Kyoto’s Sake

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Category : FOOD

Intro: Sake is an alcohol made from rice, rice koji and water through unique brewing techniques, which have been continually developed in Japan for thousands of years. Sake can be drunk in different temperatures depending on the type of sake. It is enjoyable to drink a cup of Sake at room temperature in spring and fall. Cool Sake helps to ease the heat of summer, while drinking it warm not only warms the body but also relaxes the mind on winter nights. Therefore we recommend drinking sake throughout all the seasons of the year.

Because of the different types of climate, water quality, meters and brewing technology, different districts have developed their own Sake. The Japanese called it “chisake”. Fushimi, located in the south of Kyoto city, is one of Japan’s famous sake-producing areas. It has benefited from good water quality from the Uji River, famous for its delicious water across Fushimi areas. Therefore sake breweries, large and small, set up in this area hundreds of years ago. You can still see some old, historical sake breweries there. Although you can buy sake in the supermarkets today, we still recommend that you go to the Fushimi area during your visit to Kyoto. Walking the streets there, you will be surrounded by the smell of rice and the atmosphere of old Japan. It is a feast for all the senses.

Place: We recommend ‘Gekkekan Okura sake Museum’, owned by Gekkekan. Gekkekan is an old sake brewery with over 300 years of history. It was designated as the royal provider of Sake. Today, it is also the biggest company of Sake in Japan. Gekkekan is not only popular within Japan, but also famous overseas and has a very good reputation. The museum is converted from an old sake brewery and they show the brewing tools and procedures to help tourists have a basic understanding of brewing. In addition, there are also many kinds of sake products in the souvenir store. Sake cosmetics are very popular among women. After visiting, you will be treated to a cup of Sake in the lobby. Outside of the museum, there is a special area where you can sample Fushimi water used to make the famous Sake. We recommend you to try it. If you like it, you can take a bottle of it home.

Entrance Fee: Adults (¥300)/ Children aged 12-17 (¥100)/Children aged 0-11 (free)

Opening Time: 9:30am ~ 4:30pm Closed: New Year holidays and O-Bon Festival (August).

The river in FushimiOld sake breweryFushimi water

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