Designed to pleasure the palates of food lovers, this 6-hour tour combines Kitakata’s cuisine with its rich history and culture. Visit an Edo-style sake brewery to learn about the brewing process of Japan’s national drink; feast on ramen noodles at a traditional restaurant; satisfy your sweet tooth in a Japanese candy shop; and browse handmade crafts at a lacquerware store. This small-group tour is limited to six guests to maintain an intimate atmosphere.
Your tour begins at 11:20am outside of Kitikata Station, where you’ll greet your guide and head straight to an Edo-style sake brewery. Learn about the brewery’s special variety of sake, made using water from an underground river, before enjoying Kitikata ramen for lunch.
After lunch, visit a modern sake brewery to taste rice wine in its Japanese garden. The next stop is a Japanese candy shop, where you’ll have the chance to sample sweet treats such as yokan (jellied dessert made of azuki bean paste) and manju (steamed bun).
Once you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth, discover the unique brewing process of another sake brewery, where the wine is created to Mozart’s music. If you’ve selected the private option, you’ll then travel to a soy sauce brewery or travel straight to a lacquerware store to browse handmade crafts. For an additional cost, you’ll have the chance to create your own wind chimes, mirror, or chopsticks under the guidance of a resident craftsman.
Your tour concludes at 5:30pm, when your guide drops you back off at Kitakata station or your accommodation.