Brewing Culture Tour in Handa

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3 hours
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 10
Your Experience at a Glance

Fermented foods like soy sauce, Miso, Sake, and vinegar are essential ingredients in Japanese cuisine. Handa city is an integral part of the fermented food industry in Japan and a fascinating place to visit for any foodie. 

During this tour, you can learn about the impact of fermented foods on Handa and the rest of Japan.

Experience Price

5000 yen/person

Experience Type

Private Experience

Meeting Location

You can choose the meeting location:

Option 1: Meitetsu line Chitahanda station (Google Maps)

Option 2: JR Handa station (Google Maps)

End Location

You can choose the end location:

Option 1: Meitetsu line Chitahanda station (Google Maps)

Option 2: JR Handa station (Google Maps)


Start Time and Duration

09:30 (3 hours)

Languages Offered

English, Chinese, Japanese

Language Proficiency

English: Business ★★★☆☆
Chinese: Conversational ★★☆☆☆
Japanese: Native ★★★★★

Price Includes

  • Tour guide fee
  • One bottle of Kabuto beer (or soft drink)
  • Admission fee for Sake museum

Price Excludes

  • Food
  • Transportation fees to and from the tour

Additional Information

  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • This tour is not stroller-friendly
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible

COVID-19 Measures

  • Host will check their body temperature before the experience
  • Host will wear a face mask during the experience
  • Host will wash and sanitize their hands regularly before and during the experience
  • Guests body temperature will be checked before the experience
  • Guests are required to wear a mask during the experience except when eating or drinking
  • Guests are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands before and during the experience
  • Host will provide hand sanitiser for the guests
  • Host will provide face masks for the guests
  • For local house experiences: Host will ensure that all the spaces are properly sanitized, wiped down and ventilated before and after the experience.
What You'll Do

Learn about the history of Handa City, the producing area of fermented foods. 

Start your tour at Handa station, one of the oldest stations in Aichi. From here visit the Handa Canal next to the Headquarters of Mizkan vinegar company where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the huge canal and black-walled warehouses.

Other sights during the tour include Hanroku garden and the Oguri family house as well as the Kunizakari Sake Museum.

At the Handa red brick building, you get to sample one of Japan’s popular pre-war beer brands, Kabuto beer. 

On the way back to the station, you will walk along the scenic Konya street lined with dye houses going back almost 200 years as well as the gorgeous house of the Nakano family one of the most influential families in the area.

  • Visit Handa station, the oldest station in Aichi
  • Explore Handa Canal, a beautiful photogenic spot
  • Learn about Sake brewing at Kunizakari Sake Museum
  • Drink Kabuto Beer, with a taste from 100 years ago
Your Experience Step by Step

Meetingat Meitetsu Chita Handa station or JR Handa station

Meet your guide at the Meitetsu Chita Handa station or JR Handa station. At the Handa station, your guide will give you a brief introduction to Handa’s history and explain about the historic station.

FirstHanda Canal

Your guide will explain the importance of the canal for local commerce. With its black-walled warehouses, it is also a beautiful location to take pictures.

SecondHanroku garden and Oguri family’s house

Both of them are historical spots related to the founder of Handa’s traditional industries.

ThirdKunizakari Sake Museum

This museum is attached to Nakano Sake Brewery. Here you can learn the traditional Sake brewing method.

FourthRed Brick building (former Kabuto Beer brewery)

You can taste the revived Kabuto beer, a popular pre-War drink.

FifthKonya Kaido Street

This traditional street takes you back 200 years into the past, lined with traditional wooden houses.

SixthOld Nakano family’s house

An old western-style house owned by one of the most influential families in Handa. The guide will explain how the Nakano family contributed to Handa’s industry.

Closing UpSaying Goodbye

Your tour ends at either Meitetsu Chita Handa station or JR Handa station.

Where You'll Be
Meet Your Host

Tatsuya Ito

I’m Tatsuya Ito, a National licensed guide-interpreter. I have been guiding at Nagoya castle since 2017 and hope to show many people the charms of Aichi Prefecture. Aichi is the industrial center of Japan with the Toyota motors company, many factories, and company headquarters. And Nagoya has an original cuisine based on Aichi’s fermented foods.

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