Sake Brewery Tour near Hakone
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
・Sake is in the same category of fermented liquor as wine and beer. Fermented beverages are alcoholic drink made when yeast ferments alcohol from the agricultural crops used. That fermentation process differs for each type of drink, and a unique characteristic of sake is that it uses a sophisticated production method called "multiple parallel fermentation".
・There are many types of sake, which has different flavors, aromas and tastes, mainly depend on rice, water, rice koji, yeast and the brewing methods.
・One unique characteristic of sake is that it contains a lot of amino acids, which are responsible for "Umami". Sake is an excellent pairing for traditional Japanese dishes. Furthermore, the Umami present in sake makes it a great match for western dishes as well as other Asian cuisines.
・In this tour, we visit two sake breweries at Ashigara area near Hakone. We leave either Tokyo or Shinjuku station in the morning. It takes about an hour and a half by train to reach the first brewery. We eat lunch at a local restaurant before visiting next sake brewery. At each sake brewery, we see the actual process how to make sake and enjoy sake tasting. We will be back in Tokyo until the evening.
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.
Nakazawa Sake Brewery
Nakazawa Sake Brewery was established in 1825. This Brewery has been run by a continuous line of 11 generations. The brand "Matsumidori" was given by the landlord of Odawara during the Edo era. The Sake is made with a large amount of good quality underground water from Tanzawa mountains.
Inoue Sake Brewery
Inoue Sake Brewery was established in 1789. The Brewery owes its start to a single sake bottle-shaped stone which the sixth generation Yoshichi Inoue stumbled over and that inspired him to launch the brewery. The famed brand, "Hakone-yama" was registered as a trademark in 1967 for exportation to Europe.
I can meet you at your preferred location such as your hotel lobby. Please let me know the preferred location in advance.