Testimonials

Kristine Kelly
“Thank you Sake Brewery Tours for showing me a sake experience of a lifetime! My love and passion for sake has grown deeper as a result of my recent adventure in Japan with you. Thank you for opening my eyes to the beauty of the Japanese culture as well. This was the most organized and exciting tour I’ve ever been on and I can’t thank you enough for sharing the sake world and Niigata lifestyle with us. Truly beautiful and fascinating! Arigatō,”

Kristine Kelly
Niigata 2014
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Al and Emi
“We really enjoyed traveling to Akita and Kansai with Sake Brewery Tours. We’ve traveled to Japan many times, but the sake and culinary treats we had with Etsuko were something we could not have put together ourselves. We met so many wonderful people at the breweries and we really appreciate sake even more”

Al and Emi
Akita, Kansai, Niigata, Kyushu, Okayama Tour
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San Diego
Hung
“Even for a very well-traveled sojourner, Sake Tours organized trips that helped me discover regional Japanese culture, cuisine, and of course, sake in ways that I would never be able to arrange for myself. The small group size keeps the mood intimate and allows the organizers to take great care of guests. I look forward to each year’s exciting destinations.”

Hung
Akita, San-in, Kansai, Niigata, Tohoku, Kyushu, Okayama
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Dallas
Debra
“I have a very nice collection of photos from the trip. I look at them and smile as I had such a wonderful experience! I truly loved the tour and felt that everything we did was valuable, educational, and enjoyable!”

Debra
San-in Tour 2011
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San Francisco
Dea
“I want to tell you what a wonderful tour you put together and how much we enjoyed traveling with you. Jack and I have fallen in love with your country and its people. I hope we have the opportunity to visit again sometime!”

Dea
San-in Tour 2011
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New York
Elise
“I want to send you a thank you for making the Akita trip fantastic! All your hard work paid off! We had a great time and many memories.”

Elise
Akita and Kyushu
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Vancover
Andre Bishop
“I have just had the most amazing four days on the first Sake Brewery Tour organised by saketours.com. If you are a sake lover do yourself a favour and signup for next years tour!”

Andre Bishop
San-in Tour 2010, Akita Tour 2011, Niigata Tour 2014
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Rob
The Niigata Sake tour was an awesomely fantastic experience. Being invited to be a part of a side of Japan that not many people get to see, on this tour along with my personal love of Sake and Snow has made the experience unforgettable. Thank you to all the staff, our Hosts and their families and other guests for sharing our time together. Already signed up on a different sake tour coming up in the new season … can’t wait to see what is in store. Kampai!

Rob
Niigata 2016 - Melbourne, Australia
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
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
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
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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Erik Nakonechnyi
“Japan changed my life and the way I see it. And going on a Sake Tour was a big part of it. Can’t wait to go back!"


Erik Nakonechnyi
Okayama Tour 2017 + Akita 2018
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Glen and Rochelle
“Sake Brewery Tours was one of the best trips that we have ever taken. Typically we like to travel on our own but the service that Etsuko provides is outstanding from the accommodations, breweries, food and the fabulous sake! Every detail is taken care of and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. If you like sake & onsen, this is definitely the tour for you. We had such a great time and look forward to doing other tours!”

Glen and Rochelle
Akita, Niigata, Kyushu Tours
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