Kyoto Fushimi, Its Water and Rich History, and an Invitation to the Sake Town

2017/03/09 [Kinki_Region][Kyoto]
Promoter: Gekkeikan Co., Ltd.

Sake Brewery Tourism: Recommended Information

Near Gekkeikan’s main company building is a cluster of sake breweries that have been established approximately between 1800 and 1900. Also commonly considered as landmarks in touring Fushimi, Kyoto, the breweries can be characterized by their authentic Japanese aura. Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum can be found here, whose building is a renovated old brewery, where visitors can see preserved tools on display which were handed down by sake brew masters. The museum also shows the history of sake brewing in Fushimi. Once the tour is over, visitors can taste three types of sake, including Daiginjyo. Nearby the museum is Uchigura Brewery, which houses a mini plant, “Gekkeikan Sake Kobo”. Here, visitors can see the fermentation process of sake lees as an optional tour, and depending on the time, even the sake-brewing process (reservation required).

Sake Brewery Tourism: Points of Interest

Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum has over 400 sake brewing tools on permanent display, (which have been selected as tangible folk cultural assets) which are divided into different sake brewing stages. At the inner garden, visitors can taste the natural soft water used to make sake. During the peak season for sake, the smell of steaming rice and fermenting sake leeks become especially thick in the area, creating the unique feel of a sake town. From spring to autumn, Jikkokubune cruise ship passes through the canal (built around 1600) that extends from the moat outside Jokamachi. The canal also has a walk alongside it, so tourists can move around finding out about the sake town’s long history.

Sake Brewery Tourism in Other Languages

The company has launched an English website, which contains a wide range of helpful information such as the history of sake breweries in Fushimi, (Fushimi has been the company’s base since 1637 (Kanei 14)) as well as the town’s climate and record. At “Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum”, visitors can listen to the explanations in English, simplified Chinese, and Korean, besides Japanese. The information pamphlets are also available in these languages (except traditional Chinese is available instead of simplified Chinese). There is also Wi-Fi (KYOTO Wi-Fi) service inside the building, so guests can feel free to browse the internet while visiting.

Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum is open throughout the year, except during Bon and New Year’s. How about visiting Fushimi for its water, food, and culture?

Organizer Information:

Organizing body: Gekkeikan Co., Ltd., and Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Tours Offered: Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (reception is until 4:15 pm)
Closed during Bon (from August 13 to August 16), New Year’s Holidays
Location: (Address): 247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City 612-8660
Access Method: The museum is easy to access as railroads such as Keihan line, Kintetsu line, JR line and other main roads are close by.

From Kyoto Station, the museum can be reached in about 10 minutes via JR Nara Line (Momoyama Station) and Kintetsu Kyoto Line (Momoyama Goryo-mae Station) .

The Keihan Electric Rail has been connecting Chushojima and Temmabashi, which is equivalent to the Sanjikkoku ship connecting Osaka, in just 30 minutes.

※ 5 minute walk from Keihan main line Chushojima Station / 10 minute walk from Fushimi Momoyama Station / 10 minute walk from Momoyama Goryo-mae Station after transferring to Kintetsu Kyoto Line at JR Kyoto Station / 18 minute walk from Momoyama Station, after transferring to JR Nara Line at JR Kyoto Station

Official Web Site:(URL):  http://www.gekkeikan.co.jp/
http://www.gekkeikan.co.jp/english/index.html
Participating brewery website (URL):  same as above
Tourism Information:(Hotels, food, sights, experiences, etc.)(URL):  same as above
For inquiries: 075-623-2040 (Gekkeikan customer service center), 075-623-2056 (Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum)