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Visit four breweries located throughout Kochi Prefecture and see them during the brewing season.
The brewers will share their philosophies and approaches and offer tastings on the premises.
In addition to sake, one brewery will show us their chestnut shochu production.
Enjoy the best of Kochi’s Pacific seafood and a stunningly wide variety of citrus fruit.
The welcome dinner will introduce you to Kochi hospitality, featuring Sawachi Ryori, a style of cuisine designed for long nights spent leisurely drinking sake.
Try some of Kochi’s freshest sashimi and sushi at an intimate sushi bar that the group will have to itself. Learn about the history of sushi directly from the chef, and try your hand at making nigirizushi.
Climb onto a fishing boat for the ultimate sushi fan experience, and have lunch right at the port with the fishermen themselves.
Experience the henro pilgrimage by visiting a few of the 88 major temples that dot Shikoku.
At welcome dinner, enjoy the private Geisha performance and traditional Kochi drinking games that aren’t played anywhere else in Japan.
Hear from Japanese washi papermaking artisans, and make some washi paper yourself.
Visit popular local markets in the city, in a port town, and tucked away in the mountains.
Get a close-up, exclusive look at the making of katsuobushi, an ingredient central to Japanese cuisine.
Visit a citrus farm and taste different varieties of buntan citrus, a kind of small pomelo.
On the last day, enjoy sake in a low-slung yakatabune boat while leisurely floating down the Shimanto River, Japan’s last undammed and free-flowing river, surrounded by lush green mountains.
Travel on your own to Kochi via JR or fly from Haneda with the group in the morning. The flight is not included in the tour cost.
Try a local “chirimen-don,” a dish of rice topped with freshly boiled chirimen jako, a type of small sardine. After lunch, stroll through Aki’s beautifully preserved former samurai neighborhood.
Visit the first brewery, Arimitsu, maker of Akitora. Here at the brewery, the toji explains his brewing philosophy. Arimitsu Brewery is a very small operation with a history of doing everything hands-on.
On the way back to Kochi City, stop at Chikurin-ji Temple for a Henro pilgrimage experience and the view of the city. Finish the day with a welcome dinner featuring a Kochi-style “okyaku” party, geisha performances, and traditional Kochi drinking games.
Hotel: JAL City Hotel Kochi
Meals: Lunch, okyaku-style dinner with geisha performance
Today you will spend the day getting an up-close look at a wide range of fresh foods in Tosa City. Visit a katsuobushi (bonito flake) craftman to see how this important part of Japanese cuisine is made. Learn about sardine fishing and try the freshest sardine dishes right at the port. Stop by another temple on an island with a stunning view of the bay to continue your Henro pilgrimage. Visit a citrus orchard that grows dozens of variety of Buntan citrus fruit, and sample them right at the farm.
Have an exclusive dinner at an intimate sushi bar reserved just for our group. Learn about the history of sushi from the chef himself.
Hotel: JAL City Hotel Kochi
Meals: Breakfast; lunch; sushi dinner with sake
Visit one of Kochi’s most well-known and esteemed breweries, Tsukasa Botan. Stroll through their massive brewing campus consisting of old white kura buildings that take up a full city block, and learn about their endeavors in sake and community involvement. Lunch is at a restaurant overlooking the pristine Niyodo River known as “Niyodo Blue” for its deep blue color. Visit the Tosa washi (Japanese paper) museum and take in a talk and demonstration by craftsmen there. Try your hand at making this beautiful but durable type of paper. In the evening, explore downtown Kochi City on your own, or join us for a casual dinner at Hirome Market for an ultimate local experience.
Hotel: JAL City Hotel Kochi
Meals: Breakfast; lunch with sake
Today you will get a very exclusive look at fishing and sake in the old port town of Kure in Nakatosa. Start the morning learn about traditional haenawa fishing then go on the fishing boats with local fisherman to catch your lunch. Enjoy your catch with them at the port when you return. After lunch, visit Nishioka Brewery, makers of Kure, a sake well-known for its crisp flavor and clean finish, and for being great for pairing with fresh seafood. This brewery building is the oldest in Kochi, at 260 years.
In the evening, stay at a traditional Japanese hotel, Kuroshio Honjin. Soak in indoor and outdoor baths overlooking the bay, dotted with small islands.
Hotel: Kuroshio Honjin
Meals: Breakfast; lunch; dinner
On the final day of the tour, visit one of Kochi’s smallest and most unique breweries, Mutemuka. See their sake brewing and chestnut shochu distilling processes, and hear the toji tell his unique life story as well as the brewing and business philosophies of Mutemuka. Finish the afternoon taking a ride in a “yakatabune” low-slung boat on the Shimanto River, Japan’s last truly wild and free-flowing river.
Return to Kochi Station or Kochi Airport in the early evening to continue your travels.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
330,000 JPY per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is 20,000 JPY per person.
Your tour begins and ends in Kochi. Travel on your own to Kochi via JR or fly from Haneda with the group in the morning. Transportation to and from Kochi is not included in the tour cost.
For your convenience, we will of course coordinate your domestic transportation for you.
Additional domestic travel arrangements and consulting are available by Michi Travel Japan. Shikoku has many other beautiful areas to visit. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
John Gauntner Lecture, sake breweries, Japanese Pottery, Goma fire ritual, yuba making, shojin ryori, nare-shushi
All of the team at Sake Brewery Tours are Advanced Sake Professionals having studied under the Sake Education Council. More about the team here.