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 ancient times. The sake brewing process used to take place in 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 Kasuga-taisha 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 Shoryaku-ji Temple, the birthplace of refined Japanese sake! This temple is famous for establishing a famed 600 year-old sake brewing technique. 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 so that they can make their own sake at each location. Enjoy learning about this tradition from your own private priest tour guide while viewing a spectacular Japanese garden that has been maintained to perfection!
Visiting the smaller local sake breweries in the area is another definite must for experiencing sake in Nara.
We’ll take you on a tour inside a local brewery that’s normally not open to the public!
Here, you can have a look behind the scenes, followed by sake tasting! Some of the breweries are located in peaceful countryside landscapes, whereas others are established in traditional town areas.
Walk around and enjoy exploring the contrasting atmospheres of the surrounding areas as well!
During your trip, you’ll acquire knowledge and experience on the different tastes and aromas 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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