This is a carefully crafted tour designed to give you insight into the history and traditions of Japanese sake.
Traditionally, brewing sake was not just about making alcohol, instead it has been strongly connected with shrines and temples since the ancient times. The sake brewing process used to take place in the local shrines and temples in Nara with sake dedicated as a special offering to the Gods.
On this trip, you’ll get to visit one of Nara’s World Heritage Sites known as the Kasugataisha Shrine, a breathtaking structure with a long-established history of brewing sake in their district. We’ve designed a special private tour of the shrine guided by a priest who will show you how to pray for good fortune.
You’ll also get to visit Shoryakuji Temple, the birthplace of refined Japanese sake! This temple is famous for establishing its modern sake brewing technique about 600 years ago. The temple carries on the tradition of creating the original yeast starter called, “Bodaimoto” and distributes it once a year to the surrounding local sake brewers to make their own sake at each location. Enjoy learning about this tradition from your private priest tour guide while viewing the spectacular Japanese garden maintained to perfection! Visiting the smaller local sake breweries in the area is definitely a must do when experiencing sake in Nara.
We’ll take you on a tour inside a local brewery that’s actually not open to the public!
Here, you can have a look behind the scenes followed by sake tasting! Some of the breweries are located around peaceful countryside landscapes, whereas others are established in the traditional town areas.
Walk around and enjoy exploring the contrasting atmosphere of the surrounding areas too!
During your trip, you’ll acquire knowledge and experience on the different tastes and aroma of each type of sake. You’ll even get to hear from experienced chefs on which foods complement each type of sake best. Enjoy your sake trip in Nara to the fullest!
125,000 JPY per person (for a group of 6 people)
2 Nights’ Accommodation
2 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches / 2 Dinners
3 days chartered car with Driver
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1-2 travelers: Sedan
3-6 travelers: Jumbo taxi
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