Sake Town Tour in Saijo Hiroshima
Activities

Sake Town Tour in Saijo Hiroshima

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Monday to Sunday except Wednesday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 3 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • 3 hour tour of Saijo district in Hiroshima
  • Visit 4-6 local sake breweries to get a sense of the differences, try their sake and other products.
  • See how a brewery works and get a sense of what goes into production of the world’s best sake.
  • Enjoy a local specialty hot-pot lunch only made in this small, historic town.
  • Dessert stop with sweets and snacks.
What to expect

Saijo is a hidden gem for sake fans. The town has eight breweries, seven of which are situated along Sakagura-dori (Sake Brewery Street). On our tour we will take a stroll through the historic streets going from brewery to brewery to enjoy samples of local sake. Saijo breweries are concentrated in such a tight area because of the “shikomi mizu,” the water that is essential for producing sake. Hailed as a “miracle water” with a medium hardness suited to sake brewing, it bubbles under the ground of this area in the Saijo district. What’s more is that apparently there are subtle differences in the water’s components according to a brewery’s location. Shikomi mizu is an absolute must for sake. The tour begins with a tasting and sake explanation at Kamotsuru. This sake brewery is representative of Hiroshima sake. Kamotsuru boasts an impressive line up of 12 unique bottles. Visiting this spot first we will see many artifacts and learn about the brewing process. Please note: that the sake brewing process in not available to the public in Japan due to sanitary and health inspection regulations.

After our first brewery visit, we will head off to try a local specialty hot-pot dish made with premium sake, called Bishu Nabe, and other tasting plates made with Saijo ingredients. Learn about the history of this tasty dish at a local lunch spot. (bishu nabe must be ordered in advance so please not last minute bookings for the tour are possible but we may have an alternate lunch menu) After lunch, stroll the picturesque streets and go brewery hoping. Tasting rooms are each unique and you can sample many kinds of sake and sake based products. Visit a local cafe and enjoy sweets and a snack break inspired by Japanese rice wine. At each brewery will sit be able to sample different kinds of sake. If you find a type you like, the brewery shops carry a huge variety for you to purchase and take home.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • 2 food stops and sake tastings at 4 to 6 local sake breweries
    • Lunch and dessert included
    • Shopping time
    • Local English speaking guide
    What's not included
    • Hotel pick up not included (can be arranged for an additional charge)
    • Gratuity
    • Transportation costs
    • Additional drinks or food (not included but possible to purchase at guest’s expense)
    Where

    Japan, 広島県東広島市西条本町12

    Meeting point:

    Please meet in front of the Higashihiroshimashi Information Centre, inside Saijo Station.

    What to remember
    • Hot-pot must be ordered in advance so please no last-minute bookings are possible, but we may have an alternate lunch menu
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not stroller accessible
    • Infants must not sit on laps
    • Actual active brewing areas are inaccessible
    • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
    • This tour is not recommended for Vegans and Vegetarians
    • This tour is Pescetarian and Gluten-free friendly
    • This tour has a minimum of 2 participants
    • It's suggested to wear comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved
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    When
    • Monday to Sunday except Wednesday
    • Tour starts at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
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    Provider
    Arigato Travel KK
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 7 days before the experience begins. If you cancel up to 3 days before, you can still receive a 50% refund.

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