Sake Brewery Tour near Tokyo
About the WOW U-mediator leading this tour
Hello, I am Toshi, a local tour guide in Tokyo and the surrounding area.
Tokyo is an attractive city where new and old things coexist. Let’s explore the heart of Japan and Tokyo together.
I was born in Aichi Prefecture (located between Tokyo and Kyoto) and grew up there. I have lived in the Tokyo area for more than 25 years. When I was a child, I was interested in different cultures, so I studied English enthusiastically to communicate with people who have different cultural backgrounds.
After I graduated from college, I was in the computer business for about 40 years. I've traveled a lot and visited many countries.
When I was in my thirties, I lived in San Francisco, California, for four years. I experienced a great deal of cultural exchange there.
After I retired, I acquired the National Tour Guide License, and I have been in the tourism business since 2017.
I personally like walking around towns. I sometimes do temple and shrine hopping, and once in a while I visit sake breweries for fun. I also like strolling around the Tsukiji food market, Ryogoku area famous for sumo, and Asakusa and Ueno where we can feel the atmosphere of Tokyo’s past decades.
Most of my tours are on foot, simply because it’s the best way to explore inner Tokyo and the surrounding area. We have a very sophisticated transportation system here in Tokyo. We can get almost anywhere using trains, subways, and buses.
My tours are planned to teach you about the people, culture, and history of Tokyo and Japan. I aim to provide an informative experience that helps you understand what makes Tokyo, Japan such an attractive place to be and travel to.
What we'll do
Explore Sake brewery around Tokyo.
Sake is in the same category of fermented liquor as wine and beer. Sake is made from rice, water and koji mold. The ingredients and production methods that determine Sake’s flavor.
In ancient times, Sake was a sacred offering dedicated to the deities. Even now, Sake is indispensable for occasions when people’s hearts and mind gather into one, such as banquets, festivals and Shinto rituals. Sake is deeply involved in Japanese traditional culture.
What kind of image do you have with Sake? Sake is a drink with warm or hot/Sake is a strong alcohol/Sake tastes dry/Sake is a drink when you eat Sushi. All these images are wrong!
There are a couple of Sake brewery around Tokyo. Let’s visit the brewery, and find out the truth of Sake.
Things you need to know before the tour
-This tour will be conducted with minimum of three participants.
-In case, you want to book with just one or two people, please get in touch to negotiate the price.
Ishikawa Brewery was founded near the Tamagawa river in 1863. The Brewery has been transferred to the current location, Fussa city in 1880. They also produce craft beer at the same location.Show spot information
Ozawa Brewery was established in 1702. Sawanoi, which is the Brewery's brand, has more than 300 years of history of making sake. There is a beautiful garden with spectacular views of mountains and the Mitake valley.Show spot information
I can meet you at your preferred location such as your hotel lobby. Please let me know the meeting location in advance.