Discover the Japanese Countryside

Winter Tours / Guided Tour / Regular

Learn the ancient art of making sake, and tempt your tastebuds with some tapas

From November until the end of March, making sake is a time-honored tradition in Hida. There are actually 6 sake breweries in the city, and this Takayama sake brewery tour gives you the opportunity to visit one of them. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse the ‘toji’—the chief sake brewer and a proud Hida local—work his magic.

After visiting a place where sake is made, you may be inspired to do some creation of your own! Walk through an old street lined with houses and arrive at a cooking studio, where you will learn how to make three kinds of relish—each carefully created using fresh local ingredients. Then savor a variety of delicious ‘tapas’ appetizers not listed in the local food guide, topped off with some sake made by the toji earlier that day. This tour is wonderful way to partake in the ancient and delicious sake culture of Hida.

Tour Highlights

Funasaka Shuzo

This is the old Takayama sake brewery where your tasty tour begins. Soak in the unique atmosphere on this first step into Hida’s proud food culture, and look forward to sampling it later along with tapas.

Green Cooking Studio

Opened in 2016, this studio emphasizes local culinary traditions in everything from the ingredients to the special utensils used to cook them. It is even patterned after the ancient residences around it, a fitting tribute to the cycle of life in Hida. Learn, cook and taste here!



Take a break with locally-prized appetizers and sake. Snack on “Tsukemono Steak,” a mouth-watering combination of brassica pekinensis (Chinese cabbage), butter and eggs all fried to perfection, thick-cooked komo tofu crackers best enjoyed with cream cheese, sake leaves, and miso, and sweet potatoes dressed with Aburae (Egoma) sauce, a delicious and healthy perilla seed garnish that is indispensable in many local dishes.




Finish everything with some fabulous original sake from Funasaka Shuzo, the Takayama sake brewery where you first began your tour. This sake, made with fresh rice harvested just this year, adds a celebratory finish to a great day!

*For a family with small children, we have a family cooking tour (suitable for over 6 years old).

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Dec 1, 2017Dec 29, 2017
Jan 4, 2018Mar 15, 2018
Days Off


Approx. 2h30m

Number of Participants

Max8 people
Min2 people

Meeting Point

Funasaka Sake Brewery / Finish at Green Cooking Studio

105 Kami Sannomachi, Takayama, Gifu, Japan


Please contact us in advance, if you have children you would like to join the tour.


  • Please notify us by 72 hours prior to the tour time if you cancel your tour. You will be charged the cancellation fee based on the cancellation policy if you cancel the tour within 72 hours for any reason. Please see the link below for the detail.
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Private Tours

We have private tours available upon request.
* Please note that we have no child rates for private tours.

  • 1 person :  ¥22,000
  • 2 persons : ¥11,000
  • 3 persons : ¥8,250
  • 4 persons or more : ¥6,500