Learn about the history of sake brewing through 12 facilities and in 4 languages
The Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, situated in the famous Fushimi sake brewing area of Kyoto, charges a mere ￥300 for entrance. The museum represents the Japanese sake making tradition of Kyoto and helps visitors understand the process of how sake is manufactured through the pictures and instruments on display. Furthermore, visitors are not only able to taste three popular kinds of sake, but can also take home a bottle of Jyunmai-ginjyoshu, which has a sweet rice taste and makes a delightful souvenir. Gekkeikan has been in the business of producing sake since 1627.Its popularity has spread not only throughout Japan,but also to the United States, China and South Korea.Including the building entrance, there are a total of 12 exhibition rooms which should not be missed.Information boards in English, Chinese and Korean help visitors understand how sake is produced, from the essential ingredients of water and rice to details about the commercial manufacturing industry.Visitors are welcome to enter the souvenir corner free of charge. Children are welcome too,with alcohol-free treats such as cookies also for sale. Learn the history of sake made from the high quality water gushing out from the Fushimi area springs at the Gekkeikan. We believe that this will make you love sake from Kyoto even more.
Small bottles with cups
Bottles which were invented to allow a person to drink sake anywhere are on display. The upper part is equipped with a cup and when the bottle is tilted sideways, sake is poured into the cup automatically. Inside the bottle, half of the original sake that dates from over 100 years ago still remains. Let's look as closely as we can. It's surprising to see that the sake has remained inside without discoloration. Replicas of these bottles with sake inside can be purchased at the shop.
These wooden barrels were used for the fermentation of sake up to the Showa Perio(1926-1989).They are on display in the museum's courtyard. Since it was common for various bacteria to remain inside the wooden barrels, they were disinfected every time after use by drying them in the heat of the sun. As it is said that sake is best brewed during cold weather, try to imagine the figure of a worker disinfecting a wooden barrel out in the cold. We can think of this with gratitude as we comfortably and safely enjoy a cup of sake.
Gekkeikan sake brewery
The first step in making sake takes place where the solid substance called Moromi is fermented. This can be seen through the glass. This was installed in the museum back in 1997 and is still in use today. When you smell the sweet rice aroma of the main component called Iwai,your mouth will immediately start watering for sake. It is necessary to call and make a reservation the day before visiting the Gekkeikan sake brewery.Why not sign up for a wonderful opportunity to see how sake is brewed today?
The corner where three kinds of Gekkeikan‘s representative sake can be tasted for free. From the right on the photo,Gekkeikan retro bottle ginjyoshu with its profound taste, the easy-to-drink Tama-no-izumi and the sweet and full bodied Japanese plum wine. While on the tour, the urge to try out our sake will grow steadily stronger until at last the opportunity presents itself.All three kinds of sake are for sale in the souvenir corner, so you can purchase the ones you like.
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Please do not touch the historical displays, as this might cause damage. Furthermore, while photography is allowed inside the museum, please do not use flash, as this may disturb the other visitors.
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Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum / 月桂冠大倉記念館
|Category||Museums & Galleries|
|Address||247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City 612-8660|
|Directions||・5 mins walk from Chushojima Station or 10 mins walk from Fushimi-Momoyama Station on the Keihan Main Line. ・10 mins walk from Momoyama-Goryomae Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line ・18 mins walk from Momoyama Station on the JR Nara Line|
|Open Hours||9:30am - 4:30pm (Enter by 4:15pm)|
|Reservations||Not accepted Reservation is needed in advance (at least a day before the visit) to tour the sake brewery. Some parts of the museum can be entered without any reservation. * For reservation: ：+81 75－623－2056|
|Closed||New Years holiday period, O-Bon festival (August)|
|Notes||Sake tasting is not available for visitors who will be driving or riding a vehicle. Minors and pregnant or nursing women also cannot participate.|
￥300 (adults), ￥100 (children aged 12-17) Includes a door gift:180 mL bottle of Junmaishu or sake brewing postcards for minors Reservations are required for groups (15 or more) or to view the Gekkeikan Sakekobo Mini-Brewery
|Credit cards||VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Accepted|
Not only are pamphlets at the reception available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean, but explanatory texts throughout the museum are available in these four languages too. Furthermore, an English-speaking staff member is available at the reception.
|Information||Japanese, English, Chinese、and Korean|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese, English (not always there)|