Try the Best Kyoto's Sake Holy Land of Fushimi has to Offer
Every November in the woefully local shopping street of Fushimi Otesuji St., a huge Japanese sake tasting event, called the Sake Matsuri in Otesuji St., is held.
Featuring stalls from famous Fushimi breweries such as Kizakura and Gekkeikan, in addition to 14 other, this festival gives you the chance to taste the best of what Kyoto's sake holy land has to offer.
The stores of the Otesuji St. shopping arcade set up food stalls as well, and sell everything from classic Japanese bar snacks to okonomiyaki and sushi!
Whether you’re looking to chat with locals about sake, or just find something nice for yourself, this festival is sure to have something for every sake lover.
Local Fushimi Sake Tasting
The Sake Matsuri in Otesuji St. is joined by 16 Fushimi based breweries, each offering a range of sake with differing characteristics and flavors.
Also, included in the price of admission is your very own original ochoko Japanese sake cup.
With tasty entry-level sake on offer as well, this festival is just as much for sake newbies as it is for seasoned sake veterans.
In addition to the sake tastings, there's also food! Each of the stalls sell food specifically made to improve your sake tasting experience. In addition to stalls by the Otesuji St. shops, you'll also find ones by popular Fushimi yakitori restaurant Torisei and sushi restaurant Matsuo.
The stall pictured above was selling deliciously meaty dishes like ham, braised beef tendon and sausages. While these kinds of meat can usually lay it on pretty heavy, the clean flavors of the sake help balance it out.
With such a plethora of choice, we're sure you'll have no problem finding something that piques your interest.
Original Ochoko Sake Cups
Included in the price of admission is your very own original ochoko sake cup!
Not only that, but every year the color of the cups change as well, so you can start your own little collection too! (2018 featured a pink cup).
With your new awesome souvenir in hand, grab some sake and enjoy this much more local side of Kyoto.
After grabbing a drink and the perfect something to eat, find a somewhere to hunker down and enjoy your meal! Because there aren’t many seats around, this can be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Japanese tradition of tachinomi and tachigui, literally meaning stand and drink and stand and eat respectively. So whether you’re here with friends or family, grab yourself a spot and enjoy this festival the best way anyone knows how, by eating and drinking your way through it!