We are passionate about Japanese Sake, Food and Culture

We don't just offer a 'tour' we offer an experience you will never forget.

When you travel with us you are opening yourself up to a whole new Japan. We take you behind the scenes to meet the people who grow, cook, brew, and create the incomparable food, sake, and traditional arts and crafts of Japan.

You’ll tour sake breweries, talk with master brewers, and most importantly, taste—a lot. But that’s only part of the experience. Depending on the tour you choose, you might find yourself trying your hand at making soba or washi paper, embarking on a ramen crawl through Hakata, Kyushu (ground zero for the worldwide ramen boom), digging into a plate of fugu (blowfish) sashimi, visiting a pottery kiln, or witnessing up close how katsuobushi, (those dancing sheets of dried, fermented fish on top of okonomiyaki) is made.

Expect impeccably sourced restaurant dinners, hard-to-find sake, and authentic, under-the-radar cultural experiences that make Sake Tours the most non-touristic “tours” you’ll ever experience. We keep our groups small – you won’t be looking at statues and monuments with us, but rather experiencing first hand Japanese culture at it’s best. Come find out why so many Sake Tours customers return to explore different parts of Japan with us!

Sake Tours is licensed under enakamura Inc, Registered Travel Agency No. 3 – 7490 approved by the Government of Tokyo.

Meet the Team

We are a team of fun and happy people that specialise in Food and Sake Tourism in Japan.

What our Previous Guests are Saying

Cecilia and Charles Lee
I would highly recommend anyone who would like to explore off-the-beaten track experiences in Japan to join Sake Tours. This is not only for sake lovers (though you would have an incredible learning experience into the world of sake if you do), but also for those that love Japanese food, culture, scenery, and who would like to get into the 'inner workings' of this world. My husband and I first joined their Niigata tour in 2016, and have since become addicted to their fantastic tours, joining them subsequently for Okayama in 2017 and Akita in 2018. We also love the small tour group size, giving us lots of personal attention from Etsuko and her team, and allowing us to forge unforgettable friendships with like-minded people from all over the world. These friendships have lasted beyond the tours and we meet up whenever we are in one another's home countries! Etsuko is a very knowledgeable sake samurai who loves to introduce foreigners to great, small sake breweries which are not accessible otherwise to the public, and her humility, warmth, care and attention to details makes all on the tour feel so well taken care of. We love the hands-on experiences which are different in each tour, from learning to play the Kodo drums, to making soba/tofu/potteries, not to mention experiencing remote onsens in mountains and eating local specialities in small local restaurants. I can't praise this tour enough, and can only recommend that you join one to experience it for yourself!

Cecilia and Charles Lee
Niigata 2016, Okayama 2017, Akita 2018
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Singapore
DC Palter
I've been on two tours - niigata and akita. Both were wonderful and I'll be going back again this year. 5 day tours of local sake breweries with the chance to meet the brewmasters amd see the production process then enjoy local foods and drink sake. Wonderful groups of about 12 people and great guudes.

DC Palter
Niigata 2017, Akita 2018
Tony McNicol
“I spent quite some time living in Japan and thought I knew something about sake. But during the tour I quickly realized that I’d only taken a tiny sip from the cup of sake knowledge. So much learning, so many sakes, and some fantastic new friends in just the course of a few days. I was a wonderful experience and wonderfully photogenic trip for a photographer to be on. It’s surely made me a sake lover for life.”

Tony McNicol
Okayama Tour 2014
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Andrew Ng
"A very special and everlasting memory for me and my wife. It is very well organised by our beautiful Etsuko and Shima, not to forget our fantastic Jason.  It was such an eye opener for us to embark on such a tour and no regret about the money spent, quite expensive you know but it's worth it."

Andrew Ng
Niigata Tour 2017
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Singapore
Soon
I was on the Niigata sake breweries tour in March 2017. It was a most enjoyable tour. The tour was very well organised. We visited four sake breweries and were given extensive tours of the breweries, on two occasions by the owner. I learnt a lot about making sake from the tour. In addition, there were some other unique experiences, like the picnic in the snow and the Japanese drum exercises and visiting and having lunch with a Japanese farmer. The tour leaders were very fun and friendly. I highly recommend the sake brewery tours.

Soon
Niigata 2017 - from Singapore
Paulo Machado
"Outstanding. One of the most exciting trips of my life. The chance to understand clearly and feel all the senses on making sake is the goal of this tour. At the end of all you will make friends forever. I would definitely recommend and do the Sake Tour again."

Paulo Machado
Okayama Tour 2017 + Akita 2018
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