Local Brewery Tour: Sample Some of Japan’s Best Sake

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1.5 hours
Min Age : 20+
Max People : 10
Your Experience at a Glance

Dive into the history of an over 170-year-old traditional Japanese sake brewery in Nagoya and enjoy a unique tasting of some of the best Japanese sake. During this experience, you will explore the captivating world of sake production and discover the details of Aichi’s distinctive brewing method at the hand of our sake expert: a creative yet captivating female owner. You will also have a chance to become familiar with the unique and rich flavors of sake through a professional tasting session of award-winning sakes. 

Experience Price

5,850 yen/person

Experience Type

Private Experience

Meeting Location

Sawada Shuzo Co., Ltd.(SAKE BREWERY) (Google Maps)

End Location

Sawada Shuzo Co., Ltd.(SAKE BREWERY) (Google Maps)

Start Time and Duration

10:00 ~ 11:30 (1.5 hours)

12:00 ~ 13:30 (1.5 hours)

14:00 ~ 15:30 (1.5 hours)

Languages Offered

English, Japanese

Language Proficiency

English: Business ★★★☆☆
Japanese: Native ★★★★★

Price Includes

  • Sake brewery tour guide fee
  • Sake tasting

Price Excludes

  • Transportation fees to and from the location

Additional Information

  • Option: Sake tasting while blindfolded (¥6,600)
  • Option: labeling experience and small bottle of Sake (¥7,350)
  • Tour of the brewery includes some stairs, so please watch your step
  • Do not drive a car (including two-wheeled vehicles and bicycles) after drinking.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour is not stroller-friendly
What You'll Do

The president of the company will give a brief lecture on sake brewing, followed by a video (English subtitles) further explaining the process. 

During the following brewery tour, you will be able to get a precise picture of the brewery’s long history by looking at the incredibly preserved wooden barrels and tools that have been in use for over a century. 

After your tour, you will get to enjoy a satisfying sake tasting. To help you understand the characteristics of each sake, you will be given a tasting sheet written to fill in with our expert. Take your new sake knowledge with you across Japan. 

For the most passionate of you, a blindfolded tasting and labeling game is also available (additional charges apply).

If you can’t get enough of our sake, the brewery shop will provide you with the best options for you to purchase as a gift for yourself. 

  • Visit a 170 year-old Japanese Sake brewery and explore its fascinating history
  • Learn the wonders of Japanese sake production from the female owner
  • Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Japanese liquors with our English speaking guide
  • Enjoy a professional tasting of award-winning liquors and learn more about authentic Japanese sake
Your Experience Step by Step

MeetingSawada Shuzo Co., Ltd.

Meet your guide at Sawada Shuzo Co., Ltd. in Tokoname. There are some unique Sake breweries in Aichi prefecture. One of the oldest around the area is actually Sawada Shuzo.

Part 1Introduction

You will learn how to make Sake thorough a brief lecture and video. Also, you will know about the history of this brewery.

Part 2Tour of the Sake Brewery

It is time to explore a traditional Sake brewery. During the brewery tour, visitors will be able to get a sense of the brewery’s history as they look at the wooden barrels and other tools that are being used to make Sake.

Part 3Sake Tasting

The highlight of this tour is a delicious Sake tasting. You will be able to taste 3 kinds of Sake. To help you understand the characteristics of each Sake, you will be given a tasting sheet written in English.

Where You'll Be

Meet Your Host

Attractive JAPAN/Sawada Shuzo Co., Ltd.(SAKE BREWERY)

We are a brewery that was established over 170 years ago in Tokoname, Aichi. Sake made in Aichi is known for its exquisite dry flavor that pairs best with local food. Learn more about Sake at a brewery known for using the best ingredients and brewing practices.

This tour is provided by Attractive JAPAN, a site where you can reserve Japanese premium and attractive cultural experiences, shows, and attractions at a special rate. We welcome all people who want to know deeply about Japan’s next trip and we help you make special memories of a trip in Japan.

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William Rogers

Solo Traveller

The Sake Brewery and Tasting tour was fantastic. I highly recommend taking a side trip to Tokoname to see this traditional, family run Sake business. Kaoru and her staff did a great job conducting the tour in English and provided an end to end walk through of the Sake brewing process. They provided detailed insight into the each ingredient used, the equipment used and the overall production method: they were happy to answer all of my questions.

The traditions of Sake brewing are on full display and Kaoru encourages innovation to keep her business strong.

I enjoyed the Sake tasting as well. Each of the grain types and flavor profiles were explained in detail – now I know a bit more about Sake and will feel less intimidated when ordering some in the future. Again, well worth the trip to see (and taste) delicious Sake. This also makes for a fun group or family outing!

July 17, 2023

Paige Cahill

Group Traveller

We really enjoyed your brewery tour, thank you so much. It was very interesting, we enjoyed learning about your company and the traditional methods and we also enjoyed tasting your delicious sake.

You and your team were very knowledgeable and kind.

March 31, 2023

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