Experience Japanese Culture with a Tour through Sake Breweries and Sake Set Workshops! [Guided Tour by Private Car]
The Tone and Numata regions, located at the start of the Tone River in the northern part of Gunma Prefecture, are dotted with sake breweries that exclusively use natural spring water, making use of the region’s abundant natural resources. This tour plan visits one of these breweries, the Otone Sake Brewery, which offers sake brewery tours and tastings to visitors. There is also an ancient temple known for its guardian tengu and beautiful views, as well as a tour of a workshop that produces wooden sake sets, so you can have a full day learning about sake, Japanese history, culture, and traditional crafts. A tour guide accompanies you throughout the day to help support this amazing experience.
First, the tour departs from the Joetsu Shinkansen’s Jomokogen Station by car. Its first stop is Kashozan Mirokuji Temple, famous for being the “tengu temple.” Tengu are legendary creatures passed down through Japanese mythology since ancient times. There are many huge tengu masks on display at Kashozan Mirokuji Temple, but even among them all, the enormous tengu mask (the largest in Japan) is the most impressive.
After worshipping at the temple, it’s time to visit the sake brewery!
Next up is Otone Sake Brewery, which has been in business for about 280 years.
Otone Sake Brewery is a small brewery located at the base of Oze, surrounded by the Okutone mountains. Here the staff are extremely particular about the flavors that can only be achieved at a small-scale brewery, and they pass down local sake brewing recipes and traditions rooted in the region’s nature and climate.
A Lecture from a Sake Brewing Master!
Mr. Tomonori Abe, the owner and head brewer at Otone Sake Brewery, offers lectures to visitors. The lectures are easy to understand, and they go over topics such as how rice produces such amazing sake, all while also discussing the process of sake brewing and the history of Otone Sake Brewery.
The brewery tour ends with a tour of the workshop that crafts wooden sake sets.
We recommend touring this sake brewery in the mountains if you’re a tourist visiting Japan who wants to learn more about the region and its culture. Through the mysterious world of sake brewing, you’re able to come a bit closer to understanding Japan.
11:20am Meet at the Joetsu Shinkansen’s Jomo-Kogen Station
12:10pm-1:10pm Kashozan Mirokuji Temple
1:30pm-2:15pm Lunchtime (soba restaurant)
2:30pm-4:00pm Sake brewery tour and sake tasting at Otone Sake Brewery
4:30pm-5:00pm Numata Kokeshi Crafts
5:20pm Depart from the Joetsu Shinkansen’s Jomo-Kogen Station
- Tour Company
- Sake Tours
- Tour Name
- Experience Japanese Culture with a Tour through Sake Breweries and Sake Set Workshops! [Guided Tour by Private Car]
- Meeting Place
- Joetsu Shinkanen’s Jomo-Kogen Station, or Minakami Onsenkyo
- Tour Date
- 7 days after email reservation
- 37,500 yen per person (includes private car, tour guide, lunch, and fee for sake brewery tour and tasting)
- 4~ people
- Please make your reservation with “firstname.lastname@example.org” at least 7 days before your desired tour date. Transportation costs to and from the meeting location and souvenir costs are not included.
- Official Website (English)
- Official Website (English)