Fushimi Sake District (Fushimi) in southern Kyoto is known for its charming, traditional sake brewing. Nearly 40 sake breweries can be found in the district, which is famous for its clean, soft water from underground springs. For centuries, the Fushimi district has been one of the country's most important sake brewing districts along with Kobe's Nada District.
In 1637, Gekkeikan, a giant in the brewing industry, was founded in this region. With their wood and white plaster walls, many of the district's buildings maintain their traditional appearance. Public breweries in the area offer shops where you can taste and buy their products (including exclusive items not available elsewhere), restaurants, and museums where you can learn about brewing.
The Fushimi Sake District of Kyoto has been brewing sake for over 400 years. With more than 40 sake breweries benefiting from the exceptionally soft and pure water in the area, the Fushimi Sake District is a must-visit destination for sake lovers from around the world. Since Kyoto's natural spring water contains less magnesium and calcium, the subtle flavors created by the sake fermentation process can really shine through. During the Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour in the Fushimi Sake District, you'll learn how to discern these flavors. Additionally, you'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and stroll around admiring traditional Japanese architecture.
With a local guide, you will first learn all about sake history at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, home to a sake brewery founded in 1637. You will learn about the sake brewing process and the essential components of water, malt, yeast, and rice. The sweetness, flavor, and clarity of sake can be greatly influenced by slight variations in these components, such as using a different type of rice. Following the tour, you'll have the opportunity to sample a variety of sakes. Within a day, you will become a Japanese sake connoisseur! You can even purchase a bottle of one of the 80 different types of sake they offer as a souvenir. Then, stroll around the Fushimi Sake District and explore local shopping arcades with traditional shops.