the plaster wall

Ending Point

At your hotel, or when you are on board the Jyoetsu Shinkansen for Tokyo in Niigata prefecture.

What to Expect

Walking through old traditional street in Niigata prefecture where the brewing of "miso" "soy sauce" "sake" has been carried out for centuries.

Can taste typical Japanese fermentation products and enjoy Mini-Kaiseki dishes for lunch.

You can feel what it is like to live in a rural area on the Sea of Japan side, which is completely different from big cities on the Pacific Ocean side.

Can watch and walk through the brewing process of top-quality Japanese sake from fermenting to bottling.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Shinjuku area

What‘s not included

・transportation fee (you and guide) --- If you have JR pass, then round trip transportation cost from Tokyo to Niigata prefecture on JR Shinakansen for you is nill. However, JPY 18,000 for a non JR Pass holder including guide is required.

・lunch --- depending on your preference, any type of lunch can be arranged. My recommendation is to go for mini traditional multi-course Kaiseki lunch which costs JPY3,000 per head.

・wine and soy source tastings on the breweries are free of charge.

Important Information

Born and raised in Niigata prefecture, visit my mother and sister who live in Niigata city every month from Tokyo. Niigata has lots of attractions for tourists, including Yahiko Shrine/suspension cable car ride to the top of Mt. Yahiko, Northern Culture Museum where you can see the richest farmer's residence and garden, sake breweries with free sake tasting, castle towns like Shibata city or Murakami city, winter ski resorts with four meters of snow, delicious local sea food from Sea of Japan or from Sado Island/ fruits and brown edamame. It takes only two hours by Shinkansen train to reach Niigata from Tokyo. Niigata prefecture and Niigata city each has a population of 2.3 Million and 0.8 Million, good sizes but much smaller than Tokyo, the biggest city area in the world. By experiencing both Tokyo on the Pacific Ocean side and Niigata on the Sea of Japan side, you can taste both modern gigantic city life/culture and traditional city/rural life/culture in Japan. In addition to Greater Tokyo Area where I live, I will be happy to be your guide in any cities/areas on the Sea of Japan side as well. My tour destinations outside Greater Tokyo area include Niigata-city, Nagaoka -city, Itoigawa-city, Sado island, Nagano city, Snow Resorts in Niigata and Nagano mountain areas, Yamagata city, Tsuruoka city, Sakata city, Kanazawa city, Oono city, Echizen city, Tsuruga city, Fukui city, Gokayama and Shirakawago which are World Heritage sites famous for Gassho-zukuri and Kyoto/Nara.

Advance reservation is recommended to join sake brewery factory tour

If you have JR Passes, Shinkansen cost will be minimum. If you do not, it will cost 17,000 yen to purchase Shinkansen round trip ticket per person.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time



Kate D.

Dec 23, 2019

Wonderful day

Thank you Yoshi san for your expertise in guiding us. Without your local knowledge we would not have enjoyed our day out as much and would have never known about the local places to visit and eat. The little place in Ginza we are at lunchtime was amazing. It was spectacular tempura. Our walk through Kagarusaka and the geisha district was fascinating and the Tsukiji Fish Market would so much better with you as our guide. We learnt so much and would hesitate to recommend Yoshi san. Thank you

Takano Y.

It was a fun to walk and chat with you Kate san, Paula san, Zoe san and Sack san as it reminded me of the days when my children were about the same ages as yours. I hope you and your family will be met with sufficient amount of snow in your ski-resort in Jyo-shinetsu area next ten days.


Pierre S.

Oct 29, 2019

Great Day with a great tour guide.

Takano has has been able to flexibly organize our tour last minute around weather and transportation constraints and even arrange for the first snow on top of Mount Fuji!

Takano Y.

I did also enjoyed the view of snow-covered Mt.Fuji from the top of Mt.Takao with you and your family from Europe. Please enjoy autumn in Japan.


Dionne A.

Oct 29, 2019

Very knowledgeable on sake making and visited authentic places!

Very knowledgeable on sake making and arranged visit to authentic places. Thank you!

Takano Y.

Thank you for visiting local 180-year old soy source and miso brewery owned/operated by my junior-high & high scool classmate in Settaya district of Nagaoka city. I am sure that you and your friend have become two of the most knowledgeable Singaporean women in fermentation products of Japan. Will send you photos later.

Harry F.

Oct 18, 2019

Takano was the best!

The half day we spent with Yoshiro Takano was truly one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. He listened to what was most important to us and accommodated our needs. He even guided us on how to use the train system. We were extremely pleased that we had him for a guide. I would definitely recommend booking with him.

Takano Y.

I also enjoyed talking with Harry san and Charlene san. I am sure that your grandchildren are very happy with the souvenirs both of you have carefully chosen at Akagi Shrine in Kagurazaka.

$267/ per group