4 various types of sake museums and factories in Kansai. Japanese sake, beer, wine, whiskey… which do you like the best?

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Try different types of Kirin beer!

If you love alcoholic drinks, how about planning the next weekend as an “alcohol short trip”? This page introduces 4 sake museums and factories of Japanese sake, beer, wine, and whiskey in Kansai. Which is the best for your weekend trip?

  1. Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum (月桂冠大倉記念館)

This museum in Kyoto’s famous sake area opens up the old-style sake brewery. You’ll see how our sake has long been made and they offer three different cups of sake for you in the museum. If you are a sake fan, this is definitely a must-visit spot!

Fee:
400yen
Open:
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Access:
5-minute walk from the Keihan Chushojima station, a 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Momoyama-Goryomae station.

  1. SUNTORY YAMAZAKI DISTILLERY (サントリー山﨑蒸溜所)

We’re sure that many of you love SUNTORY’s whiskey. It is both interesting and tasty to try out the various exhibitions, and there is a special gift shop (for free) and you can taste the whiskey too (for a charge). You’ll also get to watch the real whiskey-making process on the charged tour.

Fee:
1,000 yen for the charged tour
Open:
10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
* Reservation is required.
Access:
10-minute walk from JR Yamazaki station or Hankyu Oyamazaki station

  1. Kirin Beer Kobe factory (キリンビール神戸工場)

This is the must-visit spot for all the beer lovers! One of the major Japanese drink companies “Kirin” shows the beer producing process at their own factory. The fun point is you’ll not only watch the procedure but also try various types of Kirin beer too. If you cannot have alcohol, their soft drinks are a good alternative. Why not join this free tour?

Fee:
Free
Open:
9:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
(* The tour starts at the scheduled time. Check the precise time at the HP.)
Access:
20 min. limousine bus trip from JR or Shintetsu Sanda station, 60 min. limousine bus trip from JR, Hankyu or Hanshin Kobe-Sannomiya station.

  1. Tamba Wine (丹波ワイン)

Tamba Wine has a grape farm, winery, and restaurant. You’ll see the farm, try the wine, and buy the wines you like the best. There is a restaurant next to the farm, so it is extremely fun to eat lunch which complements their wine!

Fee:
Free
Open:
Only 11:00~ on weekdays and 11:30~ on weekends and holidays
* Reservation is required.
Access:
15-minute walk from Tanba-Takahara bus stop via JR Sonobe station

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