Discover the Japanese Countryside

Winter Tours / Guided Tour / Regular

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

**Reservation for winter tours 2019-2020 starts from July 2019**


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).


Please send an email to make a reservation!


Dec 1, 2019Dec 30, 2019
Jan 6, 2020Mar 15, 2020


Approx. 2h30m

Number of Participants

Max8 people
Min2 people

Tour rate

7,200JPY/person Inc.Tax **The fee is based on the number of participants

Included in the price
  • Hotel pick up&drop off
  • Trained and experienced guide (in English/Japanese)
  • Small group tour
  • Sake Tasting
  • Light Meal


Tour Fee **The fee is based on the number of participants

  • 1 person: ¥24,000/pp
  • 2 people : ¥12,000/pp
  • 3 people : ¥9,000/pp
  • 4 people or more : ¥7,200/pp

**We may ask for an extra charge depending of the location of your accommodation.



  • If you, unfortunately, cancel the tour, you will not be charged a cancellation fee up to 2 days before the tour date. Please see the link for the detail: Cancellation policy